At 10:30 this morning on the World Trade Center grounds, a memorial will be dedicated — a statue commemorating a unique and proud chapter in our nation’s response to 9/11. Eleven years ago today, 36 US Special Forces soldiers landed at night in a blizzard in Afghanistan. They proceeded to rendezvous with Northern Alliance forces under Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum and in 30 short days to overthrow the Taliban. In radio contact with the Pentagon, the Americans were asked what goods they needed. The answer: saddles. For the first time in generations, these US troops were waging war on horseback.
Comments: I can say without hesitation that THIS is my favorite memorial to troops I have seen unveiled in the past 30 years. With no respect intended to those who served in Vietnam or Korea (only to the "artists"), this is not a black scar hidden in shame, nor is this bewildered American fighting men on a patrol, this, INCREDIBLY, is an heroic and unapologetic depiction of the American fighter in action.
It is even entitled "De Oppresso Liber"!
Unfortunately, the accompanying photo of the statue is murky, so here's a link to a better shot: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:America%27s_Response_Monument-De_Oppresso_Liber.jpg
The statue is beautiful. I heard on FOX this morning that some of these guys had never been of a horse before. Talk about on the job training! In that rough terrain and extreme weather these guys proved to be the heros they are.
The horses in that neck of the woods are small scrappy animals. Pony size. They are use to the conditions, however they were carrying way more weight than normal. God bless these little animals. As a horsewoman, I would describe these little guys as heaving "heart". They will literally go till they drop dead. The combination of our special services and these horses were destined for greatness. I am glad they have been honored in this way.
Knife-wielding assailants killed nine policemen and 17 civilians in a bloody attack that only ended after 10 attackers were shot dead in western China early Wednesday. At least three people were also injured during the early morning assault on the Lukqun Township in Xinjiang province, Chinese state media agency Xinhua reported. (*SNIP*)The region, which borders Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been the scene of numerous violent incidents in recent years amid tensions between the large population of Muslim Uighurs and the ruling Han ethnic group.
The sheriffs thought they were being summoned to the Capitol to discuss ideas for changes to New York´s gun control law, the SAFE Act. Instead, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told them to keep quiet. Opposition to the new law has simmered in upstate areas since Cuomo signed the law in January. Many county sheriffs oppose it, particularly its expanded definition of banned assault weapons, and have spoken out around the state. In January, the New York State Sheriffs´ Association wrote Cuomo with an analysis, and later suggested tweaks.
AMHERST, N.Y. - An Amherst man who had his guns taken away by the state is speaking out after the state admitted it made a mistake by suspending his pistol permit. David Lewis is the man State Police deemed so mentally ill he was unfit to own a gun. They recommended to a state judge that the 34-year-old librarian´s pistol permit be suspended and the judge signed the order. (*SNIP*) Tresmond also claims State Police have lined up a special unit to circumvent federal HIPAA laws to pry into gun owners´ medical records, which State Police deny.
AMHERST, N.Y. - State Police forced an Amherst man to turn in his guns after suspending his pistol permit over anti-anxiety medication. But now they say it was all a misunderstanding. Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs said, "Today, we all look like fools." "David," a 34-year-old college librarian, recently had his pistol permit taken away. Erie County´s Licensing Officer, Supreme Court Justice William Boller, was following a recommendation from State Police that David´s permit be revoked because he used anti-anxiety medication in the past.
An orderly protest over the death of an armed 16-year-old turned into a riot in Brooklyn tonight after young people started lashing out at NYPD officers. Between 60 and 100 rioters gathered around Church and Snyder Ave. in East Flatbush and threw bottles and other debris at police, witnesses said, following a vigil for Kimani Gray, 16, who was shot dead by two plainclothes officers over the weekend. One person has been arrested, though no injuries have been reported. They were lashing out at the NYPD, who they believe are responsible for the teen’s death.
ROCHESTER — Starting April 15, New York will have the smallest gun magazine limit in the country, and all signs indicate no gun makers have plans to accommodate it. Gun manufacturers have never had a reason to make a magazine with fewer than 10 rounds, because no state required it until now. And, as far as local gun dealers and the Democrat and Chronicle have been able to determine, there are no manufacturers planning to make seven-round magazines. This means that in less than two months, gun dealers such as Paul Martin, owner of Pro-Gun Services in Victor…
CHICAGO — A federal appeals court won´t reconsider an earlier ruling that Illinois´ concealed carry ban is unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Illinois´ ban in December and gave lawmakers until June 8 to legalize the concealed carry of firearms. Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked for all 10 judges to review the decision, saying it conflicted with decisions by other federal appellate courts and goes beyond what the U.S. Supreme Court has held. Illinois is the only state in the nation that still has a ban in place.
A knife-wielding attacker killed at least two Japanese tourists and wounded 11 others on Tuesday in a tourist district on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, government officials said. The incident took place in Tumon on Guam´s west coast, said Andy Gibson, an official in Gov. Eddie Calvo´s office. Gibson said three people died and 11 suffered injuries in the ordeal. A spokesperson from Japan´s foreign affairs ministry, meanwhile, said that two Japanese tourists were killed and 12 other Japanese were hospitalized.
Police in Southern California are hunting for a disgruntled ex-cop wanted in a double slaying and is suspected of shooting three police officers early Thursday, killing one of them. The Riverside Police Department said one of its officers was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to NBC 4 Los Angeles. A second officer was undergoing surgery. The third officer is with the Los Angeles Police Department and was shot in Corona, 50 miles east of Los Angeles. A bullet grazed his head and he was expected to recover, ABC affiliate KABC-TV reported. The LAPD says the suspect is former…
An armed guard at a Georgia middle school disarmed a student who had opened fire, wounding one person. A student opened fire at his middle school Thursday afternoon, wounding a 14-year-old in the neck before an armed officer working at the school was able to get the gun away, police said. Multiple shots were fired in the courtyard of Price Middle School just south of downtown about 1:50 p.m. and the one boy was hit, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said. In the aftermath, a teacher received minor cuts, he said. Headline split by staff
CLARENCE, N.Y. - In Clarence, tempers flared as gun-owners met with state officials to talk about the New York SAFE Act. (*SNIP*) And some questions had complicated answers. "You´re next question is, are you going to be arrested? I can´t answer that. It would be up to the officer you encounter. They would have to decide," said Mike Green of the Division of Criminal Justice Services. Some people got very heated with their questions, complaining that law-abiding people are getting punished. "Now you´re turning them into criminals. You´re making them angry. And when angry people get together they form militias…
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