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Activities for kids on Armed Forces Day

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Activities for kids on Armed Forces Day

Saturday, May 17, Armed Forces Day is coming to a neighborhood near you. Granted, you haven’t done six weeks of shopping to prepare for the Big Day, but are your children jazzed for the Big Day?   If you check the polls, the same U.S. holidays turn up as the most

Jesus was an airborne Ranger

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Jesus was an airborne Ranger

A curious visitor dropped in on his local church to hear a Sunday sermon.  Later, a friend asked him how it had gone.  The visitor's reply:  "A preacher is a mild-mannered man, standing up in front of mild-mannered men, telling them they gotta be more mild-mannered."   A preacher like that

Good guys

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Good guys

This author remembers a family chat over the dinner table, now more than 45 years ago.  Grandpa was talking about the "mustard gas" that they used to use in World War I.  "They outlawed that," he said.   "Why did they do that?" your author - age 5 - asked.   "Because!" Grandpa

Lose the battle, win the war

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Lose the battle, win the war

This author sat down to write about our first President. He called to his wife, "I'll be in the office for a while. I've got to get into the frame of mind to write something about George Washington's military skill." She replied with a straight face, "Do you want me

10 things soldiers know that civilians don't

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10 things soldiers know that civilians don't

Robert Fulghum wrote a witty book for us, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. That's funny, and true, too. Play fair. Don't hit people. Clean up your own mess. Goldfish and hamsters die, and so do we. Yep, you learn a lot when you go to kindiegarten,

Dr. King had a vision of cooperation

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Dr. King had a vision of cooperation

In the movie Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, the rebels try to use the young heroine Katniss as a pivot point to rally others to their cause.  They put Katniss in front of cameras and give her scripted lines to read through.  She's worthless at that kind of acting.  The

Veterans Day true or false

Veterans Day

Veterans Day true or false

We'll take Military Rumors for $200, Alex. During the past few years, the Internet has been buried in a blizzard of myths, legends and bizarre rumors about the U.S. military.  Some of these even turn out to be true. How good are you at separating the real from the hoax?  Here

What happened to the marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima?

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What happened to the marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima?

The photograph of the flag raisers on Iwo Jima is one of the most reproduced in world history.  Also, the Iwo Jima statue, which is based on that photograph, at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial outside Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C., is the largest bronze sculpture in existence. Thirty-two

Lt. Commander Ernest E. Evans never gave up

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Lt. Commander Ernest E. Evans never gave up

In U.S. history books, there are plenty of veterans. And then there are some heroes. And then there are some war heroes that read more like they are comic-book characters. And then there is Lt. Cmdr. Ernest E. Evans. During WWII, Evans captained the U.S.S. Johnston (DD-557), a "tin can" destroyer

10 things you didn't know about the U.S. Army

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10 things you didn't know about the U.S. Army

Whether you are a foreign threat or merely a trivia buff, the U.S. Army has more than its share of surprises. Did you know? The Army is older than the United States itself.  During a Presidential campaign, Alan Keyes was once challenged to find a reference to God in the Constitution;

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Have a $8 weekend of thrills

"Yes, I went to the circus once, and my daddy promised to take me again some day, if I'm good." - Becky Thatcher, to Tom Sawyer One hundred years ago, Becky had the circus. Today, we have the multiplex.  When step inside, we're in a single-building version of Las Vegas.  We

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Props and Slops: "Despicable Me 2," "Turbo" and "Wizard of Oz"

Psssst!  Hey buddy!  Yeah, you!  Wanna make a quick $100? Whatever comes out of that guy's mouth next, it's not likely to be legal.  It's also not as likely to be as easy as, "let's see a different movie."  But if we're talking about taking the family to an IMAX movie,

Slops and Props at the $2 Gateway in Federal Way

Ever take the family to a blockbuster IMAX opening, butter the popcorn ... and feel like asking them for a 90 Days Same As Cash financing option? You're saved. Across the street from the Commons Mall in Federal Way, they're charging $2 a movie. All day, every day. The concessions aren't

Slops and Props: Wolverine, Monsters University, RED 2 ...

You know it; you love it: your Slops and Props guide to $2 popcorn movies. No film studies degrees here, and no track record of having fetched coffee for Roger Ebert. All you get is the truth. Like Gateway 8 in Federal Way, we're cheap at twice the price. The

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