What Are Those 1,600 (So Far) U.S. Military Advisers Doing In Iraq (So Far)   Leave a comment

Originally posted on TIME:

President Obama ordered U.S. military reinforcements to Iraq last week. The additional 475 troops will push the total helping the Iraqis battle jihadist militants to about 1,600. That’s 1% of the 160,000 U.S. troops in Iraq in 2008, at the peak of the U.S. deployment for the 2003-2011 war.

So it’s a relatively tiny force. But just what are these troops doing? More importantly, what are they not doing?

The Pentagon insists that they’re not going to engage in ground combat against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). They’ve spent much of the last three months—the first 300 advisers began arriving in Iraq in late June—assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the Iraqi army and the Kurdish peshmerga forces in the semi-autonomous north of the country. ISIS militants steamrolled over Iraqi forces earlier this year, culminating in their seizure of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.

The U.S. advisers also…

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Posted September 15, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

Another Boy-Wonder Stunt From James O’Keefe   Leave a comment

You know, there’s stupid..there’s criminally stupid…and then there’s the Right’s favorite boy-wonder Johnny Knoxville wannabe, James O’Keefe:

In the stupid is as stupid does file, James O’Keefe, a conservative film maker and would be community activist, went to Canada and then crossed back over into the United States wearing a garb that looked like an ISIS/ISIL uniform carrying a duffle bag labeled RICIN, and all to show would be terrorists such as ISIL just how easy it is to sneak into the United States from Canada.(Breitbart Unmasked via. Crooks & Liars)

Now, I know I’m not the sharpest rainbow-colored tool in the political toolshed but even I know the last thing anyone should do is essentially give any would-be terrorist a roadmap on how to enter the country surreptitiously…to quote Crooks & Liars:

What’s next from O’Keefe, a handbook on how to make weapons from every day household supplies like in the old Anarchists Cookbook from Paladin Press?

Posted September 13, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

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Four-star high school football recruit chooses soccer instead   Leave a comment

Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

It’s not a very casual occurrence when an American kid, who’s highly-touted as a football player, decides the play soccer over the more popular, and at this point in time, the more monetarily satisfying sport.

However, a report from 247sports.com has detailed that such a instance has transpired, with Drake Davis, a four-star wide receiver recruit from Fork Union, Va., deciding to take his talents to soccer. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound wideout is the No. 10 WR in the country for the Class of 2016, and the No.3 prospect in Virginia. So far, he has offers from Miami, Maryland, Alabama, Florida State, Temple, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Plus, Georgia and Maryland have asked about him.

But he has Division I offers in soccer, and that appears hold a higher significance over these big football programs. Davis could still get on the gridiron, just not in the immediate future.

“I don’t push the kid…

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Posted September 12, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

5 Questions To Ask In The Wake Of Wednesday’s Presidential Speech   1 comment

There’s an interesting article over at Think Progress on what questions we should ask our elected officials in the wake of last night’s presidential speech by President Obama on what the U.S. and our allies plan to do against the growing threat posed by ISIS; here are the five questions…

  • What will happen in the spaces of Syria where ISIS is rolled back?
  • How much will this cost?
  • What will our allies, both in the West & within the Middle East, do to assist us?
  • What’s next for Iraq?
  • When will this end?

Strong Solar Flare Headed Toward Earth   Leave a comment

Matthew:

…this is another reminder that, although we live in a veritable heaven here on Earth, our local neighborhood still bristles with energies of all kinds…

Originally posted on TIME:

A strong solar flare is barreling toward Earth at 2.5 million miles per hour, but scientists say its worst effects will likely bypass the planet when it expectedly arrives by the weekend.

Solar flares from the sun occur with frequency and, when unleashed toward Earth, can cause so-called solar storms. This particular one is categorized as a low-level X-class flare, the most severe of the three classes.

A storm of this size hasn’t headed toward Earth in several years, Tom Berger, the director of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colo., told the Associated Press. But, he added, “we’re not scared of this one.”

Earth’s atmosphere largely protects people on the ground from the radiation effects of a solar flare, but such blasts do have the potential to knock out power systems and disrupt satellite communications. Berger told the AP that the one heading toward Earth could slightly disturb…

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Posted September 11, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

Help! My friend Jullian lost his followers!   Leave a comment

Originally posted on petitemagique:

My dear friend Jullian made some changes on his blog and for some reason he lost all his followers!

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–> http://jullianiskool.wordpress.com/ <–

If you followed Jullian, check out his blog and follow again please! If you for some reason are not following him yet, do me a favour and read on! :)

A little about Jullian

The Story Of a Guy is just that! A journey through the eyes of one guy, through the eyes of Jullian Autry. This journey starts in Michigan where he grew up and the story continues currently in Texas. He didn’t know at first that he was a writer but that all changed quickly. One day it all just “clicked”. He challenges himself to become a better writer and also writes about love, heartbreaks, happiness and many other trials he has been through or is going through. The goal he has with his blog is…

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Posted September 11, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

In The Shadow Of 9/11   Leave a comment

Matthew:

These words are just as true today as they were when I first penned them a few years back.

Originally posted on Carolina Mountain Blue:

In The Shadow Of 9/11

On the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, here’s something I wrote back on the 10th anniversary, back in 2011….”In The Shadow of 9/11″.

–Every American generation has its’ defining event, that one singular moment when you know the world has forever changed……..for my grandparents generation, it was Pearl Harbor…….for my parents’ generation it was the assassination of JFK…….for my generation, it was September 11th.

I still remember everything about that day after 10 years. I can still see in my mind how clear the skies were that day and how beautifully vibrant the blues’ of the sky were; I was caring for my mom at the time and when I awoke that morning around 8:30am, the first thing I heard was her yelling out, “Hey, son; turn your TV on…..there’s been a plane crash in New York!” I wasn’t scheduled to work that day until noon so I had…

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Posted September 11, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

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