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  • The Greatest Generation Just lost another Hero

    07/20/2017 8:42:54 PM PDT · by slouper · 61 replies
    Me | 08/20/17 | SCB
    I just wanted to let the community know that my Dad past away last night at 95 years . He was an American hero, a World War II B17 pilot with the 8th Air Force 379th Bomb Group out of Kimbolton Airfield England. He flew 25 missions and returned to be an B29 flight instructor at Roswell New Mexico. He became a petroleum engineer after graduating from OU and travelled the world with his family drilling wells for Mobil Oil and providing energy for all of us. BTW, I asked him about the Roswell incident , he was there at...
  • Fox News - God Bless the USA - WITH CHRYON - 20 Sep 2001

    07/20/2017 12:31:33 PM PDT · by mairdie · 3 replies
    Fox news music video on 20th Sep 2001 tape. "God Bless the U.S.A." by Lee Greenwood. This version shows the historical chryon running, showing what was going on.
  • Why the (true) history of 'Dunkirk' matters

    07/20/2017 6:51:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 19, 2017 | Tom Rogan
    Never has so much ignorance been rendered on such a great feat by so few. Such is the historical record of reviewers of the new movie, "Dunkirk." First, a brief historical primer. Dunkirk was the site of the British Army's evacuation from northern France in May-June 1940. The evacuation was made necessary after the British Army in France, deployed as the British Expeditionary Force, was encircled by a rapidly advancing German army. Thanks to the immense courage of rearguard forces, RAF pilots, and British civilians (who lent their boats to the effort), 200,000 British soldiers and 140,000 French, Belgian and...
  • NNSA to Conduct Aerial Radiation Assessment Survey over Arlington, Virginia, Area

    07/19/2017 11:08:51 PM PDT · by lefty-lie-spy · 41 replies ^ | July 19, 2017 | DOE/NNSA
    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) will conduct a low-altitude helicopter flight over portions of the Arlington, Va., area July 22 to measure naturally occurring background radiation. Officials from NNSA announced that the radiation assessment will cover approximately three square miles. A twin-engine Bell 412 helicopter, operated by the Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measuring System from Joint Base Andrews, will be equipped with radiation sensing technology. The helicopter will fly in a grid pattern over the area at 150 feet (or higher) above the ground surface, at a speed of approximately 80 miles...
  • China Makes First Step In Shifting Naval Balance Of Power In Pacific

    07/19/2017 7:20:44 AM PDT · by johnk · 4 replies
    South Front ^ | 7/11/17 | South Front
    China Makes First Step In Shifting Naval Balance Of Power In Pacific Intelligence update on the progress of China's navy.
  • Dunkirk - one Freeper's opinion

    07/19/2017 6:53:21 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 80 replies
    19th June 2017
    I just got back from seeing Dunkirk and I was impressed. Speaking as a military historian it seemed accurate enough for a film that is quite clearly stated to be a fictional account with fictional characters not a docudrama. I was worried that a modern treatment might head towards the politically correct or the overly mawkish, but, it delivered what I was hoping to see. Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag...
  • Film Review: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’

    07/18/2017 4:26:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 17, 2017 | Todd McCarthy
    Christopher Nolan's new film follows soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada and France as they're surrounded by the German army and evacuated during the eponymous World War II battle. Dunkirk is an impressionist masterpiece. These are not the first words you expect to see applied to a giant-budgeted summer entertainment made by one of the industry's most dependably commercial big-name directors. But this is a war film like few others, one that may employ a large and expensive canvas but that conveys the whole through isolated, brilliantly realized, often private moments more than via sheer spectacle, although that is...
  • Vanity....anyone in northwest Jersey see the F-22 Raptor flying around?

    07/15/2017 1:13:47 PM PDT · by Doogle · 22 replies
    7-15-17 | Me
    Anyone see the Raptor making a few passes over northwestern (Flanders) NJ @ 3:35 today? Only thing going on in the area (16 miles south)is the LPGA Trump golf invo in Bedminster. Can't see a flyover taking place for that...LOL
  • John McCain dispatched a trusted aide across the Atlantic to get dirty dossier

    07/13/2017 11:56:40 AM PDT · by Fido969 · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 13, 2017 | Nikki Schwab
    On November 18, at the Halifax International Security Forum, McCain was introduced to a 'former senior western diplomat' who had set eyes on the documents and knew who put them together, telling the Arizona Republican that the individual was 'highly reliable.' That man can now be named as Sir Andrew Wood, British ambassador to Moscow from 1995 to 2000. Wood told the Independent that he had met McCain, spoken to him about Trump, and about the potential for him to be compromised.
  • Lost Teddy Bear Delivers Message From Father in Afghanistan

    07/13/2017 11:17:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    KDVR ^ | JULY 5, 2017
    Family searches for owner of lost teddy bearA lost teddy bear needs to find its way home, but for now, it's staying with an Indiana family. Lost Bear is its name and its home is with the Fields family, WXIN reports. Over the weekend, a neighbor asked 6-year-old Amaya Fields if she wanted any stuffed animals leftover from a garage sale. She picked out two teddy bears, a black bear and a brown bear. The brown bear turned out to be a special bear when Amaya rubbed its belly. "My daughter was playing with it and when one of my...
  • Military Wife Hides Pregnancy for 8 Months to Surprise Husband

    07/13/2017 10:59:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    When a military wife found out she was pregnant, she knew it would be the best surprise for her husband to come home to -- so she took pains to hide the news until he returned to the U.S. Natasha Daugherty, of Temecula, California, found out she was expecting her fourth child a week after her husband, Chris, was deployed with the U.S. Navy. Instead of sharing the big news via email, Natasha wanted to save the reveal for when he got off the ship. "It was kind of unexpected," she told KTLA. "We didn't think it was going to...
  • North Korea’s Hwasong-14 ICBM: A Technical Evaluation

    07/12/2017 7:45:29 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 12 replies
    Real Clear World and 38 North ^ | 12 Jul, 2017 | John Schilling
    After the frenzy of technical speculation over the successful launch of North Korea’s Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the dust seems to be clearing and the emerging reality is that the North has an unreliable missile that can reach Alaska or Hawaii with a single nuclear warhead, and would be lucky to hit even a city-sized target. However, with a year or two of additional testing and development, it will likely become a missile that can reliably deliver a single nuclear warhead to targets along the US west coast, possibly with enough accuracy to destroy soft military targets like naval...
  • Clint Eastwood Casts Real-Life Heroes in Next Film ‘The 15:17 to Paris’

    07/11/2017 2:43:21 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 25 replies
    variety ^ | 11 July 2017 | Justin Kroll
    in an unconventional move, Clint Eastwood has tapped Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone to play themselves in his next movie, “The 15:17 to Paris.” The film will tell the story of the three Americans who stopped a terrorist on a train bound for Paris... The film is based on the book of the same name by Sadler, Skarlatos, Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern
  • How a North Korean Missile Could Accidentally Trigger a U.S.-Russia Nuclear War

    07/10/2017 4:43:49 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 1 replies ^ | 07/10/2017 | J. Lewis
    You might have heard that North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile this week. Well, not in Russia! The Russian government is stubbornly insisting that the missile launched by North Korea on Tuesday morning was merely a medium-range ballistic missile, capable of traveling no more than a thousand kilometers or so. That’s what the Russian mission to the United Nations Security Council said on Thursday, anyway.
  • F-35 Program Costs Jump to $406 Billion, Pentagon Says

    07/10/2017 3:15:06 PM PDT · by maddog55 · 22 replies
    NEWSMAX ^ | Monday, 10 Jul 2017 04:48 PM
    The cost of the F-35 jet program, already the most expensive U.S. weapons program ever, is estimated to climb further, according to figures to be submitted to Congress as soon as Monday. Total acquisition costs for Lockheed Martin Corp.’s next-generation fighter are expected to rise about 7 percent to at least $406.5 billion, according to figures in a draft document known as a Selected Acquisition Report. That would be a reversal after several years of estimates that have declined to $379 billion currently from a previous high of $398.5 billion in early 2014. F-35 program spokesman Joe DellaVedova didn’t immediately...
  • NATO Bombed Soviet Submarines With Tiny, Annoying Magnets

    07/10/2017 9:50:33 AM PDT · by Lower Deck · 35 replies
    War Is Boring ^ | 7/9/`7 | Steve Weintz
    At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union had so many hundreds of deadly submarines at sea that Western war planners willing to try almost any possible countermeasure, however goofy sounding. Some seemingly crazy ideas proved actually worthwhile, such as the underwater Sound Surveillance System—a vast chain of seafloor microphones that patiently listened for Soviet subs … and remains in use today. Other less elegant anti-submarine tools survive only as anecdotes. In his book Hunter Killers, naval writer Iain Ballantyne recalls one of the zanier ideas — air-dropped “floppy-magnets” meant to foul up Soviet undersea boats, making them...
  • Firefighters add drones to threats faced in a wildfire

    07/10/2017 6:18:47 AM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Ben Moffat | Cronkite News
    WASHINGTON – It used to be that firefighters’ biggest worries in a wildfire might be unpredictable winds, rocky terrain and scorching heat. That was before the advent of affordable, readily available aerial drones. Firefighters battling the Goodwin Fire in central Arizona had to suspend operations twice in one week after drones flew into airspace over the blaze, incursions that one official called “extremely unusual” but which he fears is the beginning of a “very disturbing trend.” Drone incursions into airspace that is restricted to helicopters and fixed-wing airplanes, which drop water and fire-retardant chemicals, forces them to be grounded to...
  • Pres. Ronald Reagan awards Medal of Honor to MSG Roy Benavidez, then Benavidez speaks (OMG!)

    07/10/2017 12:36:59 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10/20/11
    INCREDIBLE hero, great man, great American. Video here -->
  • QUESTION: Has anyone seen tis before?

    07/09/2017 7:58:46 PM PDT · by · 26 replies
    facebook ^ | 7-9-2017 | UMCRevMom
    My 97 year olf mother passed on recently. I am going through many old photos etc. I have blocked out name and number of my father who was a WWII Vet. Has anyone seen this gov't issue copper social security card before?
  • B-29 Buffs, heres a restoration story. Got this in an Email. Many may have seen many may have not as there is a Good Morning America logo on it.(Disclaimer I don't watch GMA)