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Friday News Bites: Fort Hood, Declassified Files, Mozilla + More

Not a lot of great news this week, but I try to end on an upnote, depending on your feelings for The Lion King.

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News

Midweek News: Baby Fever

First things first: In case you missed it, a royal baby was born yesterday!

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Books

Book Review: “Drift” by Rachel Maddow

Drift, Rachel Maddow’s book on the state of the American military, was first released last year. Despite being a huge fan of Maddow, I didn’t get a chance to read the book until just a few months ago. I was massively interested in her thesis statement – namely, that the American process of war has […]

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News

News Appetizers Need a Nap

Hey! It’s news! Obama had the worst week ever and a bunch of other bad things happened, but it’s Friday and we all get to sleep in tomorrow.

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Books

Book Review: The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education, by Craig M. Mullaney.

In Phoenix’s 110-plus degree summers, my husband survived high school football practices where coaches sometimes withheld water or made players run laps without stopping until they puked. When he told me about it, I was bewildered. “Why didn’t you just walk off the field?” That’s what high-school-me would have done in a similar situation. Then […]

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News

News Appetizers Love Carbs

I always find that bad news can often be redeemed with a tiny bit of good news, such as women being allowed in combat positions or learning that carbs are a key player in evolution. So read on, knowing there will be some bad. But there will also be some good. And carbs.

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History

Remembering American War Nurses on Memorial Day

Most people in the U.S. view Memorial Day as part of a three-day weekend that kicks off the summer, but it was originally intended as a day to remember those who died in military service. Long before women were officially allowed to become soldiers, they were doing hard jobs in the armed forces and sometimes […]

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Op Ed

Responsibility, Duty, and Mental Health in the Military

On the U.S. Army’s recruitment site, http://www.goarmy.com, there are all sorts of reasons why the army might be right for you. There’s a page for parents, too, which lets them know how the military will affect their children, with a section on personal growth:

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News

News Appetizers: Ask for extra sauce to help the medicine go down

In case you are one of those TL;DR kind of people, here’s a quick summary: Trayvon Martin’s case is continuing to get people talking but so far not much more; things are terrible in the world, especially in Syria, at funerals, and for Susan Powell; some basketball happened; people won a crapton of money; the Republican primary […]

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Ladyguides

A Brief History of Women in the Armed Forces

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of milestones in women’s involvement in the U.S. military. Obviously, there are quite a few and we’ve had to leave some off, so feel free to contribute your own examples of female U.S. military heroes.

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll 11/11

Special Veteran’s Day Edition!  Readers – did you or a close friend or family member serve in the military?  Share your best military related stories in the comments.

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Perspectives

TriCare: U.S. Military’s Successful Socialist Healthcare Program

My father commissioned as a U.S. Army officer the same month I was born, so I am literally a cradle (possibly to grave?) recipient of socialized healthcare, education, job placement, housing and food. I’m shocked that many conservatives, with their demonization of socialism and their allegiance to the military, don’t seem to connect the two.