Soldiers Dancing Cheek To Cheek Captures Internet’s Imagination

(image via Reddit)

They say a picture paints a thousand words.

A vintage photo recently posted in several social media circles (I found it on Reddit) appears to show two young military servicemen dancing shirtless cheek to cheek.

One soldier facing the camera has his eyes closed with a blissful smile as he holds his bare chest against his friend.

It’s not clear if the duo is just messing around, or having a moment.

One commenter wrote, “They were probably goofing around but some of them probably secretly enjoyed it.”

Another seemed to agree with that assessment: “No women to dance with so they were just bros being bros.”

One aspect of the pic was undeniable though as one Redditor wrote, “I love how happy they look together.”

“I find it sad how today this is seen as homosexual behavior, but back then this was simply nonsexual and non-romantic fondness shared between two guys,” said another. “I want straight guys to not be stigmatized for sharing affection.”

And this Redditor summed up the feelings of many: “Everybody just wants some warmth in dark times. This is an awesome photo.”

I thought it was a touching way to begin the week.

Does anyone know the story behind the mystery photo? No one seems to know the true origin of the pic, although a poster on Imgur suggested it was from Sweden in 1955. But it’s set hearts aflutter in imagining the scenario.

Let me know in the comment section.

NY Times: No Power, Hot Food Or Thanksgiving For US Troops At Mexican Border



The New York Times has published a devastating depiction of the 5,600 US troops sent to the US/Mexican border.

Even though the migrant caravan isn’t expected to reach the border for weeks, and the Border Patrol & National Guard were more than equipped to handle the situation, the soldiers were deployed as part of Donald Trump’s explosive midterm election campaign promises.

But it turns out reality isn’t nearly as winning as a stump speech at a campaign rally.

There’s little electricity, no hot food, showers were only recently constructed, and most of the soldiers will miss not only Veterans Day with their families, but most probably Thanksgiving as well.

All so Donald Trump could whip up his followers.

From The New York Times:

The military’s morale issue is almost as worrisome. The deployment orders last until Dec. 15, meaning the troops will be on the border over Thanksgiving. They will have little to do beyond providing logistical support, unless Mr. Trump declares martial law. The troops will not be enforcing United States immigration law — that would run afoul of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, unless a special exception is made.

“When you give a soldier a real mission, you have less of a morale problem, even if it’s Christmas or Thanksgiving,” said Representative Anthony G. Brown, Democrat of Maryland and a former Army helicopter pilot who served in the Iraq war. “But when you send a soldier on a dubious mission, with no military value, over Thanksgiving, it doesn’t help morale at all.”

As it was at the bases in those early war zones, electricity at Base Camp Donna is scarce except to power lights and communications gear. In the last several days, the soldiers installed a small shower tent. Men and women have set hours for bathing. Permitted shower length: seven minutes.

There is no mess hall, just the brown, prepackaged M.R.E.’s. Military police officers patrol the perimeter at night, armed with handguns. The tents sleep 20 soldiers and have no electricity or air-conditioning. Phone charging is relegated to a few generators that power the spotlights around the living area.

Military experts estimate the deployment could cost as much as $200 million.

Trump To Father Of Fallen Muslim-American Soldier: “I’ve Made A Lot Of Sacrifices”

Responding for the first time to the father of a fallen Muslim-American soldier, Donald Trump told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he has “sacrificed” by creating “thousands and thousands of jobs” and having “tremendous success.”

On the last night of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, Gold Star father Khizr Khan, his wife Ghazala by his side, recounted to the crowd how his son was killed in 2004 by a car bomb in Iraq.

Khan also chastised Trump for seeking to ban Muslims from entering the country, saying that his son, U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, would not have been able to serve under a Trump presidency.

“Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America,” Khan said, addressing Trump. “You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”

Trump appeared to try to brush the speech aside, saying that Khan “was, you know, very emotional and probably looked like a nice guy to me.”

Pressed by Stephanopoulos to name the sacrifices he’d made for his country, Trump said: “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”

Just so I’m clear: Donald Trump sees his “tremendous success” as equitable to the service of fallen American soldiers?

Slain Canadian Soldier’s Dogs Wait For Owner To Return

As Canada continues to mourn for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was killed standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa, these heartbreaking photos show his dogs waiting for a return that will never happen.

From Dogtube:

Corporal Nathan Cirillo, 24, was standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Ottawa, when he was shot and killed on Wednesday.

Cirillo was a single dad. He was raising his six-year-old son on his own. Cirillo also loved animals. He had pictures of a kitten in his army bag, and had currently owned two dogs. His dogs have been photographed sticking their heads under the gate of the home, waiting for Cirillo to come back home. Unfortunately, that will never happen, and flags were flown at half-mast for the fallen soldier.

US Soldiers vs Miami Dolphin cheerleaders “Call Me Maybe”

So, I figured we had finally exhausted all of these Carly Rae Jepsen videos BUT some troops stationed in Afghanistan copied the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders version move for move. I think the guys get a lot of credit for making it their own. And who doesn’t like to see our American heroes show off their bodies and sense of humor?

And just in case, here’s the boy’s version all by itself.

Westboro Baptist Church members protest lesbian US soldiers’ funeral and stomp on American flag

From GuardianofValor.com:

So at the funeral today for Fallen Soldier Sgt. Johnson a Westboro member decided it would be smart to stomp on the American flag. A Soldier did not take kindly to that and broke through the line, hitting one of the protesters that was disgracing Old Glory.

As he was being arrested, two other Soldiers rescued the flag. The Soldier was not charged and later released.