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  • 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...
  • Restoring America’s Fighting Force

    01/14/2017 8:15:48 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 11 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, January 14, 2017 | Jim Emerson
    The American military under Obama received less focus about preparing to fight wars than as a laboratory for social engineering. The military was ordered to integrate Homosexuals and transgenders into the ranks. The armed forces had to place its war fighting training on hold in order to adopt the “politically correct,” liberal agenda of the far left. As a result, the military has begun to lose its fighting spirit and forgotten its heritage and history. The Obamas Regime’s “inclusive approach” has managed to minimize the expression of religion in the ranks. Officers and enlisted alike have been disciplined for displaying...
  • Five Reasons Why India Should Not Fear An Unpredictable Trump Presidency

    01/12/2017 1:40:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Swarajya Magazine ^ | January 12, 2017 | R. Jagannathan
    How concerned should India be about an unpredictable Donald Trump presidency, now just about a week away from inauguration? Trump’s presser yesterday (11 January) did not inspire much confidence, focused as it was on attacking the media, bringing jobs back to America, diatribes against the pharma industry, and defending himself against intelligence leaks which suggested that Russia had compromising information on him. (Read the full transcript of what Trump said here) But that’s the man. He has a tendency to talk from the gut, and that is what got him elected. But once he is President, he won’t be able...
  • Letter to Senator Gillibrand re her opposition of James Mattis

    01/12/2017 12:47:06 PM PST · by Silly · 15 replies
    January 12, 2017 | Paul Klenk
    Dear Senator Gillibrand: I am a constituent of yours, and am writing to express my dismay and outrage for your opposition to James Mattis as our new Secretary of Defense. Our country is in the longest war of its history, and needs the very best talent we have. Ret. General Mattis is not only exceptional, he is needed, and our troops are particularly excited to have someone in command who knows what he is doing. We have waivers for a reason -- to make sure we get the best people available under extreme circumstances. Your vote today, and your unfortunate...
  • Let's play hardball to get the wall financed

    01/12/2017 10:23:46 AM PST · by WASgun · 18 replies
    None | 12Jan17 | WASgun
    Sooooo, food for thought. Higher estimates of the wall are 38 billion. Current US foreign aid is about 37 million annually. Mexico has about 500 million in US foreign aid out of that 37 million. How about we take all of north and south america's US foreign aid and apply it to the wall budget. We can tell all of those countries: "Hey dudes, sorry, but Mexico ruined the Foreign Aid gravy train for you. If you can convince Mexico to pay for the wall, we can turn the free money back on." Maybe even include countries that Mexico trades...
  • Little Boy Dressed As A Queen’s Guardsman

    01/12/2017 4:13:28 AM PST · by gaggs · 14 replies
    This video of an adorable little boy dressed as a Queen’s Guardsman will melt your heart! The video, taken at Windsor Castle in England and posted on the Instagram account of a tourist joanna___feng, shows four-year-old Marshall Scott saluting members of the Queen’s Guard as they march past him.
  • Florida Democrat pushes expanded gun background checks in wake of airport shooting

    01/11/2017 4:46:36 PM PST · by PROCON · 18 replies
    guns.com ^ | Jan. 11, 2017 | Brian Seay
    A state senator in Florida is sponsoring a handful of gun control bills, citing last week’s airport shooting as a reason to introduce at least one of the measures. State Sen. Gary Farmer says he plans to introduce a bill that would close the so-called gun show loophole in his state. “Last week horror came to our state and to the Fort Lauderdale airport,” Farmer said, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “That horror came in the form of a deranged man who should’ve never been allowed to buy, own or in any way possess a dangerous firearm.” Florida Carry Executive...
  • Army Leaker Chelsea Manning on Obama's 'Short List' for Commutation

    01/11/2017 8:14:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 11, 2017 | Cynthia McFadden, Kevin Monahan, William M. Arkin and Tracy Connor
    President Obama has put Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified material, on his short list for a possible commutation, a Justice Department source told NBC News. A decision could come as soon as Wednesday for Manning, who has tried to commit suicide twice this year and went on a hunger strike in a bid for gender reassignment surgery. "I have more hope right now than I have the entire time since she was sentenced," Manning's aunt, Deborah Manning, told NBC News....
  • Farewell, Radical-in-Chief

    01/11/2017 4:23:20 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/11/17 | Matthew Vadum
    Obama says goodbye to a nation he despises President Barack Hussein Obama bid farewell last night to the nation he despises in what was, for him, a mercifully brief speech. “America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started,” he said in all apparent seriousness. After sending aid and comfort to an Islamic supremacist dictator in Egypt, he falsely claimed to have pulled the rug out from the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear weapon program. The Nobel Peace Prize winner left out how his illegal war destabilized Libya and the fact that the U.S. military deeply distrusts...
  • Electric Boat to hire 2,000 to build nuclear subs

    01/10/2017 12:18:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Connecticut Post ^ | January 9, 2017 | Bill Cummings
    With a Navy commitment in hand to build 18 new Columbia-class nuclear submarines, Electric Boat in Groton is planning a hiring and spending spree that will be felt across the state. The company is gearing up to hire 2,000 new employees this year at its Connecticut and Rhode Island plants, with 1,350 jobs slated for Groton. Electric Boat employs about 14,500 people in Connecticut and Rhode Island, and that employment is projected to grow to 18,000 by 2030. Company President Jeffrey Geiger on Monday told business and legislative leaders during an annual update that the company will meet the Navy's...
  • Pentagon approves potential $126 billion submarine project

    01/07/2017 12:36:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    United Press International ^ | January 5, 2017 | Ryan Maass
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Defense intends to move forward with its $126 billion plan to procure 12 new nuclear submarines for the U.S. Navy. Under the plan, the Navy's existing Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines will be replaced by the developing Columbia-class submarines at an estimated cost of roughly $8 billion per ship. Pentagon acquisition undersecretary Frank Kendall voiced his approval during a recent interview with Bloomberg. "I'm hoping to have it done before I leave," Kendall said, noting his job ends when President Barack Obama leaves office on Jan. 20. President Obama has supported the...
  • Obama’s Syrian Policy, Through the Looking Glass

    01/06/2017 3:40:28 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/06/17 | Roger Aronoff
    Disastrous role that the Obama administration has played in the region, particularly in Syria President Obama’s assertion that the Islamic State was a “JV” team demonstrates how he arrogantly ignored the possibility that this jihadist terror group could eventually threaten the United States. But what the press will not report is that President Obama is at least partially responsible for the arming of ISIS. A recent article by Jerome Corsi of WorldNetDaily sheds further light on how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama worked to actively arm Syrian rebels, ultimately supporting groups that would coalesce into...
  • Here's What The Military Will Look Like In 2017: Transgenders, Hijabs, Turbans & Beards Welcome

    01/06/2017 10:50:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | January 5, 2017 | Sherley Boursiquot
    Just two weeks before President-elect Donald Trump enters office, the U.S. Army issued a new regulation under the Obama administration: servicemen and women will be allowed to wear beards, turbans, or hijabs for religious purposes while serving the country. The changes issued by Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning were announced Tuesday and were effective immediately, according to the Atlantic. Apart from religious dress coding, servicewomen can now wear dreadlocks (as long as it’s neat and tied), twists, and cornrows, without requesting an accommodation to wear them. "Our goal is to balance soldier readiness and safety with the accommodation of...
  • Philippines’ former president urges Donald Trump to mend relations

    01/05/2017 7:10:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 4, 2017 | Guy Taylor
    MANILA, Philippines — President-elect Donald Trump would be well-advised to make a trip here early in his administration to shore up Washington’s troubled alliance with one of the linchpins of its regional security network, says former President Fidel V. Ramos, an elder statesman among the Philippines‘ political and military elite. “I just hope, and please suggest it to him, that he makes an early visit,” Mr. Ramos told The Washington Times. He suggested a Trump visit may be needed to neutralize President Rodrigo Duterte’s threats to downgrade the alliance in favor of deeper ties with China and Russia. “This is...
  • Robot Targets are on a Range Rage

    01/04/2017 12:23:19 PM PST · by w1n1 · 9 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/4/2017 | J Hines
    The Bots actually respond like a live Adversary For the gun enthusiasts that want more out of just shooting at paper targets or moving targets. How about moving robot targets that moves autonomously? Enter Robotic Human-Type Targets from Australia's Marathon Targets, they're basically dummy mannequins on wheels with a computer embedded. The bots can be programmed to various scenario whether the bots is hit or not. The idea is to deploy human-looking dummies that can "look, move, and behave like people," with a degree of networked autonomy. For example, when one bot goes down in a hail of gunfire, the...
  • Family: Soldier attacked after Mummers Parade (Philadelphia, Pa.)

    01/04/2017 12:19:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    WTXF-TV ^ | January 2, 2017
    PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - A soldier’s mom is speaking out after a brutal attack on her son. The serviceman became a target for a violent group after the Mummers parade. He is now in the hospital with a long recovery ahead of him. "He's such a good kid. He did not deserve this." Lori Freni was supposed to see her 19-year-old Army serviceman son Austin head back to base after the holidays....
  • Trump recognizes 'urgency' of North Korea nuclear threat: South Korea

    01/03/2017 4:07:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 3, 2017 | James Pearson, Ben Blanchard, Jeongeun Lee and Lesley Wroughton
    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's "clear warning" to North Korea shows he is aware of the urgency of the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear program and will not waver from a policy of sanctions against the isolated country, South Korea said on Tuesday. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Sunday his nuclear-capable country was close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), raising the prospect of putting parts of the United States in range. Trump dismissed the claim, saying on Twitter: "It won't happen." South Korea's Foreign Ministry said Trump's comment, his first mention of the North Korean...
  • How the Baker Rifle shaped the way we Fight with our Rifles

    01/03/2017 12:27:14 PM PST · by w1n1 · 39 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/3/2017 | J Hines
    It all started with the Baker Rifle and the British 95th Rifle Regiment The defining moment for rifles in the western world was when Rifleman Thomas Plunkett serving with the British 95th Rifle regiment took a shot with his Baker rifle towards the end of the Battle of Cacabelos in 1809. Rifleman Plunket laid flat on his back in the snow took a shot at the French General Auguste-Marie-François Colbert. While he lay on the ground, Plunket inserted his foot into the sling of his Baker .705-caliber rifle to stabilize the weapon, the butt of his rifle flushed into his...
  • Obama Blames Russia for Exposing Anti-Israel Move [semi-satire]

    01/02/2017 6:16:05 PM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Jan 2017 | John Semmens
    With a rash of news stories popping up contradicting the Obama Administration's denial that the recent UN vote against Israeli settlements was, in fact, organized and led by Administration officials, President Obama charged the Russians with "once again exposing communications that were intended to remain private." One of these "private communications" entailed Secretary of State John Kerry's meeting with senior Palestinian diplomat Saeb Erekat to coordinate strategy for advancing the UN censure of Israel. Another was Vice President Joe Biden's phone call pressuring Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to vote for the censure. "The revelation of official matters intended to remain...
  • Call for Oklahoma Volunteers: Wreaths Across America 2017

    01/02/2017 1:55:22 AM PST · by Oz8509338511 · 13 replies
    Oz ^ | Oz
    Stillwater Oklahoma: 01 January 2017 A small group of young local leaders are teaming up with veteran groups to put Oklahoma on the Wreaths Accross America map for next Christmas 2017 With nearly a full year to plan and coordinate efforts a small team of young local leaders have taken on the task of putting Stillwater Oklahoma on the Wreaths Accross America project map and are looking for hundreds of volunteers to help. If you have ever served on a WAA team and know anyone in or near Stillwater, OK who would like to volunteer please call me and I...
  • 'We have to make sure there is a price to pay': John McCain calls Russia's hacking an 'act of war'

    12/31/2016 1:54:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | December 31, 2016 | Staff
    As Donald Trump continues to shower president Vladimir Putin with praise, Sen. John McCain is leading GOP criticism of Russia's recent hacking. The Arizona senator called Russia's alleged cyber attack to influence the 2016 presidential election an 'act of war' on Friday. 'When you attack a country, it's an act of war,' he said on Ukrainian TV after meeting with President Petro Poroshenko. 'And so we have to make sure that there is a price to pay so that we can perhaps persuade Russians to stop this kind of attack on our very fundamentals of democracy.' McCain, who serves as...
  • China's carrier replenishment ship begins sea trials

    12/30/2016 4:22:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    IHS Jane's Defence Weekly ^ | December 30, 2016 | Andrew Tate in London
    The People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) new Type 901 replenishment ship commenced sea trials on 18 December, according to Chinese media. The 45,000-tonne vessel, which was built at Guangzhou Shipyard International's Longxue shipyard on the Pearl River, is expected to provide logistics support to the PLAN's nascent carrier force. Photographic evidence of the ship's construction emerged in late 2015, not long before it was launched on 15 December 2015. It is equipped with three gantries and a fourth high-point structure port side aft, configured with five hose rigs for liquid refuelling on the port side and four on the starboard...
  • Traitor John Kerry

    12/30/2016 9:43:10 AM PST · by samovar123 · 12 replies
    http://intellectualconservative.com/traitor-john-kerry/ ^ | 12/30/2016 | John Velisek USN (Ret.)
    John Kerry was and is a traitor to the American fighting forces and the basic principles that our country is founded upon. Being a retired combat veteran myself, from a few years later and a different venue, I understand what it takes to work together as a team, and to stand side by side with your fellow man. I have worked with and stood next to some of the finest this country have to offer. I would like to believe I speak for many when I say that John Kerry was, in fact a traitor and still is, both to...
  • 2017: The Year of the Undertaker for ISIS

    12/29/2016 8:04:52 PM PST · by pboyington · 8 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 29, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    ISIS has been on a global murder spree in 2016. From Paris to Berlin and Ohio State to Orlando, the Islamic Satanists have been emboldened by the speak softly and deploy James Taylor national security policies from the White House and the Jim Jones national suicide open borders directives from German chancellor Angela Merkel. It’s been open season for ISIS to shoot, behead, torture, run over and blow to smithereens any array of soft targets that they can find from one end of the planet to the other; in cafes, in theaters, in offices, in night clubs, on college campuses...
  • What's happening in the Military? [vanity]

    12/28/2016 5:15:55 AM PST · by Fhios · 19 replies
    12/28/2016 | Total Vanity
    Why the sudden turn-around on the Navy's new rating names? What triggered that retreat? Sudden reversal after much celebrations and congratulations? Things like that - sudden reversal - just don't happen in the military without something happening to the military. Is there a reason why the Democrats are griping about the retired military personnel in Trumps incoming administration? History is full of military commanders retiring into politics. It's not anything new.
  • A Revolutionary Christmas: The Battle of Trenton, 1776

    12/27/2016 9:07:35 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 12/27/16 | Susan Frickey
    Try to picture it. Try to feel it. It’s brutally cold. East Coast cold, where the humidity makes the bitterness cut right through to the bone. You’re freezing, even with a thick parka and snow boots. Your fingers are numb in your designer gloves. Holding your hot chocolate, you’re thankful for the warmth making its way down your throat as you walk down the paved and de-iced sidewalk. Travel back in time to 1776. You don’t have a parka, or boots, or a hat or gloves. You’re lucky if you have a shirt on your back and something between your...
  • Relax and remember: Trump stakes out positions to prepare for negotiations

    12/26/2016 10:52:54 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/26/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Lots more nukes? 10 percent tariffs? Remember how the guy operates before you wet yourself Public statements affect different people in different ways. Since the news media think the world revolves around them - since how they react to something is obviously more important than anything else under the sun - they get quite exorcised whenever someone makes a public statement that strikes them as ill-considered. Donald Trump does that a lot. He talks (or more often, tweets) about halting immigration by Muslims. And about imposing tarrifs on foreign goods. This past week, if you listen to the media, Trump...
  • Trump Said the U.S. Should Expand Nuclear Weapons. He’s Right.

    12/25/2016 5:52:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | December 23, 2016 | Matthew Kroenig
    On Thursday, Donald Trump created controversy when he tweeted, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” In case anyone was confused, he followed up Friday morning with an off-air remark to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that clarified his intentions: “Let it be an arms race,” he said. “We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.” The backlash was swift and unanimous. Critics charged that there is no plausible reason to expand U.S. nuclear weapons, that Trump’s comments contradicted a decades-old bipartisan consensus...
  • Merry Christmas Free Republic

    12/25/2016 4:14:04 AM PST · by xzins · 114 replies
    Personal ^ | Personal | Xzins
    I didn't see a Merry Christmas thread, so I posted one. Merry Christmas to All. Extend your wishes to whomever on this thread. And don't forget Church on this Holy Day! ***Luke 2: 10“Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”***
  • What’s Merry about all This?

    12/24/2016 10:26:02 PM PST · by pboyington · 6 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 24, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    It seems that Americans have always been deployed to dangerous frontiers during the holidays as they’ve battled the enemies of freedom and justice. In December 1776, the entire American patriot cause was in danger of collapsing. Reeling from yet another loss to the British Army, General George Washington and his men retreated from New York to the frozen hills of eastern Pennsylvania. Desperate times called for desperate action. Instead of bivouacking for the winter, as was the custom at the time, Washington developed a daring plan to hit the enemy. On Christmas night, he led 2,400 starving and ill-clothed Continental...
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs releases health care quality data

    12/24/2016 12:48:12 PM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 12/24/16 | Jim Emerson
    This week the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) quietly released the quality-of-care ratings of its 146 medical centers across the country. The previously withheld rating system showed that 120 medical facilities (82 percent) showed improvement and that scandal ridden medical centers continue to struggle. The Phoenix Hospital, the epicenter of the wait-time scandal and the Tomah, Wisconsin facility, painkiller abuse, saw a decrease in performance this year. The performance ratings were released as a result of USA TODAY’s investigative reporting that exposed an internal memo which indicated whether VA hospitals were improving or declining. The story allowed the American public...
  • The Latest: Trump asks when US and allies will 'fight back'

    12/23/2016 2:31:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Star Tribune ^ | December 23, 2016 | The Associated Press
    The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times local): 5 p.m. Donald Trump is asking when the United States and other countries will "fight back" against the perpetrators of attacks like Monday's deadly truck rampage in a Christmas market in Berlin. Trump is quoting a video released Friday by the Islamic State group that shows Berlin attack suspect Anis Amri swearing allegiance to the group's leader while vowing to fight non-Muslims....
  • Aleppo: War diary by Western journalist Eva Bartlett

    In early November, Fares Shehabi, a member of the Syrian parliament from Aleppo, organized a trip to Aleppo for 13 Western journalists, including myself, with security provided by forces in the Syrian Arab Army.While I had traveled to Aleppo independently as recently as July and August, for many others in the delegation, it was their first visit to the city or their first visit since the war on Syria began in 2011. On previous visits to Aleppo, I met with the Aleppo Medical Association and saw a maternity hospital hit twice by rocket and mortar attacks by militants under Jaysh...
  • Trump won votes promising to protect veterans, but major veterans groups are rattled by his plans

    12/22/2016 4:08:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 22, 2016 | Evan Halper
    Donald Trump’s flair for connecting with veterans won him an overwhelming share of their votes, but the durability of the alliance is already being tested as Trump’s search for a Veterans Affairs secretary veers in a direction that has alarmed some of America’s most influential retired soldiers. Under pressure from conservative activists, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and organizations funded by the Koch Brothers, Trump is contemplating choosing an agency chief who would upend the entire veterans healthcare system. That would come over the protest of the country’s major veterans groups. An appointment like that could prove an early...
  • Money: The Root of Terrorist Evil (Long Article)

    12/22/2016 10:12:40 AM PST · by WASgun · 3 replies
    The Gunship Blogger Wordpress ^ | June 25, 2016 | the gunship blogger
    Are finances a greater enabling factor for terrorist organizations than ideology? Fourth Wave terrorism focuses on targeting civilian populace in order to incite terror and force political concessions. Routinely, organizations receive massive amounts of capital from benefactors (Princes, religious institutions, etc.) for work which is purportedly ideologically driven. A terrorist attack attempts to replicate the effects of a weapon system that costs orders of magnitude more. The average cost estimate for a suicide vest is $1,200 and a vehicle borne IED ranges from $13,000 to $20,000.[6] It is estimated that the September 11th attacks cost approximately $500,000 dollars.[7] Figure 1...
  • How Millions Of Secret Silk Maps Helped POWs Escape Their Captors in WWII

    12/20/2016 1:34:20 PM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | December 20, 2016 | Cara Giaimo
    A "Mark III" military escape kit, with a silk map peeking out. Imagine it’s 1942, and you’re a member of Britain’s Royal Air Force. In a skirmish above Germany, your plane was shot out of the sky, and since then you’ve been hunkered down in a Prisoner of War camp. Your officers have told you it’s your duty to escape as soon as you can, but you can’t quite figure out how—you’ve got no tools and no spare rations, and you don’t even know where you are.One day, though, you’re playing Monopoly with your fellow prisoners when you notice a strange seam...
  • Full Event: Donald Trump Foreign Policy Speech in Youngstown, Ohio (August 15, 2016)

    12/19/2016 4:32:22 PM PST · by Fhios · 10 replies
    youtube ^ | 8/15/2016 | DJT
    Mentioned by a fox news analyst whose name I cannot remember or find. It was on Bret Baier tonight. He say's that this is Trumps roadmap to defeating ISIS. I went and rewatched and and was surprised what's been overlooked in this speech. Find the spot where Trump says we're going to be brutal. Is Trump going to break the Western Paradigm as noted by Charles De Gaulle in recollecting the Algerian war? That "The west is not brutal enough to beat the Arabs" and "The world would not tolerate it". I hope Trump is Militarily brutal and completely destroys...
  • Wreaths acdoss America

  • Mossad chief met with Trump team: report

    12/18/2016 10:35:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 18, 2016 | Mallory Shelbourne
    President-elect Donald Trump ’s team met with the head of Israel’s intelligence service, according to a report in Ynetnews. Yossi Cohen, the head of Mossad, secretly traveled to the United States for the meeting to discuss security issues ranging from the Iran nuclear agreement to the civil war in Syria, the news outlet reported. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly organized the visit and Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, was also part of the meetings...
  • THE MYSTERY: Russia's Doomsday Bomb

    12/18/2016 1:29:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | December 18, 2016 | Dr. Peter Vincent Fry
    While liberal mainstream media concoct fake news that President-Elect Trump is Moscow's Manchurian Candidate, they ignore the latest real threat from Russia. Russian state television "accidentally" disclosed plans for a robot submarine, reportedly armed with a massive 100 megaton warhead-the largest nuclear weapon ever deployed by any nation. The submarine doomsday bomb would explode underwater to radioactively contaminate and inundate with tsunamis U.S. coastal cities and seaboard, where are concentrated much of America's military-industrial strength and population. A diagram of the robo-bomb was shown on Russian TV, supposedly inadvertently, over the shoulder of a Defense Ministry officer. Reportedly, according to...
  • Bill to Block US Funding of Terrorists Introduced [semi-satire]

    12/17/2016 3:11:48 PM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Dec 2016 | John Semmens
    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ken) have co-sponsored the "Stop Arming Terrorists Act" to stem the flow of US tax dollars going to Middle Eastern terrorist groups. That such legislation might be necessary is shocking. "If you or I gave money, weapons or support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail," Gabbard said. "Yet, our own government has been covertly funneling American tax dollars to a series of Islamic fanatics for years. This is madness." Massie maintains that "madness is too mild a term to use. The CIA has been arming bloodthirsty jihadis in...
  • Trump says would rebuild badly-depleted US military

    12/16/2016 11:24:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    India Today ^ | December 16, 2016 | The Press Trust of India
    US President-elect Donald Trump has said that the administration under him would rebuild the "badly-depleted" military and take care of veterans as he vowed to defeat the ISIS terror group "quickly". "As part of our commitment to those who serve, we are going to rebuild our badly-depleted military and we are going to finally take care of our veterans. We are going to take care of them, believe me. Our defence policy can be summed up in three very important words: peace through strength," Trump told thousands of his supporters at Hershey in Pennsylvania, the key battleground state that earned...
  • RNC Averts Hack that Duped DNC [semi-satire]

    12/16/2016 3:40:44 PM PST · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Dec 2016 | John Semmens
    Amid all the caterwauling from Democrats about Russians supposedly hacking the Democratic National Committee's computer system comes a report from the Republican National Committee that a similar attempt on their computer system was rebuffed. RNC chairman Reince Priebus explained "naturally, we were alert to the possibility that hostile entities might try to break into our system. To avert this threat we instructed all of our personnel to ignore and delete any emails from persons claiming to have millions of dollars intended for deposit to our account from a deceased African government official. The strategy was simple and easily executed. There...
  • Sign the White House petition to name new U.S. Navy ship "The Deplorables"!

    12/16/2016 8:59:53 AM PST · by TASP · 8 replies
    DailyHeadlines.net ^ | 12/16/2016 | Self
    One of the newest petitions on the White House website is one that calls for naming the next major Navy ship the “USS The Deplorables” in honor of the voters who crushed Hillary Clinton’s hopes in the recent election. An online petition (pictured) is asking that a navy ship be named 'USS The Deplorables' The petition says that it’s ‘To honor those citizens who rose up to defend America and The Constitution from the globalists.’ It was created by a user known as ‘D.S.’ on December 4. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton infamously made a comment concerning the supporters of...
  • M1911 takes down an Enemy Plane

    12/15/2016 9:32:17 AM PST · by w1n1 · 57 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 12/15/2016 | S Morstan
    A War Story for the Ages. March 31st, 1943, British India. Headed to Pyinmana, Burma, to destroy a bridge, the American B-24 bombers were intercepted by Japanese fighter pilots. With the plane going down and Japanese fighter pilots attacking the parachuting airmen, Owen J. Bagget did what no man had done before or since. It must take some sharp shooting and nerves of unbending steel to keep straight aim in the face of certain death, but he managed to shoot and kill the enemy fighter pilot with none other than a .45 caliber M1911 pistol. Whether a testament to sharp...