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  • Tom Brady has found a bit of success as a professional football player. Yet despite this, he still has a chip on his shoulder from being drafted late by the New England Patriots. People inevitably find this […]

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  • (WARNING: SATIRE AHEAD) Evan McMullin has found a second career in denouncing anyone who wishes that America remains a nation with borders. But expert sources tell The Loftus Party even they were surprised when he […]

  • Netflix gave us the first look at the upcoming Iron Fist with the trailer it released in February. In a little less than two weeks, the series debuts in full. Will audiences want yet another adaptation based on a […]

  • Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment are part of the New York Army National Guard, with the headquarters of the unit being at the famed Armory on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. So when Hurricane […]

  • Monica — Thank you again for your comments. I enjoy hearing from you. — Paul

  • Monica — I added the full-size version of the photo to the bottom of the post (right-clicking and opening in a new tab will show it). That part I put in about her ID holder was both intentionally vague and intentional in that I knew readers wouldn’t be able to see it without looking at the full size. I was curious if anyone would notice it, and…[Read more]

  • Monica — I will answer your questions in greater detail later today. And I will also try adding a full-size photo of the image. I was wondering if someone would ask about that! — Paul

  • Months ago, Twentieth Century Fox teased the first look at Logan with Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt,” and it set movie fans on fire by how different that music choice was from the choral music that normally accom […]

  • Audi ran a commercial during the Super Bowl that touted itself as being about “equal pay” for women. It’s difficult to figure out how that ties into selling vehicles but, whatever. Nevertheless, since Audi start […]

  • UPDATE (Feb. 7, 2017): Added full-size photo of the Redskins cheerleaders with the Special Forces soldiers in Afghanistan to the bottom of the post.

    Men like gorgeous women and women like tough men. This is an […]

    • Monica — I will answer your questions in greater detail later today. And I will also try adding a full-size photo of the image. I was wondering if someone would ask about that! — Paul

    • Monica — I added the full-size version of the photo to the bottom of the post (right-clicking and opening in a new tab will show it). That part I put in about her ID holder was both intentionally vague and intentional in that I knew readers wouldn’t be able to see it without looking at the full size. I was curious if anyone would notice it, and you did. I’ll answer some questions about the cheerleader’s phone and her ID display, and then I’ll address the other parts of your comment.

      The cell phone is a security issue. But there is nothing illegal or improper about her having it. They would have advised her not to take photos of the troops and other things but they would have allowed her to have it (the same as with your experience with the INS and Border Patrol). However, it is something noteworthy because it partially illustrates how beautiful women can make great intelligence assets. They can go places that men cannot go; they can obtain things that men cannot obtain. The rest of the photos in that DVIDS image gallery provide an even greater illustration of this. Think I could have gotten SF soldiers to let me handle their weapons and equipment even when I was a fellow soldier? Highly unlikely. But the cheerleaders got them to do it!

      The ID holder is simply amusing. It’s meant to display troops’ CAC (or ID cards) but she has (like you said) what appears to be lip balm and nail polish in there along with some coins. So that’s very girlish. But she also has an 82nd Airborne patch and airborne tab in there. So that likely means that prior to visiting the SF soldiers the cheerleaders likely visited 82nd Airborne troops and one of the smitten troops gave her a patch and tab as a souvenir.

      Two other interesting things in the photo are on the soldier closest to the viewer and on the right of the photo. He has a subdued Texas flag on his hat. Does that mean that these SF troops are part of the 19th SF Group? Or is he just a soldier from Texas? Who knows? But it’s interesting. Also notice the patch on his shoulder featuring a scantily clad female. I’m fairly certain that’s an unauthorized patch (and again shows how men like beautiful women). The unauthorized patch isn’t unusual for SF soldiers. And it largely isn’t an issue until it is (see, for instance, this article: http://www.businessinsider.com/us-soldiers-ypg-patches-syria-2016-5).

      As far as families and people seeing war photos they shouldn’t: I know exactly what you mean. I’m not going to link to anything here but I know at least one father who fought hard to keep the national media from publishing a photo of his serviceman son dying from wounds in war. The media didn’t listen and published it, saying it was their responsibility to show the true nature of war. That’s a slightly different point from what you mention about the Vietnamese girl but it still relates to war photography. I haven’t forgotten what the media did nor will I forget the rules they set.

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Monica! — Paul

    • Monica — Thank you again for your comments. I enjoy hearing from you. — Paul

  • There isn’t a shortage of people who like to tweet about so-called precious snowflakes and how they crumble into non-functionality as soon as the slightest of difficulties come their way. Yet when push comes to s […]

  • The Hollywood Reporter broke a Jan. 25 story which said that Michael Bay will produce an anti-Trump movie that also portrays China in a positive light. This is interesting news because it provides a perfect […]

  • Torture is back in the news with media reporting that the Trump administration created a draft executive order that discussed reviewing intelligence practices, including so-called torture. And while the White […]

  • GeorgeGuy — I think there’s a lot of truth in that. — Paul

  • EForhan: Good points. I think Archie Comics giving Aguirre-Sacasa the reigns amuses me most. It’s like the company actively sought out the last person a rational person would want to give creative control to and then they hired him. I’m all for creating new tales and heroes, and that’s the purpose of http://www.liberateliberty.com. I haven’t updated the…[Read more]

  • UPDATE (Feb. 9, 2017): Replaced YouTube video of Riverdale trailer. YouTube account owner of previous video of same trailer made that video private.

    American culture is bizarre, and one of the bizarre things […]

    • EForhan: Good points. I think Archie Comics giving Aguirre-Sacasa the reigns amuses me most. It’s like the company actively sought out the last person a rational person would want to give creative control to and then they hired him. I’m all for creating new tales and heroes, and that’s the purpose of http://www.liberateliberty.com. I haven’t updated the site this year but that’s because I want most of my posts there in 2017 to be about my fiction. And I’m working as fast as I can to get that new fiction ready for publication and promotion. — Paul

    • That’s what these people are really the “biggest fans” of: the platform, the size of the fan base, the machinery, the budget, the power to wrap their propaganda in familiar packaging with familiar characters and familiar labels. The owners let it happen because like most everyone, they’d like to build their empires and then sit back and collect the rent, and I doubt most of them fully understand that these infiltrators could have plans other than to honestly attempt to grow the company’s profits.

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