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  • U.S. Navy Helicopter Crashes on Flight Deck of U.S.S. Ronald Reagan

    10/19/2018 7:54:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    ktla ^ | 10/19/2018
    he MH-60 Seahawk hit the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan shortly after takeoff around 9 a.m., according to a statement released by the Navy’s Seventh Fleet. All injured are in stable condition and are being evaluated by medical staff. The Navy did not say how many people were injured but that some “will be medically evacuated ashore” without specifying a location. An investigation has been opened into the cause of the crash, according to the statement. The incident occurred during routine operationsi
  • The CIA Gave U-2 Pilots a Special Diet So They Wouldn't Have To Poop

    10/19/2018 6:17:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 18, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The U-2 spy plane was famous for pushing pilot endurance to the limit. The slow, high-flying aircraft flew for up to nine hours at a time, with a single pilot guiding the plane, taking pictures of the ground below, and occasionally dodging surface-to-air missiles. Nine hours is a long time to be cooped up in a plane without a real bathroom—or to be stuck in a small space with the smell of your own fart. So the CIA actually prescribed a proper diet for U-2 pilots to avoid the need to poop or pass gas.
  • Outcry in Germany over homage to Nazi general [Rommel]

    10/17/2018 10:54:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 98 replies
    AFP ^ | October 17, 2018 | Staff
    A senior official at Germany's defence ministry has sparked an uproar with a tweet commemorating the death of Erwin Rommel, a favourite general of Adolf Hitler who was later involved in a plot to kill the Führer. "Erwin Rommel, who was forced to commit suicide by the Nazis, died 74 years ago today," wrote Peter Tauber, a former close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, on Twitter.
  • France Caught Dumping Migrants In Italian Woods, Matteo Salvini Says

    10/17/2018 9:48:05 AM PDT · by McQ444 · 10 replies
    NN ^ | 2018-10-16 21:00 | Riva Mendoza
    The Italian anti-immigration leader Matteo Salvini has slammed the French President Emmanuel Macron calling him an "international embarrassment” after French officials where caught dumping migrants in an Italian forest.

    10/17/2018 6:49:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 04/2015 | Jon Schwarz
    This past fall The New York Times began publishing a powerful, ongoing series revealing the U.S. militaryÂ’s mistreatment of soldiers who were exposed to decades-old chemical weapons during Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to The Times, between 2004 and 2011 U.S. troops stumbled across about 5,000 Iraqi chemical munitions of various types, and at least 17 American personnel, mostly bomb disposal experts, were wounded by them. All of the ordnance was manufactured by Iraq prior to the 1991 Gulf War, during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s.Much of the conservative media has seized on the Times articles as long-awaited, sweet vindication...
  • BRIAN VINER reviews Peter Jackson's colourised WW1 documentary They Shall Not Grow Old [tr]

    10/17/2018 6:37:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 17, 2018 | Brian Viner
    There have been many harrowing dramas about the Great War, but Peter Jackson’s extraordinary documentary, which had its world premiere last night as part of the London Film Festival, is as close as we can come now to seeing it as it was lived, as it was endured. I watched it next to my son, a young adult who has known no existential horror greater than double maths on a Monday morning, and I confess to shedding a tear at the thought of what, a century ago, might have been. There is one particular moment that is both profoundly moving...
  • Report: Thunderbirds pilot killed in crash lost consciousness in high-G maneuver

    10/16/2018 3:25:03 PM PDT · by PROCON · 40 replies | Oct. 16, 2018 | Stephen Losey
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  • Why the plane loss at Tindall AFB ? (Vanity)

    10/16/2018 3:16:15 PM PDT · by llevrok · 58 replies
    10/16/2018 | Me
    I am no military vet, so this is perhaps a naive question - A number of planes at Tindall were left on base and suffered partial or full damage. Some were F22's, no small loss. Why were not all planes flown out the day before when it was obvious this was going to be ground zero for Hurricane Michael or near it? Were they hanger queens and not flight ready? Or were there not the crews ready to fly them out? It seems strange to me so many flying assets were left back.
  • A Weekly Dose of President Trump - Trump Family Train (10/15/18 to 10/22/18)

    10/15/2018 5:07:53 PM PDT · by DollyCali · 1,261 replies
    FRiends and Deplorables | October 15, 2018 | DollyCali
    THE WEEK THAT WAS THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY GOOD ~ 4 MAGA rallies againVERY, VERY GOOD ~ Pastor Brunson retuns from TurkeyEXELLENT ~ Jim Brown and Kanye West BAD ~ Nikki Haley departingUGLY ~ Hurricane Michael sweeps the south VERY UGLY ~ Maxine Waters Below rallies in 4 cities!. more graphics on all at post #1 Welcome all you deplorables to this week's edition of the Dose! This is EVERYTHING TRUMP. Administration, family, frustrations, joys, winning! We welcome your research, your commentary, your personal OT sharing and your presence. Even if you do not share a lot,...
  • Trump: I sent weapons to Ukraine, Obama 'sent pillows and blankets'

    10/15/2018 2:33:23 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct 14, 2018 | Robert Donachie
    "I'm the one that gave Ukraine offensive weapons and tank killers. Obama didn't. You know what he sent? He sent pillows and blankets," Trump said. President Trump claims his administration has been tougher on Russia than his predecessor's, arguing that former President Obama allowed Russia to annex Ukraine and only offered them "pillows and blankets." "I'm the one that gave Ukraine offensive weapons and tank killers. Obama didn't. You know what he sent? He sent pillows and blankets. I'm the one -- and he's the one that gave away a part of Ukraine where Russia," Trump said in a "60...
  • Quora query, Why do you and your religious principles support and defend President Trump?

    10/14/2018 5:57:16 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 53 replies
    Free Republic | Sun, 10/14/18 | daniel1212
    Been working on a response for a Quora query, You are a devout Bible-fundamental Jesus believer. Or devout Catholic or Mormon. Why do you and your religious principles support and defend President Trump? Otherwise, why wouldn't you? I only worked on what the alternative to Trump would mean so far. Any suggestions for this? "Devout Bible-fundamental Jesus believer" best fits evangelicals, and even considering the alternative from that overall perspective should suffice for now, as illustrated by this (imperfect) analogy: You are at a port along with many other people, trying to continue on a long journey to get to...
  • UK Army ordering soldiers to not associate with Tommy Robinson...viral recording leaked

    10/14/2018 4:16:56 PM PDT · by fuzzylogic · 41 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10-14-2018 | Major Farley
    A Major in the UK Army, Yorkshire Regiment, is caught on an audio recording swearing up and down about nobody being allowed to have any social media connections to Tommy Robinson. This, days after young soldiers took a selfie with Tommy, resulting in an investigation and discharge of one (known as "soldierX"). The resulting campaign #iamsoldierx went viral, UK Army pouring in photo's - most with faces hidden - holding up "#iamsoldierx" signs. The issue has reached the top of UK government and they're now showing their fascistic nature to the entire military. Islam has taken over.
  • Birthday of USN

    10/13/2018 2:44:20 PM PDT · by uscga77 · 20 replies
    Hats off the the Navy on its birthday. Thanks for issuing me a wife, a Navy nurse I met at USN Guantanamo Bay, Cuba some 40 years ago. She married up to a Coastie. ;)
  • Sunken Nazi submarine described as an 'underwater Chernobyl' will be buried under rubble [tr]

    10/12/2018 9:31:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 12, 2018 | Chris Dyer
    A Nazi submarine described as an 'underwater Chernobyl' is being sunk into sand to stop deadly chemicals leaking into the sea and the surrounding bed. The wreckage of the German U-boat was left with 1,800 canisters of toxic mercury seeping into the sea off Bergen in Norway. U-864 was torpedoed by a British submarine in early 1945 as it headed for Japan carrying jet parts. The vessel left Kiel in Germany on December 5, 1944, but the hull was damaged in an attack and the captain headed for Norway to carry out repairs.
  • Entire F-35 stealth fighter jet fleet grounded by military after crash in September

    10/12/2018 7:56:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    fox ^ | Lucas Tomlinson, Travis Fedschun |
    The U.S. military on Thursday grounded its entire fleet of F-35 stealth fighters after one of the jets crashed during a training mission in South Carolina last month, officials said Thursday. The stand down affects more than 200 jets while an "inspection of a fuel tube" in F-35 engines takes place, according to a Pentagon spokesman. “If suspect fuel tubes are installed, the part will be removed and replaced. If known good fuel tubes are already installed, then those aircraft will be returned to flight status. Inspections are expected to be completed within the next 24 to 48 hours,” Joe...

    10/11/2018 4:12:28 PM PDT · by fuzzylogic · 16 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10-11-2018 | Tommy Robinson
    Forgive me but I'm compelled to ask fellow Freepers to watch and sign a petition (following link). A UK soldier has been discharged for having a selfie with Tommy Robinson. Tommy is a one man army against the Islamization of the UK and the state is desperately trying to silence him. World is watching. Now firefighters, police, soldiers are losing their jobs if they support him. We need to support this soldier - now lots of them are sending in photos with the caption "#IamSoldierX"

    10/11/2018 10:16:44 AM PDT · by fightin kentuckian · 29 replies
    I'm voting Republican in the November 2018 election. Change my mind. I hope the trolls and even the honest liberals on this board will take their best shot and convince me why voting democrat would be in my best interest and America's interest. How will I benefit, how will America benefit? I hope that Freepers spread this simple message to other boards and amongst their family and friends. I believe that it will cause lefties to reflect on just what it is that they stand for. I really think/hope this could change a few people's minds to vote Republican.
  • Choir from Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's royal wedding will perform at Invictus Games

    10/10/2018 5:12:57 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Oct 10, 2018 | Zoe Szathmary
    The Kingdom Choir is heading Down Under. The group, which famously performed at Meghan Markle’s nuptials to Prince Harry back in May, is set to show off its pipes at the Invictus Games closing ceremony in Sydney on Oct. 27. Prince Harry, who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, established the Invictus Games in 2014 for sick and wounded service members and veterans from around the globe. The gospel choir’s conductor, Karen Gibson, reflected on the upcoming trip. “We love what the Games stand for and are privileged to be able to honor the men and women competing.” The...
  • British Soldiers being 'investigated' for photo with Tommy Robinson

    10/10/2018 12:49:41 PM PDT · by fuzzylogic · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10-9-2018 | Tommy Robinson
    The UK insanity continues. British Army soldiers took a selfie with Tommy Robinson, now they're being 'investigated' - phones taken away and reports that one has been discharged. Tommy Robinson is now a living legend. It seems he is hugely popular with the UK military. The establishment can't shut him up. He is a warrior, a true selfless hero. For me, it is "Sir" Tommy Robinson.
  • They Shall Not Grow Old...

    10/09/2018 6:30:54 PM PDT · by Kriggerel · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/09/2018 | BBC
    Silent film footage from World War One has been painstakingly restored for a new documentary by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. The archive footage has been combined with original interviews with soldiers who fought in the war.