Do something new this April. This week, that could mean dining on an old navy boat or heading to a meatball slapdown.
The Pentagon makes sure the public supports 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal
In November we started a new feature here on Fridays: the Voice has obtained hundreds of copies of L. Ron Hubbard's previously unpublished "Orders of the Day," which he gave to crew members as he sailed the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Our documents cover the period from late 1968 through 1971, a ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 15, 1973, Vol. XVIII, No. 7 Home from the war by Joe Shea CLARK AIR FORCE BASE, Philippines -- He was a tall, blond, and heavy man who breezed into the bar around 2 a.m. in a rumpled blue polo shirt. He ordered a Coke and we t ... More >>
The U.S. Navy fired a high-energy laser from a warship off of California to ignite a small boat on fire, the BBC reports. Laser technology has been tested for decades, but strikes over water have always been difficult due to dense ocean air reducing the beam's power. As the above video proves, sea a ... More >>
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. The Untold History of America: 1492 - 1963 Author: Ray Bilger Date: 1996 Publisher ... More >>
The Hunt for Kamel Red Lights.Did you wake up concerned for your countrymen? Well, you should be, now. Picture this: You're sitting around hundreds of feet below the surface, in a billion-dollar phallic iron shark, armed with the kind of weaponry that could tear a chunk off of Africa's wester ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 17, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 18 Target -- Grass Huts, or Hitting Where It Hurts By C. Joy MacSweeny "Our Phantom stood on the bomb deck, being loaded with two fat cylinders painted red and each marked 1000-lb firebomb -- otherwise ... More >>
The USS New York, a U.S. Navy vessel partly built with steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center, has begun its voyage from Louisiana to its namesake city. The ship's name was authorized at the suggestion of then-Governor George Pataki in 2002 to honor victims of and responders to the 9 ... More >>
The three Arrrrrs: Maritime schools tackle the seafaring menace
While a crewman aboard the M/V/ Maersk Alabama seems to imply in a note to friends that merchant vessels need weapons to battle future Somali pirate attacks, a leading maritime security expert says that's not such a good idea. "I assume the company will be forced into taking some k ... More >>
The crew of the M/V Maersk Alabama acted quickly to take control of key areas of the vessel after Somali pirates attacked on April 8, according to a crewmember's account obtained by the Voice. (The text of the email can be found after the jump.) The insider's emailed account of the initial day o ... More >>
If rightbloggers have a theme song, it must be ABBA's "Waterloo": And how could I ever refuse/I feel like I win when I lose. Their obsessive rapid response to Obama-related events has only one purpose: to declare a big win for their side, no matter what happens and even if it renders their earlier s ... More >>
An FBI hostage negotiation team has been called in on the Somali pirate case we mentioned yesterday. All the American hands are secure and in possession of their vessel except the captain, Richard Phillips. A U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer and other warships have been called to the scene. All of ... More >>
When Somali pirates grabbed a ship with an American crew, rightbloggers immediately declared, as usual, it was proof that Obama is a failure. "So far, the White House response has been weak," said Michelle Malkin within seconds. "Will this be a 'new chance for dialogue'?" sneered Hot Air. "Why were ... More >>
Top Pentagon lawyer Alberto Mora risked his career arguing against Guantánamo abuses. Now hes an Obama man.
P.S.1 explores the early works of a legendary filmmaker
Herb branches out
The stated rationale for the U.S. Navy shooting down a failed spy satellite is to protect us earthlings from the half-a-ton of super-toxic hydrazine rocket fuel stored inside the satellite. So perhaps it's only out of an abundance of caution that the Centers for Disease Control sent out a warning o ... More >>
Marchers against torture pledge five-day fast if denied entry
If counter-recruiters succeed and enlistees flee, a draft could be next.
ACLU releases documents of U.S. torture of detainees by more than 'a few bad apples'
Painting in the Wake of the A-Bomb
Tom Ridge's 'Crazy' Plan to Watch the Sky for Spores
Tigers, Copulating Horses, Camel(s)
The U.S. Navys Assault on the Puerto Rican Island of Vieques
The Four-Year Investigation Ends, the Mystery Endures
P.R. on War Out of Control