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  • There Was No Way a P-51 Could Replace the A-10

    12/17/2014 8:16:56 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 54 replies
    The U.S. Air Force has a complicated relationship with its low- and slow-flying A-10 Warthog attack jet. And that's putting it mildly. The flying branch has tried more than once to retire the ungainly A-10 in favor of speedier planes, only for ...
  • The Enduring Myth of the Fragile Battlecruiser

    12/17/2014 7:42:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Information Dissemination ^ | December 16, 2014 | Staff
    The repetition of the myth of the fragile battlecruiser continues even as the greatest victory of the class is now just over 100 years in the past. This particular capital ship has been on the receiving end of the naval world’s harshest criticism since three of their British number met untimely ends at the May 31-June 1, 1916 Battle of Jutland. In fact, the battlecruiser was a hybrid, cost saving platform designed specifically to support a mature British strategic concept of seapower. Its heavy losses at Jutland were more to do with early 20th century capital ship design and poor...
  • Cold War comeback: U.S.-Russia locked in high-stakes submarine drone race

    12/17/2014 5:58:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 16, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    The U.S. Navy’s Pacific Command’s recent announcement that it has successfully completed tests on its GhostSwimmer unmanned underwater vehicle prompted an immediate rebuttal from Russia: They, too, are close to unmanned submarine drones. The U.S. Navy first trumpeted its successful test on Friday.
  • VANITY: FEDERAL SECURITY CLEARANCE FORM (SF86) NOW REQUIRES DISCLOSURE PARTICIPATION IN MILTIAS

    12/16/2014 4:19:14 PM PST · by Salvavida · 36 replies
    The current Standard Form (SF86) required for submitting for a federal background investigation, now requires applicant to disclose any participation with militias. This was never included in any previous edition. Here is the question: Q: Have you EVER participated in militias (not including official state government militias) or paramilitary groups? This is unprecedented. It says it is a revised July 2008 form: but I did one in 2011, and this question wasn't included. This represents the first time an otherwise legal activity, is now under federal scrutiny in the background investigation process.
  • In 1944 Battle of the Bulge, Albert Darago, then 19, took on a German tank by himself

    12/16/2014 10:26:37 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Michael E. Ruane
    Albert Darago had never fired a bazooka before. He was an “ack-ack” guy, a fuse-cutter on a 90mm antiaircraft gun. But on Dec. 19, 1944, the brass was looking for volunteers to go after some German tanks. And Darago said sure. He was a 19-year-old, color-blind draftee, a native of Baltimore’s Little Italy and a musician who played piano and clarinet. He was no hero, he said. But when Adolf Hitler launched the massive attack that began World War II’s bloody Battle of the Bulge, he had not reckoned on GIs like Darago.
  • Green Berets took lead in war to rebuild Afghanistan

    12/15/2014 5:35:12 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 18 replies
    The Virginia Pilot (pilotonline.com) ^ | December 15, 2014 | Drew Brooks
    CAMP VANCE, Afghanistan Michael Sullivan was training to join the Special Forces when he and his fellow soldiers had a real-world lesson to talk about in a food court on Fort Bragg. On Sept. 9, 2001, suicide attackers posing as journalists assassinated Ahmed Shah Massoud, a leader of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan. The Green Beret trainees were familiar with the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, Sullivan said. They knew Massoud was seen as a threat to the Taliban regime. Two days later, on Sept. 11, Sullivan - then a captain - was signing for textbooks for his language courses when...
  • Nephew seeing the Army National Guard recruiter tomorrow. Vanity

    12/14/2014 9:33:49 PM PST · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 68 replies
    FR ^ | Dec 15, 2014 | Self
    My nephew is seeing the Army National Guard recruiter tomorrow. He has some questions and I'm going with him.
  • Former General Zinni

    12/14/2014 9:00:07 AM PST · by 7thson · 22 replies
    Good morning everyone. A short post to get Freeper opinion. I saw former General Zinni on Fox News this morning and he came out in favor of the report released this week by Diane Feinstein. What is the word on Zinni? Was he a good commander? Was he anti Bush, pro Obama?
  • A historic collection found in S. Phila. home (Band of Brothers)

    12/13/2014 2:26:42 PM PST · by llevrok · 18 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 12/13/2014
    In a bedroom lay a white silk pillow - yellowed with age and emblazoned with the screaming eagle emblem of the Army's 101st Airborne Division. On the walls were pictures and plaques telling the story of a World War II veteran; in another room was an adjustable hospital bed and, on a windowsill, a worn Bible. That October day, Jim Bennett was looking for an investment, a house to buy, rehab, then rent or resell, as he has done with about 500 others over more than 20 years. But Bennett found much more at the modest, two-story rowhouse on Winton...
  • German WWII belt buckle weapon--.22RF oddity

    12/13/2014 10:13:46 AM PST · by W. · 29 replies
    Sasisa.ru ^ | 13 December 2014 | A. Russian?
    Spotted this while chasing another link. Seems I've seen one of these before, but not as a cased piece. Many detailed pictures, worth a peek but texts are in Russian. Interesting...
  • TALL TALE [ that’s true ]

    12/13/2014 6:54:12 AM PST · by virgil283 · 6 replies
    aopa.org ^ | July 31, 2014 | ByDave Hirschman
    "Rare warbirds to depart Edwards Ranch......inside Texan Wilson "Connie" Edwards' 100,000+ square foot hangar complex and its remarkable treasure trove of iconic warbirds......" scroll down for video .....HA-1112 Buchon
  • Angelina Jolie’s new movie ‘Unbroken’ provokes Japanese outrage

    12/13/2014 5:00:31 AM PST · by Hostage · 105 replies
    LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL ^ | December 12, 2014 | YURI KAGEYAMA ASSOCIATED PRESS
    TOKYO — Angelina Jolie’s new movie “Unbroken” has not been released in Japan yet, but it has already struck a nerve in a country still wrestling over its wartime past. The buzz on social networks and in online chatter is decidedly negative over the film, which depicts a U.S. Olympic runner who endures torture at a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. Some people are calling for a boycott of the movie, although there is no release date in Japan yet. It hits theaters in the U.S. on Dec. 25. Others want the ban extended to Jolie, the director...
  • Canceling the DDG-1000 Destroyer Program Was a Mistake

    12/12/2014 9:24:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 1 replies
    National Defense ^ | December 12, 2014 | Ben Freeman
    The U.S. Navy’s DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers are extraordinarily expensive. Since 2009, the cost of the ships has increased 34.4 percent, according to the Congressional Research Service. Each of the three Zumwalt’s being built will cost taxpayers around $3.4 billion. And, that’s on top of the more than $9 billion in research and design funding that has gone into this program. Are they worth the price? The Navy didn’t think so in 2009 when Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced the program would end with the procurement of just three ships, down from the 32 ships the Navy had initially planned...
  • Extreme SEAL Experience. Navy SEAL Master Chief Hershel Davis Combat Shooting Course. (video)

    12/11/2014 1:35:36 PM PST · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 12-11-2014 | Buds131
    Master Chief SEAL Hershel Davis explains his SEAL Combat Shooting Course at Extreme SEAL Experience. Clips of Master Chief now and clips from his appearance in "Silent Option" when he was Command Master Chief of SEAL Team Five.
  • German Soldiers Don’t Trust Their Battle Rifle (G36)

    12/11/2014 11:19:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 10, 2014 | Till Rimmele
    Everyone has heard of the formidable German assault rifle, the G36—the successor to the reliable G3. Both are Heckler & Koch products. You can find the G3 all around the world, as the rifle is in the top five for small arms sales. The G36 is different. It’s actually quite rare outside of Europe. And for good reason. It’s got a bad reputation.
  • Britain forced to ask Nato to track 'Russian submarine' in Scottish waters

    12/10/2014 7:51:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | December 9, 2014 | Ben Farmer
    Britain called in Nato sea patrol planes to hunt for a suspected Russian submarine off Scotland last month, after the Government scrapped its own similar aircraft in defence cuts, it has been disclosed. Maritime patrol aircraft from France, America and Canada flew to Scotland to join Royal Navy warships hunting for the suspected submarine after it was spotted at sea, west of Scotland At the height of the hunt in late November and first days of December, four allied patrol planes flew to RAF Lossiemouth to join the search, Aviation Week reported.
  • 1st Squad, 3rd Platoon

    12/10/2014 6:46:07 AM PST · by w1n1 · 1 replies
    StoryCorp ^ | 12/10/2014 | Travis Williams
    In August 2005, Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Williams and his squad were sent on a rescue mission in Barwanah, Iraq. En route, their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. Of Travis’ entire 12-person team, he alone survived. Here, Travis reflects on the hours and days after the explosion, as well as his life now, and pays tribute to the men he left behind.Watch the video.
  • 13 Complete Soldier's Kits From The Armies Of 1066 Until 2014. Wow.

    12/08/2014 12:03:39 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 74 replies
    The Anglo-Saxon warrior at Hastings is perhaps not so very different from the British “Tommy” in the trenches,’ photographer Thom Atkinson says. At the Battle of Hastings, soldiers' choice of weaponary was extensive. ..... Re-enactment groups, collectors, historians and serving soldiers helped photographer Thom Atkinson assemble the components for each shot. ‘It was hard to track down knowledgeable people with the correct equipment,’ he says. ‘The pictures are really the product of their knowledge and experience.’
  • Pearl Harbor survivor brings Vikings fans to their feet

    12/08/2014 7:21:16 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-7-14 | Brian Murphy
    Richard Thill survived Pearl Harbor and waited 73 years for an ovation many of his comrades would never hear. So a stubbornly long New York Jets drive and icy wind at TCF Bank Stadium could not ruin his moment. The Vikings salute military veterans during the first television timeout of the second quarter each home game. Thill was a special honoree Sunday, Dec. 7 -- a solemn anniversary in U.S. history, one he hopes never fades from memory. The 91-year-old St. Paul native was introduced with a video tribute that included an interview and familiar black-and-white newsreels that showed the...
  • US Marine Corps Drill Instructor vs US Army Drill Sergeant (video)

    12/07/2014 5:21:10 PM PST · by lowbridge · 50 replies
    youtube ^ | july 20, 2011
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlNSPbfr5_g
  • In memory of those who lost their lives in SS Cynthia Olson

    12/07/2014 2:54:32 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    MaritimeQuest.com ^ | 2008 | Michael W. Pocock
    At dawn on Dec. 7, 1941 the I-26 surfaced and fired a warning shot at the Cynthia Olson, the radio officer sent out an SOS from position 33.42N-145.29W which was picked up on the mainland and Minoru reported seeing lifeboats being lowered, after which he began to shell the ship. Some time during the attack the Japanese commander received the signal "Tora, tora, tora!" indicating the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor had been a success. Compaired to what was going on at Pearl Harbor his attack would be easy. Since the Cynthia Olson was unarmed she would offer no resistance,...
  • Fallen Ukrainian soldier returning to his native village (video)

    12/07/2014 10:19:38 AM PST · by Ivan Mazepa · 2 replies
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  • `Flame and Blame` uncovers Sherman's strategy of war on civilians

    12/05/2014 1:01:20 PM PST · by aomagrat · 184 replies
    WIS TV ^ | Dec 05, 2014 | Renee Standera
    COLUMBIA, SC (WIS-TV) - At this time in December 150 years ago, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman and his army were advancing on Savannah, leaving a wake of destruction behind. But the true wrath of Sherman's army was being reserved for South Carolina. "He wanted to cripple the Confederacy," said retired University of South Carolina journalism professor Patricia McNeely. Since the campus survived the burning of Columbia, the Horseshoe was an appropriate place for our interview. "He wanted them to give up fighting. He wanted them to lose faith in their leadership in the Confederacy. But most people have overlooked...
  • Sierra Vista recognized as Purple Heart City

    12/05/2014 11:09:45 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Adam Curtis
    SIERRA VISTA — When it comes to honoring the veterans who make up a significant portion of the community, the city of Sierra Vista now clearly wears its heart on its sleeve. As of late Wednesday afternoon, anyone entering Sierra Vista by way of Buffalo Soldier Trail will see a sign denoting it as a Purple Heart City, which will be joined by another sign on Charleston Road. The sign was posted on the west side of the highway, just south of Fort Huachuca’s East Gate, during a ceremony attended by Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller, Fort Huachuca Garrison Commander...
  • Cruz: Vanity

    12/05/2014 9:54:30 AM PST · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 9 replies
    self ^ | sent: October 09, 2014 | self
    Dear Senator Cruz: I am a great admirer of yours. I have a suggestion, which would be to offer up a bill guaranteeing combat-grade benefits to US military personnel engaged in this widening Ebola battle carried out on foreign soil. These folks are risking their lives, and every American knows this. They did not sign up to fight horrific diseases and undoubtedly have paltry training to do so. You know and I know that of the several thousand military people engaged and sent over there, a hundred or so are going to come down with this horrible disease and die....
  • The Warplane That Will Not Die (F-4)

    12/05/2014 7:09:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 63 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | December 4, 2014 | Mark Thompson
    Think of it as the return of the Phantom. Fly boys of a certain age perked up with reports Thursday that F-4 Phantom II’s belonging to the Iranian air force — or what’s left of it — have attacked targets belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) in recent days.
  • andrews christmas lights

    12/04/2014 7:56:29 PM PST · by Kartographer · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/29/14 | icompile all
    It's that time of the year....Enjoy this wonderful Christmas lights display honoring the men and women in uniform who have served so we can all celebrate the season of love and sharing. More videos here: http://www.andrewschristmas.com/ Video courtesy of The Roberts Family (all rights reserved)
  • The USAF Band - 2014 Holiday Flash Mob

    12/04/2014 1:54:45 PM PST · by Heartlander · 30 replies
    youtube ^ | Dec. 2, 2014 | USAF
    The USAF Band - 2014 Holiday Flash Mob The United States Air Force Band surprised visitors at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., Dec. 2, 2014, with a flash mob full of holiday spirit. Here's the video in case you missed it! WATCH
  • Syrian rebels strike back with the HELL CANNON: Aleppo fighters build devastating homemade weapon

    12/04/2014 7:50:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 4, 2014 | Jennifer Newton
    Firing improvised explosives with a range of around a mile, this is the homemade weapon of choice of the Free Syrian Army known as the 'hell cannon'. The cannon has been widely used during the conflict in besieged cities such as Aleppo and usually fires out highly modified propane gas cylinders. The improvised launcher is often used by the rebels as they only have access to small arms such as machine guns and have to make their own weapons and ammunition.
  • The AK-47 Softens Its Image

    12/04/2014 6:48:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 3, 2014 | Jason Karaian
    One of the most recognizable instruments of war is getting a makeover. Kalashnikov Concern, the company behind the ubiquitous AK-47 assault rife, unveiled a new corporate identity at a high-profile event in Moscow yesterday. A more stylized logo for the parent company was revealed, along with a somewhat Orwellian new marketing slogan—"promoting peace." In the original Russian, the new corporate catchphrase can translate to "weapons of peace," an even more curious construction. The parent company’s military weapons unit, dubbed simply Kalashnikov, also got a new logo, one that, according to The Guardian, "looks more like the logo of a supermarket...
  • This veteran's dog helps him cope with PTSD. (video)

    12/04/2014 3:43:05 AM PST · by servo1969 · 13 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 12-4-2014 | The Battle Buddy Foundation
    Service dogs are trained to do specific tasks. They help vets do things that they cannot due to a disability. They can be trained to help someone who has seizures by moving things out of the way or barking to warn their handler of an oncoming seizure. It is interesting to note that providing emotional support, protecting a handler, or being a companion does not qualify a dog to be a service animal. To qualify, they have to do things that are different from natural dog behavior.
  • How a Handgun Works: 1911 .45

    12/03/2014 7:55:44 AM PST · by HammerT · 42 replies
    http://animagraffs.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/1911/handgun2.gif http://animagraffs.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/1911/chamber.gif http://animagraffs.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/1911/trigger.gif
  • Richard III's DNA throws up infidelity surprise

    12/02/2014 4:36:01 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 48 replies
    BBC ^ | 12-2-14 | Paul Rincon
    Analysis of DNA from Richard III has thrown up a surprise: evidence of infidelity in his family tree. Scientists who studied genetic material from remains found in a Leicester car park say the finding might have profound historical implications. Depending on where in the family tree it occurred, it could cast doubt on the Tudor claim to the English throne or, indeed, on Richard's. The study is published in the journal Nature Communications. But the scientists would not be drawn on what meaning it might have - if any - for the current Royal Family, as it was still unknown...
  • ACLU: Army to recognize legal names of transgender veterans

    12/02/2014 11:53:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2014 1:45 PM EST | Bruce Shipkowski
    The U.S. Army has agreed to “fully recognize” the new legal names of two transgender military veterans, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday. The group’s New Jersey chapter announced that the Army Board for Correction of Military Records recently notified the two veterans about its decision. The board initially recommended that the request be rejected, but the Army Review Boards’ deputy assistant secretary overrode the decision. …
  • How to Train Your Voice to Be More Charismatic

    12/02/2014 10:41:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-2-14 | Robert Lee Hotz
    Scientists are tuning in on the power of the spoken word, seeking the secrets of charisma. By analyzing the harmonics of pitch, frequency and timbre, researchers at University of California, Los Angeles are discovering how charismatic public speakers use their voices to dominate, rouse and influence a large audience. They are finding that successful politicians in various countries, including Italy, France and Brazil, all share key vocal qualities that strongly affect how people respond to them, independent of the meaning of the words they say or the ideas they express. In a separate analysis of some prominent business leaders, the...
  • How to Nuke a Submarine

    12/02/2014 7:22:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 1, 2014 | Steve Weintz
    Can you kill a sub with a nuke? It seems pretty obvious that a nuclear explosion deep in the ocean should sink a submarine, but you need to be sure if you’re gearing up for World War III. During the heyday of nuclear testing in the 1950s, the U.S. Navy made sure of its underwater atomic might with an elaborate and very loud test. Sailors and scientists needed to know the range and lethality of underwater nuclear explosions. Would they harm the crews, ships and planes delivering the weapons? Would the ocean become too contaminated near the blast for forces...
  • Canadian woman who went to Syria to fight WITH Kurdish army 'has been captured by jihadists'

    12/01/2014 9:25:13 AM PST · by dennisw · 8 replies
    dailymail ^ | 30 November 2014 | Kieran Corcoran
    Gill Rosenberg, 31, left to fight in Syria with all-female Peshmerga unit Jihadist sources say she was captured in contested town of Kobane Canadian government says it is investigating the reports A Canadian woman who flew to Syria to join the fight against ISIS has reportedly been captured. Gill Rosenberg, 31, left North America to join the ranks of the Kurdish Peshmerga fighting force, which has elite all-female units. Rosenberg, a joint citizen of Israel who served in the Israeli Defense Force, went to fight against the so-called Islamic State earlier this month, while they were locked in combat over...
  • Is this proof mysterious bangs heard on both sides of Atlantic WERE caused by a top-secret jet?

    12/01/2014 7:15:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 1, 2014 | Victoria Woollaston, Dan Bloom and Stephanie Linning
    here was growing evidence today that some kind of hypersonic jet may have been the cause of the mysterious bangs heard over both the UK and the US on Saturday. Engineering expert Dr Bhupendra Khandelwa told MailOnline he believes the loud, repetitive bangs sounded like an experimental jet engine called a pulse detonation engine (PDE). Other theories - including weather phenomenon or meteors and space junk 'burning up' in the atmosphere - have been largely dismissed by experts. And a video showing a PDE being tested in a lab appears to add weight to Dr Khandelwa's claim.
  • U.S veteran calls out fake ranger at shopping mall

    11/29/2014 4:03:07 PM PST · by navysealdad · 58 replies
    A former Infantryman from Easy Co 2/506 101st with video of him calling out a fake Ranger at a local mall.
  • Explosion closes stretch of A1 near Catterick barracks - (UK)

    11/29/2014 3:32:09 AM PST · by wtd
    UK Telegraph ^ | 11/29/2014 | Patrick Sawer
    Explosion closes stretch of A1 near Catterick barracks - (UK) The A1 motorway has been closed at Catterick in North Yorkshire after an explosion was heard, North Yorkshire Police said. North Yorkshire Police received a report at 3am this morning after an explosion was heard in the Catterick area. There are no reports of any injuries, but the A1 motorway is closed at Catterick. Both slip roads to Catterick have also been closed, diversions are in place and motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police said this is a "precautionary measure" while they conduct inquiries.
  • The New Axis of Evil Waging Unconventional Warfare

    11/27/2014 8:59:54 AM PST · by harpu · 14 replies
    www.rightsidenews.com ^ | 11/26/14 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    For years, we have been warned about solidifying a new Axis of Evil between Russia, China and Iran. It is now fully formed and growing in strength. Already Russia and China’s militaries have grown arguably more powerful than ours if you consider their nuclear arsenals and Obama’s rigorous gutting of our military stockpiles and forces. The purge continues daily. All the while a military/security pact has flourished among the Axis of Evil players via the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Unlike the US, our enemies realize that the Cold War never ended… it shifted and put on a new face. We must...
  • The Worricker Trilogies

    11/27/2014 12:49:08 AM PST · by mylife · 9 replies
    PBS ^ | 11/27/14 | David Hare
    Anyone watched this? Rush Limbaugh is watching it and I watched it before him. Call it liberal call it BS, this is a fine bit of writing that tackles serious problems. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/programs/series/worricker-s1/
  • US Special Forces funds drug that can put soldiers injured on the battlefield into hibernation

    11/26/2014 8:33:25 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 11-26-14 | Mark Prigg
    US Special Forces working with James Cook University in Australia. Drug aims to raise the heart and blood pressure into a 'survival window' low enough to reduce blood loss, but high enough to prevent brain injury. Human trials expected to begin within a year.
  • Last Vietnam War Draftee Retires After 42 Years In Army

    11/26/2014 12:09:10 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 59 replies
    westernjournalism.com ^ | November 10, 2014 | F. Peter Brown
    Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ralph E. Rigby just became the last Vitenam War draftee to leave the Army. He retired after 42 years spent there. Rigby always had a love for vehicles and had just started his own mechanic shop when he received a draft notice during the Vietnam War. His first, joking response to the message was: “I don’t have to put up with this! I can just move to Canada like everyone else, and avoid all of this.” His mother, though, had this message for him: “No Way! You are not a quitter. We do not quit in...
  • Off-the-shelf fix for veteran hospital waiting lines

    11/26/2014 11:17:18 AM PST · by 54fighting · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/26/14 | Todd Berkley
    Off-the-shelf fix for veteran hospital waiting lines “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and his widow and orphan”. This Abraham Lincoln quote on a plaque in front of the Veterans Administration building is a succinct mission for the VA. Our veterans have earned our best efforts toward this end. Congress recently acted in a rare bi-partisan fashion to ease the scandalous backlog. Nine million “Veterans Choice” cards allow access to care outside the VA for veterans living at least 40 miles from a VA facility or on very long wait lists. I applaud the efforts of...
  • Does China have a SUPERSONIC drone? Claims secret 'Dark Sword' project may already have flown

    11/25/2014 5:41:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 25, 2014 | Sarah Griffiths and Mark Prigg
    It is a battle to send a drone supersonic - and pits China against Britain. Experts have claimed that China's drone, called Dark Sword, is under secret development. It was unveiled in 2006 at an airshow, but has since disappeared from public view.
  • APNewsBreak: VA fires Phoenix hospital director

    11/24/2014 3:16:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 24, 2014 5:29 PM EST | Matthew Daly
    The head of the troubled Phoenix veterans’ hospital was fired Monday as the Veterans Affairs Department continued its crackdown on wrongdoing in the wake of a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care and falsified records covering up the delays. Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, was ousted nearly seven months after she and two high-ranking officials were placed on administrative leave amid an investigation into allegations that 40 veterans died while awaiting treatment at the hospital. Helman had led the giant Phoenix facility, which treats more than 80,000 veterans a year,...
  • America’s Scorpion Jet Fighter Could Fly in Asia and Africa (WSJ Photo)

    11/24/2014 6:32:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal via Medium War is Boring ^ | November 22, 2014 | Thomas Newdick
    When Textron AirLand first announced the Scorpion—a lightweight surveillance and strike aircraft—last year, it raised a few eyebrows. Now the American company is talking about the first two potential customers for the diminutive jet. Namely, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates. Neither country has bought the Scorpion … yet. But the company is pitching the aircraft as a solution for featherweight and middle-size countries looking for an advanced combat plane that doesn’t break the bank. This is especially the case for countries that need eyes in the sky—and the ability to go after insurgents.
  • The T-34 Was a War-Winning Tank

    11/24/2014 6:30:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 60 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 21, 2014 | Paul Richard Huard
    On June 22, 1941, Nazi German launched Operation Barbarossa, a massive attack on the Soviet Union that was the largest invasion in history. More than three million German soldiers, 150 divisions and 3,000 tanks comprised three mammoth army groups that created a front more than 1,800 miles long. The Germans expected to face an inferior enemy—the Slavs whom Adolph Hitler called untermenschen. Giddy from victories in Poland and France, Hitler and many in his military high command believed it was the destiny of Germany to invade Russia. “The end of the Jewish domination in Russia will also be the end...
  • Hitler & Fate

    11/23/2014 5:02:56 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 75 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | 11-23-14 | Martin Armstrong
    Hitler as a Youth "The other side of Adolf Hitler has been suddenly exposed by a letter the post office had lost all these years and suddenly delivered it to the address where he lived as a boy. The problem, they were decades too late. "Hitler wanted to be an artist. He was a painter. He applied to attend art school and waited patiently for a letter of acceptance. That letter never came and Hitler’s dream career was never to be. Was this simply fate?