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Dem-Backed Wisconsin Bill Seeks To Impose New Regulations On Gun Stores

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H/T Bearing Arms.

The gun grabbers are trying everything they can to undermine the Second Amendment.

Democrats in Wisconsin are looking to use a different tactic in their war on guns and gun rights. While the Second Amendment is the law of the land, and the Supreme Court has ruled that it extends to state and local governments, that simply restricts how the government can interfere with an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. With varying degrees of interference, of course.

Wisconsin Democrats are instead looking to target gun stores instead.

The proposal, LRB-3860, requires firearms retailers to lock all guns in a secured safe or steel gun cabinet or on a secured rod or cable when the when the business is closed or unattended. The sponsor said it comes as a response to a series of high-profile gun store burglaries in the state.

“I was shocked by the ease with which these criminals were able to steal multiple unsecured firearms. As a result, these guns are now out on the streets posing a danger to the community,” said state Rep. Lisa Subeck, D-Madison, in a statement. “The legislation I am introducing today will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on dangerous weapons by ensuring they are stored safely and securely after hours where they are sold.”

According to data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 7,488 firearms were reported stolen from federally licensed dealers last year but only 44 of those were in taken during burglaries in Wisconsin. The state saw 31 guns stolen in 2015.

On the surface, this looks to be more about preventing thefts than anything else. In fact, that may be what some of those who support the proposal are thinking it’s all about.

However, it may also represent a new tactic in the anti-gun arsenal.

The Second Amendment is clear, and while the Supreme Court has claimed that some limits on the kinds of guns that can be owned by civilians, that’s something many anti-gun zealots are probably not eager to challenge. Not with the Court’s current make-up, at least.

However, the Second Amendment doesn’t explicitly preclude attempts to regulate the sale of guns.

Wisconsin’s bill may ostensibly be about preventing theft, it may also serve as a trial balloon. Democrats may be floating this bill to see if gun rights activists will martial their forces to fight it. Especially since the easy counter is how no one wants guns to be stolen.

On the surface, this bill seems fairly innocuous. While it calls for securing guns after hours, it doesn’t require all firearms to be moved to the vault or other excessively burdensome acts. The fact that a lock and cable system is allowed–something far easier to do yet still somewhat secure–makes it a bit harder to oppose and not look like you’re in favor of making things easier for crooks.

But I don’t think it’s about that. Not in the long game, anyway.

See, Americans are comfortable with regulations impacting private businesses. For better or worse, this is considered normal. The gun grabbers may well be planning on increasing regulations on gun dealers to the point that it becomes prohibitively expensive to sell them. Either that or prices on the guns themselves will increase until their out of the price range of the average shooter.

Either way, they have managed to keep guns out of the hands of the rabble like you and me.

Maybe I’m just being paranoid, but since anti-gun crusaders have turned any and all tragedies into an excuse to restrict our rights, I think it’s understandable.

 

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America’s New Gun Control Bill Won’t Prevent Mass Death

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Senators have introduced a new bill to shore up America’s background check system, and it might pass. But it ignores some pretty glaring loopholes.

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“On Eternal Patrol Memorial Reef” To Honor 66 Lost U.S. Submarines

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H/T War History OnLine.

We need to remember and honor the members of The Silent Service that remain on Eternal Patrol.

USS Escolar (SS-294) – One of the lost submarines during WWII.

First undersea memorial to recognize all lost submarine crews and boats to be dedicated in Sarasota 50 years after loss of the USS Scorpion

As Veterans Day approaches, Eternal Reefs, Inc., a Sarasota-based 501c3 memorial organization, in partnership with Reef Innovations and The Reef Ball Foundation, announces plans to create the “On Eternal Patrol Memorial Reef.” The new underwater reef will be a collection of 67 reef balls representing the first ever undersea memorial to honor the crews of all 66 U.S. manned submarines that never returned and remain On Eternal Patrol and one reef ball representing the crews and boats lost in non-sinking accidents. The On Eternal Patrol Memorial Reef will be dedicated in Sarasota, Fla. on Memorial Day 2018, almost 50 years to the day after the U.S. nuclear submarine USS Scorpion was lost with all 99 officers and crew on 22 May 1968.

“We can think of no more fitting memorial to these veterans who lost their lives serving our country beneath the waves and it’s particularly impactful that we will make the dedication at the 50th anniversary of the loss of those 99 lives that were aboard the USS Scorpion,” said George Frankel, Eternal Reefs CEO. “These submarines and their crews will continue to serve and protect our marine environment for the benefit of future generations.”

Since the USS H.L. Hunley proved the potential of submarines in warfare, there have been 66 American manned submarines (representing more than 4,000 lost lives) missing at sea and never recovered. These submarines, crew members, and other officers and crew lost in non-sinking accidents, remain On Eternal Patrol. Many of these boats and crew members have never been recognized for their service and sacrifice.

Eternal Reefs has designed the first underwater memorial recognizing the work and sacrifice of submariners, “The Silent Service,” made in protecting the United States. View a video of the On Eternal Patrol Memorial Reef project, including a full listing of all submarines with their date of loss, on YouTube.

USS Cisco (SS-290)

On Memorial Day, 28 May 2018, the Sarasota-based non-profit will unveil 67 Eternal Reef balls with plaques identifying each of the submarines still On Eternal Patrol and one additional Eternal Reef ball to represent submariners lost in non-sinking accidents.

A reef ball is a designed artificial reef, specifically engineered to mimic Mother Nature; when deployed to the ocean floor, the reef ball quickly assimilates into the ocean environment and begins to replenish the diminishing natural coral reefs. New marine growth begins in as little as three months. More than 700,000 reef balls have been placed in 70+ countries and, since 1998 nearly 2,000 Eternal Reefs have been placed in 25 permitted sites off the U.S. coastline. An Eternal Reef is a reef ball that incorporates a person’s cremated remains giving family and friends a permanent underwater memorial for their loved one.

The 67 Eternal Reefs in the On Eternal Patrol project will contain no cremated remains, only a bronze plaque on each, recognizing the lost veterans and their boats.

An honor guard will present flags next Memorial Day to representatives for the lost submariners and for many of the lost submariners this will be the first time they’ve been recognized collectively for their contribution and sacrifice.

“The idea of an underwater memorial for all the boats and submariners still On Eternal Patrol is perfect because that’s where they are,” said Al Smith, a submarine veteran who survived the 11 August 1949 sinking of the USS Cochino (SS-345).

Shortly after Memorial Day 2018, the 67 reef balls will be deployed to the ocean off the coastline of Sarasota in a permitted artificial reef site, creating the On Eternal Patrol Memorial Reef, the world’s only undersea memorial to submarines and their crews who remain On Eternal Patrol.

Eternal Reefs is accepting outside funding to support the On Eternal Patrol Memorial Reef. Interested parties should call 888-423-7333 or email info@EternalReefs.com.

The Man in This Image: Refusing To Abandon The Wounded, Chaplain Emil Kapaun Remained Behind to Care for His Men & Died in a Korean POW Camp

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H/T War History OnLine.

  Captain Chaplain Emil Joseph Kapaun April 20,1916-May 23,1951 was the ninth Chaplin to become a Medal Of Honor recipient.            

Capt. Emil Kapaun (right), former chaplain with Headquarters Company, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, helps another soldier carry an exhausted Soldier off the battlefield early in the Korean War.

 

He didn’t carry a weapon, he wasn’t there to fight, but that didn’t stop chaplain Emil Kapaun from earning the nation’s highest military honor for gallantry. When over 20,000 Chinese soldiers surprised a few thousand men of the 8th Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of Unsan, one of the worst military routs of the war was about to take place.

Casualties were high as bullets, mortars, and rockets tore through the air before the order for every able-bodied man to withdraw was given. Having already braved the heavy fire to offer services and first-aid to the wounded, this chaplain refused to leave.  The enemy broke through, and combat was hand-to-hand, and yet Kapaun continued to serve faithfully and his time as a POW wouldn’t be any different.

He continually encouraged the men and willingly gave up his own food and medicine on their behalf until he passed away from his own medical conditions.

In 2013, President Obama posthumously awarded Kapaun the Medal of Honor after an extensive review of his record was conducted. As a result, we now have new knowledge of a story that had been long lost to history and yet is worthy of remembrance.

A Life of Service

Emil Kapaun was born on April 20th, 1916 on a farm just south of Pilsen, Kansas.  Knowing early on he wanted to be in service to the Church, he attended seminary and was ordained a Catholic priest on June 9th, 1940.

US Marines disembark at Pusan on their way to the front lines.
US Marines disembark at Pusan on their way to the front lines.

However, he was not beyond service to his country as he joined the US Army chaplains in 1944 seeing service in the Burma theater of operations.  He briefly returned home in 1946, but in September of 1949, he resumed his duties as a Chaplain and headed for Japan.

He would be assigned to the 8th Calvary Regiment, which was one of the first to hit the beaches when the United States pushed back from the Pusan Perimeter in 1950.  Working his way North with the men, he continued to serve with inexplicable gallantry and was awarded a Bronze Star with a “V” for rescuing the wounded under fire.

He would write home about the progress they were making as they closed in on the Chinese border and had hoped he would be home soon.  However, the war had other plans, and more gallantry would be required of the Chaplain.

Father Emil Kapaun celebrating Mass using the hood of a jeep as his altar, October 7, 1950.
Father Emil Kapaun celebrating Mass using the hood of a jeep as his altar, October 7, 1950.

With hopes that the war would soon be over as the United Nations forces were well north of Pyongyang, the 8th Calvary Regiment dug in around the North Korean town of Unsan.  Unfortunately for the 8th, approximately 20,000 Chinese soldiers had set their sights on the town in the hopes of destroying multiple ROK Divisions.

On the afternoon of November 1, 1950, the Chinese unleashed their surprise assault taking the American troops completely by surprise. Before midnight, the entire ROK 15th Infantry Regiment had been destroyed and 1st and 2nd Battalion of the 8th Calvary were running dangerously low on ammunition.

Troops of the U.S. 27th Infantry await North Korean attacks across the Naktong River from positions on the Pusan Perimeter, September 4, 1950.
Troops of the U.S. 27th Infantry await North Korean attacks across the Naktong River from positions on the Pusan Perimeter, September 4, 1950.

Disaster at Unsan

The 3rd Battalion had initially been left alone in the fighting and by using tactics of infiltration the North Korean forces had caused chaos and confusion in the middle of the night and the 3rd Battalion was virtually surrounded.  Casualties through the 8th were soaring and entire ROK regiments virtually ceased to exist.

The order to retreat was given as every able bodied man was given orders to withdraw while leaving heavy equipment behind.  It was a rout, and the Americans were on their way south.  It was in the context of this scene that Chaplain Emil Kapaun calmly walked the battlefield caring for the wounded and it was in the face onslaught that he willingly remained behind with the wounded to be captured.

Battle Map of Unsan via commons.wikimedia.org
Battle Map of Unsan

When the Chinese arrived, the fight continued, leading to the certain death of every American soldier left behind.  During the chaos of the battle, Kapaun noticed a wounded Chinese officer and ran through the fire to render aid and hopefully negotiate a peaceful surrender.

Kapaun’s gallantry worked, and the Chinese officer called out to his men to cease the killing.  At one point, a Chinese soldier drew down on an American First Sergeant preparing to shoot when with no regard for his own life, Kapaun pushed him out of the way.  They were now POWs and their ordeal in the war was far from over.

Once in the prison camp, Kapaun continued to serve the men whom he regarded as his congregation.  During the brutal winter of 1950, while men were freezing to death in their sleep, Kapaun would offer them his own clothes.

American POWs captured after the Battle of Unsan.
American POWs captured after the Battle of Unsan.

As they starved on tiny rations, it was common for Kapaun to be seen giving his food to the needy.  He would even forage food from the fields around the camp and sneak it past the guards not for himself, but for others.

A Final Service

As the men were ravaged by dysentery and disease, he boiled their water, washed their clothes, and treated their wounds.  The guards would often mock him for his faith and force him to stand in the cold naked for hours.

He never lost his faith and he never ceased to serve the men.  On Easter of 1951, he led a service using twigs put together as a cross and a small prayer missal he had hidden.

However, disease began to take its toll on Kapaun.  He developed a limp from a blood clot which was followed by dysentery and pneumonia. Once the North Koreas realized his condition, they sought their chance to rid the camp of the man who inspired so much hope in the men.

He was taken to a “death house” against the pleadings of the men where he would be left without food or water to die.  Kapaun’s words to his men were simply, “I’m going where I’ve always wanted to go.”  He died on May 23rd, 1951 and while he was initially honored with the Distinguished Service Cross, subsequent accounts would result in upgrading to the Medal of Honor.

He inspired the men in battle with his gallantry, he inspired the men in the POW camp with his mercy, and he can know continue to inspire us all with his dedication to service and sacrifice.

 

Boston Globe Calls For Gun Confiscation

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H/T Bearing Arms.

What would  fierce patriots such as James Otis, Samuel Adams, John Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere think of the Boston Globe’s position on firearm confiscation?

Within any gun debate, gun control advocates will typically spout some platitude about how they’re not wanting to ban guns outright, just certain guns. Maybe they’re saying they don’t want the hunting rifles, but do want the modern sporting rifles like the AR-15, whatever. Regardless of the specifics, they’ll routinely say they don’t want all the guns.

Of course, that’s a load of bovine excrement.

While some gun control advocates may, indeed, be sincere about their lack of desire for the confiscation of all firearms, there are more than enough who do. Take, for example, David Scharfenberg at the Boston Globe.

Scharfenberg wrote an op-ed last week all about how we need gun confiscation here in the United States, much like Australia had.

Still, even if we find a way to keep guns out of the hands of people who have engaged in disturbing or violent behavior — no small task, given all the stories of the troubled shooters who slipped through the cracks — it will only get us so far.

The United States’ astronomically high rates of firearm violence aren’t rooted in some unique American propensity for derangement and delinquency. Studies show our levels of mental illness and basic criminality are on par with other wealthy countries.

Other common explanations, like the social fissures created by our racial diversity, have been debunked by researchers, too. The only explanation left — an explanation borne out by a number of careful studies — is the sheer size of the American arsenal. There are 310 million handguns, shotguns, and semi-automatic weapons in American homes, garages, and waistbands.

Ultimately, if gun-control advocates really want to stanch the blood, there’s no way around it: They’ll have to persuade more people of the need to confiscate millions of those firearms, as radical as that idea may now seem.

And this is why gun rights advocates fight any and all gun control measures so vehemently.

Scharfenberg is simply stating an endgame that we already know is on the agenda. Today, the boogieman is the so-called assault rifle. Tomorrow, it’ll be the semi-auto handgun. Then it’ll be the “sniper rifle,” which most of us know as a hunting rifle. Yes, they want the guns. They want them all, and they won’t be happy with any ground given until they have them all.

It doesn’t matter that much of our gun violence is gang-related. It doesn’t matter that you can find far fewer guns in places like South America, yet much higher rates of violence. It doesn’t matter that most of our gun violence is centered on American cities, indicating the issue is something more localized than guns per capita.

No, none of that matters.

All that matters is blaming the tool sufficiently that people will gladly give up their firearms so our betters can make decisions for us. They can keep us safe and sound…except they can’t. Even if they desperately wanted to, they can’t.

The United States isn’t England, Australia, or any other country on Earth. We do have the Second Amendment, and we do have massive numbers of people who will vocally defend that amendment, many with their lives if necessary, but more importantly, we have a different culture than those nations. That different culture means what may work over there won’t necessarily work over here.

That’s especially true for gun confiscation programs.

Not that it matters, though. Democrats know damn good and well that trying to take all the guns is a non-starter, at least in one fell swoop. They know they need to take them incrementally.

Republicans, despite some recent squishiness on guns, aren’t likely to give up that kind of ground anytime soon. Bump stocks are one thing. Modern sporting rifles are another.

But never let a gun control advocate say that they, as a group, don’t want all the guns. Of course, they do, and the Boston Globe pretty much admitted it.

The Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk and Warhawk – American WWII Fighters

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H/T War History OnLine.

A look at a World War II warbird.

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An American Fighter

The Curtiss P-40, known as the Warhawk, was an American fighter plane. It went into service during WWII, where it was widely used by the American and British air forces.

Building on the P-36

The P-40 was the latest in a line of Hawk fighters produced by Curtiss for the US military. Its predecessor, the Curtiss P-36 Hawk, was one of the most advanced fighters in the world when it entered service in 1935. It impressed the US Army Air Corps, who placed their largest ever peacetime order for fighters; 210 P-36 Hawks.

P-36As were an important part of the defensive force in Hawaii at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack in December 1941. By then they were widely seen as being out of date, due to the incredibly fast pace of change in early fighter aircraft design. As a result, Curtiss set to work on a new fighter – the P-40.

Flush Rivets

One of the improvements of the P-40 on the P-36 was the introduction of flush rivets. Although each rivet was only a small factor, there were many of them, and collectively they added to the plane’s drag. Rivets that sat flush with the surface, therefore, helped to make the plane more aerodynamic.

Allison Engine

The P-40 had an Allison in-line piston engine. It was liquid-cooled, an advance on the air-cooled Wright Cyclone radial engine that powered the P-36.

Speed

The improvements led to a plane that was faster than its predecessor. The maximum speed of a P-40N was 378 miles per hour, compared with the P-36G’s 322 miles per hour.

A Hawk 87A-3 (Kittyhawk Mk IA) serial number AK987, in a USAAF 23d Fighter Group (the former “Flying Tigers”) paint scheme, at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Reaching Heights

In some ways, the P-40 was only as good as its predecessor. It could attain an altitude of 15,000 feet in six minutes and 42 seconds, slightly less impressive than the climb rate of its predecessor, which could reach that height in six minutes. On the other hand, the P-40 could go higher. It could perform its job at altitudes of up to 38,000 feet, compared with the 32,350 feet of the P-36.

Reduced Range

The P-40 could not go as far from home as the P-36. The Hawk had a range of up to 650 miles. The P-40’s range was only 240 which was suitable for defensive flying and short-range missions but was a downside in launching strikes deeper into enemy territory.

Another Hit with the USAAC

Like the P-36 before it, the P-40 proved popular with the US Army Air Corps. It took over as the leading fighter of the USAAC’s pursuit squadrons.

Diverted from France

The French military had ordered a consignment of P-40s before Germany invaded their country in 1940. After the fall of France, the planes were instead diverted to Britain, where they joined the fighter squadrons defending that island nation against the advance of the Axis powers.

Also Known as the Tomahawk

The British had also ordered their own P-40s. They were given a new designation in Britain, being named Tomahawks.

Armourers working on a Tomahawk Mk.II from No. 3 Squadron RAAF in North Africa, 23 December 1941.

Limits of the Tomahawk

During the early years of WWII, Europe played host to some of the most intense aerial combat ever seen. During the Battle of Britain and the international bombing raids that followed, as well as aerial cover for invasions of Poland, France, and Norway, there was fierce fighting in the skies.

In those conditions, fighter planes were tested to their limits. The Tomahawk did not live up to the hopes of the Royal Air Force. Its engine was not powerful enough to stand up to the rigors of dog fighting against the best planes Germany had to offer. Instead of remaining in use as a fighter, it was reassigned for use in low-level tactical reconnaissance work.

Successes in China

100 Tomahawk IIs were sent from Britain to China, where the American Volunteer Group used them. They had far greater success against the Japanese planes.

Arrival of the P-40D

Despite the limitations of the Tomahawk, the British ordered a new version of the P-40. It was the P-40D, which was given the name Kittyhawk. The name is sometimes mistakenly used to refer to all P-40s.

The first Kittyhawk flight took place in May 1941.

Upgraded Armament

The improvements made to the Kittyhawk included changes to the weaponry the P-40 carried. Guns that had previously been located in the nose were replaced by four 0.5 inch machine-guns mounted in the wings.

A rack could also be added to the underside of the Kittyhawk allowing it to carry a 500-pound bomb.

North Africa, c. 1943. A P-40 “Kittybomber” of No. 450 Squadron RAAF, loaded with six 250 lb (110 kg) bombs.

Fighting in the Desert

P-40s played an important part in the North African campaigns. Fighter-bombers were useful in attacking supply convoys and troops moving around Tunisia. The Kittyhawk gained a particularly impressive reputation for its service in the western desert.

Neville Duke

One of Britain’s most impressive test pilots, Neville Duke achieved many of his successes while flying P-40s. In the skies above Africa, he destroyed 5 Axis planes while flying Tomahawks and another 12 while piloting Kittyhawks.

Carrier Service

The P-40 was not designed for service on aircraft carriers. Planes built for the US Army were made as light as possible, to make them maneuverable in a dogfight. Those designed for the Navy had to be rugged so they could withstand being launched by catapults and brought to an abrupt stop by hooks and wires on a carrier.

In the build up to the American invasion of North Africa in 1942, tests found that P-40s could be safely launched from carriers, provided a few modifications were made. Adjustments and training were hastily done so they could provide air cover during Operation Torch.

When the US Army Air Force’s 33rd Fighter Group arrived in Africa aboard the USS Chenango, they did so with 76 Warhawks.

Source:
Francis Crosby (2010), The Complete Guide to Fighters & Bombers of the World
Orr Kelly (2002), Meeting the Fox: The Allied Invasion of Africa, from Operation Torch to Kasserine Pass to Victory in Tunisia

 

Maxine Waters Screams ‘Impeach 45’ from the Stage at Star-Studded Glamour Awards

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H/T Breitbarts Big HollyWood.

While Maxine Waters is as nutty as a squirrel turd the voters in her district are crazier as they keep reelecting her.

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NEW YORK (AP) — There were movie stars and supermodels, TV hosts and pop stars.

But perhaps the most rapturous ovation at Glamour magazine’s annual Women of the Year awards went to 79-year-old Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters of California, who delighted the crowd — including hundreds of cheering young girls — with a rousing speech that ended on a very political note. “Impeach him,” she exhorted the audience. “Impeach 45! Impeach 45!”

Alongside Waters, honorees at Monday evening’s ceremony, held at a theater in Brooklyn, included actress Nicole Kidman, singer Solange Knowles, late-night host Samantha Bee, model Gigi Hadid, film director Patty Jenkins, and fashion designer Maria Grazia Chiuri of Christian Dior. Also honored were record-setting astronaut Peggy Whitson, Syrian refugee and UNICEF ambassador Muzoon Almellehan and the many organizers of the January women’s marches.

Maxine Waters speaks onstage at Glamour’s 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Glamour)

Though this was the 27th year of the Glamour awards, there was a different sensation this time around, noted Cindi Leive, Glamour’s outgoing editor-in-chief.

“There’s a feeling in the air,” she told the crowd at the beginning. She didn’t have to explain that she was referring to the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal and the subsequent cascade of allegations in Hollywood and elsewhere, with both women and men coming forward to accuse powerful men of sexual harassment, assault or misconduct.

“This is a singular moment for women,” Leive said. “I am so glad that we get to seize it.”

Nicole Kidman speaks onstage at Glamour’s 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Glamour)

One of the most powerful moments in the ceremony came when the two New York Times reporters who broke the Weinstein story — Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey — took the stage to introduce a quartet of women who had experienced sexual harassment or assault. The first to speak: Anita Hill, who has been a symbol of the fight against sexual harassment ever since she testified in 1991 against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. She hadn’t gotten the result she wanted back then, she explained — Thomas was confirmed anyway — but in just a few years, official complaints of sexual harassment skyrocketed. “I saw that we had a chance to shift the narrative,” Hill said.

Also appearing was Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, who came forward last week to allege she was sexually abused by a U.S. team doctor, Larry Nassar, who has been accused by more than 100 women and girls of sexual assault. “We need answers,” Raisman said.

Kidman, accepting her award, noted it had been “an extraordinary year — we’re in uncharted territory right now.” But she said she preferred to celebrate “all of us, and what makes us, us.” She thanked her parents, and then noted that she had “an extraordinary husband,” singer Keith Urban. “As much as I’m a strong woman, I need help and I need support,” she said.

(L-R) Anita Hill, Aly Raisman, Anna Cardenas and Cameron Russell speak onstage at Glamour’s 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Glamour)

Along with the honorees, there were plenty of high-wattage presenters: Serena Williams, for example, came to introduce her friend, Hadid, noting that the supermodel was one of only a very few people that could get her to leave her new baby, even for one night. Drew Barrymore introduced Bee, and original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter introduced “Wonder Woman” director Jenkins. Singer-actress Zendaya, 21, introduced Waters, who clearly had fans among the young women from various girls’ organizations seated up in the balcony.

Waters told them that she didn’t just want them to vote — she wanted them to become politically active. “I want you to do everything you can to get ready to run for office,” she said.

Also exhorting the young women to action was astronaut Whitson, 57, who returned to Earth in September after 288 days in space. In all, she has spent 665 days in space — a record for a U.S. astronaut.

“I started as a farm girl in Iowa,” an emotional Whitson said. “I dreamed of being an astronaut and an explorer, and I made it.” She told the young women that it had taken 10 years of trying before she finally was accepted in the space program.

Leive, who announced in September that she was leaving Glamour after 16 years, said at a dinner following the ceremony that she had never seen women as energized as they are now, with the current, expanding conversation on sexual misconduct by powerful men. “Something has shifted in the very molecules in the air,” she said.

 

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