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  • Blue Angels

    07/18/2018 8:42:05 PM PDT · by Kenika · 1 replies
    WLOX News ^ | Not Specified | Blue Angels
    Dazzling and daring aerobatic displays will soon be taking place over the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. It's Blues Over Biloxi, the most exciting air show the Gulf Coast has seen in three years, and it's happening right over the waters of the Mississippi Sound in Biloxi. The skies will be filled with some of the biggest names in the air show industry including the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team, the famous AeroShell Aerobatic Team as well as an assortment of other exciting performances by world-renowned aerobatic pilots. Add to that exciting flybys by a variety of military hardware...
  • Famous Veteran: Ermes Effron Borgnine USNAVY Gunners Mate

    07/18/2018 5:56:55 PM PDT · by eastforker · 37 replies
    TWS ^ | 2016 | Jeff Owejon
    The apprentice seaman remained in the Navy for ten years (including one hiatus), from October 1935 to October 1941 and then from January 1942 to September 1945. His first tour was served on board the four-stacker USS Lamberton (DD-119). During the 1930s the Lamberton operated out of San Diego, towing targets for surface combatants, submarines, and aircraft, a role that was to serve her well during World War II. She also participated in experimental minesweeping exercises and was redesignated DMS-1 (minesweeper, destroyer) in November 1940. In 1941 Borgnine left the Navy, only to reenlist after Pearl Harbor. From January 1942...
  • Survey: Military binge drinking drops, but this service stood out in a bad way

    07/18/2018 2:21:43 PM PDT · by BBell · 97 replies
    About one-third of the service personnel surveyed met the criteria indicating hazardous drinking and possible alcohol use disorder, with 30 percent reporting that they binge drank in the past month. Among Marines, that figure jumped to 42.6 percent. Binge drinking is defined as more than five drinks for men or more than four for women in one sitting, according to the report, issued by Rand and based on a survey that was conducted from late 2015 to early 2016. That rate was down from 33.1 percent in the previously reported survey from 2011, but it’s still high enough to cause...
  • God is Busy Right Now

    07/18/2018 1:46:49 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 18 replies
    email from a friend | 7/18/2018 | unknown
    If you don't know GOD, don't make stupid remarks!!!!!! A United States Marine was taking some college courses between assignments. He had completed 20 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan . One of the courses had a professor who was an avowed atheist, and a member of the ACLU. >p?One day the professor shocked the class when he came in. He looked to the ceiling and flatly stated, "GOD, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform... I'll give you exactly 15 min." The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop. Ten...
  • Spain's new submarine 'too big for its dock'

    07/18/2018 12:16:33 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 57 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/18/2018
    An attempt to deploy a new submarine for Spain's navy has run aground again, after it emerged it cannot fit in its dock, Spanish media report. The S-80 boat was redesigned at great expense after an earlier mistake meant it had problems floating, and it was lengthened to correct the issue. Spanish newspaper El País now reports that after the changes, the docks at Cartagena can no longer fit the vessel. The cost for each has almost doubled, the newspaper said. It estimated that the cost of each S-80 "Plus" submarine would now be close to €1bn (£900m). The original...
  • Everyone Is Smart Except Trump

    07/18/2018 11:22:40 AM PDT · by jonno · 34 replies ^ | July 18, 2018, 12:05 am | Dov Fischer
    t really is quite simple. Everyone is smart except Donald J. Trump. That’s why they all are billionaires and all got elected President. Only Trump does not know what he is doing. Only Trump does not know how to negotiate with Vladimir Putin. Anderson Cooper knows how to stand up to Putin. The whole crowd at MSNBC does. All the journalists do. They could not stand up to Matt Lauer at NBC. They could not stand up to Charlie Rose at CBS. They could not stand up to Mark Halperin at NBC. Nor up to Leon Wieseltier at the New...
  • Russian warship carrying £100BILLION worth of GOLD found off South Korea

    07/18/2018 5:55:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    UK Independent ^ | July 18, 2018 | Laura Mowat
    It is thought that the battle ship, which was discovered off the island of Ulleungdo, was sunken during the Russo-Japanese War and could have had the gold of an entire flotilla on board. The Dmitrii Donskoi was an armoured cruiser in the Russian Imperial Navy’s Baltic fleet which was deployed to the Pacific in the 1904-5 Russo-Japanese War. The warship would have taken part in the Battle of Tsushima which saw Russia defeated by Japanese warships.
  • Famous Veteran: Lee Van Cleef USNAVY Petty Officer First Class

    07/17/2018 4:40:21 PM PDT · by eastforker · 50 replies
    TWS ^ | 2014 | Tom Bateman
    Van Cleef’s first love was the sea; he volunteered as both an air warden and plane spotter in high school and enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduating at age 17 in compressed high school course in 1942. He enter service on Oct 16, 1942 and went to Sonorman School and graduated as a third class petty office Sonorman. His reported to his first vessel a subchaser with no name called USS SC-681 from March 15, 1943 to January 16,1944. During his time on board he was promoted to 2nd Class Petty Officer Sonorman. This SC-681 patrolled the Caribbean in...
  • The U.K.'s New 'Tempest' Stealth Fighter Project Already Faces Serious Challenges

    07/17/2018 9:18:04 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 8 replies
    The War Zone ^ | JULY 16, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The U.K. Ministry of Defense has unveiled new plans for a new stealth fighter jet called Tempest at the biennial Farnborough Airshow. The announcement coincides with the release of a new Combat Air Strategy, which focuses heavily on sustaining and expanding the United Kingdom’s domestic defense industrial base and international cooperation in that sector, but there are already questions about the project’s viability given the country’s increasingly uncertain political and economic future. Underscoring the emphasis on engagement with the private sector, U.K. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson offered details about Tempest and the country’s new aerial warfare strategy in front...
  • Famous veteran: gene Hackman USMC CPL

    07/16/2018 6:46:28 PM PDT · by eastforker · 30 replies
    TWS ^ | 2014 | TWS
    Gene was born Eugene Alden Hackman in San Bernadino, California on the 30th of January, 1930 to Eugene Ezra (newspaper pressman) and Lyda Hackman. He is 6'2" and has been married twice. Once to Faye Maltese (1 January 1956 to 1986), whom he had three children (Christopher, Elizabeth and Leslie) with before they divorced, and currently to Betsy Arakawa. Gene and Betsy were married in December of 1991. Faye was a bank Clerk and Betsy, a classical pianist. When he was 16, Gene joined the Marines for three years and then found himself in New York, working various jobs. Eventually,...
  • The Story of How Mossad Stole 100,000 Iranian Nuclear Docs

    07/16/2018 6:38:00 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 15 Jul, 2018 | Rick Moran
    You gotta love Mossad. Agents snuck into a warehouse smack in the middle of Tehran last January and, in a 6 1/2-hour operation, managed to steal 100,000 documents that Israel says prove Iran was lying about their nuclear weapons program. Wall Street Journal: The Israeli team secretly reached the warehouse holding the materials and broke in during a tight time window when it knew the building would be unguarded, the officials said. To avoid drawing attention to the nondescript facility, Iran hadn’t posted full-time guards, they said, but rather relied on alarm systems that the Israeli agents disabled. The Israeli...
  • Defense Spending by Country

    07/15/2018 5:22:28 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 21 replies
    Global Firepower ^ | 2018 | Global Firepower
    Spending in US dollars 1. USA $647,000,000,000 2. China $151,000,000,000 3. Saudi Arabia $56,725,000,000 4. United Kingdom $50,000,000,000 5. India $47,000,000,000 6. Russia $47,000,000,000 7. Germany $45,200,000,000 8. Japan $44,000,000,000 9. France $40,000,000,000 10. South Korea $40,000,000,000
  • Famous Veteran: Robert Duvall USARMY PFC

    07/14/2018 7:04:52 PM PDT · by eastforker · 70 replies ^ | 2018 |
    After graduating Principia College in 1953, Duvall decided to follow a path similar to his father's and enlisted in the U.S. Army. During his time in the Army, Duval leveraged his passion and took up acting. While stationed at Camp Gordon, he acted in plays such as "Room Service." Later, due to his having served during the years of the Korean War, the media would often misunderstand his participation during the fighting. He left the military after two years of service at the rank of Private First Class.
  • Indiana Jones Isn’t Wrong—The Nazis’ Fascination With The Occult Was Very Real

    07/14/2018 5:37:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/14/2018 | Nathanael Blake
    The Nazi fascination with fantastical science and the occult has long made for spectacular entertainment. From Indiana Jones trying to save the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant from the Nazis, to comic-book super-soldier serums, to the reoccurring use of supernatural charlatanism to dupe the Germans in Hogan’s Heroes, pop culture has propagated the idea of the Nazis as obsessed with mysticism and mad science. And pop historians have eagerly provided background for these tales.How much of it is true?Quite a lot, it turns out. Recently released in paperback by Yale University Press, Eric Kurlander’s book Hitler’s...
  • The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick (vanity)

    07/14/2018 12:04:36 PM PDT · by eastforker · 267 replies
    PBS ^ | 2017 | Ken Burns&Lyn Novick
    Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the...
  • Ultimate Trump derangement syndrome.

    07/14/2018 6:03:20 AM PDT · by TermLimitsforAll · 105 replies
    Self experience | 7-14-2018 | Myself
    So my brother passed away at 59 after an 8 year battle with ALS. I hadn't seen him in over 2 years primarily based upon my beliefs and their opposition to those beliefs. I really didn't want my children around to be honest. That said he was still my brother and the friction wasn't with him at all. It was his kid and wife. I had commented about my beliefs on gay marriage and they were strongly opposed to my opposition. His whole family were strong Hillary supporters as well. In fact they moved to Atlanta from the land of...
  • Teen on vacation survives nearly 10 hours in waters off St. Simons Island

    07/14/2018 5:06:40 AM PDT · by BBell · 46 replies ^ | 7/12/18 | Amber Krycka
    T. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - A 19-year-old spent nearly 10 hours in the ocean fighting for his life. “Worst vacation ever, but also my most exciting ever,” said Blake Spataro. But it’s the kind of excitement we’d all like to avoid. “I was out there sitting by the shore when a rip tide washes me straight into the ocean,” he said. The teen was stranded in the ocean for nearly 10 hours. “I didn’t want to die out there. I was talking to God the entire night,” Spataro said.He screamed for help, but no one heard him over the waves...
  • Famous Veteran: Rodman Serling Airborne

    07/13/2018 5:03:07 PM PDT · by eastforker · 12 replies
    TWS ^ | 2015 | SSG Trey W. Franklin
    Rod Serling served as a U.S. Armyparatrooper and demolition specialist with the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific Theater in World War II from January 1943 to January 1945 (Discharged stateside in 1946). He was seriously wounded in the wrist and knee during combat and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Serling's military service deeply affected the rest of his life and influenced much of his writing. Due to his wartime experiences, Serling suffered from nightmares and flashbacks. During his service in World War II, he watched as his best friend was crushed to...
  • Palin Slams Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Pathetic’ Response, Demands CBS Decide Which Vets Groups(TR)

    07/13/2018 5:32:17 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 July, 2018 | Jerome Hudson
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin slammed what appeared to be a response from British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who’s on the defensive after apparently posing as a disabled military veteran for a prank interview. “Another list of unfunny lies, this time typewritten for all to see; a pathetic attempt to punk not just my daughter and me again, but now the public,” Palin wrote on Facebook Thursday. “Thank God people are wise to Hollywood’s BS & said, ‘Enough.’” Palin was responding to a tweet sent from the Twitter account of “Billy Wayne Ruddick,” the fictional character Cohan plays in his...
  • US Navy lifts ban on dreadlocks, ponytails for women

    07/13/2018 4:02:47 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 12, 2018
    The U.S. Navy announced new hair rules for female sailors his week, saying they can now wear dreadlocks, ponytails and styled buns while in uniform. The Navy's announcement came in a live broadcast on its Facebook page on Tuesday with Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Chief of Naval Personnel Adm. Robert Burke, The Huffington Post reported. Richardson said the naval branch enlisted a team of six female sailors to help devise the new grooming standards, which he noted were also based on feedback from the sailors' peers. “If you’ve got a recommendation, we just demonstrated that that...