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  • Trafalgar Day: history, videos of reenactments and background explanations

    10/21/2018 8:41:08 AM PDT · by harpygoddess · 12 replies
    Vaviper.blogspot.com ^ | 10/18/2018 | HarpyGoddess
    October 21 is Trafalgar Day, the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and the death of England's greatest naval hero, Admiral Horatio Nelson, on 21 October 1805. Fought off the southwest coast of Spain, Trafalgar was the greatest naval victory of the Napoleonic wars and essentially destroyed the sea power of France in a single engagement. Nelson and the British fleet had been blockading the French and Spanish fleet under Villeneuve in Cadiz after pursuing it to the Caribbean and back. When Villeneuve finally emerged to give battle, Nelson, depending on the superior seamanship and fighting skill of his "band...
  • U.S Hid Osama bin Laden After 9/11; Bush & Obama Worked Saudi & Iranian Deal to Safeguard [truth??]

    10/21/2018 4:01:24 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 18 replies
    truepundit.com ^ | October 16, 2018 | Thomas Paine
    Osama bin Laden, the founder, and leader of terrorism conglomerate al-Qaeda, who was responsible for the deadly and devastating Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. soil, never was hiding in Afghanistan or its damp caves, according to explosive revelations in a new book from intelligence insiders and highly secret government documents. Thousands of Americans died that day and many more in the wretched aftermath. Instead, incredibly, bin Laden was whisked to a safe house in Iran following the deadly attacks on the World Trade Centers in New York, the Pentagon and the downing of a commercial jet in western Pennsylvania...
  • Philippine Air Force set to acquire Gripen fighters

    10/20/2018 8:39:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Asia Times ^ | October 20, 2018 | Bertil Lintner|
    The air force has been looking for more than a decade for aircraft to replace its US-made F5A/B jet interceptors that retired in 2005 The Philippine government is likely to buy Swedish-made Gripen multirole supersonic fighters for its air force, the Philippine News Agency reports. Apart from being cheaper to purchase and less expensive to maintain, Gripen has also proved to be an excellent fighter aircraft, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told the news agency in an exclusive interview this week. The Philippine Air Force has been looking for more than a decade for what aircraft it would buy to...
  • US cancels major military exercise with South Korea

    10/20/2018 4:20:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    CNN Politics ^ | October 19, 2018 | Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne
    The US and South Korea decided Friday to suspend another major joint military exercise to give the diplomatic process with North Korea "every opportunity to continue." "Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo decided to suspend Exercise Vigilant Ace to give the diplomatic process every opportunity to continue," chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said in a statement. The decision was made during Mattis' meeting with his counterpart in Singapore. The exercise was due to take place in December. Last year's iteration of the Vigilant Ace involved 12,000 US troops and some 230 military aircraft...
  • Today in US military history: the world's first legitimate cruise missile

    10/19/2018 6:35:10 AM PDT · by fugazi · 6 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 19, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Pvt. Edwardo J. Lopez, who was killed in action in Asad, Iraq on this day in 2006. The 21-year-old native of Aurora, Ill. was assigned to the 2d Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. 1781: British Gen. Charles Cornwallis formally surrenders 7,087 officers and men, 900 seamen, 144 cannons, 15 galleys, a frigate, and 30 transport ships to an American and French force at Yorktown, Va., effectively ending the American Revolution. 1944: Two Interstate TDR assault drones are launched against Japanese gun emplacements on Ballale Island - one drone...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report 10/19/2018

    10/19/2018 4:58:19 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 10/19/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    The Turkish police conducting the murder investigation involving Saudi write Jamal Khashoggi have searched a forested area. They believe the pieces of his body were taken there or perhaps to farmland after his murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul October 2nd. President Trump has said it appears that Khashoggi was murdered but the US would like to have any audio or video evidence the Turks have...... What is Turkey's end game for the Khashoggi matter? A commentary in the pro-government "Yeni Safak" newspaper says the matter provides an opportunity for Saudi Arabia to align itself with the Turkish regime......
  • Trump's approval rating among military slips; lowest among Army (Misleading headline)

    10/18/2018 11:06:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | October 18, 2018 | Leada Gore
    President Donald Trump's approval rating among members of the military has slipped slightly since he took office two years ago, according to a poll by Military Times. Trump's most recent overall approval rating was 43.8 percent, down from 46.1 percent in 2016. His disapproval rating was 43.1 percent, up from 37 percent two years ago. Troops overwhelmingly support Trump's handling of military issues over that of former President Barack Obama, however. More than 60 percent said they believe the military is in better shape now than under Obama and nearly the same number have a favorable view of Trump's handling...
  • Today in US military history: first flight of the Bone

    10/18/2018 7:53:38 AM PDT · by fugazi · 12 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 18, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Staff Sgt. Jarred S. Fontenot, who was killed in action on this day in 2007. The 35-year-old native of Port Barre, La. died in Baghdad of wounds from an improvised explosive device and enemy small-arms fire. Fontenot was assigned to 2d Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division. 1775: A small British fleet commanded by Capt. Henry Mowat bombards the town of Falmouth, Mass. (modern-day Portland, Maine), setting most of the coastal settlement on fire with incendiary cannonballs. Mowat then sends a landing party ashore to destroy any buildings that...
  • Today in US military history: World War I paratroopers?

    10/17/2018 7:22:29 AM PDT · by fugazi · 3 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 17, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Cpl. Jorge Villarreal Jr., who gave his life on this day in 2010 in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. The 22-year-old San Antonio native was killed when an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle. Villarreal was serving with the 1st Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force.1918: Brig. Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell meets with American Expeditionary Force Commander Gen. John J. Pershing and floats the idea of dropping soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division behind enemy lines. Pershing approves the concept, but the war ends before paratroopers become a reality. 1922: Lt. Commander...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Wednesday 10/17/2018

    10/17/2018 5:17:31 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 10/17/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    At the top of the news the latest on Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A "candid discussion" was reported in Saudi Arabia between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Saudi officials including King Salman. President Trump spoke by phone with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He says both the king and crown prince have denied any involvement or knowledge of what happened to Khashoggi. Trump told the Associated Press that Saudi Arabia was being treated as: "guilty until proven innocent"..... Turkish officials say their search of the Saudi consulate where Khashoggi disappeared after entering October 2nd revealed more evidence of...
  • Tommy Robinson: They Came For Tommy, They Came For Soldier X, They Came For Other Soldiers...

    10/16/2018 1:52:42 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 10/16/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    ...."I want to give a message to any soldiers who are being called in to disciplinary action or anything.... ....He has a picture of us together at a wedding years ago. He's been called in, called in and threatened with discipline and forces to remove that picture.... I'm aware that lots of people are being threatened...." Tommy Robinson (#IAmSoldierXUPDATE) video 10/15/2018 Even as he faces the prospect of going back to prison following his court date next Tuesday (October 23rd), Tommy Robinson is campaigning on behalf of soldiers who are being targeted for having their picture taken with him. There...
  • Today in US military history: Indian Joe's Medal of Honor and an amazing Coast Guard rescue at sea

    10/16/2018 9:23:27 AM PDT · by fugazi · 7 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 16, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Lt. Col. Kim S. Orlando, who gave his life for our country on this day in 2003. The 43-year-old Tennessee native was attempting to negotiate with armed men congregating after curfew near a Karbala, Iraq mosque when the men opened fire, killing Orlando, Staff Sgt. Joseph P. Bellavia, Cpl. Sean R. Grilley, and wounding seven other soldiers. Orlando commanded the 101st Airborne Division's 716th Military Police Battalion and was a veteran of the 1991 Persian Gulf War. 1821: The schooner USS Enterprise (the third of 12 so-named Continental and U.S. Naval vessels) intercepts a...
  • Saudi Arabia: We May Not Bow Down To Mecca But We Do Bend Over For Riyadh

    10/16/2018 3:50:28 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 14 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 10/15/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    "I just spoke with the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of what took place in regard to as he said 'his Saudi Arabian citizen'....and he firmly denies that.... ...it sounded to me like these could have been rogue killers, who knows....." President Trump speaks outside the White House 10/15/2018- President Trump Does Sword Dance In Saudi Arabia 5/20/2017- "This country has been living in the pocket of the Saudi despotism for decades. Our crazy policy in Syria, of supporting jihadis we would lock up if we found them in Birmingham, was adopted to please the Saudis. We...
  • Today in US military history: Wild Bill's Medal of Honor

    10/15/2018 7:29:38 AM PDT · by fugazi · 8 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 15, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Hines, who gave his life for our country on this day in 2006. The 26-year-old native of Olney, Ill. perished during combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq. Hines was serving with the 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve. 1917: When a German submarine launches a torpedo at USS Cassin (DD-43) during an escort patrol, Gunner’s Mate First Class Osmond Kelly Ingram realizes the torpedo will impact the destroyer’s store of depth charges. Instead of remaining in a position of safety, he charges across the deck to the...
  • Did you sell yourselves to murderers, daddy?

    10/13/2018 6:57:23 PM PDT · by Spiridon · 22 replies
    Sic Semper Tyrannis ^ | 10/13/2018 | W. Patrick Lang
    .....I never had anything to do with "The Kingdom" except in so far as it was an intelligence collection or analytic target of the US. I never worked in retirement for any company that did contract work for Saudi Arabia. That was a deliberate choice for me. I know the place well and it has ALWAYS been a sinkhole of medieval theocratic barbarism adorned with modern infrastructure that was constructed by foreign contract "slaves". When I arrived in SA many years ago to be military attache in the US Embassy, I discovered that my five immediate predecessors were all retired...
  • Syracuse tech firm SRC plans to hire 300 as military, overseas sales surge (New York, elsewhere)

    10/12/2018 3:49:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Post-Standard ^ | October 10, 2018 | Mark Weiner
    SRC Inc., one of Central New York's fastest-growing companies, has boosted its expansion and hiring plans amid a surge in sales to U.S. military and international customers. The Cicero-based company plans to hire more than 300 employees within the next year while opening offices in Canada and the United Kingdom, said Paul Tremont, SRC's president and chief executive officer. About 200 of the new employees will be based in Central New York, while other new hires will fill openings in SRC regional offices in Dayton, Ohio; San Antonio; Charlottesville, Va., and Chantilly, Va., he said. Tremont said SRC's growth has...
  • YUGE! New York Times LIED About Right Wing News – Lied To Cover Facebook Purge

    10/12/2018 12:21:37 PM PDT · by Theo · 15 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | October 12, 2018 | Brian Kolfage
    Right Wing News Editor Jeff Rainforth went over the stories that the New York Times included in their article, Facebook Tackles Rising Threat: Americans Aping Russian Schemes to Deceive. The first RWN story mentioned, "Opinion: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Was Just Caught Slipping Something To Ford's Attorney On LIVE TV," was written on Sept. 27th, the same day as Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The article's primary source was Chicks on the Right. Their sources appear to be Twitter posts and video. Here's what the NYT wrote about the article: "After Dr. Blasey testified, Right Wing News posted...
  • Today in US military history: Chuck Yeager becomes an "ace in a day"

    10/12/2018 6:28:11 AM PDT · by fugazi · 14 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 12, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Capt. Dennis L. Pintor, who gave his life for our country on this day in 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq. The 30-year-old native of Lima, Ohio was killed when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. Pintor was assigned to the 20th Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. Also killed in the attack were Spc. Jaime Moreno and Spc. Michael S. Weger.1862: Confederate cavalry commander Gen. James Ewell Brown "J.E.B." Stuart completes his "second ride" around Union Gen. George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac. 1870: Five years after surrendering his Army of Northern...
  • Schmeisser MP-40 Submachine Gun

    10/12/2018 4:57:40 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 30 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/12/2018 | C Cocoles
    The German MP40 submachine gun (Schmeisser) was a weapon our Allied Forces feared in World War II. The MP 40 was a submachine gun chambered for the 9×19mm Parabellum cartridge and an open-bolt, blowback-operated automatic arms. It was developed in Nazi Germany and used extensively by the Axis powers during the Second World War. This weapon shot from a standard 32-round box magazine and the caliber was the standard 9x19mm Parabellum. Manufactured in Germany from 1940-1945, there were roughly 1.1 million of them manufactured. Weighing just under 9 pounds, this submachine gun was not light. With a cyclic rate of...
  • ‘BTS members say they will definitely enlist for military service’: minister

    10/11/2018 3:32:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | October 11, 2018 | Kim Arin
    South Korea’s culture minister put an end to the debate surrounding whether BTS members would be exempted from military service during a parliamentary audit Wednesday. “All of the BTS members say they will definitely enlist for military service,” said Do Jong-hwan who heads the country’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. His remarks came as Rep. Cho Kyung-tae of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party had asked about Do’s stance on the recent contentious issue: whether BTS members should be granted conscription exemptions on the grounds of the band’s flourishing music career. The debate was initially sparked by a lawmaker...