I went into a public-’ouse to get a pint o’ beer,
The publican ‘e up an’ sez, “We serve no red-coats here.”
The girls be’ind the bar they laughed an’ giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an’ to myself sez I:
O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, go away”;
But it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play.
May 24, 2016 at 9:57am
Rudyard Kipling should be required reading for all active, retired and discharged military members.
Kipling hit it dead bang on in 1890 when he wrote how soldiers are treated.
He wrote, in part
I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.
May 23, 2016 at 1:32pm
Screw Vietnam. It sucked the life out of a lot of young men and women.
Always remember those left behind.
I remember MSG Russell Peter “Pete” Bott, 1st Special Forces, Detachment B-52, Recon Team Viper. MIA in Laos, 2 December 1966.
Lest We Forget
 May 23, 2016 at 9:53am
He’s welcome to visit crap hole of country.
I remember MSG Russell Peter “Pete” Bott, Special Forces Recon Team Viper. MIA Laos 2 December 1966.
Lest We Forget.
 May 22, 2016 at 10:17am
I am an old fart from a different era but I know one thing. My MI team was affected by the weakest person in the team. Team members resented having to carry the weight until they simply stopped doing it. The weak link ended up screwing up an ambush and got himself and others wounded.
At the most basic level, I want a soldier, like the soldier who pulled me out of the kill pocket, to be able to drag me out of danger. To me that means, no females in a combat team.
May 22, 2016 at 9:33am
Damn good idea.
 May 21, 2016 at 10:05am
We used to play paratrooper and jump out of the tree. I was one of those who broke their arm. My cast was a work of art after my friends signed it.
The best fun gift a parent can give a kid is a cardboard box big enough to get in to and roll down a hill.
 May 20, 2016 at 2:16pm
I am Catholic but this Pope is a jackass. He should be calling for a Crusade to eliminate Islam forever. Muslims lie. Muslims kill without mercy.
Maybe that's not what God is calling for.
God, right now, is calling for mercy.
That needs to come from all of us, too.
It is severely lacking from most Blazers commenting on this particular article.
 May 20, 2016 at 10:03am
No agent handler voluntarily gives out the information that he has a spy in the opponent’s leadership level.
Either O’Keefe is an idiot or this is a disinformation action.
 May 20, 2016 at 9:19am
Man or woman this person fell from the 100 foot ugly tree and hit every branch. Maybe taking a look at this thing will keep some confused person from “transitioning.”
 May 19, 2016 at 9:39am
Students in North Carolina just became dumbed down. I am sure I can’t even name my 1965 class valedictorian and salutatorian. They made no difference in my life during high school up to and including today.
I can! I'm a few years older than you, but not many.
It was a HUGE HONOR back then to be Valedictorian and/or Salutatorian.
Our school even recognized the "Top Ten" graduates. It was a BIG DEAL to be smart back then!
As a matter of fact, most of our graduating class "walked through" our basic college classes we were so well prepared.
 May 11, 2016 at 10:27am
We used to call the Purple Heart the “I was there but didn’t duck” medal. 44 years ago, mine didn’t mean much to me. Now it does.
 May 11, 2016 at 9:34am
Ah a mother’s love. I wonder what her son thinks when she tells him she would have sooner killed him than given birth?
 May 10, 2016 at 10:35am
Girls will be boys and boys will be girls
It’s a mixed up muddled up shook up world except for lola
Well i left home just a week before
And i’d never ever kissed a woman before
But lola smiled and took me by the hand
And said dear boy i’m gonna make you a man
Well i’m not the world’s most masculine man
But i know what i am and i’m glad i’m a man
And so is lola
Information provided by a person who is not a government employee can be classified. As someone who used to do background investigations for Top Secret clearances, all interviews, military or not, were classified Confidential at the minimum. In some instances, information provided could be classified Secret or Top Secret.
 May 6, 2016 at 3:16pm
Just an oddity regarding dogs. In Nebraska, if you post a beware of dog signage, your dog is legally considered a dangerous dog which results in your home owners insurance going up. I know this from personal experience. We had an Alaskan Malamute and put up a Beware of Dog sign.
Now we have a Beagle who barks whenever someone steps on our property and our home owners insurance went down.
We have a beware of dog sign, and our insurance did not go up... We don't have a dog, though...
GOOD information, though! I'll have to check into my insurance when/if we consider getting a dog.
Interesting. Posting a beware of dog sign here is considered "fair warning" to an intruder. Meaning if they get bit, you posted it, unless you invited them in, they are SOL and can't take action. Not posting a sign is considered negligent.
I've never heard of an insurance company raising rates because of a sign, but certainly for a dog. I had a Rottie and switched companies because he was considered "dangerous". Little kids had to be very careful, he might flop around on them as he rolled on his back for loves. Criminals, they'd probably get bit.
A little yapper is a good choice for most people. They let you know someone is there, and you can handle the situation as needed.
 May 2, 2016 at 10:20am
Our Beagle is a rescue dog. She was very submissive and did not like to be pet when we first brought her home. She now is a dog that loves to be pet, in particular belly rubs. She doesn’t like being hugged and she lets us know by drawing away.
 April 29, 2016 at 10:29am
Wow. She sure impacted my political beliefs. After all, she is a really, really old actress who no longer can find work pretending to be somebody else.