Disgraced US Air Force Officers Were Set Up, Stasi Documents Show Decades Later

For nearly 40 years, Bill Burhans has steadfastly maintained he wasn’t drunk when, as an Air Force lieutenant colonel driving fellow U.S. military liaisons home from a holiday party with their Soviet counterparts in East Germany, he lost control of the car, careened up an embankment and slammed into a bus.

Matthew M. Burke and Marcus Kloeckner report: When the car came to a stop on Dec. 29, 1979, Air Force Lt. Col. James Tonge, his passenger, called to him to move the car to the shoulder. But Burhans sat frozen, except for his trembling hands.

It was as if he’d been “hit in the head with an ax at the slaughterhouse,” Tonge would later tell U.S. investigators in a sworn statement.

A copy of retired U.S. Air Force Col. James Tonge’s USMLM credentials. Never-before-seen Stasi documents indicate that Tonge, then a lieutenant colonel, and another U.S. Air Force officer, Lt. Col. Bill Burhans, were subject to a “targeted measure to discredit” them in Germany on Dec. 29, 1979 by the Soviets. Photo Courtesy of James Tonge

“He didn’t respond at all,” Tonge said of Burhans, who at the time was set to replace him as deputy of the U.S. Military Liaison Mission.

Based in Potsdam, near Berlin, the USMLM’s official mission was to serve as a liaison between the U.S. military command and its Soviet counterpart in post-war Germany, but its personnel also gathered intelligence, monitored Soviet forces and reported on readiness throughout the Cold War era. French, British and Soviet liaison missions did similar work.

After helping Burhans into the back seat, Tonge moved the car himself.

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. James Tonge, then a lieutenant colonel, far left, is seen here talking to his Soviet counterparts during a USMLM reception. Photo Courtesy of James Tonge

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[VIDEO] Dana Perino Joins Mercy Ships’ Humanitarian Mission in Africa

Floating hospital docked in the Republic of Benin; for more information visit mercyships.org

Dana first visited our ship in 2013 during Mercy Ships’ field service in the Republic of the Congo. She will return on March 8 for four days while we’re docked in Cotonou to witness firsthand the hope and healing our crew is bringing to the people of Benin. On board theAfrica Mercy, Dana plans to shadow volunteer surgeon Dr. Mark Shrime, visit a local community, meet with patients to learn their stories, and much more.

Photo Credit: Michelle Murrey; Dana PERINO (USA), guest of Don STEPHENS, waits with a child in the Communications Room on Selection Day in Pointe Noire, Congo
Photo Credit: Michelle Murrey; Dana PERINO (USA), guest of Don STEPHENS, waits with a child in the Communications Room on Selection Day in Pointe Noire, Congo africa mercy ship dock africa mercy ship port

Many people in developing nations have little or no access to healthcare, causing children, teens and adults to suffer every day from treatable medical conditions. That’s why we use a hospital ship to bring care to those directly in need. Since our founding in 1978, Mercy Ships has delivered free services impacting more than 2.5 million children and families. Dana will experience a small taste of this during her visit.

Mercy Ships is tirelessly motivated to bringing hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor, but we cannot do so without help from people like you. Mercy Ships operates via funding from private donors, foundations and socially responsible corporations. Our entire crew — from surgeons and nurses to chefs and electricians — is made up of volunteers who pay to serve on the ship. Read the rest of this entry »

[VIDEO] Thomas Sowell: What People Get Wrong About Poverty

Thomas Sowell is an American economist, social theorist, political philosopher, and author. He is currently Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.





The 20th Anniversary of the Castro Regime’s ’13 de Marzo’ Tugboat Massacre


All they wanted was to escape tyranny and slavery and give their children and themselves a chance to live in freedom. For Cuba’s Castro dictatorship, however, such yearning for liberty is a sin against the revolution. In fact, it is a sin so grave and so heinous that it is punishable by death….(read more)

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Cartoon of the Day: Limited Time Only!

The Hammer: Obama Robbing the Military to Further His Ideological Social Welfare Goals

“It’s robbing the military to inflate the entitlement state.”

Charles Krauthammer, on Friday’s Special Report, compared President Obama’s approach to that of European governments shifting resources from their militaries to social welfare after World War II. The key difference now being that the U.S. will not have an ally with the capacity to defend them as those European states have relied on the American military in recent decades…(read more)

“Europe had us behind them in the last 50 years when it had no military; there’s nobody to back us up if we strip our military and neuter it as we do now.”

National Review Online

[VIDEO] Biden Says He’s The Poorest Man in Congress, Has No Savings Acount

For National Review OnlineMolly Wharton writes: Vice President Joe Biden referred to himself as “the poorest man in Congress” during his speech at a White House summit for working families on Monday.

“I don’t own a single stock or bond . . . I have no savings account.”

— Vice president Joe Biden

When discussing the struggles that working parents experience as they balance their careers and family time…(read more)

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Polish Town Erects Statue of Peeing Lenin

[PHOTO] Women’s Liberation Protest, New York City 1970: ‘Eve was Framed’

26 Aug 1970 --- Trying to set the record straight, a young woman goes all the way back into Biblical history for a case in point, during a women's liberation demonstration in New York, New York. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

26 Aug 1970 — Trying to set the record straight, a young woman goes all the way back into Biblical history for a case in point, during a women’s liberation demonstration in New York, New York. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS


The World to Obama: “The Feeling is Mutual”

Obama Biographer: “The world seems to disappoint him”


[Photos] ‘100 Iconic Photos That Forever Define..’


First purchase of legal marijuana in Colorado, 2014


Astronauts go for a walk


A young Afghan woman shows her face in public for the first time after 5 years of Taliban Sharia law, 2001.

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…100 Iconic Photos That Forever Define The 21st Century So Far

May Day, First of May, Ancient Passage

©Photo. R.M.N. / R.-G. Ojéda

May Day, the first day of May, was a time to celebrate the arrival of spring. In the Middle Ages it was the custom to gather wildflowers and green branches, weave floral garlands, and dance around a Maypole.

image: Folio 5v: the calendar page for May of Les Trés Riches Heures du Duc de Berry.

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[VIDEO] South Korean Prime Minister Resigns Over Ferry

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won resigns over the government response to a ferry disaster on April 16. Sarah Toms reports.

Imagine this happening in the US., a high-level government official — the Chief Executive, even — confronting scandal, and resigning in disgrace, with minimal delay. Unthinkable.


He is Risen! What Christians Believe About Easter, and Why


“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.”

—Luke 24:5–6 (ESV)

For Breitbart.com writes:  “He is risen!” For centuries, it was proclaimed in the streets on Easter morning. It was a way that Christians identified each other on this day, as another Christian hearing it would respond, “He is risen indeed!”

Easter was the hope of an eternal existence, and one that has baffled scholars for centuries to explain. It’s hard to come up with a theory that explains it all away.

There was a sizeable group of men and women, whose leader claimed to be divine. They saw their leader arrested, tortured with a series of savage punishments that often proved deadly in their own right, nailed to a wooden cross through his hands and feet by professional executioners who crucified convicts on a regular basis, hung on that cross for hours until he was dead, then one soldier thrust a spear into his chest to confirm his demise before taking him down. The soldiers involved in this process would themselves be executed if a person handed over to them for termination was let go alive, so they tended to be thorough. After that point, his body was wrapped in burial clothes and he was put in a tomb under guard. His followers fled in fear and despair.

Then three days later they say they saw him, and spent time with him over a period of days. They said they spoke with him, ate food with him, and walked with him. Then they say he was taken up before their eyes into heaven. And for the rest of their lives, they would travel the known world heedless of any dangers, talking about Jesus Christ and writing the New Testament of the Bible. They were persecuted and executed one by one, yet still continued with unabated zeal for decades until their last breath. Read the rest of this entry »

[VIDEO] President Obama Makes Appeal to Tuned-Out Young People With Controversial Appearance on Wierdo Comedy Show

Oh, wait. That’s not President Obama. It’s that other president who stonewalled Congress, lied to the press, deceived the American public, kept enemies lists, spied on reporters, used the IRS to harass political opponents, rigged his second-term election victory, and spent his last days in office engulfed in corruption, scandal, and disgrace.


Document of the Day: Eisenhower Reaches Out to the Russian People…


On March 4, 1953 President Dwight D. Eisenhower drafted this statement for the Russian people while Joseph Stalin was gravely ill.  Stalin died the next day on March 5, 1953.

Draft statement by President Eisenhower on Joseph Stalin, 03/04/1953


Public Service Announcement


Vintage Movie Poster of the Day: ‘Destination Tokyo’ 1943

Warner Archive

Warner Archive

In Destination Tokyo 1943, the only military-action film he made during the war, Cary Grant plays Captain Cassidy who skippers his torpedo-laden thunderfish, the U.S.S. Copperfin with courage and resourcefulness as it makes its battle-strewn way from San Francisco to the Aleutians and into the enemy’s front yard. Under the trim, taut direction of Delmar Daves in his directorial debut, John Garfield leads a stellar array of costars as boys-next-door gone to war. Makes a perfect naval companion to Howard HawksAir Force 1943.

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Vintage Soviet Space Propaganda



Soviet Space Dog Laika Cigarette Pack 

Soviet Space Dog Laika Cigarette Pack 

Fortune Cookie



[VIDEO] Christina Hoff Sommers: Debunking The Gender Wage Gap Myth

The wage gap myth, most recently used by President Obama during the State of the Union Address, states that women make only 77 cents to every dollar that men earn. AEI resident scholar Christina Hoff Sommers debunks the bogus statistic.

More here…

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Labor, Wealth, and Income Redistribution: Barack Obama vs. Abraham Lincoln



Portable Photography in an Earlier Age


Vintage Movie Poster of the Day: Hitchcock


[VIDEO] Phenomenal Women: Jazzwomen Makin’ Waves and Breakin’ Free

One of my favorite simmerin’-sauce jazz bloggers, Jazzybeatchick, has an item you’ll want to see more of…

Jazzybeatchick writes:

I wanted to feature the Phenomenal Women who have influenced and were inspirational in my life particularly in the 1960’s when civil rights was not solely relegated to race.  Mom was my role model.  my B1FF and beside the fact that she was the best mom; it’s because she was an educator who believed and promoted multiethnic culturalism including women  to assimilate into American cultural life.  That meant not to segregate but the inclusion where we all would learn about diversity and to respect and appreciate one another.  My father, forced to deal racism in the jazz world, chose not make waves however it was whole different talk show when it came to allowing women to participate in performances because that would’ve make the situation worse on both fronts.  Neither agenda survived!

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History of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Attributed to Albrecht Dürer (1496). It is possible that this could be an early work of Durer, or just as likely the work of his master, Wolgemut. The 1484 refers to a planetary conjunction, not the date of the print. An early depiction of Syphilis which was still called 'French Disease' at the time.

A section of an illustration attributed to Albrecht Dürer (1496). It is possible that this could be an early work of Durer, or just as likely the work of his master, Wolgemut.

Did you know the original term for Syphilis was “The French Disease“, it made the flesh fall off your face, and killed millions of people? Ever wonder about state-of-the-art treatment for S.T.D.’s in the middle ages?

Did you know that in the 17th century, patients with syphilis were made to wear yellow in hospital ‘foul’ wards, and nicknamed “canaries” (the yellow clothing) until Westmoreland Lock Hospital in Dublin–the first to treat people with venereal diseases–opened in 1792? Of course you didn’t. Neither did I.

From stdpanels.com, an innovative timeline:

History of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

The samples shown here barely do it justice, it’s formatted in a way that can only be appreciated by visiting the site, and navigating from the 1400s, all the way up to the 21st century.

US Government WWII anti-VD poster believed to date from 1942-1945. This poster is now in the public domain. Posters like this one warning against VD were once commonplace.

US Government WWII anti-VD poster believed to date from 1942-1945. This poster is now in the public domain.
Posters like this one warning against VD were once commonplace.

For a long time it was thought that syphilis and gonorrhea were the same disease and it wasn’t until the 20th century that the distinction was made when it was discovered that they were caused by different bacteria. Posters like this one were commonplace in the 1940s to try and warn against venereal diseases.

History of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

During World War II large numbers of Americans, including soldiers, died of syphilis, leading the US Public Health Service to make a short motion picture entitled ‘To The People of The United States’ starring Jean Hersholt about the risks of contracting syphilis.

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Why China can’t take over the world

China News

China is preparing to surpass the United States as the world’s largest economy, in purchasing power parity terms (using China’s grossly exaggerated economic figures). Already its economy is supposedly 80% the size of the US, and if current growth rate differentials persist, it could possibly take China only about four more years to surpass the US .

At market exchange rates, China’s GDP is much smaller, and is expected to remain less than the US until 2028. This is hardly surprising. After all, China has four times as many people as the US; if every Chinese worker were to earn the US minimum wage, its GDP would be larger than the US. That is not a very high bar. With that economic size comes military power and global cultural clout.

China’s awe-inspiring rise is often framed as the return to a historical norm. A common belief is that…

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Besides Founding a Nation, Collecting Books, and French Wine, Thomas Jefferson also Designed a Pasta Machine

This document is in the public domain of the United States of America

This document is in the public domain of the United States of America

Drawing of a macaroni machine, with a sectional view showing holes through which dough could be extruded, by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson became interested in pasta and other exotic foodstuffs as a result of his travels…

Holy Macaroni, what didn’t this guy do?

Drawing: Wikimedia Commons

Amazon has this fine book: Dining at Monticello: In Good Taste and Abundance (Distributed for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation) 

For a more involved take on this, with sources, references, and even a Jefferson macaroni recipe, there’s a wonderful blog post at  acenewsservices.com  – “Thomas Jefferson the President and the Cook”:

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), principal author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United states, acquired a taste for continental cooking while serving as American minister to France in the 1780′s. When he returned to the United States in 1790 he brought with him a French cook and many recipes for French, Italian, and other au courant cookery. Jefferson not only served his guests the best European wines, but he liked to dazzle them with delights such as ice cream, peach flambe, macaroni, and macaroons. This drawing of a macaroni machine, with the sectional view showing holes from which dough could be extruded, reflects Jefferson’s curious mind and his interest and aptitude in mechanical matters…”

[VIDEO] American Conversation: Shelby Steele describes how the Civil Rights Movement veered off course

In the third video produced in conjunction with New York City’s 92nd Street Y, Shelby Steele, the Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow, describes how the civil rights movement veered off course after its greatest achievement, the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of 1965. After its initial success in securing individual freedom, the movement increasingly called for government transfer programs, which had the unintended effect of creating dependency, resentment, and an ongoing sense of victimization.

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[VIDEO] Flashback: Obama – “I am not an Ideologue. I’m not”

Obama – “I am not an ideologue” – YouTube

26 Amazing Cold War Vintage Home Front Posters


An entire generation has passed since the end of the Cold War. It was an era of jingoism and paranoia, and while there wasn’t actual conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union except through proxy, each side took the other very seriously. Even civilians were part of it, thanks to the indiscriminate killing potential of nuclear weapons. These vintage home front posters are from a time where America was ostensibly at peace, but was but a hair’s breadth away from total annihilation.


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The atomic age had brought with it the idea that anyone in the United States could be immolated within a matter of minutes of an attack from the Soviet Union. The United States had already been preparing civilians for air raid since World War 2, but after the USSR developed its own nuclear bomb in 1949, its preparation efforts went into overdrive.


Compared to some posters produced during World War 2, and certainly by today’s standards, a few of these posters are actually surprisingly fatalistic. It was actually assumed that some people would die in the event of an attack and the focus became more on flimsy attempts at damage control than anything else. It might be hard to imagine for many young people today to understand the mindset of people back then. Take a trip back in time and have a look at these:

26 Amazing Cold War Vintage Home Front Posters!

[Slide Show] John F Kennedy’s Women


Leave it to The Daily Caller to bring us a slide show of JFK’s conquests. From strippers to interns and Swedish aristocrats, President John F. Kennedy (allegedly) knew his way around the ladies.

Check out their slideshow of just a handful of Kennedy’s consorts

 The Daily Caller

November 14, 1969: Apollo 12 Mission Launches Into Space

November 14, 1969: Apollo 12 Mission Launches Into Space

On this day in 1969, Apollo 12 launched into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida as the second mission to land on the moon and the sixth manned flight in the United States’ Apollo program by NASA.

In total, the Apollo program resulted in 12 spaceflights and 12 astronauts who walked on the moon. The program developed as a result of President John F. Kennedy challenging the nation, in 1961, to land on the moon by the end on the decade.

Watch History Detectives’ “Moon Museum” which explores the question: Did NASA actually deliver the artwork of Andy Warhol to the moon?


Encouraging More Oswalds

The obsession with all aspects of JFK’s murder is toxic to our cultural health

Mona Charen writes:  The 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s murder is being marked, not primarily by retrospectives on his life and accomplishments, and not by reflections on the myth versus the reality of his presidency, but instead by one of the features of our media age that are poisonous to our cultural health — a macabre focus on the details of his murder.

National Geographic aired a film with the title “Killing Kennedy” (based on a book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard). Trailers featured images of the first couple in the open limousine and close-ups of the actor who played Lee Harvey Oswald raising a rifle to his face and closing one eye. The movie Parkland likewise features a reenactment of the fatal day Kennedy was shot, complete with descriptions of the president’s “shattered head” when he reached the hospital.

CBS’s contribution will put CBS figures front and center.  JFK: One PM Central Standard Time will reportedly focus on “the story of two men forever linked in history — Kennedy and CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, who delivered the tragic news to millions of TV viewers.” Bob Schieffer will also get his opportunity to bask in the reflected gore with As It Happened: John F. Kennedy 50 Years, during which Schieffer will reflect on the “fear and tension” in Dallas.

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The Future of New York?

Gritty 1970s pictures show New York City in decline as crime soared a hundreds of thousands fled to the suburbs

From the Daily Mail Reporter: The 1970s are considered a low point for New York City. More than 820,00 people fled the crime and an unreliable transit system over the course of the decade, moving from the city to the suburbs. The city went nearly bankrupt as Wall Street sputtered under the economic stagnation of the era.

Down time: The economy in New York City sputtered to a halt in the 1970s, leaving tens of thousands without work. These men were seen napping on a stoop on 30th Street in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood
Down time: The economy in New York City sputtered to a halt in the 1970s, leaving tens of thousands without work. These men were seen napping on a stoop on 30th Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood
Down time: This man waits for nothing in particular as he drinks a beer in the Bowery in Manhattan
Down time: This man waits for nothing in particular as he drinks a beer in the Bowery in Manhattan
Leland Bobbe
Leland Bobbe

Photographer Leland Bobbe captured the gritty, sometimes desperate nature of the men and women who populated New York in the 1970s.

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The Daily Hammer

The Daily Hammer

“Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country – and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.”

[VIDEO] The Hammer. Period.

President Obama flat-out lied when he told people that they could keep their insurance if they liked it, Charles Krauthammer says.

“When you add the word ‘period’ [to that statement], what you mean is there’s no context, there’re no percentages . . . there’s no extenuation, there’re no explanations — it’s ‘period.’ . . . and that’s the reason it passed,” Krauthammer said during his panel appearance on Special Report.

Krauthammer went on to accuse the president of believing that his rhetoric supersedes reality.

“He gives a speech a couple of weeks ago . . . in which he gives out the 800 number . . . and today he did the same thing, telling people whose policies are cancelled that they’re going to get improvements,” Krauthammer said. “He actually imagined [that] if he says something, it trumps reality.”

Krauthammer’s Take: National Review Online

[VIDEO] Crossfire Guest Nick Gillespie: President Like ‘Hitler in the Bunker’

Harry S. Truman (1884 – 1972), 1945 – 1953 the...

Gillispie said, of Sebelius, “she should have tendered her resignation,” and added “This is the biggest G.D. deal that a liberal administration has put forward since Harry Truman.”

“If the President didn’t know a couple days before how bad it was,” Gillespie added, “what is he, Hitler in the bunker? That is objectionable. ”

Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President of the U...

“Almost as objectable as the Hitler reference,” a smiling Van Jones added, because this is Crossfire.

“He’s like Nixon,” Gillespie allowed. “Is that better?”

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Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day

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[VIDEO] Hitler Learns About the Obamacare Exchanges

Steven Hayward writes: You knew this was coming.  In fact, Power Line may not have been the first to do it, but we didn’t look.  Anyway, from Power Line Productions, our latest original contribution to the “Hitler Learns About” oeuvre.  (Hat tip to Richard Samuelson, for collaborating on the writing.)

Power Line

Medieval Liberals


Victor Davis Hanson writes: A classical liberal was characteristically guided by disinterested logic and reason. He was open to gradual changes in society that were frowned upon by traditionalists in lockstep adherence to custom and protocol. The eight-hour work day, civil rights, and food- and drug-safety laws all grew out of classically liberal views. Government could press for moderate changes in the way society worked, within a conservative framework of revering the past, in order to pave the way for equality of opportunity in a safe and sane environment.

Among elite liberals today, all too few are of this classical mold — guided by reason and empirical observation. By far the majority are medieval and reactionary. By medieval I mean that they adhere to accepted doctrine — in this case, the progressive doctrine of always finding solutions in larger government and more taxes — despite all the evidence to the contrary. The irony is that they project just such ideological blinkers onto their conservative opponents.

Reactionary is a good adjective as well, since notions of wealth and poverty are frozen in amber around 1965, as if the technological revolution never took place and the federal welfare state hadn’t been erected — as if today’s poor were the emaciated Joads, rather than struggling with inordinate rates of obesity and diabetes, in air-conditioned apartments replete with big-screen TVs, and owning cell phones with more computing power than was available to the wealthy as recently as the 1980s. Flash-mobbing sneaker stores is more common than storming Costcos for bags of rice and flour. Read the rest of this entry »