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  • The widow speaks on fake news ABC w/George Steponallofus

    10/23/2017 5:42:09 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 61 replies
    10/23/17 | sff
    Local news Miami JUST REPORTED that the fallen hero's widow on Good Morning America. She repeats the "speaker phone" story....
  • Former Democratic Convention speaker says John Kelly isn’t allowed to comment on Gold Star calls

    10/23/2017 4:41:31 AM PDT · by kevcol · 22 replies
    Twitchy ^ | October 22, 2017 | Jacob B
    Gold Star father and former Democratic National Convention speaker Khizr Khan does not like the fact that White House chief of staff John Kelly decided to speak up about the ongoing controversy regarding calls to Gold Star families.
  • Air Force could recall up to 1,000 retired pilots after Trump order

    10/21/2017 7:57:07 PM PDT · by traumer · 21 replies
    <p>The Air Force could recall up to 1,000 retired pilots after President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at addressing what the Pentagon has described as an "acute shortage of pilots."</p> <p>The order, which Trump signed Friday, amends an emergency declaration signed by George W. Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.</p>
  • South Korean army reveals plan to develop 'Frankenmissile' targeting North Korea

    10/21/2017 10:55:19 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 17 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | 20 Oct, 2017
    South Korea's military plans to develop a "Frankenmissile" to counter North Korea's escalating missile and nuclear capabilities in a bid to overwhelm the North during the initial phase of the war. In its report for an annual parliamentary audit by the National Assembly's Defence Committee, the army said they would develop the "Hyunmoo IV" surface-to-surface missile, powerful enough to destroy North Korea's underground military facilities and command centre. Combined with indigenous tactical surface-to-surface missiles and Hyunmoo-class intermediate-range ballistic missiles, the advanced pre-emptive strike capability would inflict "unbearable cost" on the North by neutralising its nuclear and missile sites, as well...
  • FR Help needed: List of relief delivered to Puerto Rico [Vanity, I guess...]

    10/20/2017 8:28:00 PM PDT · by TXnMA · 8 replies
    FRee Republic ^ | Unknown | Uknown FReeper
    FReeper help needed, please. Roughly a week or so ago, a FReeper posted an extensive list of relief supplies and ships that had already been delivered to Puerto Rico. Would someone please re-post that list here on this thread? (A link to the original source would be even better!) My granddaughter is in a college politics course, and the prof and students say they haven't heard of any real help the US has supplied to Puerto Rico. (Of course, their source is the MSM-CNN...)
  • "I Just Love You" by Five For Fighting [Fan-made video for all military]

    10/20/2017 1:10:18 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 10 replies
    Five for Fighting via You Tube ^ | February 11, 2011 | MaryBelleM79
    Video Link
  • Frederica Wilson vs. Trump and Now John Kelly? Easy—Go With Wilson

    10/20/2017 10:10:10 AM PDT · by pabianice · 32 replies
    Daily Bleat ^ | 10/20/17 | Reid
    The Florida congresswoman is the latest—and pointedly, the latest woman and person of color—to be attacked by Trump for daring to tell the truth about him. She joins a roster that includes broadcaster Jemele Hill, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and before that, a Latina former Miss Universe. Now add in Hillary Clinton and the more than a dozen women who have accused Trump of sexual harassment or assault. Trump has attacked or threatened a few men too, notably black NFL and NBA stars, Gold Star father Khizr Khan (along with his wife), decorated Vietnam War veteran John...
  • Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response

    10/20/2017 5:42:30 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 6 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | October 19, 2017 | Carla E. Humud, Christopher M. Blanchard, Mary Beth D. Nikitin
    Since late 2015, Syrian president Asad and his government have leveraged military, financial, and diplomatic support from Russia and Iran to improve and consolidate the Syrian government’s position relative to the range of antigovernment insurgents arrayed against them. These insurgents include members of the Islamic State, Islamist and secular fighters, and Al Qaeda-linked networks in Syria. While Islamic State forces have lost territory to the Syrian government, to Turkey-backed Syrian opposition groups and to U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters since early 2016, they remain capable and dangerous. The IS “capital” at the Syrian provincial capital of Raqqah has been...
  • John Kelly EMOTIONAL White House Press Briefing 10/19/17

    White House chief of staff John Kelly lashed out at Rep Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) on Thursday, saying he was "stunned" by her negative description of President Trump's call to the wife of a U.S. soldier “I was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning,” he told reporters during an impromptu appearance at the White House press briefing, adding he was “broken hearted” over the negative publicity surrounding the call.
  • Don't Dismantle The Statue of Liberty

    10/19/2017 11:06:25 AM PDT · by Strac6 · 17 replies
    Rosemary LaBonte to the editors of a California newspaper in response to an article written by Ernie Lujan who suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the immigrants of today aren’t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry. The paper never printed this response, so her husband sent it out via internet. Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there...
  • Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress

    10/19/2017 8:47:47 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 7 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | October 13, 2017 | Ronald O'Rourke
    The Aegis ballistic missile defense (BMD) program, which is carried out by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Navy, gives Navy Aegis cruisers and destroyers a capability for conducting BMD operations. Under the FY2018 budget submission, the number of BMD-capable Aegis ships is scheduled to be 36 at the end of FY2018 and 51 at the end of FY2022. Two Japan-homeported Navy BMD-capable Aegis destroyers included in the above figures—the Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and the John S McCain (DDG-56)—were seriously damaged in collisions with merchant ships in waters off the coasts of Japan and Singapore in June 2017 and August...
  • Orbital ATK Eyes Investments in Advanced Rocket Motors

    10/18/2017 5:25:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies ^ | October 18, 2017 06:41pm ET | Sandra Erwin, Space News |
    A new market for super high-speed weapons is fueling investments in rocket engine technologies as companies seek to gain an edge. The industry foresees a demand for advanced rocket engines, particularly if the U.S. military moves to acquire revolutionary missiles that fly at hypersonic speeds. The Pentagon expects to invest $2 billion over the next five years in high-speed weapons including lasers and hypersonic missiles  that travel at five times the speed of sound. ... Large solid propellant rocket motors are critical systems for the United States to be able to launch payloads into space or warheads in intercontinental ballistic missiles. The industry...
  • Navy Man Wins Jeopardy With Winnings of $1

    10/18/2017 4:34:12 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 66 replies
    10/18/17 | Originalbuckeye
    Did anyone see Jeopardy yesterday? The 3rd appearance of ‘Manny’, a Navy guy, ended with him winning the game with only a dollar. He had only $2,000 going into the final (it had been a rough game for him, he had done much better his first two games). The two challengers were tied with $12,400 each. The final question was really difficult and no one got the right answer. The first answer revealed was Manny’s wrong answer, and he lost $1,999 of his money, leaving him with a dollar. The two challengers bet all their money and lost it all,...
  • ‘Simplicate and Add Lightness!’ — Designing the F-45 Mustang II

    10/18/2017 2:28:39 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 62 replies
    National Review ^ | March 13, 2017 4:00 AM | MIKE FREDENBURG
    When replacing the failed F-35, the U.S. should focus on building large numbers of a reliable, lightweight fighter design. EDITOR’S NOTE: This article concludes Mike Fredenburg’s series on replacing the disastrous F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Part I explains why the program should be considered a failure and argues that the Trump administration should proactively cancel the F-35. Part II lays out the measures the Pentagon should undertake to bridge the gap between the F-35’s cancellation and the production of a new replacement fighter.
  • Secrets To Life From A 109-Year-Old Veteran

    10/18/2017 4:24:19 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 13 replies
    Big Geek Dad ^ | 10/18/2017 | National Geographic
    America’s oldest veteran is Richard Overton who was 109-years-old when this video was filmed by National Geographic. He has since celebrated two more birthdays and is now 111 years old. He was born on May 11, 1906, and has lived in the same house since 1945. This cigar-smoking Veteran has lived more years than most of us could imagine. His Overton diet includes multiple cups of coffee and butter pecan ice cream. His secrets to life aren’t complicated and he has the attitude of Never Give Up!
  • A nurse’s aide plays video games while a veteran dies at Bedford VA hospital

    10/17/2017 7:05:12 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 23 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 17 Oct 2017 | Andrea Estes
    Bill Nutter was very sick. Not only had he just lost his second leg to diabetes, but he also suffered from a condition that could cause his heart to stop beating without warning.... At first, Waible insisted she had made the required checks on Nutter, even initialing paperwork that purported to document her visits. But she eventually confessed when an OIG investigator told her the hospital’s cameras showed she never left her computer for her entire shift, according to someone with direct knowledge. None of these facts were shared with the Nutters, family members said.
  • North Korea says ‘a nuclear war may break out any moment’

    10/16/2017 4:40:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 16 at 7:26 PM | Edith M. Lederer
    Kim In Ryong told the U.N. General Assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” from the United States since the 1970s — and said the country has the right to possess nuclear weapons in self-defense. He pointed to large-scale military exercises every year using “nuclear assets” and said what is more dangerous is what he called a U.S. plan to stage a “secret operation aimed at the removal of our supreme leadership.” ... He told the disarmament committee that the Democratic People’s...
  • 15 attorneys general oppose Trump transgender military ban

    10/16/2017 3:53:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 16, 2017 2:44 PM EDT | Steve LeBlanc
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is leading a group of 15 Democratic attorneys general in opposing President Donald Trump’s administration’s plan to bar transgender individuals from openly serving in the military. The group filed a brief Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia arguing that banning transgender individuals from the military is unconstitutional and against the interest of national defense and that it harms the transgender community. “Our military should be open to every brave American who volunteers to serve,” Healey said. In the brief, the attorneys general argue that “nothing about being transgender inhibits a person’s...
  • A Day on The Brand New Gigantic US Aircraft Carrier: USS Gerald Ford in Action

    10/16/2017 2:25:29 AM PDT · by fella · 26 replies
    YouTube ^ | 14 Oct 2017
    A Day on The Brand New Gigantic US Aircraft Carrier: USS Gerald Ford in Action
  • Marine Michelle Klimarchuk's dying wish was to see a Marine in dress blues one last time!

    10/15/2017 12:24:15 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 24 replies
    Twitter ^ | 5:13 PM - 14 Oct 2017 | Military USA
    Military USAā€¸@MilitaryCourage Marine Michelle Klimarchuk's dying wish was to see a Marine in dress blues one last time!