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  • Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets — They're Veterans

    07/24/2014 7:59:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NPR ^ | July 24, 2014 | David Wellna
    It's dog days on Capitol Hill — or, more precisely, dogs have had their day there. Five in particular — all war dog veterans. The canines joined their human advocates at a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday, "Military Dogs Take the Hill," to spotlight an effort to require that all military working dogs be retired to the U.S. Congress passed a law last year saying the military may bring back its working dogs to the U.S. to be reunited with their handlers, but it does not say they must be brought back. Carlos, one of five war dog veterans at a...
  • George Patton’s Summer of 1944 [Remember his tactical brilliance that helped to win World War II]

    07/24/2014 2:32:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/24/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Nearly 70 years ago, on Aug. 1, 1944, Lieutenant General George S. Patton took command of the American Third Army in France. For the next 30 days they rolled straight toward the German border. Patton almost did not get a chance at his summer of glory. After brilliant service in North Africa and Sicily, fellow officers — and his German enemies — considered him the most gifted American field general of his generation. But near the conclusion of his illustrious Sicilian campaign, the volatile Patton slapped two sick GIs in field hospitals, raving that they were shirkers. In truth, both...
  • Lawmakers: Make It Easier For Military Dogs To Reunite With Soldiers After War

    07/24/2014 8:52:08 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 6 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | 7/23/14 | Alex Pappas
    They served in the Civil War. They were there for American soldiers during both world wars. One was even on SEAL Team Six, the military team that killed Osama Bin Laden. But military dogs do not always get to go home with their military handlers after serving together in war. During a Capitol Hill event on Wednesday, legislators argued it should be easier for these veterans to reunite with their dogs.
  • Floral thefts from veterans' cemetery

    07/24/2014 7:43:43 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Artificial flowers and flags are being pulled at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery. It’s not that they are prohibited, it’s that they are being pilfered and Cemetery Administrator Joe Larson cannot fathom why people are stealing them from in-ground burial sites. Apparently the thefts happened Saturday night and it wasn’t until a woman let Larson know on Monday that the artificial flowers from her loved one’s grave were taken, noting they were not there on Sunday. “We’ve had a number of other complaints this week about the stealing of artificial flowers and flags, but no real...
  • KFI TIM CONWAY SHOW: Great Reagan anecdote from cadet at fundraiser

    07/23/2014 8:50:17 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 8 replies
    kfi ^ | 7-2014
    Because the Kenyan squatter is in town, Tim Conway show was discussing fundraisers. Callers, who have attended fundraisers, were phoning in and telling what happens at the events. Here is the best anecdote. A young cadet from Cal State Fullerton was there with other cadets as part of the Honor Guard. When Reagan greeted them, he asked the cadet his name and was open to a question from him. The cadet said, "Can I ask anything?" The President said he could. So the cadet said (paraphrasing) - Cadet - Mr. President, do you remember when you were doing a sound...
  • SilencerCo Announces First Commercially Available Shotgun Suppressor

    07/22/2014 4:27:48 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 28 replies
    TruthRevolt.org ^ | 7-21-2014 | Yehuda Remer
    Today, the gun world is buzzing with news of a "revolution in silencers." SilencerCo has announced today they will be producing the Salvo 12, the first ever commercially produced shotgun sound suppressor. The official press release reads: “Confirming its place as a trailblazer in the firearms industry, suppressor manufacturer SilencerCo has unveiled the first commercially-viable shotgun silencer ever produced. The company made the announcement today at an exclusive event near its Utah headquarters.” Active content removed Active content removed “The Salvo 12 represents a revolution in silencers, not just an evolution,” said Joshua Waldron, Chief Executive Officer for SilencerCo. “There...
  • Burlington, Iowa City Council to Consider Ban on Open Carry of Toy Guns

    07/21/2014 10:49:48 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 29 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    The Burlington, Iowa city council wants to ban open carry of toy guns. The ordinance will make it illegal to openly carry a toy gun or conceal one with clothes. ia Iowa Gun Owners Facebook page: The Burlington Iowa City Council is moving to pass an ordinance that would require you to get their WRITTEN permission before your kids can play with toy guns, replica guns, BB guns, etc! If your kids play with these toys in most outdoor situations, or if they play with toy guns in the car while you drive them around, you are looking at a...
  • The first female ever to advance to the American Ninja Warrior finals (video)

    07/21/2014 10:39:45 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 7-19-2014 | wimp.com
    24-year-old gymnast Kacy Catanzaro makes history by becoming the first female ever to qualify for the "American Ninja Warrior" national finals. After becoming a celebrity overnight, she hopes to use her newfound fame to encourage young people to get fit.
  • Injectable Foam Could Curb Blood Loss on the Battlefield

    07/20/2014 10:02:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Jul 20, 2014 11:30AM | (Fox And Friends Weekend)
    A promising medical breakthrough could raise the chance of survival for our military men and women in combat. In combat, 90 percent of deaths occur due to blood loss because service members don’t reach a medical facility in time. Twenty percent of deaths are due to a junctional wound. Scientists at Johns Hopkins University invented injectable foam for their group project. The foam would be inserted into the wound, where it would expand and harden to stop bleeding. …
  • Why Didn't Anyone Kill Hitler?

    07/20/2014 10:25:50 AM PDT · by WXRGina · 98 replies
    History News Network ^ | July 19, 2014 | Daniel Mandel
    This week marks the 70th anniversary of a plot whose success might well have spared millions of lives, while claiming that of history’s most infamous mass-murderer, Adolf Hitler. The elaborate conspiracy centered on Claus von Stauffenberg was the most well-prepared and organized attempt to put an end to Hitler, but it was scarcely the first. The number of serious attempts on Hitler’s life would fill a book and indeed have; Roger Moorhouse’s Killing Hitler (2006), for example, covers the ground of several such attempts from the moment Hitler came to power in 1933, at which time his security detail...
  • Bodies rained down on Ukraine village after plane disaster

    07/19/2014 5:52:15 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 1 replies
    www.drudgereport.com ^ | 7/18/14 | ANTON ZVEREV
    (Reuters) - First came the loud explosion that made buildings rattle: then it started raining bodies. One of the corpses fell through the rickety roof of Irina Tipunova's house in this sleepy village, just after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 exploded high over eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are fighting government forces. "There was a howling noise and everything started to rattle. Then objects started falling out of the sky," the 65-year-old pensioner said in front of her grey-brick home. "And then I heard a roar and she landed in the kitchen, the roof was broken," she said, showing the gaping...
  • Why can we take care of illegal immigrants but not...

    07/19/2014 2:54:13 AM PDT · by djf · 10 replies
    Veterans? A question to ask supporters...
  • Among Todays Events&Current National/International Crises,Dem's Worried About Birth Control.

    07/17/2014 4:07:07 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 2 replies
    Welcome to the "World According To Liberals".Over the last 5 1/2 years we have seen never-ending unrest in the middle east along with monthly scandals and crises in the United States.And still to this day,our Liberal Leaders never show any concern.Birth Control,more like free-birth control to uneducated Democrats is still their Primary Concern!,and look at what happened today,horror in the skies of the Ukraine,and not one peep from Reid&Pelosi.Barry didn't have much to say either,just that it looks like a possible accident.Can you imagine what Harry,Nancy&Barry would of said if a plane got shot down right here in the states?
  • APNewsBreak: Manning to begin gender treatment

    07/17/2014 2:52:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 17, 2014 5:46 PM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    The Bureau of Prisons has rejected the Army’s request to accept the transfer of national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a civilian facility where she could get better treatment for her gender-identify condition. The military will instead begin the initial treatment for her. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved the Army’s recommendation to keep Manning in military custody and start a rudimentary level of gender treatment, a defense official said Thursday. The initial gender treatments could include allowing Manning to wear some female undergarments and also possibly provide some hormone treatments....
  • Guinness: A Toast to Soldiers On the 4th (video 1:30 min)

    07/17/2014 5:57:13 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 3 replies
    "Guinness "Empty Chair" salutes the character of a community as they honor one of their own who is out of sight, but not out of mind. They remind us that a true test of character is what you do when no one's looking."
  • These States Have The Highest Representation In The US Military

    07/16/2014 8:02:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/16/2014 | JEREMY BENDER, ANDY KIERSZ AND ARMIN ROSEN
    The U.S. military does not fully reflect the demography of the United States, at least not in terms of the places American service members hail from. According to data from the Census Bureau's 2013 population estimates and the Department of Defense, young adults from some states are more likely to enlist in the military. As the above map demonstrates people between the ages of 18 and 24 from Florida, Georgia, or Maine, are more likely to join the armed forces than their counterparts in lower enlistment-rate states like North Dakota or Utah. These differences exist at the regional level...
  • The 5 Most Dangerous Guns in America (This article is so stupid it hurts my feelings.)

    07/16/2014 6:05:37 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 53 replies
    Rollingstone.com ^ | 7-14-2014 | Kristen Gwynne
    Contrary to what those who defend the right to own high-powered assault rifles believe, not all guns are created equal. Due to a combination of availability, portability and criminal usage the following five types of guns are the country's most dangerous. Using firearm trace data from the ATF, as well as FBI homicide records, we determined the types of guns most often recovered from crime scenes and/or used in murders. The numbers are stark: According to the FBI's 2012 Crime in the US data, nearly 70 percent of homicides for which the FBI received weapons data involved the use of...
  • Notice Of Complaint To The Army Inspector General

    07/15/2014 10:06:03 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 7 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 15 July 2014 | blueunicorn6
    I hereby file a complaint with The Office of The Inspector General, Department of the Army, that a standard of The United States Army has been violated. I believe that the treatment of Bowe Bergdahl violates the standards found in Army Regulation 630-10. I believe that he is not being treated the same as every other Soldier in The United States Army. As you know, you are required by regulation and oath to investigate every complaint you receive, even those "overheard at a cocktail party". You are also aware that, when possible, you shall provide notice of receipt of the...
  • WWII photographic database

    07/15/2014 6:33:56 AM PDT · by School of Rational Thought · 11 replies
    vanity
    looking for photographic collections of wwII and wwI There have been some good ones posted in the past, but my bookmarks have all been lost with computer crashes. Sorry for the personal use of the forum.
  • Military gives new F-35 fighter jet limited OK to fly

    07/15/2014 6:18:43 AM PDT · by don-o · 3 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | July 15, 2014
    The U.S. Navy and Air Force have approved a limited return to flight for their new-generation F-35 fighter jet, keeping alive the possibility that it could make an appearance at the Farnborough International Airshow in England this week.
  • The agency that brought you the Internet has created a self-guided bullet

    07/14/2014 10:37:12 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 14 replies
    COMPUTERWORLD ^ | July 11, 2014 03:23 PM ET | Lucas Mearian
    The U.S. government says it has developed the first ever self-guided bullets that can lock onto a target more than a mile away and maneuver midflight in order to hit its mark. The .50 caliber target tracking bullets, dubbed Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO), are designed for military snipers, who must deal with changes in wind, light and ambient heat as they fire on a target. The EXACTO technology is being developed by Teledyne Scientific and Imaging with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which researches new military technologies and is known as a key developer of...
  • Lowe's Employees Fix Vets Wheelchair, Because VA Wouldn't

    07/14/2014 7:12:04 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    Michael Berry ^ | Michael Berry
    Three unsung heroes at a Lowe’s Home Improvements store fixed a Vietnam veteran’s broken-down wheelchair, which was much more than his local Veterans Affairs office was willing to do. He wrote this letter to his local newspaper, the Staten Island Advance, to give thanks to the men and the company that went to bat for him, when the government wouldn’t. In 1971, I stepped on a land mine in Vietnam and lost both legs above the knee. For the past two years, I have been waiting to receive a new wheelchair from the Veterans Administration. In addition, I have been...
  • The Foul Tornado: On the centenary of World War I (Outstanding Read)

    07/14/2014 12:17:39 PM PDT · by mojito · 43 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July/August 2014 | Peter Hitchens
    To say that that the First World War was the greatest cataclysm in human history since the fall of the Roman Empire is to put it mildly. The war destroyed so many good things and killed so many good people that civilization has not recovered and probably never will. Long after it officially ended, it continued to cause millions of deaths and tragedies, most obviously during its encore performance of 1939-45. But it did not stop even then. Many of its worst consequences came during official periods of peace and are unknown or forgotten, or remain unconnected with it in...
  • Veteran Looses It On Protester Who Has US Flag Turned Upside-Down (Very NSFW Language)

    07/14/2014 8:23:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    Michael Berry ^ | Michael Berry
    Veteran Looses It On Protester Who Has US Flag Turned Upside-Down (Very NSFW Languag Video only on link
  • Why the World’s Armies Don’t Want U.S. Tech Anymore

    07/14/2014 6:46:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 14, 2014 | Bill Sweetman
    Boeing briefed reporters on the Army-led Joint Multi Role rotorcraft project – intended as a high-tech replacement for most of the thousands of helicopters in the Pentagon’s fleets - in Mesa, Arizona, late last month. “We’ve shot ourselves in the foot twice,” I said, “and we are all out of feet.” My comment was not exactly diplomatic, but the JMR vision of a one-size-fits-all, fast and efficient rotorcraft technology platform that would leave the rest of the world in the dust gave me double flashbacks: to the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor and the LHX/Comanche, which had similar goals and fell far...
  • "Roof Knocking", Israel's Courtesy Call Before Bombing.

    07/11/2014 2:55:54 PM PDT · by lee martell · 11 replies
    July, 11, 2014 | lee martell
    Roof Knocking is the Israeli military's tactic of phoning Palestinians it is about to bomb. Before the Israeli Military bombs your house, it is not uncommon for many Gaza Strip residents to get a phone call. Can you imagine getting such a phone call, knowing it's serious, knowing they literally have got your number and have viewed within via drones? It happens a lot in this part of the world. Sawsan Kawarea, a resident of Khan Younis, said she was in her home earlier this week when the phone rang. She answered, and on the other side was 'David', who...
  • Congressional Researcher Thinks the Air Force Already Has a Secret Stealth Bomber

    07/11/2014 8:49:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 10, 2014 | David Axe
    On July 9, the U.S. Air Force formally launched the competition to build America’s next stealth bomber. But a July 2 report from the Congressional Research Service questions the flying branch’s official narrative. According to CRS’ Jeremiah Gertler, it appears the Air Force already has new bomber prototypes in the air—and the competition could be a sham. Perhaps not coincidentally, Gertler’s skepticism comes just four months after civilians glimpsed what appeared to be previously unknown stealth warplanes flying over Texas.
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    07/11/2014 8:28:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/11/2014 | AMANDA MACIAS, JEREMY BENDER AND SKYE GOULD
  • 12 George S. Patton Motivational Posters That Will Make You Wonder Where America’s Real Leaders Are

    07/10/2014 8:40:10 PM PDT · by kingattax · 20 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 7-10-14 | By Kyle Becker
    George S. Patton. Old Blood and Guts. A Four Star General in the U.S. Army during World War II who was so tough he could eat shoe leather and sh*t nails. In his 36 years of distinguished service, he earned the Purple Heart, 2 Distinguished Service Crosses, 3 Distinguished Service Medals, 2 Silver Stars, and other military decorations. Patton’s also well-remembered as a colorful character. If you know someone who needs a bit of perspective on life (or a swift kick in the ass), these 12 motivational posters just might do the trick.
  • Military defense

    07/10/2014 3:19:37 PM PDT · by LoneRangerMassachusetts · 9 replies
    Self | 7/10/2014 | Self
    I'm listening to chuck bagel talk to troops. Eyes are glazed over in the audience. He is one of the most uninspiring speakers I have ever heard. God help us if we are ever attacked.
  • The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Salmon P. Chase

    07/07/2014 2:31:08 AM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    NY Times Disunion ^ | July 2, 2014 | RICK BEARD
    On July 4, 1864, four days after President Abraham Lincoln had surprised him by accepting his resignation, Treasury secretary Salmon P. Chase confided to his diary, “I am too earnest, too antislavery … [and] too radical.” Chase surely possessed each of these attributes – in excess – but they had little to do with his unexpected exit from Lincoln’s “team of rivals.” Rather, it was much more personal. Chase’s oft-repeated threat to quit had tested the forbearance of a beleaguered president once too often. Out of patience, Lincoln ended his tenure with the observation that “you and I have reached...
  • Soldiers reflect on Afghan war experience in 'Korengal'

    07/06/2014 1:22:32 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-2-14 | alter Addiego
    Sebastian Junger's "Korengal" is a kind of sequel to 2010's "Restrepo," but also stands on its own as an intense and affecting report on the experiences of U.S. troops in one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan. For the earlier film, Junger and co-director Tim Hetherington spent a year embedded with members of the Second Platoon of the 503rd Infantry Regiment in the Korengal Valley, which has been nicknamed the "Valley of Death." The new film is structured differently, but both are all about the men's experiences, leaving aside the politics or morality of the fighting. Junger uses some...
  • The Army Wants a More Potent Sidearm

    07/05/2014 12:47:51 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 135 replies
    "Soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan have complained that the 9mm round is not powerful enough to be effective in combat. “The 9mm doesn’t score high with soldier feedback,” said Easlick, explaining that the Army, and the other services, want a round that will have better terminal effects — or cause more damage — when it hits enemy combatants. One of the major goals of the MHS effort is to adopt a pistol chambered for a more potent round than the current 9mm, weapons officials said. ..."
  • Flight 7 03 (Retired US Airways and F-16 Fighter Pilot flies his RV-7 in North Carolina)

    07/05/2014 4:50:39 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | 4 July 14 | Ron Schreck
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZHhiOrxxco&feature=youtu.be Ron Schreck is a retired US Airways Captain and also a retired Lt Col who was F-4 pilot in Vietnam and later flew the F-16. The video is him taking off from Gold Hill Airpark, NC, where he lives. He built his RV-7 himself, named "Miss Izzy", and flies it frequently at airshows. Another video - of one of his airshows: From the Cockpit with Ron Schreck Another: EVV, Sunday Performance His team also does the flyby for all Carolina Panthers games.
  • Founders' Dream Follow Through

    07/04/2014 3:34:47 PM PDT · by www.spacecoastconservative.com · 1 replies
    Flickr ^ | July 4 2014 | Linda McKinney
    Two-Hundred and Thirty-eight years ago today They signed their names and history was on its way To be forever set anew upon a pathway none yet "knew". And for the Founders of America fair -- So promising, so hopeful: a dream not yet dared -- Determined to give us Guiding Light, They turned to GOD to guide us right And when in prayer they bent their knee, To seek His wisdom, His guidance be The way to govern our land so fair They turned to Providence, Who is always there. And so a Tribute, to them and to thee For...
  • CIA claims that UFOs over Norway were U-2 flights

    07/04/2014 10:12:32 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 19 replies
    the Daily Mail ^ | July 4, 2014 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    FULL TITLE: Were aliens the source of UFOs spotted above Norway in the 1950s? No, says the CIA: ‘That was us’ The CIA has claimed responsibility for various UFO sightings in the 1950s They say lights over Norway can be attributed to their U-2 aircraft The plane began flying in secret from 1955 and remains in operation today It is capable of flying up to 70,000 feet, meaning it was much higher than conventional planes in the 50s and 60s This meant that, when some pilots saw sunlight glint off the planes above them, they reported them as UFOs as...
  • I AM AN AMERICAN

    07/03/2014 9:58:43 PM PDT · by carlo3b · 20 replies
    Cooking With Chef Carlo ^ | July 4 2014 | Carlo3b
     I Am an American!             I was born an American. Unlike my grandparents, I was born in the greatest nation in the history of the world. Being born here didn't make me a real American. That took time. I became an American, slowly and decisively over my entire life. I learned to be an American, through experiences, and knowledge, and witness. I remember moments in my life that brought me to the realization that being born here, in America, is one of the the greatest blessing I had been given. As a young boy, I watched as my...
  • China’s Most Dangerous Missile (So Far)

    07/03/2014 7:40:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    War on the Rocks ^ | July 2, 2014 | Robert Haddick
    Buried on page 40 of the Pentagon’s latest annual report on China’s military power is a brief mention of the YJ-12, a recent addition to China’s portfolio of anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCM). The report notes that, “The new missile provides an increased threat to naval assets, due to its long range and supersonic speeds.” True, but in an understated way. In fact, the YJ-12 is the most dangerous anti-ship missile China has produced thus far, posing an even greater risk to the U.S. Navy’s surface forces in the Western Pacific than the much-discussed DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile. The arrival of...
  • Louis Zamperini, ‘Unbroken’ Olympian and war hero, dies at 97

    07/03/2014 7:16:56 AM PDT · by Pelham · 17 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 3, 2014 | Philip Caulfield
    Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic runner and war hero who survived 47 days at sea and three years in a Japanese POW camp after his plane crashed in the Pacific during World War II, died of pneumonia late Wednesday. He was 97. "After a 40-day long battle for his life, he peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives," Zamperini's family said in a statement, according to Deadline. "His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days." The Olean, N.Y., native's astonishing...
  • B-1 Bomber for Sale

    07/03/2014 6:54:20 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 25 replies
    http://www.ar15.com ^ | May 12, 2014
    About 14 years ago a B-1 bomber was in here (Billings , MT) doing practice approaches and touch and goes. On one of the landings the pilot sets his brakes on fire. He taxis in, and the airport parks him on a taxiway and then puts cones around him until parts and mechanics can be brought in from Ellsworth AFB the next day. The next day is a Saturday, which doesn’t have much going on, so we get to laughing in the tower that maybe somebody should hang a For Sale sign on the plane. We convince one of our...
  • ***THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD***

    07/03/2014 5:31:34 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 103 replies
    Happy Independence Day FReeper FRiends!!!I am posting this on Thursday so we can have some silliness before the Holiday weekend.  Today is the anniversary of the day America broke up with England  To celebrate, I found a little song someone wrote on Tumblr:Cuz if you liked it then you shouldn’t have put your rules on itIf you liked it then you shouldn’t have put that tax on itDon’t be mad once you see our freedom hitIf you liked it then you shouldn’t have badly governed itWo oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh, wo oh...
  • How Climate Change Affects Terrorism (Say What???)

    07/02/2014 9:31:41 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 15 replies
    Defense One ^ | July 3, 2014 04:11 GMT | Jon Gensler
    According to the Obama Administration’s newly released National Climate Assessment, climate change is already impacting communities in every corner of the country, with an increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events – storms, floods, and droughts – and rising sea levels destabilizing the everyday lives of Americans. Worse, the impacts of these changes are accelerating, and they are affecting communities around the world. The Pentagon’s most recent Quadrennial Defense Review warns that “climate change may increase the frequency, scale and complexity of future missions.” Some of the least stable states in the world will face changing weather patterns that...
  • What flag will you fly on July 4th? ~ Vanity

    07/02/2014 10:11:49 AM PDT · by GraceG · 90 replies
    This year I am so tempted to fly the Yellow, Green and Black Rattlesnake Flag instead of the Red White and Blue, or at the very least fly both and put the Rattle Snake below Old Glory. But I am still trying to decide on it.... In some ways I feel like raising the Red White and Blue is akin to pretending that nothing is wrong in this country and there are a lot of things that are going wrong right now. In some ways it makes me feel like I am surrending to the normalcy bias. I could always...
  • Strangest Tanks in History

    07/02/2014 9:59:05 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 21 replies
    darkroastedblend ^ | Avi Abrams
    "Early Tank Ideas to Enormous Pre-WW1 Steam Tanks It all started in the 14th century. We have a record of a "pre-tank" machine,..... Interestingly, the idea of a turtle-like tank shape found its realization much later, in the 1930s, in this Venezuelan armored vehicle:.... .....;
  • Vanity: Status of Special Prosecutor for VA Scandal(s)

    07/02/2014 3:30:51 AM PDT · by topher · 1 replies
    Various | July 2, 2014 | Vanity
    Back in the Middle of June there were calls for a special prosecutor for the VA Scandal (or scandals). In the middle of June, there were calls for a Special Prosecutor for the VA Scandal by Congressmen John Barrow, Bill Cassidy, and Rick Allen. It seems serious crimes have been comitted by people work in the VA System. Whistleblowers have been retaliated against. One article on this is: Barrow, Allen call for special prosecutor Another is: VA SCANDAL: Cassidy Demands Special Prosecutor To Probe VA Abuse There are people that really need to be behind bars or executed over this...
  • Navy has its first female four-star admiral

    07/01/2014 5:20:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 1, 2014 6:41 PM EDT
    The Navy has its first female four-star admiral. She is Michelle Janine Howard, promoted on Tuesday to the service’s highest rank. […] She will serve as the vice chief of naval operations, which makes her the No. 2 admiral in the Navy behind Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the chief of naval operations. …
  • SCUD Missile Launchers, Tanks, Howitzers, More Up For Auction (Jacques Littlefield)

    07/01/2014 12:53:11 PM PDT · by holymoly · 7 replies
    KCBS ^ | July 1, 2014 | KCBS
    PORTOLA VALLEY (KPIX) — In the market for a tank, armored bridge carrier, amphibious jeep, or maybe a SCUD missile launcher, complete with attached missile? They can be yours, for a few thousand dollars or up to a few million dollars as the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation auctions off 200 military vehicles from the Littlefield collection, including historic vehicles and armaments from both sides of nearly every armed conflict in the last century.Spread across 460 acres in San Mateo County is late tank collector Jacques Littlefield’s estate, and half of these vintage war machines are heading to a museum. To...
  • The War that Never Ended

    06/30/2014 9:53:14 PM PDT · by rmlew · 9 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | June 28, 2014 | Baron Bodissey
    One hundred years ago today a Bosnian Serb named Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie. The grand duke — the heir to the Austrian throne — was shot while traveling in what would today be called a motorcade. He was paying an official visit to Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which was then a province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.Princip’s action was the trigger for a four-year catastrophe that eventually became known as the Great War or the World War. Later events forced a renaming, and it became the First World War or World War One.Four and...
  • “CWII Spark” Ping List

    06/30/2014 9:45:10 PM PDT · by OneWingedShark · 84 replies
    Freerepublic ^ | 30 Jun 14 | OneWingedShark
    After recieving a bit of encouragement, I'm starting up a CWII ping-list. Pings will be toward stories that might be the spark, probably with an emphasis on big-government overreach.
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