There was a time in American civilization when the Bible was integral to every aspect of life. It was reverenced in the home. It was taught and used in the schools. It was incorporated into our laws and integrated into our courts of justice. It was quoted by politicians, judges, educators, and even entertainers. It permeated the great literature of Western Civilization. But with the multitude of attacks on the integrity, inspiration, and inerrancy of the Bible over the last century, respect for the Bible has waned significantly. Particularly after World War II, confidence in the Bible as the divine Word of God has been seriously undermined in America. Amazingly, a recent poll still shows the Bible to be the all-time favorite book for American adults: “Researchers said it’s rare to find such consensus among Americans, regardless of gender, education level, geographic location, race/ethnicity or age” (Hamm, 2008).
THE BIBLE’S CLAIM
How important is belief in the Bible to the survival of any nation? The Bible speaks directly to this point: it is absolutely critical to both personal and private life, as well as national life. Consider these few biblical declarations:
Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess. Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the Lord our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him? And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?… You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land (Deuteronomy 4:5-8,40, emp. added; cf. 5:33; 6:2-3,18).
Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you today, which you shall command your children to be careful to observe—all the words of this law. For it is not a futile thing for you, because it is your life, and by this word you shall prolong your days in the land (Deuteronomy 32:46-47, emp. added).
The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it (Jeremiah 18:7-10, emp. added).
I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life. Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; for they are ever with me. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your precepts. How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:93,97-98,100,103-105, emp. added).
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12, emp. added).
If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free…. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day…. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth (John 8:31-32; 12:48; 17:17, emp. added).
This means that the Bible is the most important book on the planet, in a class by itself, surpassing all others. Indeed, whereas all other books are the word of men, the Bible is the Word of God.
THE FOUNDERS’ CLAIM
How important was the Bible in the minds of the architects of American civilization? History is decisive on this point as well: the Founders viewed the Bible as absolutely indispensable and integral to the survival of the Republic. It is no wonder that, after a decade-long study in an effort to identify where the Founders acquired their ideas for the formation of the nation and the writing of its constitutions of government, political scientists conducting the study concluded that the Founders cited the Bible in their political utterances far more often than any other source (see Lutz, 1988, pp. 140-141).
Indeed, we live in a time warp far removed from America’s origins. The Founders clearly believed that the initial founding and the future survival of the Republic were both heavily, if not exclusively, dependent on the successful diffusion of the Bible throughout society. In fact, the Framers of the first state constitution of Massachusetts emphasized that very point in its third article:
Article III. [As the happiness of a people, and the good order and preservation of civil government, essentially depend upon piety, religion and morality; and as these cannot be generally diffused through a community, but by the institution of the public worship of God, and of public instructions in piety, religion and morality: Therefore, to promote their happiness and to secure the good order and preservation of their government, the people of this commonwealth have a right to invest their legislature with power to authorize and require, and the legislature shall, from time to time, authorize and require, the several towns, parishes, precincts, and other bodies politic, or religious societies, to make suitable provision, at their own expense, for the institution of the public worship of God, and for the support and maintenance of...teachers of piety, religion and morality, in all cases where such provision shall not be made voluntarily (Constitution of the...,” emp. added).
The Framers of the Massachusetts constitution believed that “public instructions in piety, religion and morality” could come only from the Bible.
The Continental Congress considered the Bible so important to national life that they actually passed resolutions to make certain that Bibles were in abundance in the country. The Continental Congress directed a committee to investigate ways by which Bibles could be secured. The committee made its report on September 11, 1777, stating “that the use of the Bible is so universal, and its importance so great...your Committee recommend [sic] that Congress will order the Committee of Commerce to import 20,000 Bibles from Holland, Scotland, or elsewhere, into the different ports of the states in the Union.” Congress promptly ordered the importation (Journals of…, 1907, 8:734-745, emp. added). Four years later, as the colonies suffered from the effects of the British embargo, and as the shortage of Bibles continued, importation became sufficiently impractical that Congress was again petitioned for approval, this time to print Bibles in America, rather than to import them from outside the country. The request was approved and upon completion of the printing, on Thursday, September 12, 1782, the full Congress not only approved the edition, but gave permission for their endorsement to be placed in the front of the Bible! It read: “Whereupon, Resolved, That the United States in Congress assembled…recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States” (Journals of…, 1914, 23:574). Who today would believe that the members of the original Congress of the United States considered the Bible so important to national existence that they would expend effort—even in wartime—to make certain that Bibles were available to the American population? The present widespread loss of respect for and interest in the Bible, is disgraceful, and if continued, will spell our national doom.
English: Bureau of Land Management logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“It’s brought attention to a problem issue,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, told The Daily Signal. “I’m not an advocate of trespassing, taking over federal property, but now that they’ve brought attention to the issue, they don’t need to be violating laws, either—local, state, or federal.”
“We do need to get to the bottom of what happened to the Hammonds. It sounds very abusive,” Gohmert, chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, continued. “We’ve got too much power in the hands of the [Bureau of Land Management], too much power in the hands of Fish and Wildlife [Service], too much power in the Department of the Interior.”
The federal government currently owns more than 630 million acres of land across the United States, and the Texas Republican warned that the federal government is beginning to creep farther east in terms of the land it controls.
English: Headquarters for the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in SE Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
(CNN)A group of armed protesters have taken over a building in a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, accusing officials of unfairly punishing ranchers who refused to sell their land, a spokesman for the group told CNN.
The protesters occupied part of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns after a march supporting Dwight and Steven Hammond, two ranchers who are convicted of arson.
Prosecutors said the Hammonds set the fire, which burned about 130 acres in 2001, to cover up poaching. The father and son were sentenced to five years in prison.
The Hammonds said they lit the fire to reduce the growth of invasive plants and protect their property from wildfires, CNN affiliate KTVZ reported.
The family and friends of a grandmother who was 'accidentally' shot dead by Chicago Police have said it is time for cops to ask questions instead of shooting first.
Bettie Jones, 55, and Quintonio LeGrier, 19, died during a domestic disturbance on Saturday.
Jones was a neighbor of LeGrier's and lived in a first-floor apartment with her boyfriend.
'The 55-year-old female victim was accidentally struck and tragically killed,' a police statement released Saturday afternoon read. The department extends its deepest condolences to the victim's family and friends.'
Jacqueline Walker, a friend of Jones, asked why police 'shoot first and ask questions later.' Police should use stun guns or other nonlethal methods instead, Walker said at a news conference outside the West Side residence where the victims lived.
Jones, a mother of five who had hosted family for Christmas, and LeGrier, a college student home for holiday break, were pronounced dead at hospitals, according to relatives and the Cook County medical examiner's office.
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Mother-of-five Bettie Jones, 55, was pronounced dead at Loretto Hospital at 4.51am after being shot by police
, U.S. Senator from Nebraska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has told Foreign Policy Obama betrayed the United States when he ordered the Pentagon to stand down on a retaliatory strike against Damascus in response to the Ghouta chemical attack.
Obama had declared a “red line” on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but “Assad did it anyway, and Hagel had spent the day approving final plans for a barrage of Tomahawk cruise missile strikes against Damascus. U.S. naval destroyers were in the Mediterranean, awaiting orders to fire,” Foreign Policy reported on Friday.
Instead of green lighting the attack, “Obama told a stunned Hagel to stand down. Assad’s Aug. 21 chemical attack in a Damascus suburb had killed hundreds of civilians, but the president said the United States wasn’t going to take any military action against the Syrian government. The president had decided to ignore his own red line—a decision, Hagel believes, that dealt a severe blow to the credibility of both Obama and the United States.”
We now know al-Assad had nothing to do with the chemical attack. Days after the attack Dale Gavlak and Yahya Ababneh, freelance reporters for the Associated Press interviewed doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families. They presented a different picture than the one pushed by the Obama administration and headlined by the corporate media. MORE
War is Hell, and it is in Hell, many of our servicemen find themselves in!
When Staff Sergeant William 'Bill' Bee heard a single shot from what he feared was a Taliban sniper, he quickly grabbed his rifle and prepared to fire back. The Marine - whose wife Bobbie was seven months pregnant with their son Ethan (pictured right with Bee) - risked his life by running to a nearby wall without wearing his helmet or Kevlar vest and aimed at a window 150 meters away. Seconds later his world was plunged into darkness. The bullet missed his head by inches and caused the sandbank in front of him to explode. While the father-to-be was frantically carried away on a stretcher through the streets of Garmsir, a photographer embedded with their unit told him he had accidentally captured the horrifying close call - creating one of the most iconic images of the War on Terror. Seven years, on in his first interview since the picture was taken, the heroic Staff Sergeant Bee - whose face was seen on TVs and in newspapers around the world - has told Daily Mail Online in an emotional account how he now has constant flashbacks, violent outbursts and has tried to kill himself since he left the Marines. He also says he's struggled to get the psychiatric help he truly needs from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) - the government agency he accuses of having too many bureaucrats making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year of taxpayer money.EXCLUSIVE: It's an iconic image from the War on Terror - but this heroic Marine now has flashbacks, violent outbursts and even tried to kill himself... so why won't the VA give him the help he needs?
“I can't get killed for this job,” observed one of Adam Basford's former colleagues in the Yakima Police Department, explaining why he had refused to come to Basford's aid during a hand-to-hand struggle with an armed suspect. “I thought we were going to get killed, so I had to leave you there.”
That officer was one of three who were in a position to help on August 18, 2013 when Basford attempted to arrest Antonio Cardenas, a recently paroled felon who was suspected of aggravated assault with a firearm. Concerned over the safety of bystanders, including a young girl, Officer Basford didn't pull his gun. He found himself grappling with a younger ex-convict who was several inches taller and at least sixty pounds heavier, while every other available nearby officer found something better to do.
Basford was able to subdue the suspect without killing him or risking the lives of people in the neighborhood. Rather than receiving a commendation, Basford is now off the force and facing criminal charges – not for taking down an armed, violent felon without using lethal force, but for filing a misconduct complaint against an erstwhile colleague. MORE
Female prisoners are treated like prostitutes by guards at Florida's notorious Lowell Prison, a prosecutor claims.
Hundreds of inmates at the country's largest female prison have complained of being forced into having sex with wardens in exchange for basic amenities, a standard of protection, or bonuses such as a packet of cigarettes.
Having investigated the complaints, Ric Ridgway, chief assistant state attorney of Marion County, claims many of the issues are 'well founded', adding: 'there are things that are happening that are clearly illegal.'
However, with few surveillance cameras there is little evidence to support the claims or bring them to court, and Ridgway says he does not have the staff to man a legitimate investigation.
Speaking to the Miami Herald, which has published one of the most in-depth investigations into Lowell prison and its allegations of sexual misconduct to date, Ridgway said: 'The harsh reality is if an inmate says "an officer has sex with me" and that's all you've got, you don’t have a prayer.
'For many Lowell inmates, it's something they are not forced into doing.
Susan J. Dlott, District Judge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
God Does Work in Mysterious Ways.....How many victims has this Judge caused! More of this needs to happen to the elite class of liberals.
Federal Judge Susan Dlott wrote the book on racial profiling in 2002. Last week, she ripped it into one million tiny pieces when three black people broke into her $8 million Cincinnati home and started beating her and her 79-year old husband.
“There’s three black men with guns at our house,” Dlott told a 911 operator after she escaped the home invasion and ran to her neighbor’s house one mile away.
And just in case the operator did not hear her the first time, Dlott said it again: “My husband and the dogs are still there. There are three black men with guns and masks at the house.”
That’s Racial Profiling 101: Identifying the criminals by race, as if that had something to do with it. You remember, the same thing NBC tried to pin on George Zimmerman when it maliciously (mis)edited his 911 call about Trayvon Martin. Dlott became a national heroine of the movement to outlaw -- and define -- racial profiling in 2002, the year after the Cincinnati riots. Another memory refresher: That was when thousands of black people rampaged through Cincinnati for four days, burning, destroying, threatening, vandalizing, beating, defying police -- all because a police shooting reminded everyone that black people are relentless victims of relentless white racism.
To my Fellow Americans, “I am concerned for the security of our great nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within” - General Douglas MacArthur.
What exactly did General MacArthur mean? Let me try to explain. The United States was founded as a Constitutional Republic based on liberty and the unalienable rights of the individual; and where the government exercised it’s limited power and authority with the consent of “We the people”. But slowly, over the course of the past 100 years, “invisible” forces have turned us into a socialist “Democracy” where government is the Ultimate power and authority; where every action of our lives is legislated and restricted, and where Rights are becoming nonexistent. (If that sounds like an absurd statement, then think about this: the United States, a supposed Free society, has a population of 300 Million; yet this Free society has a total of 2.3 million adults held in prison; or one in every 99.1 adults. That puts the US far head of ANY other country: including Communist China, a supposed repressive society. China has a population of 1.3 Billion people, yet they have only 1.5 million people behind bars).
To those who believe that we continue to be a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people”, and that the government is limited in it's power and authority as enumerated in the Constitution, I say take the blinders off your eyes and wake up! If you do, and honestly seek the truth, this is what you will see. That today the true seat of Power in Washington is the “Invisible Government”, which exercises its total control from behind the scenes. Who is this Invisible Government? It is a small elite group of individuals who own and control the Giant International Banks and Corporations, and who exercise their control through the Military-Industrial Complex. Through their foundations and organizations, like the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Trilateral Commission , they train and groom those who would be the “movers and shakers” of both U.S. political parties; in other words, they own and control the Republican and Democratic parties.
Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with the government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.
Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleagues delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.
Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.
This morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.
Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.
As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.
Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.
I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.
UPDATED Syed Rizwan Farook (pictured inset), who is U.S.-born, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were killed in a gun battle with police after the mass shooting at a government holiday party held at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. Relatives have said the two were married. San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said Farook, 28, an environmental specialist with the county health department, had attended the party, but left 'angry'. He said a motive is not yet known, but said there did seem to be 'some degree of planning involved' in the attack. He added Farook and Malik were in a relationship, but is it not clear if they were married or engaged. Farook was an environmental specialist with the county health department who sometimes worked at the Inland Regional Center. Farook had reportedly recently traveled to Saudi Arabia, where he married a woman he had met online. Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), says the couple left their baby with family Wednesday morning and never returned. Farook's brother-in-law Farhan Khan spoke at a press conference held at the offices of the CAIR in Anaheim to say he was stunned to hear of his relative's involvement in the shooting. Khan, who is married to Farook's sister, said he last spoke to him about a week ago. He said he had 'absolutely no idea why he would do this. I am shocked myself.' MORE:'Devout' US citizen and his Saudi wife left their baby at home to storm office holiday party with automatic weapons and slaughter 14 of his colleagues before dying in bloody police shoot-out
So who's crazy now? In 2011, the MSM mercilessly mocked Michele Bachmann for saying that if she became president, gas prices would fall to under $2/gallon. Typical was Time magazine, which called her prediction "fantasy." Time mocked Bachmann's drill, baby, drill policy, sniffing that if implemented, "prices at the pump might drop a whole 3 cents a gallon." But on CBS This Morning, there was top oil analyst Tom Kloza, saying that by Christmas, gas prices would be in the range of . . . $1.99-2.29 [I saw $2.18 here in Texas yesterday].
So who's crazy now, and where does Bachmann go to get her apology from the MSM that so mercilessly mocked her? - See more HERE
It's Thanksgiving again and everyone everywhere is preparing to meet with family, friends, and loved ones to celebrate this most cherished occasion. Of course, the turkey, the staple on this season's menu, has come to symbolize the nation's memory of its genesis.
Hopefully, the profound reason and foundational idea of Thanksgiving are not lost in the merriment of the occasion.But, may it serve as a reminder of what we truly should be thankful for at this season-Civil and Religious Liberty. We must fervently guard against that which we celebrate. (More)
Liberty of Conscience Threatened
While many debate which day is God's Sabbath and whether or not it should be kept, the Bible predicts a tectonic struggle between the keeping of God's commandments and following the traditions of men. It is a struggle in which Liberty of Conscience will be severely threatened.
John the Revelator talks about it this way, "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:17).
An eminent nineteenth century Bible commentator offers some insight into that struggle. She writes
How Much Longer Will Our Liberties Endure?
Since the attack on the Twin Towers more than fourteen years ago, civil liberties continue to be curtailed in the name of security. Even though no such attack has since occurred on the American homeland, violent terrorists acts have become a daily staple in many places around the world.
There was the recent attack in Paris, France, claiming the lives of 130 souls, followed by attacks in Mali and Nigeria. The U.S. State Department warns that groups like ISIS, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram "continue to plan terrorists attacks in multiple regions". It proceeded to issue a travel alert which urges U.S. citizens to "exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation".
Americans are wondering, when will the next attack occur on in the land of the free and home of the brave? When it does, will liberties be further curtailed? What will America become as it marches on to its prophetic destiny? Read more.
Most stories of Thanksgiving history start with the harvest celebration of the pilgrims and the indians that took place in the autumn of 1621. Although they did have a three-day feast in celebration of a good harvest, and the local indians did participate, this "first Thanksgiving" was not a holiday, simply a gathering. There is little evidence that this feast of thanks led directly to our modern Thanksgiving Day holiday. Thanksgiving can, however, be traced back to 1863 when Pres. Lincoln became the first president to proclaim Thanksgiving Day. The holiday has been a fixture of late November ever since.
However, since most school children are taught that the first Thanksgiving was held in 1621 with the pilgrims and indians, let us take a closer look at just what took place leading up to that event, and then what happened in the centuries afterward that finally gave us our modern Thanksgiving.
The Pilgrims who sailed to this country aboard the Mayflower were originally members of the English Separatist Church. They were NOT the Puritans that we read so much about. Puritans did not believe in separting themselves from society, as the Pilgrims did. They had earlier fled their home in England and sailed to Holland (The Netherlands) to escape religious persecution. There, they enjoyed more religious tolerance, but they eventually became disenchanted with the Dutch way of life, thinking it ungodly. Seeking a better life, the Separatists negotiated with a London stock company to finance a pilgrimage to America. Most of those making the trip aboard the Mayflower were non-Separatists, but were hired to protect the company's interests. Only about one-third of the original colonists were Separatists.
The attack on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket last January proved that Islamic extremists regarded themselves as at war with France. It is now clear to everyone – including some French public figures who have resisted the idea – that, as President Hollande said on Saturday, France is now at war with Islamic extremists.
Because the enemy is already within – and the eight terrorists killed in the attacks in Paris are merely the tip of the iceberg – fighting this war will be unpleasant, difficult and controversial.
The website of Le Figaro, the conservative French newspaper, proclaimed that there was “war in the heart of Paris”. It is a mood widely shared by the French people, whose attitudes have themselves been radicalised by these terrible events.
Above all, we must realise that although this atrocity will change things in France quite profoundly, it is an alarm call to the rest of Europe, to us, and to the whole of Western civilisation.
We are all at war with Islamic extremism. The 128 people murdered in Paris could just as easily have been murdered in London, Berlin, Amsterdam or Rome. French politicians now see clearly that these attacks are a game-changer in terms of how their nation protects itself against this terrorism: so must the rest of Europe’s political class.
The name you seek may not be under the city you expect.
The state index pages are based on each casualty's Official Home of Record. The home of record may be the place the person entered military service or that person's residence at that time. The home of record is not always that person's birthplace, home town, or place of high school graduation. If you don't find the name where you expect, please also look under nearby larger cities or see the index pages by last name.
We don't have the authority to change the official home of record that was recorded 40 years ago, but we can correct spelling errors in information we display. More about Home of Record.
Click on a state name to see the names of casualties from that state.
Tomorrow is veteran's day....... Just a time for thought... so many died for you and me to be free. Do not forget them, or the cause of liberty, freedom and our Constitution!
The table below has information about the total number of service members, battle deaths, and nonmortal woundings in wars from 1775 to 2011; such as the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I and II, Vietnam, and more.
American Revolution (1775–1783)
War of 1812 (1812–1815)
Indian Wars (approx. 1817–1898)
Mexican War (1846–1848)
Other deaths in service (nontheater)
Civil War (1861–1865)
Total servicemembers (Union)
Battle deaths (Union)
Other deaths in service (nontheater) (Union)
Nonmortal woundings (Union)
Total servicemembers (Conf.)
Battle deaths (Conf.)
Other deaths in service (nontheater) (Conf.)
Nonmortal woundings (Conf.)
Spanish-American War (1898–1902)
Other deaths in service (nontheater)
World War I (1917–1918)3
Other deaths in service (nontheater)
fewer than 251
World War II (1940–1945)3
Other deaths in service (nontheater)
Korean War (1950–1953)
Other deaths in service (theater)
Other deaths in service (nontheater)
Vietnam War (1964–1975)
Other deaths in service (theater)
Other deaths in service (nontheater)
Gulf War (1990–1991)
Other deaths in service (theater)
Other deaths in service (nontheater)
America's Wars Total (1775–1991)
Military service during war
Other deaths in service (theater)
Other deaths in service (nontheater)
Living war veterans
Global War on Terror 5
Total Servicemembers (Worldwide) (as of Dec 31, 2010)
Deployed to Iraq (Operation New Dawn) (as of Dec. 31, 2010)
Deployed to Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom)(as of Dec. 31, 2010)
Battle Deaths (as of May 12, 2011)
Other Deaths (In Theater) (as of May 12, 2011)
Non-mortal Woundings (as of May 12, 2011)
1. Veterans Administration estimate as of Nov. 2008.
2. Estimated figure. Does not include 26,000–31,000 who died in Union prisons.
3. Years of U.S. involvement in war.
4. Approximately 1,065,000 veterans had service in multiple conflicts. They are counted under each conflict, but only once in the total.
Car owners can continue tinkering with their vehicles. In a long-awaited ruling announced Tuesday morning, the US Copyright Office granted an exemption in copyright law that permits gearheads and home mechanics to continue repairing and modifying their cars without running afoul of existing copyright law. Though it comes with a few caveats, the decision was a victory for car enthusiasts and vehicle owners, who could have otherwise been legally prohibited from accessing software that controls almost every vehicle function on modern cars.
Automakers opposed an exemption, saying the software had become too complex for everyday hobbyists to understand and that errors could lead to safety hazards. In written comments, their main lobbying arm had said allowing customers to continue fixing their own cars had become "legally problematic." But the Copyright Office officials concluded that altering the code or programs on the software did not infringe upon the OEMs claims that such software was protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The office said altering the code that runs electronic control units "for the purposes of facilitating diagnosis, repair and modification of vehicles" was permitted under the law.
Every three years, the office considers possible exemptions under the DMCA, which was enacted in 1998 largely as a means to deter video and music piracy. Back then, nobody considered the possibility the law could one day apply to vehicles. But cars have evolved to a point where critical functions are controlled by dozens of small computers. This is the first time the office had considered whether cars fell under the law's purview, and the ruling clarifies what had been ambiguous legal ground. But today's ruling won't go into effect for a year, which means it only provides two years of legal coverage until the exemptions are again debated at the end of the three-year cycle.
"We are pleased ... that the Librarian has acted to promote competition in the vehicle aftermarket and protect the long tradition of vehicle owners tinkering with their cars and tractors," wrote Kit Walsh, a senior attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which had proposed an exemption. "The year-long delay in implementing the exemptions, though, is disappointing and unjustified."
Noting concerns, the Copyright Office officials said the exemption needed to be "narrowly tailored." The exemption comes with some caveats. It excludes work on telematics and infotainment systems and explicitly reminds people that an exemption does not mean tinkerers can violate existing laws and regulations set forth by the EPA and Department of Transportation.
The exemption is also limited to the vehicle owners – it cannot be done by a third party on the owner's behalf. That's a carefully carved provision in the exemption that is a key consolation prize for automakers. It may mean independent mechanics cannot make some repairs or modifications, potentially forcing customers to only have their vehicles fixed at their dealerships or repair shops approved by manufacturers. MORE
Grace Chapel (Image: Wichita State University) A "predominantly Judeo-Christian environment" on Wichita State University's campus was deemed not inclusive enough for Muslim students last May. The solution: Rip up an alter and pews and make space for prayer rugs. Donor Harvey D. Grace stipulated to the Wichita, Kansas, school its Grace Chapel must be open to…