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Truman-letterWilliam Banning was a Connecticut father whose young son died in the Korean War. After losing his son, Banning sent a short letter along with his son’s Purple Heart Medal to then-President Harry Truman. This letter, along with the Purple Heart Medal, was found in President Truman’s desk after his death in 1972, over 20 years later. In the President’s latter years, Truman names his decision over whether to enter the Korean War as the most difficult decision he had to make during his presidency. Read more…

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Reagan-salutesNow days, when you see the President of the United States pass a U.S. Marine or another service-member you’ll see a quick exchange of salutes. Most don’t know that this tradition was only recently established. Prior to 1981, the service-member would salute the President, but it was never reciprocated until President Ronald Reagan began the custom. As you can probably imagine, even this seemingly innocent change didn’t come without it’s critics. Read more…

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Dwight-d-eisenhower-lgIn 1952, General Dwight D. Eisenhower stepped down as the Commander of NATO and resigned his commission in the United States Army in order to run for the office of President of the United States. He was elected, and then re-elected as the country’s President, but after leaving Washington he regretted giving up his position for politics. He was a soldier at heart, not a politician. Fortunately, there was no one that was going to say no to General Eisenhower, so the country’s new President and Congress made an exception for the General. Read more…

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Marines Welcome Pres Bush Vs Pres Obama

↳ Posted on June 15th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Here are two events where each President went to visit U.S. Marines. The two events are like night and day in the manner that the Marines welcome the two Presidents. President Bush takes the cake here by far.

When the United States Marine Corps loves you that much nothing else really matters.

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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Unidentified Object Transmitting Signals from Galaxy M82

Posted on June 11th, 2014 by Ben Spera

6a00d8341bf7f753ef01630172b8a8970d-500wiA nearby galaxy known as Messier 82, or colloquially called the “cigar galaxy,” is harboring an astronomical enigma that scientists have yet to explain. The galaxy is roughly 12 million light-years away, relatively close, located in the constellation Ursa Major. The radio emissions abruptly began within a few days of the object first appearing in May of 2009, and have been going ever since. Read more…

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