Hill 65-Irish Vietnam Hero;Patrick Gallagher.

History of Sorts


I don’t often listen to RTE Radio 1 documentaries,because they are usually about subjects I have no interest in. But today in the car stuck in traffic I listened to a documentary and it broke my heart.

Among the 58,000 names inscribed on the Vietnam war memorial wall in Washington DC is that of corporal Patrick ‘Bob’ Gallagher.


Patrick grew up near Ballyhaunis in rural county Mayo before emigrating to the United States in the early 1960s. Patrick joined the US Marine Corps and was stationed in Vietnam during some of the most intense fighting of the war. Patrick was just  23 years old and a Marine Corporal when he was killed on duty in southeast Asia. Just before he died, Patrick was awarded a Navy Cross, the second highest honor in the US military. Like many war dead, Patrick is remembered by his family in Ireland and his friends…

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Israel to Spend $36 Million on Jewish Education in European Schools

The Ugly Truth


“The aim of the program is to strengthen Jewish identity and connection to Israel on the part of students at Jewish schools around the world (…) In November, the Diaspora Affairs Ministry got 190 million shekels in extra allocations over the next two years to strengthen Jews’ connection with Israel and fight assimilation.

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The DOE vs. Ugly Reality

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

Over at the Washington Post, Chris Mooney and the usual suspects are seriously alarmed by a memo sent out by the Transition Team at the Department of Energy. They describe it in breathless terms in an article entitled “Trump transition team for Energy Department seeks names of employees involved in climate meetings“.   The finest part was this quote from Michael Halpern:

Michael Halpern, deputy director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Center for Science and Democracy, called the memo’s demand that Energy officials identify specific employees “alarming.”

“If the Trump administration is already singling out scientists for doing their jobs, the scientific community is right to be worried about what his administration will do in office. What’s next? Trump administration officials holding up lists of ‘known climatologists’ and urging the public to go after them?” Halpern asked.

Oh … you mean like…

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The evolution of gas reciprocating engines 

Tallbloke's Talkshop

Experts say reciprocating gas engines can respond faster to load changes than any other prime mover, can compete with small gas turbine systems and also help fill in an efficient way the gap left by the lack of energy storage in most grid systems, as Power Engineering reports.

In southern Minnesota, where wind turbines and ethanol plants are commonplace, two communities have turned to reciprocating engine technology to meet their future power generation needs.

The Fairmont Energy Station, a 25-MW project completed in 2014, and the Owatonna Energy Station, a 38-MW project now under construction, feature highly flexible, quick-starting, low-maintenance reciprocating engines suited for today’s market, which places a premium on rapid-cycling capabilities.

Minnesota is home to about 100 wind power projects and ranks No. 7 in net wind power production in the U.S. That means Minnesota power producers must have reliable backup power to fill the sudden gaps created…

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Actor Judge Reinhold arrested at Dallas airport: police

The Crusader Journal

Dec 9 (Reuters) – Actor Judge Reinhold has been arrested at
Dallas Love Field Airport after he refused to be screened at a
security check point, police said.

Reinhold, 59, was taken into custody at about 1:15 p.m.
local time on Thursday and charged with disorderly conduct, a
misdemeanor, the Dallas Police Department said in a statement.

Reinhold, who is known for roles in movies such as “Beverly
Hills Cop,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Gremlins,” was
arrested for causing a disturbance by refusing to be screened at
a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, police

Reinhold went through a TSA scanner and was stopped when his
bag set off an alarm, his lawyer, Steve Stodghill, told the
Dallas Morning News.

Agents asked to pat Reinhold down, but he did not understand
why it was needed after he went through the scanner without an
alarm, Stodghill said.

Police officials were…

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France: Decomposing in Front of Our Eyes


Source: The Gatestone Institute, by Yves Mamou

  • Four officers were injured (two badly burned) when around 15 “youths” (Muslim gang-members) swarmed their cars and hurled rocks and firebombs at them. Police were aggrieved when the minister of interior called the attackers “little wild ones.” Police and opposition politicians replied that the attackers were not “little wild ones but criminals who attacked police to kill.”
  • Two students at a vocational training school in Calais attacked a teacher, and one fractured the teacher’s jaw and several teeth — because the teacher had asked one of the students to get back to work.
  • “This is a warning. These young people did not attack the school by chance; they wanted to attack the institution, to attack the State.” — Yacine, 21, a student at the University of Paris II.
  • The riot, which lasted for four nights, broke out after the arrest of a…

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