Free Republic 1st Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $74,511
84%  
Woo hoo!! And now less than $13.5k to go!! Let's git 'er done!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Military/Veterans (Bloggers & Personal)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Today we Honor the Men of Iwo Jima

    02/19/2017 8:35:58 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 29 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 2/19/17 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Seventy two years ago today the United States Marine Corps sent waves of teenage men onto the black, foreboding beaches on a Japanese held island called Iwo Jima. Capturing Iwo Jima was essential to the American war against Japan as it offered a place for battered bombers to safely land which would save the lives of hundreds of airmen returning from sorties over Japan in barely flyable planes. The average age of these men was just under nineteen. They knew what was at stake and charged up Iwo’s beaches sometimes straight into enemy machine gun fire that would have stopped...
  • US Intelligence leaks and chaos could compromise Israel

    02/19/2017 7:04:49 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/19/17 | Barry Shaw
    Trump Administration to investigate and purge their intelligence network of moles and informers that endanger and potentially compromise allies Behind the scene, Israel intelligence experts are worried about the consequences of the leaks coming from the US National Security Council and other American intelligence agencies. Israel shares a great deal of covert information with the United States some of which goes through intelligence sources to the National Security Council before it reaches the president.
  • Witnessing history - this feels like Midway

    02/18/2017 10:57:53 AM PST · by Peter Gunn · 41 replies
    Battle of Midway Oral History ^ | October 12, 1943 | Lieutenant George Gay
    "I was in a funny position to be cheering for the thing, but I was really tickled to see the dive bombers really pasting them even though they were in pretty bad shape. But during the afternoon after they pretty well burned themselves up, the larger one close to me there, the Akagi, sank just after dark, the cruisers raked her with fire finished her off, and the other two, the Kaga and the Soryu, burned all night, but they didn't necessarily explode. As a matter of fact, the Japs were there trying to put the fires out. I could...
  • Welcome to the Second Civil War

    02/15/2017 9:44:35 PM PST · by jimjohn · 41 replies
    self | jimjohn
    For a time now, I stated that World War III began on the Morning of September 11, 2001. War has been raging ever since. I also stated the Second American Civil War would begin on or before January 20, 2017. If you're starting to get this uneasy feeling about what's going on in Washington and other cities around America, and fearing some kind of flashpoint coming soon, let me explain it to you... ... we are in midst of the Second Civil War. And this is only the beginning.
  • Mattis warns NATO member nations: Pull your economic weight or US may step back

    02/15/2017 1:39:31 PM PST · by TBP · 7 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 15, 2017 | Sarah Lee
    Secretary of Defense James Mattis reaffirmed U.S. commitment to NATO Wednesday, CNN reported, but warned other member nations they must meet the alliance’s financial requirements or that commitment could be moderated. Mattis met with defense officials from the 27 other NATO member nations in Brussels and made his first address to the alliance as U.S. defense secretary. In the speech, he called the NATO alliance the “fundamental bedrock for the U.S. and all the transatlantic community,” according to CNN. However, because only five of the member nations currently meet the spending target — 2 percent of their gross domestic product...
  • Vanity: Cheap WW II Eastern Front Kindle Books

    02/15/2017 9:29:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Amazon ^ | February 15, 2017 | Me
    If you are interested in the Eastern Front of WW II, the most brutal war in human history, it appears Amazon has several title in the Kindle format at rock bottom prices. The David Glantz two volume history of the Battle of Smolensk is available in Kindle for $2.99 each. Mr. Glantz has taken advantage of the opening of the Red Army archives after the collapse of the Soviet Union. These are documentary style works filled with orders from the Soviet High Command, Stavka, and below to construct the history of this forgotten battle. He goes into detail about the...
  • Want Denver Based Lawyer to Handle Veterans Discrimination Case.

    02/15/2017 7:45:55 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 12 replies
    15 Feb 2017 | Vanity
    I am looking for a Denver Based Lawyer to handle a Veterans Discrimination Case. I want a military veteran and a Freeper. I already have a MSPB case approved, but just realized the Top Administration official is complicit and I may be out of my depth.
  • How Bannon's Navy service during the Iran hostage crisis shaped his views

    02/11/2017 11:42:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Reading Eagle ^ | February 11, 2017 | The Associated Press and The Washington Post
    It was just after midnight on March 21, 1980, when a Navy destroyer navigated by Stephen Bannon, a junior officer, met with the supercarrier USS Nimitz in the Gulf of Oman. The convoy headed near the Iranian coast, where a secret mission would be launched a month later to rescue 52 U.S. Embassy hostages held in Tehran. Bannon's ship, the USS Paul F. Foster, trailed the Nimitz, which carried helicopters that would try to retrieve the hostages. But before the mission launched, Bannon's ship was ordered to sail to Pearl Harbor, and he learned while at sea the rescue had...
  • F-18 Tries To Get Inside Of A C-130 Hercules Mid-Flight?–Crazy Close

    02/11/2017 10:10:02 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 17 replies
    Warwings.com ^ | Current | Staff
    This is one of the best photo shoots we’ve ever seen. The folks over at the facebook page called Aero-Pictures just posted this and we had to share it. We’re not sure if this is their work, but either way, it is pretty spectacular.From the description, we gathered that this was a photo op showcasing the F-18 Hornet. It was done by the Spanish Air Force and boy, did they get close. To make things even more exciting, the Hornet popped a few flares as well to make the pictures look even better We’re trying to get more info on...
  • See The Massive Firepower Of The AC-130 Bringing Terror To The Terrorists

    02/11/2017 9:01:07 AM PST · by bobsunshine · 38 replies
    World War Wings ^ | February 9, 2017 | Staff
    Fear is often said to be the greatest weapon against your enemies, but I think that fear might have to take 2nd place against the incredible arsenal of the AC-130. The AC-130, often called “The Angel of Death” is one of the most fearsome gunships that ever took to the sky. Operated by a crew of 13, a 132-foot wingspan and equipped with multiple machine high powered guns and flying at speeds of up to 300 MPH the AC-130 a weapon of war that can win wars by itself.
  • President Trump’s First Act as Commander-in-Chief

    02/11/2017 7:57:07 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 17 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, February 11, 2017 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    On his fifth day in the oval office, President Trump, over dinner with Secretary of Defense Mattis and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was presented with the first of many life-or-death decisions he will be required make. The mission presented to the President for his approval involved a raid on the small, heavily guarded brick home of a senior Qaeda collaborator in a mountainous village in a remote part of central Yemen. Mr. Obama’s national security aides had reviewed the plans but Obama would not approve the mission because the Pentagon wanted to launch the attack on...
  • Palestinian Terrorist Subdued by Sewing Machine After Opening Fire

    02/10/2017 8:10:01 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    MRC TV ^ | February 10, 2017 | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    A Palestinian terrorist who opened fire and injured at least five people in Israel’s Petah Tikva on Thursday was subdued by a sewing machine. The Times of Israel reports an 18-year-old opened fire at a bus and stabbed a man near the market on Baron Hirsh Street. One person was shot in the leg while two more were injured by shrapnel. In total, eight people were treated at a local hospital. According to the Times of Israel, the attacker used an improvised firearm made out of water pipes and spare parts, which made it unreliable. An eyewitness allegedly saw the terrorist attempt to...
  • The Winchester Model 1897: So good, even the Germans wanted it NERFed

    02/10/2017 8:13:09 AM PST · by w1n1 · 28 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 2/10/2017 | S Morstan
    Allegedly, according to the wikipedia page, the Winchester Model 1897 was a favorite in the American Military. So much so that the Germans in World War 1 called for it to be banned due to it causing “Undue suffering”. Even cooler than that, however, was its (alleged) preferred use: Shooting hand grenades! While in the trenches, they would keep a few soldiers skilled in Trap shooting, armed with these shotguns. When a hand grenade was tossed their way, the trap shooters were tasked with shooting them away from the trench while they were in the air. P-TING! I wonder, which...
  • POLL: Is it wrong for Trump to criticize McCain?

    02/09/2017 9:24:08 AM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 90 replies
    Is it wrong for Trump to criticize McCain? Yes, Senator McCain is a hero and should be respected No, McCain deserves criticism
  • Week after calling for military coup, Sarah Silverman offers some advice on how to fight Trump

    02/08/2017 9:01:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Rare ^ | February 8, 2017 | Douglas Barclay
    Last week, comedienne Sarah Silverman had to retract some comments she made about the military rising up against President Donald Trump. Silverman has been an active supporter of the “Resistance,” or “Resist” movement, which uses social media to rail against President Trump and his political policies. “WAKE UP & JOIN THE RESISTANCE. ONCE THE MILITARY IS W US FASCISTS GET OVERTHROWN. MAD KING & HIS HANDLERS GO BYE BYE,” Silverman wrote on Twitter. She would later walk back that statement, saying “FEAR can motivate even peacenik snowflakes 2 incite violence & last night I felt it hard.” Shortly after the...
  • The Persuasion Filter Looks at Torture. Does it Work?

    02/07/2017 4:11:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Scott Adams' Blog ^ | January 30, 2017 | Scott Adams
    If I ever get captured and threatened with torture it will take about five seconds for me to give up every secret I have. That’s because I know I would break eventually, so why put up with unnecessary torture? I assume the same is true for the lightly-trained ISIS fighters. Some are just teenagers. Once the bravery-inducing drugs in their system wear off, I have to assume that at least some of them – if not most – would become quite flexible under the threat of torture, not to mention the torture itself. But won’t they lie? Well, in many...
  • Winchester Proto-M14 Rifle

    02/07/2017 11:26:27 AM PST · by w1n1 · 47 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 2/7/2017 | J Hines
    In the aftermath of World War II, the United States spent 12 years looking for a successor to the M1 Garand rifle. The new standard infantry arm was expected to be select-fire, lightweight, accurate, controllable, and fire a heavy .30-caliber projectile. It would replace not just the M1, but also the BAR and perhaps the M1 Carbine as well – a true universal weapon. Of course, these requirements were complete fantasy, unachievable in the real world – but that did not prevent Remington, Springfield Arsenal, and Winchester from trying to meet them. Winchester produced a proto M14 with select fire...
  • TruNews source says Obama loyalist suspected of leaking Yemen raid. (Vanity)

    02/06/2017 4:53:22 PM PST · by amorphous · 14 replies
    TruNews.Com ^ | 6 Feb 2017 | Rick Wiles
    TruNews reporter claims he spoke today to a "national security level source" who claims one of "the dangerous leaks", in a clip where Kellyanne Conway detailed such leaks, may have actually led to the death of chief special warfare operator William Ryan Owen. His source told him today that an Obama era loyalist likely leaked mission critical information about the impending raid to enemies on the ground. According to his source, surveillance drones were flying at 30,000'and there is no way they could have been heard or seen at that altitude from the ground. Also according to his source, it's...
  • Hyundai Hits a Homerun with Super Bowl Ad

    02/06/2017 6:51:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 53 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Many of the Super Bowl ads seemed to be sporting an anti-President Trump theme.  The Budweiser ad, the 84 Lumber ad, the It's A 10 (hair-product company, not the formidable ground attack aircraft) ad, the Coca-Cola ad, for examples. In the Trumpian states, the best ad was probably the Hyundai ad.  A Youtube of it is linked above. An ad from a major corporation from a country that would not exist, except for the U.S. military... You have to watch the 30 second ad to understand.    ©2017 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice...
  • The Return of Class to the White House

    02/04/2017 8:38:45 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 8 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | February 4, 2017 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    President Donald J. Trump takes his role as Commander-in-Chief seriously. He never served in the American Armed Forces, but is a commander that accepts the responsibly of his position. This week, the President made an unannounced trip in order to pay tribute to a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed last weekend in Yemen. In a statement released by the President; “Americans are saddened this morning with news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump said in the statement. “The sacrifices made by the men...
  • Unique WWII Facts that you didn't know about

    02/03/2017 12:24:31 PM PST · by w1n1 · 49 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 2/3/2017 | J Hines
    Behind these photos are forgotten stories of soldiers and events that most would not know about. The fact is every campaign had its success and life span that took its toll on the soldier/airmen. For the survivors, it is the nightmare that most see in the dark and have provided freedom for the next following generation. 1. The Soviets were the only ones that realize just how skilled Finnish snipers were during the war, they were able to kill 40 Soviet troops for every Finnish soldier killed, that is unheard of today. 2. This photo shows the massive Japanese submarine...
  • Whatever happened to Obama's private civilian army?

    02/03/2017 9:42:31 AM PST · by pabianice · 38 replies
    WND ^ | 2/3/17 | vanity
    Who knew that Obamacare provides for a “Regular Corps” and a “Ready-Reserve Corps” of officers and individuals who are appointed by the president? Commissioned officers are subject to active duty at the call of the surgeon general. The new law provides $17.5 million in each of the first four years to recruit and train these reserves. During his campaign, Obama said: “We cannot continue to rely only on our military. … We’ve got to have a civilian security force just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded. We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to...
  • Obama lackey Rosa Brooks wants Trump overthrown by the military

    02/03/2017 8:22:55 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 26 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/03/17 | Matthew Vadum
    Does she actually know any enlisted personnel? President Trump is wildly popular among the troops Former senior Obama administration official Rosa Brooks proposed the violent overthrow of President Trump as one of four ways to oust the newly inaugurated Chief Executive from the White House. Because she’s a left-winger don’t count on her being shackled and frogmarched into a paddy wagon. “Are we really stuck with this guy?” she writes in a blog post at Foreign Policy magazine’s website. “It’s the question being asked around the globe, because Donald Trump’s first week as president has made it all too clear:...
  • No Cries For Help When Russians Were Hacking The Democrats

    02/03/2017 8:21:04 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/03/17 | Judi McLeod
    Russians are not only already here, but they have closed down the best of your country’s military bases starting with the Presidio. One of the most stomach-turning hypocrisies of the progressive left in their constant criticism of President Donald Trump for cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin is that it was the progressive left who laid out the welcome mat to the Russians in the first place.
  • Dilemma in Washington State: Crime Stats Don’t Support Gun Bills

    02/02/2017 2:48:16 PM PST · by PROCON · 15 replies
    libertyparkpress.com ^ | Feb. 2, 2017 | Dave Workman
    As the Washington State House Judiciary Committee gathers in Olympia to hear public testimony on two gun control bills Thursday afternoon, proponents of the measure requiring licensing and extensive background checks to own so-called “assault weapons” have a major problem. Uniform rime data from the FBI dating back to 2013 does not support contentions that semi-automatic rifles or shotguns pose a serious threat to public safety. Indeed, crime reports spanning three years – 2013, 2014 and 2015, the most recent year for which data is available – suggest quite the opposite. Rifles and shotguns are used in a fraction...
  • THIS HITLER NONSENSE …

    02/02/2017 8:41:06 AM PST · by pingman · 35 replies
    I am not an expert on Hitler. But my father is. He toured post-war Germany extensively in 1957 and ’58 as a child performer. And he often recounts the stories. He befriended teenage Lebensborn children (if you don’t know what Lebensborn children are …well …before you post anymore about Hitler you should read about them). He visited an SS widow and got a peek at her husband’s uniform and Luger (that he’d committed suicide with), she had stored in an old trunk, in the attic. These and other intense experiences in Germany sent my father on a life-long quest to...
  • Trump and Ivanka at Dover this Afternoon to Pay Respect to Fallen SEALs

    02/01/2017 5:13:20 PM PST · by iontheball · 9 replies
    self | Feb 1, 2017 | self
    Report from relative that Trump and Ivanka paid their respects to fallen Navy SEAL by flying to Dover this afternoon.
  • Need Help from FReeper Pilots and Aviators

    02/01/2017 5:00:46 AM PST · by Springfield Reformer · 41 replies
    Recode ^ | Aug 5 2016 | Dan Frommer
    OK, this is a call to all FReepers with any experience flying moderate to big planes. I'm writing a sci-fi romance thriller and I have a scene for which I need your expert input. The basic idea is I have someone trying to sneak into Italy on an Amazon Prime Air jet. The article at the link shows the picture. The one pictured is a Boeing 767 modified for freight. So here's the problem. I have a special agent/scientist trying to do a rogue covert insertion, but his partner turns out to be working for the bad guy, unwillingly. So...
  • White House Petition: Reinstate Chelsea Manning's sentence to 35 years.

    01/30/2017 3:15:03 PM PST · by intellignt1 · 11 replies
    10/30/17 | intellignt1
    Chelsea Manning was convicted of leaking classified information (up to 700,000 documents) obtained while serving as an Army intelligence analyst that included diplomatic cables and troop locations, to the Wiki-Leaks website . House Speaker Paul Ryan described President Obama’s move as “outrageous” and “a dangerous precedent that those who compromise our national security won’t be held accountable for their crimes,” and that “Manning’s treachery put American lives at stake and exposed some of our most sensitive secrets. We are a nation of laws and the laws need to be upheld. What Chelsea Manning did was treasonous and the commutation by...
  • Why China and Russia Fear America's New Ford-Class Aircraft Carriers

    01/29/2017 11:01:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The National Interest ^ | January 29, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    In 2009, the U.S. Navy finally began construction of the first new type of aircraft carrier in nearly thirty-five years. Named after former president and naval aviator Gerald R. Ford, the USS Ford fully takes the nuclear supercarrier into the twenty-first century. The technological innovations built into the new ship, while causing the inevitable delays involved in building a first-in-class vessel, will keep the Navy’s unique fleet of super flattops the largest and most advanced in the world for the foreseeable future. USS Ford follows in the steps of the highly successful Nimitz-class carriers. Construction began in 2009 at Huntington...
  • ISIS Drones have become more deadly

    01/28/2017 8:57:32 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 16 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, January 28, 2017 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The Islamic State has deployed a new threat in the battlefield and potentially in the West. The terrorists are launching commercially available drones and remote controlled aircrafts that are being weaponized. They are being used as grenade launchers, kamikaze bombers, flying decoys and for reconnaissance. They have the potential to be used as terror weapons on civilian population in the West. This new capability has alarmed western armed forces, making it clear that the Islamic State one day could attack urban areas from the air as well as on the ground. Many of the drones and RCs being adapted are...
  • Trump signs order spurring 'great rebuilding' of armed forces

    01/27/2017 2:24:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 27, 2017 | Lisa Hagen
    President Trump on Friday afternoon signed an executive order that he said would spark a "great rebuilding" of the United States military. "First, I’m signing an executive action to begin a great rebuilding of the armed services of the United States, developing a plan for new planes, new ships new resources, and new tools for our men and women in uniform, and I’m very proud to be doing that," he said at the Pentagon. "As we prepare our budget request for Congress ... our military strength will be questioned by no one, but neither will our dedication to peace, we...
  • The Real Heroes of Syria

    01/27/2017 5:31:19 AM PST · by H Szenes · 3 replies
    To The Point News ^ | 01/27/2017 | Paula
    It is astounding how much misinformation and lack of knowledge there is regarding Syria today. This is ground zero for the war on ISIS and Jihadist Fascism, yet very few know what’s really going on. You are soon to be among them. ...fact is that the Arab Military Councils in the Corridor have joined with the Kurdish YPG (Peoples Protection Units). Even more significant is the formation of a coalition between Kurds, Arabs, Syriacs, Assyrian Christians, Yazidis, and Turkmen called the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC). The SDC is the leader of all anti-ISIS, anti-Salafi, anti-Turkish imperialist, pro-democracy efforts in Northern...
  • Tanks Are An Easy Target For Trump To Upgrade Army And Create U.S. Jobs

    01/26/2017 12:33:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 26, 2017 | Loren Thompson
    Franklin D. Roosevelt's "arsenal of democracy" that helped win World War II has been gradually withering away for two generations. This isn't just a story about other countries stealing U.S. jobs, it also reflects a failure of federal leadership in protecting the industrial foundations of America's military might. Washington is the main customer for U.S. weapons output, so if it doesn't manage the defense industrial base wisely, the base decays. Consider tank production. Tanks have been the premier expression of land warfare since the first primitive armored vehicles appeared on the Western Front a hundred years ago. But even though...
  • Trump angry as Manning questions Obama ("Ungrateful Traitor")

    01/26/2017 11:39:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Newscorp Australia ^ | January 27, 2017 | Reuters
    Former US military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has questioned Barack Obama's legacy after the former Democratic president commuted her sentence last week, and is calling for "an unapologetic progressive leader" to fight for minorities' rights. While not mentioning US President Donald Trump by name, Manning wrote in Britain's the Guardian that "after eight years of attempted compromise and relentless disrespect in return, we are moving into darker times" and urged Democrats not to compromise. Trump responded in a tweet, calling her a traitor and criticising the decision to release her. "Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released...
  • The Threat of Terrorism Spoofing

    01/26/2017 9:52:06 AM PST · by johnatures · 10 replies
    New York Observer ^ | January 24, 2017 | John A. Tures
    Imagine terrorists using new technology to trick planes into crashing into buildings. It may sound like a Die Hard movie, but the premise, which involves “GPS spoofing,” troubles our nation’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Spoofing became a big deal when University of Texas professor Todd Humphreys accepted a challenge a few years ago from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to use this method to commandeer one of the agency’s drones via a GPS device. Much to their astonishment, he was successful. “It’s easiest to understand GPS spoofing by comparing it with GPS jamming,” Humphreys told the Observer. “Jamming...
  • Drill Program to Find One of the Trump Metals

    01/23/2017 1:17:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | January 17, 2017 | Accesswire
    Today, Arctic Star Exploration Corp. (ADD.V) reported to have started permitting for a drill program on its wholly owned CAP Property, located within the central parts of the Rocky Mountain Rare Metal Belt, 80 km northwest of Prince George in British Columbia, Canada. In 2010, Arctic Star acquired this property for its potential to host niobium-tantalum and/or rare earth elements ("REEs"). Since then, these commodities have undergone a dramatic shift in demand owing in part to their usage in the green energy sector, which includes modern wind turbines, rechargeable batteries, catalytic convertors etc. Past exploration identified a large anomaly to...
  • Trump To Nominate Heather Wilson As Secretary Of The Air Force (First AF Academy graduate)

    01/23/2017 10:31:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | January 23, 2017 | Merrit Kennedy
    President Trump has announced his pick for Secretary of the Air Force — former Rep. Heather Wilson. If confirmed, Wilson would be the first Air Force Academy graduate to hold the position, according to the White House. Wilson currently leads the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, a public college focused on engineering and science. She represented New Mexico in Congress from 1998 to 2009. "She served as an Air Force officer in Europe during the Cold War and on the National Security Council Staff under President George H.W. Bush during the fall of the Berlin Wall and the...
  • Fan's warning to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

    01/23/2017 8:10:25 AM PST · by areukiddingme1 · 76 replies
    VANITY | 23 January 2017 | areukiddingme1
    Okay Commissioner, you have decided to go with Lady Gaga as this year's Super Bowl entertainer instead of a Patriotic American...got it, clearly that is your prerogative. But we the fans that watch football want you to be on notice, that we have tolerated the BS kneeling of Colin Kaepernick during OUR nations National Anthem, we didn't agree with your decision to allow one of your employees to do that, but that was again, your prerogative. Why did we tolerate this blatant disrespect to our nation and continue to watch NFL football you may ask, well, we are a very...
  • Who held the Bible for Mattis' swearing-in?

    01/22/2017 11:53:10 AM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 17 replies
    slf | 1/22/17 | NewJerseyJoe
    Haven't been able to find this information anywhere, so I'll ask the greatest group of detectives I know: the members of FreeRepublic. Does anyone know the identity of the lovely young lady who held the Bible for Mattis during his swearing-in ceremony?
  • Lucky Sergeant Dances with Melania at Armed Forces Ball

    01/22/2017 6:44:22 AM PST · by poconopundit · 54 replies
    Excerpt: Celebration time at the inaugural balls (42 images) Highlights from the various inaugural balls taking place across Washington, DC, to celebrate the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump on January 20, 2017. My commentary: A real nice touch at the Armed Forces Ball. Melania was paired with a sergeant. Trump danced with a Navy petty officer. What a beautiful event and fine tribute to our men and women in uniform! Some splendid photos at the link. Thank you UPI.
  • North of the Tweed and South of the Potomac

    01/19/2017 5:16:12 AM PST · by Davy Buck · 7 replies
    Emerging Civil War ^ | 1/19/2016 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    North of the River Tweed, on the border with England, lies the hauntingly beautiful land of Scotland. A land inhabited by a hardy breed of Celts whose history is rich with romantic stories of bravery and heroic struggles for freedom—a land so full of legends and myths, it’s sometimes difficult to separate true history from the romanticized version. During the 13th and 14th centuries, the Scots fought two bloody wars with their neighbor to the South, England, in Scotland’s struggle for independence. In recent years there has been a renewed interest about Scottish history, thanks in large measure to Mel...
  • The fate of the US Military is in the hands of one Marine

    01/18/2017 8:16:20 PM PST · by pboyington · 8 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | January 18, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    President-Elect Trump is a super patriot, a nationalist who has big plans to rebuild this nation and the US military after eight years of neglect and Marxist social engineering that have utterly destroyed its capability to wage war on sea, land and in the air. Certainly, Mr. Trump has great intentions, but he has never served a day on active duty, in the reserves or in the National Guard. Therefore, he will undoubtedly adhere to the recommendations and analysis provided by the nation’s new Secretary of Defense. Enter retired Marine Corps General James Mattis. Nicknamed ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, the general,...
  • From Friday Trump WILL have total control of the US’s huge nuclear arsenal so should we be afraid?

    01/18/2017 9:00:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Sun ^ | January 18, 2017 | Jon Lockett
    WHEN Donald Trump takes office as new President on Friday one aide will remain ‘stitched’ to his side – the one with the briefcase needed to spark a nuclear war. The unknown military officer will accompany outgoing Barack Obama to the handover ceremony at the Capitol in Washington before quickly ‘switching sides’ to The Don. He’ll be carrying a satchel which holds military hardware which could change the lives of EVERY person on the planet. Inside the briefcase – bizarrely known as ‘the nuclear football’ – is a piece of digital technology measuring just three inches by five inches called...
  • Trump Pushes Lockheed to Cut F-35 Costs by Asking Boeing to Develop a Comparable Jet

    01/16/2017 10:33:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Newswire ^ | January 16, 2017 | Boris Djuric
    After meeting with the president-elect Donald Trump, Lockheed Martin CEO, Marillyn Hewson, promises to lower the costs of F-35 program as well as to create 1,800 new jobs. This brings out the question how come cheaper F-35 program and thousands of new jobs weren’t suggested earlier? Also, a frequently asked question is whether developing the fifth generation F-35 “super jet”, which proved to be not that “super” after all, justified spending $trillions of taxpayer’s money? According to Trump, this expense is unacceptable. The President-elect already promised a modernization of U.S. military, however, under certain conditions. “The F-35 program and cost...
  • The Internet wants to give Chelsea Manning a hug

    01/15/2017 3:35:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | January 15, 2017 | Evan Greer, internationally touring queer singer/songwriter, parent, and activist
    Chelsea Manning saw injustice and stood up for what’s right. Now, she’s serving a 35 year sentence in an all-male military prison. She’s been systematically abused by the U.S. government, held in conditions that the UN considers to be torture, and has attempted suicide twice during her 7 years behind bars. But now there’s hope. NBC reports that she is on President Obama’s “short list” for commutation. The news has sparked a groundswell of support for Chelsea online. Hundreds of thousands of people have already taken action to support her, but now the message is simpler than ever. But now...
  • Trump’s surprise VA pick known as turnaround artist

    01/15/2017 2:59:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 14, 2017 | Rebecca Kheel
    President-elect Donald Trump surprised many when he chose one of President Obama’s appointees to run the Department of Veterans Affairs after pledging to overhaul the department during the campaign. But the nominee, current under secretary of health David Shulkin, has a long history in the private sector turning around struggling hospitals. Veterans groups called the choice a pleasant surprise, as they say Shulkin has overseen a turnaround in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and resisted calls for privatizing the federal system. “While our membership has been clear in its preference to have a veteran leading the VA, I am heartened...
  • Celeb Calls for Military Coupe to Avert Trump Presidency [semi-satire]

    01/14/2017 1:09:33 PM PST · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 Jan 2017 | John Semmens
    Comedian/actor Rosie O'Donnell urged President Obama to order military rule "to prevent the inevitable tyranny Donald Trump will impose on America." O'Donnell's panic takes her long-running public feud with Trump over the edge into total madness. "A person who has shown no respect for me or the other members of the entertainment world has no business being the president of our country," she argued. "Sane Americans revere us for all we do to entertain and educate them. That Donald Trump doesn't is a slap-in-the-face to all the fans who pay to see us perform. He has insulted us all and,...
  • Bikers for Trump prepared to form 'wall of meat' at Trump inauguration rally

    01/14/2017 12:30:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    United Press International ^ | January 14, 2017 | Daniel Uria
    The leader of a pro-Donald Trump motorcycle group said the bikers are prepared to form a protective "wall" around the president-elect during his inauguration. Chris Cox, a 48-year-old chain-saw artist and leader of Bikers for Trump, said he anticipates a peaceful rally during the ceremony on Jan. 20 but added the group is prepared for potential conflict with protesters. "The bikers are certainly used to being outnumbered and we are prepared to form a wall of meat," Cox told Fox Business. "We're anticipating a celebration here. We don't anticipate any problems. We have a strict code of conduct where we...
  • Trump team discussing border wall with Army Corps, Interior Department

    01/14/2017 12:18:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 13, 2017 | Rene Marsh
    President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is engaged in active discussions with the US Army Corps of Engineers and Interior Department to begin planning a wall along the Mexican border, including how specific environmental laws could get in the way, CNN has learned. A US official with knowledge of a visit last last month to the Interior Department -- which oversees most federal lands and major environmental laws -- said the transition team was particularly interested in finding out "how long it would take" to build the wall given potential legal obstacles. "It seems clear they were trying to size up...