Friday, December 19, 2014

Red 'Chute (Shirt) Friday

Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, the SkyHawks 



With their signature Canadian flag parachutes, The Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, the SkyHawks, is Canada’s only military parachute demonstration team. Over the last 41 years they have represented Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces to over 75 million spectators worldwide.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Video: A Soldier's Silent Night as told by Father Berndt

Audie Murphy American Legend

A Soldier's Silent Night was written by U.S. Marine Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt in 1987 under the title "Merry Christmas, My Friend." It was later retitled "A Soldier's Silent Night."

The audio recording of this adapted version was recorded by Father Ted Berndt and his daughter Ellen Stout. Father Berndt was a priest at Bread of Life Charismatic Episcopal Church in Dousman, Wisconsin, a proud Marine, and a WWII Purple Heart recipient.

The poem was recorded in one take. The recording received a national A.I.R. (Achievement in Radio) award from the [u]March of Dimes [/u]and continues to be played in radio stations across the country. 

Father Berndt passed away March 19th, 2004 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. According to his daughter, "All he ever wanted to do was touch lives...to make a difference. We are blessed to share "A Soldier's Silent Night" again with you this Christmas."



Video: Huron Carol

The Huron Carol has become part of the Brat Christmas. It is usually sung by a native Canadian, Tom Jackson - who has an amazing voice - and I finally found his version here.

The "Huron Carol" (or "'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime") is a Christmas hymn, written in 1643 by Jean de Brébeuf, a Christian missionary at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Canada. Brébeuf wrote the lyrics in the native language of the Huron/Wendat people; the song's original Huron title is "Jesous Ahatonhia" ("Jesus, he is born"). The song's melody is a traditional French folk song, "Une Jeune Pucelle" ("A Young Maid"). The well known English lyrics were written in 1926 by Jesse Edgar Middleton.
This version performed by Heather Dale, and sung in Wendat (Huron), French and English....

Syria: 200+ bodies of ISIS victims found

From the BBC:

Syria conflict: 230 bodies 'found in mass grave' in Deir al-Zour

17 December 2014



The bodies of more than 230 people believed to have been killed by Islamic State (IS) have been found in a mass grave in eastern Syria, activists say.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said they were thought to be members of a tribe that fought the jihadist group in Deir al-Zour province in the summer.

The mass grave was discovered after the tribe, the Sheitat were allowed to return home by IS leaders, it added.

Last month, the UN said it had received reports of a massacre there in August....

Iraq: ISIS beheads pregnant women

 Obama told us all, 'war is over in Iraq.'  Somebody forgot to tell the murdering, cowardly thugs.. The depravity of the Religion of Terror continues.  From Jihad Watch:


Islamic State beheads 150 women, some pregnant, for refusing to marry jihad terrorists

December 17, 2014

This is all part of the Islamic State’s treatment of these women as the sex slaves, the “captives of the right hand,” that men are allowed in the Qur’an (4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50). They have no say in the matter, and if they refuse their fate, they are to be killed.


“ISIS beheads 150 females, including pregnant women, for refusing to marry terrorists,” Zee News, December 17, 2014


Baghdad: As the world along with Pakistan mourns the death of children killed in the dastardly carried out terrorist attack in an army-run school in Peshawar by Taliban, reports of more violence from another brutal terror group have emerged.

Islamic State militants have reportedly beheaded at least 150 women, some of them pregnant, for refusing to marry them.

Iraq’s Ministry of Human Rights, in a statement released, said that the women in the western Iraqi province of Al-Anbar were attacked by the Islamic State terrorists and were later buried in mass graves in Fallujah....

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Welcome Home!

From the MoD:

Soldiers of 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards marked their homecoming from Afghanistan with a parade through Swansea and received a visit from His Royal Highness Prince Charles. The Regiment received the Freedom of Swansea in 2009 on its 50th anniversary and returned to the city again for a third march in 10 years. Prince Charles, the Regiment's Colonel-in-Chief, took the salute from the parade before it stepped off at the newly refurbished Guildhall and marched through the city centre, led by The Band of the Royal Armoured Corps and Jackal armoured vehicles. In the picture, a Jackal 2 armoured vehicle leads the parade through Swansea. [Picture: Corporal Barry Lloyd, Crown Copyright]



GITMO: 9/11 Justice limps along


Do you believe in coincidences?  I do not.

This week, two more days of the Military Commission Hearings at GITMO were scheduled.


Late Monday night, this was sent to 9/11 Families:


The U.S. v. KSM et al (2) pretrial hearing scheduled for December 16, 2014 has been cancelled.

The next scheduled hearing will begin on 9 February 2015, at 9:00 am.

We are awaiting for commissions order(s) for further details.


If you go over to the Military Commission site, you can find numerous defense motions under consideration.


The coincidence?  Last week, Diane Feinstein released a summary of Senate Democrats report on the use of "torture."


From Miami Herald:

Judge orders sweeping 9/11 trial secrecy review 
BY CAROL ROSENBERG
12/13/2014


The judge overseeing the Sept. 11 mass murder trial has ordered prosecutors to go back and look at secrets sealed up in the court record to assess what the public can now see in light of this week’s revelations in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s so-called Torture Report.


The chief prosecutor, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, declined to discuss the three-page order on Saturday — neither its substance nor its implications — because it was not yet made public.


But four attorneys who read it said the judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, on Friday instructed the prosecution to carry out a sweeping review of more than two years of classified trial filings.


At issue is how much of the once-secret CIA interrogation and detention program can now be discussed in open court — and which classified filings can be unsealed — in the trial of the five men accused as conspiring to direct, train and finance the 19 hijackers who killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001....[emphasis mine]


 GO read the rest of this here, as the ripples from the Democrats self-serving rush to smear anybody and everything continues to have consequences.