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Military/Veterans (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • July 20 in U.S. military history: Old Ironsides, and 'one small step'

    07/20/2017 5:43:05 AM PDT · by fugazi · 6 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | July 20, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1944: As Adolf Hitler meets with officials at his "Wolf's Lair" headquarters in East Prussia, a suitcase bomb planted by Col. Claus von Stauffenberg detonates, killing three German officers and wounding the Führer. Stauffenberg and several fellow "Operation Valkyrie" conspirators are shot by firing squad within 24 hours, and the Gestapo will arrest and execute several thousand Germans (some having no connection to the plot whatsoever) in coming months. In the Marianas Islands, Naval Underwater Demolition Teams (the predecessor to today's SEAL Teams) destroy obstacles on the beaches of Guam as aircraft and warships bombard enemy positions in preparation of...
  • New study: Clinton could have won presidency if burden of war was lower in key states

    07/19/2017 1:43:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | July 18, 2017 | Max Londberg
    Higher war casualties in key swing states may have swung November’s presidential election away from Hillary Clinton, a new study suggests. The study, published last month, found a relationship between states with high numbers of war casualties and an increase in Republican support in the 2016 presidential election. Boston University political science professor Douglas Kriner and University of Minnesota law professor Francis Shen authored the study and wrote, “Trump’s ability to connect with voters in communities exhausted by more than fifteen years of war may have been critically important to his narrow electoral victory.” Three swing states — Pennsylvania, Wisconsin...
  • First Female General Takes Over AL National Guard

    07/18/2017 10:58:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Yellowhammer ^ | July 18, 2017 | Daniel Bruce
    Following the retirement of Major General Perry Smith, Governor Ivey has appointed Sheryl Gordon as Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard. General Gordon will be the first female Adjutant General in the history of the Alabama National Guard. Governor Ivey called General Gordon a “trailblazer and visionary leader” with “a distinguished military career spanning 33 years.” General Gordon became a 2nd Lieutenant in 1981. She was promoted to Brigadier General in 2009 and Major General in 2011. She currently serves as the civilian Executive Director of the National Guard Association. “Being chosen to serve in this capacity is a...
  • USS Forrestal July 29, 1967; North Vietnam; RVAH 11

    07/18/2017 1:51:49 AM PDT · by Revski · 14 replies
    Revski Youtube video's ^ | 7/18/17 | Revski
    This memorial of the USS Forrestal,CVA 59; it will be 50 years ago this July 29-Th; has actual pictures and the voice of Captain John K. Beling at the time of the fires. I'm Aman (Ski) out of NAS Sandford Florida Squardron RAHV-11 (Heavy 11). The Hymn played is, Pass Me Not Oh Gentle Savior, with mandolin and verse sung was covered by me, o7jimmy – (Revski).
  • TX: Coffee Shop Plans to cater to Second Amendment Supporters

    07/16/2017 1:14:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 July, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    A coffee shop that caters to Second Amendment Supporters and armed customers is hoping to open in 2018. So far it is only a web site with an online store that sells ground coffee and T-shirts.  They are seeking investors, if you are  interested. Here is a description of the proposed enterprise, from their web site. From To us, Operator Coffee is more than a coffee shop, it's a cause. We are a group of airborne veterans, special operations veterans, and active members of the shooting community. The idea for Operator Coffee was born out of a love...
  • Soldier accused of supporting ISIS thought 9/11 was an inside job, former bunk mate says

    07/15/2017 11:02:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 14, 2017 | The Associated Press
    HONOLULU -- A former bunk mate of a U.S. soldier accused of pledging loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group says they debated conspiracy theories. Dustin Lyles says Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang believed the moon landing was faked, questioned the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and thought the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job coordinated by the U.S. government. Kang was arrested Saturday and appeared in federal court in Honolulu Thursday for a detention hearing. At the hearing, the Department of Justice introduced a photo of Kang kissing an ISIS flag....
  • Women Will Shower With Men in Army as Part of ‘Transgender Equality Training: Obama Is Happy

    07/15/2017 3:29:31 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    The Doctor of Common Sense ^ | July 15, 2017 | E. T. Williams
    Women Will Shower With Men in Army as Part of ‘Transgender Equality Training: Obama Is Happy
  • CMP Sales of {Army Surplus} 1911s One Step Closer With House Passage of 2018 NDAA

    07/15/2017 10:40:37 AM PDT · by PROCON · 35 replies ^ | July 14, 2017
    On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. Included in the bill is a provision that would make U.S. Army surplus 1911 .45 ACP pistols available to the American public through the Civilian Marksmanship program (CMP). In November of 2015, then-President Obama signed the NDAA for Fiscal year 2016 into law with language that authorized the Secretary of Defense to transfer 1911s no longer in service to the CMP for public sale. That language made the transfers subject to the Secretary’s discretion and capped them at 10,000...
  • 86 Year Old WWII Vet Makes the 1000 Yard Hit

    07/13/2017 5:50:44 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 17 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 7/13/2017 | J Hines
    This retired sniper is about to make a shot that you wouldn't believe without seeing it. Veteran Ted Gundy served as a sniper in the U.S. Army during the Second World War. He saw action during some of the war’s most brutal offensive campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge. At age 86, Gundy received the Black Hat, one of the highest honors from the United States Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU). As part of the honor, Gundy was given a replica of the army-issue Springfield 1903 A4 he used during the war. After receiving the replica rifle, Gundy used it...
  • China's Intelligence Networks in United States Include 25,000 Spies

    07/12/2017 2:24:03 AM PDT · by RohanKapoor · 12 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 11, 2017 | Bill Gertz
    Beijing's spy networks in the United States include up to 25,000 Chinese intelligence officers and more than 15,000 recruited agents who have stepped up offensive spying activities since 2012, according to a Chinese dissident with close ties to Beijing's military and intelligence establishment. Guo Wengui, a billionaire businessman who broke with the regime several months ago, said in an interview that he has close ties to the Ministry of State Security (MSS), the civilian intelligence service, and the military spy service of the People's Liberation Army (PLA).
  • Military Judge Gives Bowe Bergdahl A Lot Of Bad News

    07/11/2017 11:02:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Red State ^ | July 8, 2017
    I missed this in the tumult of the past week but good news is always welcome. When Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was released by the Taliban in 2014 he was feted by the Obama administration despite ample evidence that he was actually a deserter. His parent were guests at a Rose Garden ceremony with Obama, himself. Habitual and reflexive liar Susan Rice took to the Sunday shows to reprise her bravura performance after Benghazi, in this case she told a lie so monstrous that even CNN’s Jim Acosta, who never saw an Obama-related knob shoe he couldn’t polish, was shocked:...
  • Bill Nye: My Grandfather Rode A Horse Into Battle In World War One; "Everything Changed"

    07/10/2017 9:45:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 10, 2017 | Tim Hains
    On Monday's edition of 'This Morning' on CBS, "Science Guy" Bill Nye speculated about why so many people skeptical of climate change predictions. Nye said that the Earth could power itself renewably if we had the will to "change everything." Nye says such changes are always taking place: "What I tell everybody, my grandfather went into World War I on a horse. He rode a horse," Nye said. "But nobody rides a horse [anymore]... Everything changed in two decades. So let's change everything. We can do this people. Let's go." Nye also gets a chance to pitch his new book:...
  • Avalanche of Leaks Hurting National Security [semi-satire]

    07/09/2017 11:53:56 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 9 July 2017 | John Semmens
    A report just issued by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee reveals that the rate of leaks of classified documents since the start of the Trump Administration is seven times higher than during either of the two prior administrations. Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc) called the leaks "extremely concerning. Divulging classified material undermines our nation's ability to gather and use intelligence data. Federal employees entrusted with classified information are not authorized to decide on their own to leak this information to the media. If they have information they feel they have to impart outside the chain-of-command within...
  • A proposed new military branch would send US troops to guard the galaxy

    07/08/2017 5:56:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 8, 2017 | Nancy Coleman
    The year: 2019. The mission: Send combat forces into space to save the world from potential Star Wars. The crew to get the job done: the United States Space Corps. A Congressional committee is proposing that the US armed forces add a new military branch that would, quite literally, send soldiers out of this world. The crew of real-life Buzz Lightyears is described in the National Defense Authorization Act, which is now headed to the full House for a vote. There isn't usually anything extraordinary about the NDAA, which every year lays out military spending. But this time, the House...
  • Solving the North Korea Situation

    07/07/2017 8:17:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Scott Adams' Blog ^ | July 5, 2017 | Scott Adams
    I have some spare time this morning so I thought I would solve the North Korean nuclear threat problem. The current frame on how all sides are approaching the problem is a win-lose setup. Either North Korea wins – and develops nukes that can reach the mainland USA – or the United States wins, and North Korea abandons its nuclear plans, loses face, loses leverage, and loses security. Our current framing of the situation doesn’t have a path to success. So how do you fix that situation? First we must acknowledge that a win-lose model has no chance of success...
  • Emergency Security Council Meeting Held in Response to North Korea’s ICBM Launch

    07/06/2017 11:22:17 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/06/17 | Joseph Klein
    Exertion of strong American leadership stands any chance of success in thwarting rogue regime's escalating ambitions. Must be backed up by credible threats of economic pressure on countries doing business with North Korea and use of military force President Trump vowed that North Korea’s possession of an ICBM capable of reaching the United States “won’t happen.” It just happened. The United States confirmed that North Korea successfully test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time, said to be capable of reaching as far as Alaska. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un said the missile was “a gift” to “American...
  • Lawmakers introduce SHUSH Act to classify suppressors as gun accessory

    07/05/2017 2:09:40 PM PDT · by PROCON · 42 replies ^ | July 5, 2017 | Chris Eger
    Suppressors could be sold over the counter for the first time since 1934 under a new bill introduced last week. (Photo: Chris Eger/ Republicans on Capitol Hill last week introduced bicameral legislation that aims to drop all federal regulation of suppressors and silencers. The Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act, backed in the Senate by Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Mike Crapo of Idaho, and in the House by Iowa Congressman Steve King, would mandate that suppressors be treated the same as firearm accessories. “Suppressors can make shooting safer for the millions of hunters and sportsmen that exercise their...
  • Over 500,000 Syrian Refugees Return To Government-Controlled Areas Of Syria

    07/05/2017 10:24:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Anti Media ^ | 07/05/2017 | Whitney Webb
    DAMASCUS (Analysis) – Crucial to the Western narrative of the Syrian conflict is the assertion that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a brutal dictator who has taken to killing his own people over the course of Syria’s six-year-long conflict. This allegation has been the crux of the “humanitarian” justification for foreign military intervention in Syria that would seek to depose Assad’s government, a justification frequently used by the U.S. and its allies prior to an invasion or the toppling of an extant regime. While this narrative has been pervasive in media coverage of the Syrian conflict, it is now being...
  • George Washington and the Impossible Dream

    07/04/2017 2:00:29 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | July 4, 2017 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on the anniversary of General Washington’s arrival at Cambridge, July, 1775, a year before the Declaration of Independence... Having been unanimously selected by his fellow delegates in the Continental Congress as Commander-in-Chief, on June 15, 1775, George Washington of Virginia was commissioned a General on June 19 and sent off to assume command of the newly created Continental Army… which was then little more than a fiction, as those awaiting him outside Boston really belonged to their localities and their states. When General Washington arrived at Cambridge, Massachusetts on July 3, 1775, he took command of a collection of...
  • Khizr Khan Lectures Us About an America He Would Change

    07/04/2017 9:47:43 AM PDT · by impetrio1 · 11 replies
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 7/4/17 | Black & Blonde Media
    Democrats will use him as they do any convenient minority within arm's length, but he's not the first to lose a son defending the interests of the United States and thousands of military personnel and civilians have been killed, maimed, tortured, and raped by the very people he's an advocate for. It will come of as Islamophobic by those who disagree and that's fine.