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  • Jesuit priest, peace activist Daniel Berrigan dies at 94

    04/30/2016 6:36:14 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 51 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4/30/16 | AP
    The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, a Roman Catholic priest and peace activist who was imprisoned for burning draft files in a protest against the Vietnam War, died Saturday. He was 94. Berrigan died at Murray-Weigel Hall, a Jesuit health care community in New York City after a "long illness," according to Michael Benigno, a spokesman for the Jesuits USA Northeast Province. "He died peacefully," Benigno said.
  • Kentucky Confederate monument to be removed after 120 years

    04/30/2016 4:57:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    AP ^ | April 29, 2016 | Dylan Lovan
    A Confederate monument capped with a statue of Jefferson Davis will be removed from a spot near the University of Louisville campus where it has stood since 1895. The stone monument honoring Kentuckians who died for the Confederacy in the Civil War will be moved to another location, University President James Ramsey and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said during a surprise announcement Friday.
  • On the Fritz: Rethinking Frederick the Great

    04/29/2016 9:22:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    National Interest ^ | April 28, 2016 | William Anthony Hay
    Tim Blanning, Frederick the Great: King of Prussia (New York: Random House, 2016), 688 pp., $35.00. NAPOLEON SWIFTLY conquered Prussia in October 1806, inflicting crushing defeats at Jena and Auerstedt that humbled a realm long known for its military tradition. A bulletin announcing news of the two battles described them as expunging the fifty-year stain left by Frederick the Great’s victory over a French army at Rossbach in 1757. When he visited Frederick the Great’s tomb with a group of his generals, Napoleon purportedly instructed them, “hats off gentlemen, if he were alive we wouldn’t be here today.”
  • F-117 Stealth Fighters May Finally Head to the Boneyard

    04/29/2016 7:38:41 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 32 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 4/29/16 | Robert Beckhusen
    America’s F-117 stealth fighter has been in a state of limbo. In 2008, the U.S. Air Force officially retired the black, angular warplanes but they never entirely went away. For eight years, the radar-evading aircraft have rested in climate-controlled hangars at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada. Here’s why — when the F-117s retired, Congress required the Air Force to maintain some of the planes in case they were ever needed in a future war. The flying branch even kept flying a handful, most likely as guinea pigs for stealth-penetrating sensors … or some other mysterious hardware. Well, that shouldn’t continue for...
  • U.S. Rocket Artillery Will Blast Islamic State From Turkey

    04/29/2016 6:00:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 29, 2016 | Joseph Trevithick
    The United States will soon surround the Islamic State on three sides with rocket artillery batteries. The plans follow months of aerial bombardment, but the ground-launched rockets represent an expanding and less-publicized element to the war. On April 26, the Pentagon announced it will send U.S. Army troops and the rocket launchers to southern Turkey. The ground combat branch already has similar units in Iraq and Jordan — and the use of the launchers are by no means exclusive to these three countries.
  • Hillary And "Classified" Information

    04/28/2016 10:34:01 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 36 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 4/28/2016 | blueunicorn6
    Those of us who have handled Classified government information are aghast at how Hillary Clinton handled Classified government information in such an intentionally careless way. We, including Hillary Clinton, were very specifically informed that the careless handling of Classified government information would result in imprisonment by, or killing by, the government. It is life and death serious. There is nothing more serious. We know how wrong her behavior was. But, does the average Democrat voter understand how wrong her behavior was? It is critical that some words and concepts are understood by all Americans. Hillary Clinton is basing the defense...
  • The Real Redcoats: How the British fought the American Revolution—bravely

    04/28/2016 8:03:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 93 replies
    American Conservative ^ | April 28, 2016 | Alan Pell Crawford
    A few paces west of the public beach in Yorktown, Virginia, is a little cave looking out toward the water. We all know Yorktown from history class. This is where, in October 1781, the British army commanded by Lord Cornwallis surrendered to the Americans under General George Washington and the French under the Comte de Rochambeau. It’s not much of a cave, really, but tourists by the thousands stop to peep into it, as they have for more than two centuries. It is known to this day as “Cornwallis’s Cave,” and for most of our history visitors have been told...
  • Chaotic footage shows the reality of ISIS fighters as hapless militants bicker [tr]

    04/28/2016 6:16:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 28, 2016 | Simon Tomlinson
    ISIS likes to portray itself as a well-oiled fighting force that makes sweeping territorial gains with ruthless efficiency. But behind its propaganda machine, the reality is anything but – as this battlefield video shows. Taken from the headcam of an ISIS fighter, it captures the chaos among a group of hapless militants as they fumble around trying to fire weapons at Kurdish forces in Iraq.
  • Jeffersonville High School Democrat candidates debate (IN09)

    04/27/2016 8:22:02 PM PDT · by James R. McClure Jr.
    McClure for Indiana ^ | 27 APR 2016 | James R. McClure Jr.
    Peace be with you all, I am one of four Democrats seeking the nomination to replace Todd Young in Indiana's 9th congressional district. To assist in educating and informing the voters of IN09, I am providing the full video of the debate hosted by Jeffersonville High School's Debate Team on 20 APR 16. Enjoy! I look forward to your comments. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gYWbgmx72U James R. McClure Jr. Jeffersonian Anti-Federalist Democrat candidate for IN09
  • Pentagon to test F-35 against A-10 in 'common sense' war scenario showdown

    04/27/2016 3:58:00 PM PDT · by Chode · 90 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 26, 2016 | By Travis J. Tritten
    WASHINGTON – A showdown might soon settle one of the U.S. military’s biggest air power controversies. The high-tech and expensive F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will face off in upcoming testing with the Air Force’s aging close-air-support stalwart, the A-10 Thunderbolt II, the director of the Defense Department operational test and evaluation office said Tuesday. The battlefield comparison “makes common sense” and will pit the two airframes against each other in a variety of war scenarios this year, Michael Gilmore said during Senate testimony. The department is in the midst of developing the F-35 – the most expensive procurement program in...
  • North Korea’s New Nuclear Sub Is Wickedly Unsafe

    04/27/2016 7:19:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 27, 2016 | David Axe
    North Korea’s new sea-launched, nuclear-capable ballistic missile and the submarine that fires it are both technologically backward, unreliable, and wickedly unsafe for the unfortunate souls tasked with operating them. In short, Pyongyang's new undersea nuke—which the hermit regime test-launched off the country's eastern coast on April 23—is a dud by any normal standard.
  • Democrats dispute claim that shielding birds hurts military

    04/26/2016 3:14:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 26, 2016 5:22 PM EDT | Richard Lardner
    House Democrats on Tuesday released letters from Pentagon officials that they said should put an end to “silly speculation” generated by Republicans that protecting a bird known as the greater sage-grouse could hamstring the U.S. military. They're hoping the new information persuades lawmakers to oppose a GOP provision in the annual defense policy bill that would block the Obama administration from protecting the sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act for 10 years. The measure also would prevent implementation of land-use plans by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to conserve the sage-grouse and its habitat. …
  • Why have these foreign warships been circling in British waters for 12 hours?

    04/26/2016 1:24:24 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 54 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 26, 2016 | Thomas Burrows
    The Royal Navy and coast guard authorities have been investigating why two Belgian naval ships have been allowed to sail close to the Welsh coast for the past 12 hours today. The colossal BNS Godetia, a command and logistical support ship that is 92 metres long and BNS Lobelia, a 51 metre long minehunter, have been mysteriously circling the coast since late last night. A Holyhead Coastguard spokesman confirmed the ships were sailing off Cilan Head near Abersoch but said they had 'absolutely no idea what they are up to'. The colossal ships are believed to have been involved in...
  • Why Did Hillary Clinton Lie About Benghazi?

    04/26/2016 11:00:44 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 69 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 4/26/2015 | blueunicorn6
    Why did Hillary Clinton lie about Benghazi? There is no doubt that she lied. It has been proven that she told two completely different stories. What exactly was the lie? She lied about the enemy's motive for attacking us at Benghazi. She told the American people that we were attacked at Benghazi by a disorganized mob because some Libyans were mad about a video they saw. She knew this explanation was a lie. She told her daughter, almost immediately, that the attack was an organized attack by our enemies. Why did she tell this particular lie? You lie to cover...
  • "Dress Right.....Dress!"

    04/26/2016 9:02:44 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 13 replies
    Drill And Ceremonies | 4/26/2015 | blueunicorn6
    One of the first things you learn in the military is how to move and work with other people. The Sergeants taught me how to stand in line and how to turn without tripping the people I was with. The quickest and most efficient means of moving a large group of people is to put them in a formation and march them. This also sends a message to anyone watching that the people marching together are focused, disciplined and ready to fight. Let's say you need to move a bunch of people from a football field to a park. You...
  • Humvees failed airdrop Falling from the sky

    04/25/2016 11:51:08 PM PDT · by fella · 34 replies
    YouTube ^ | 21 April 2016 | Keenan Smith
    Humvees failed airdrop Falling from the sky (Language Warning)
  • Army 2016 Weapons Handbook

    04/25/2016 12:55:26 PM PDT · by Purdue77 · 27 replies
    Military.Com ^ | 4/25/2016
    The U.S. Army has released its 2016 Weapons Systems Handbook, which is available at www.army.mil/e2/c/downloads/431298.pdf. For more on military equipment, including weapons, visit Military.com's Equipment Guide.
  • It’s Hard to Tell War Heroes From Paper-Pushers When Everybody Gets So Many Dumb Ribbons

    04/25/2016 7:36:14 AM PDT · by glorgau · 45 replies
    War is Boring ^ | JAMES PERRY STEVENSON
    Time to reform the Pentagon’s award system There has been a jarring addition to U.S. military uniforms since the end of World War II. Seventy years ago, high-ranking officers wore relatively few ribbons or medals — and awards for valor were rare. Go back farther to the Civil War, and it was common for officers to not wear military decorations at all. But for the modern officer, it’s now possible to perform one’s duties without being a hero and still have a chest full of ribbons that are indecipherable to all but the most dedicated students of phaleristics. Most of all, the...
  • Immigrant who lied to join marines is naturalized: 'Now the law's on my side'

    04/24/2016 8:37:41 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 23 Apr 2016 | Griselda Nevarez
    Daniel Torres was an undocumented immigrant when he used a false US birth certificate to join the marine corps. After serving in Iraq, he was found out and discharged. Eventually he returned to Tijuana, where he was born, though he said he was always homesick for the country he had fought for.
  • N. Korea's SLBM Launch Pictures

    04/23/2016 10:07:21 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/04/24
  • The 2nd Amendment if Hillary Clinton is elected

    04/23/2016 10:52:10 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies
    April 22, 2016
    The Supreme Court Very interesting, but scary, view. A number of republican voters have threatened that they won't vote for the GOP candidate this November if the eventual nominee was not their personal choice in the primaries. I just want to put something into perspective: · Justice Scalia's seat is vacant. · Ginsberg is 82 years old, · Kennedy is 79, · Breyer is 77, and · Thomas is 67. Nowadays, the data shows that the average age of a Supreme Court retirement or death occurs after the age of 75. There are 5 vacancies that will likely come up...
  • Judge sentences Special Forces vet, spends night in jail with him

    04/23/2016 10:47:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 22, 2016 | AP
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – A North Carolina judge sent a retired Special Forces sergeant to jail for violating probation — then spent the night in the cell with him. News media outlets report Joe Serna, 41, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after three tours in Afghanistan, was diverted to Cumberland County Veterans Court after being charged with driving under the influence and other traffic offenses. The court is designed to help troubled veterans avoid jail time and get the help they need. Serna was told to stay sober and return to the court every two weeks. But when he appeared...
  • When Swiss Used to Mean Badass

    04/23/2016 6:12:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 23, 2016 | Robert Bateman
    The Eidgenossen matter. The who? What? Why? OK, let me back up. Two weeks ago, while talking about the Battle of Crecy I mentioned the concept of a Revolution in Military Affairs. At that time I gave a fairly simple definition. A better, or perhaps just more complete definition of a Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) might go like this: “A fundamental change in the practice of warfare
  • Uss Sunfish (SSN 649)

    04/22/2016 6:35:26 PM PDT · by chasio649 · 17 replies
    www.wow.com ^ | 1/21/2016 | wikipedia
    1969–1974 Sunfish spent the period from April to August 1969 undergoing shakedown and in various exercises such as torpedo firing, sound trials, control drills, and casualty drills. A short dependents' cruise in late August 1969 was followed by post-shakedown repairs and alterations at Groton, Connecticut. The last two weeks of 1969 were devoted to a leave and recreation period for the crew.......
  • Gen. John Kelly's speech about 2 Marines in the path of a truck bomb

    04/22/2016 3:04:31 PM PDT · by Kegger · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Military & Defense Team and Geoffrey Ingersoll
    Eight years ago, two US Marines from two different walks of life who had literally just met were told to stand guard in front of their outpost's entry-control point. Minutes later, they were staring down a big blue truck packed with explosives. With this particular shred of hell bearing down on them, they stood their ground. Heck, they even leaned in.
  • Burning in.

    04/22/2016 2:32:15 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 55 replies
    Inquisitor ^ | 04.22.2016 | Murphy
    It appears the U.S. Army was attempting to transport three of the armored vehicles to the Hohenfels Military Base in Germany when the Humvees were inadvertently dropped several hundred feet to the ground, where they crashed into a million pieces.
  • A Navy carrier just broke the record for dropping bombs on ISIS

    04/21/2016 2:23:28 PM PDT · by Smittie · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/21/2016 | Logan Nye
    The USS Harry S. Truman is celebrating the work of its crew after setting the record for ordnance dropped on ISIS. The Truman launched over 1,118 ordinance pieces against terrorist targets over the past five months, surpassing the 1,085 dropped by the USS Theodore Roosevelt's pilots in 2015. The Truman’s Carrier Air Wing 7 flew 1,407 combat sorties and dropped over 580 tons of ordnance on the Islamic State. “Since our arrival in the Arabian Gulf, the Truman Strike Group has been conducting operations around the clock,” Capt. Ryan B. Scholl, Truman’s commanding officer, told a Navy journalist. “This deployment...
  • Nazis offered peace with the Allies in 1941… but only if they were allowed to invade Russia

    09/26/2013 8:16:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 95 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12:36 EST, 26 September 2013 | Anna Edwards
    The Nazis attempted to broker a peace offering with Britain—if they were allowed a free path to attack the USSR, a new book has revealed. Rudolf Hess’s flight to Britain during World War Two to sign a peace deal ordered by Adolf Hitler has long been recorded as a bizarre one-man mission to try and reconcile warring West Europe and the Nazis. … But historian Peter Padfield has discovered evidence he claims proves that the deputy Führer held a detailed peace treaty. It proposed that the Nazis would withdraw from western Europe, in exchange for British neutrality over a planned...
  • The World’s Biggest Mortar Shelled Israeli Troops and Chechen Civilians

    04/21/2016 6:18:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 21, 2016 | Sebastian Roblin
    The Russian M240 240-millimeter mortar, along with its vehicle-mounted counterpart the 2S4 Tyulpan or “Tulip,” is possibly the largest-caliber tube artillery, not including rockets, used in combat today. Its massive shells were intended to smash apart heavy military fortifications, but just as often they have been employed to rain devastation upon densely-populated urban areas.
  • REPORT: Germany ‘Annexing’ Dutch Military As Secretive EU Army Begins To Take Shape

    04/20/2016 9:44:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 20, 2016 | Donna Rachel Edmunds and Raheem Kassam
    The German and Dutch armies and navies are poised to “merge”, creating the nucleus of the European Union’s longed for pan-EU military force. Pointing to German ministerial statements spelling out the creation of an EU Army as the ultimate goal, critics say Britain’s military will not be able to avoid being sucked in if the country remains within the Union. The German government has revealed that Dutch and German land armies and navies are set to move towards “closer integration”, with two Dutch units already coming under German command. Last month the Dutch 43rd Mechanised Brigade was subsumed into the...
  • Three shipbuilding announcements in one day

    04/19/2016 9:09:22 PM PDT · by Oztrich Boy · 7 replies
    The Government has announced the tenderers and build locations for three shipbuilding programs, namely OPVs (Sea 1180), the Pacific Patrol Boat replacements (Sea 3036) and the future frigates (Sea 5000). Twelve Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) will be built initially in Adelaide until first steel is cut for the future frigates, also pre-determined for that city. Up to 21 Pacific Patrol Boats will be built by Austal in Henderson, WA. ''''As part of the Competitive Evaluation Process (CEP) three designers [for the OPV]have been shortlisted; Damen of the Netherlands, Fassmer of Germany, and Lürssen of Germany to refine their designs. This...
  • What It's Like to Actually See an Atomic Explosion

    04/18/2016 7:17:04 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 70 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | 18 Apr, 2016 | Ross Pomeroy
    Most everyone has a pretty good idea of what an atomic explosion looks like. Through images and video, we know the flash, the fireball, the mushroom cloud. Seeing it all in person is quite different, however. One of the few firsthand accounts immortalized to paper comes courtesy of the inimitable Richard Feynman, who was present for the very first detonation of a nuclear weapon. The test, codenamed "Trinity" was carried out on July 16, 1945 in the Jornada del Muerto desert of New Mexico. The 20-kiloton blast was the culmination of years of work by the scientists of the Manhattan...
  • The Doolittle Raid

    04/18/2016 6:54:01 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 61 replies
    Self | April 18, 1942 | Self
    One week after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt began pressing the U.S. military to immediately strike the Japanese homeland. The desire to bolster moral became more urgent in light of rapid Japanese advances. These included victories in Malaya, Singapore, the Philippines, Wake Island, Guam, and the Dutch East Indies, as well as sinking the British battleships Prince of Wales and Repulse. Only improbable, audacious ideas warranted consideration, because submarines confirmed Japan placed picket boats at extreme carrier aircraft range. One idea even involved launching four engine heavy bombers from China or Outer Mongolia to strike Japan and fly on to Alaska....
  • Female WWII Marine Vet Celebrates 100th Birthday

    04/18/2016 2:23:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Brie Stimson and Vanessa Herrera
    Gallivan was one of the first women to sign up for the Marine Corps during the 'Free a Man to Fight' campaignOne of the first female World War II Marines celebrated her 100th birthday. Family, friends and fellow Marine veterans held a tea party for centenarian Glady Ruth Gallivan at the Veteran’s Village of San Diego. "I cannot believe it," she told NBC 7 Saturday. "It's amazing to think someone would do this just for me." Gallivan decided to enlist in the service in 1943, saying there was little chance of advancing in her job at Nordberg Manufacturing. “I was...
  • Iran unveils Tiam tank

    04/18/2016 6:23:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    IHS Jane's Defence Weekly ^ | April 15, 2016 | Jeremy Binnie
    The Iranian Ground Forces revealed new vehicles on 13 April including the Tiam tank, which appears to be a fusion of US and Chinese tanks. The Tiam's hull is that of a M47M, a variant of the US M47 that uses the engine from the M60A1 tank. The M47M was produced in Iran from the early 1970s and Iran unveiled a modified version called the Sabalan in April 2014. The Sabalan was armed with what looked like a 105 mm L7-type rifled gun instead of the original 90 mm.
  • Pentagon worried about strategic nerd shortage on electronic battlefield

    04/16/2016 5:29:22 PM PDT · by CtBigPat · 13 replies
    DuffleBlog ^ | 3/30/2016 | unnamed
    As the U.S. military prepares to fight the wars of the future, many of the most effective warriors will very likely be keyboard warriors, far behind the lines of combat. According to Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, the head of U.S. Army Cyber Command, however, the U.S “nerd inventory” is at an all time low.
  • UK spy agency chief apologizes for old prejudice about gays (GCHQ)

    04/16/2016 11:30:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 16, 2016 11:02 AM EDT | Danica Kirka
    The head of Britain’s digital espionage agency has apologized for the organization’s historic prejudice against homosexuals, saying it failed to learn from the treatment of World War II codebreaker Alan Turing. In a rare public speech, GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan told a gathering organized by the rights group Stonewall that the agency’s ban on homosexuals had caused long-lasting psychological damage to many and hurt the agency because talented people were excluded from working there. […] The speech offered a poignant tribute to Turing, the gay computer science pioneer and architect of the effort to crack Nazi Germany’s Enigma cipher. Turing...
  • Why the US Needs Conventional Submarines

    04/15/2016 12:20:55 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Diplomat ^ | April 14, 2016 | Torsten Heinrich
    The U.S. Armed Forces operate a wide array of sophisticated weaponry, in many cases superior to anything else in the world. But while the new destroyers, carriers, or the F-22 might have no equal, the U.S. Armed Forces face a significant gap in their capabilities: the total lack of any conventional submarines.
  • Hillary And Hiroshima

    04/14/2016 10:47:07 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 2 replies
    History | 4/14/2016 | blueunicorn6
    A Japanese housewife in Hiroshima looked up from her sweeping when she saw the bright flash. Has Hillary Clinton's actions endangered us? Has her mishandling of our nation's secrets actually endangered us? Providing our nation's secrets to our enemies can have devastating consequences. The Japanese attacked us in the Pacific with great confidence that they could force us through military action to negotiate peace with them. The people of Japan may not have zealously advocated for war with the U.S., but things had been going good for them and they only cared that the good times continued. There is a...
  • Managing Traffic in Space

    04/14/2016 5:22:03 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 3 replies
    Air Force Magazine | 14 April 2016 | Jennifer Hlad
    Colorado Springs, Colo.—The Federal Aviation Authority (sic) would like to develop an implementation plan "as soon as possible" to begin transitioning responsibility for collecting and disseminating safety-related space situational awareness data from the Air Force to the FAA, the associate administrator for commercial space transportation at the FAA said Wednesday. "We would want to accomplish that transition in a crawl, walk, run manner, so that all of the key stakeholders were comfortable with the approach that was being used, and with the resulting products and services," George Nield said at the 32nd Space Symposium, adding that the transition could be...
  • A look at the Navy's slick new Norwegian antiship missile

    04/12/2016 12:07:42 PM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 11, 2016 | Alex Lockie
    As part of the Navy's push towards "distributed lethatlity," littoral combat ships will soon be equipped with the Norwegian built Naval Strike Missile (NSM), an "over-the-horizon" antiship cruise missile with a range of about 115 miles.
  • "Die Whitey Die" -The Americans with Charlie LeDuff

    04/11/2016 1:51:49 PM PDT · by bigbob · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4-7-16 | Charlie LeDuff
    The GOP has a race problem. White people. Working class whites, who make up half of the Republican voters, are rebelling against the Republican orthodoxies of free trade and trickle down economics that have turned their communities into ghost towns. Shocked by their support of Donald Trump, some elitist conservative thinkers are calling places like Garbutt, NY pockets of misery, welfare fraud and dope addiction. They say let these towns die. Turns out Garbutt is not like that at all.
  • The Walther P38 Was Germany’s Most Popular Wartime Pistol

    04/11/2016 6:17:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 63 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 11, 2016 | Matthew Morris
    In 1929, German gun-maker Waffenfabrik Walther began developing a new nine-millimeter pistol for military use. The development violated the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I, so Walther kept it secret. Early Walther attempts focused on scaling up its “PP” line of pistols to chamber the larger nine-mil round. This pistol, the Militarpistole, wasn’t strong enough to withstand the pressures and recoil of the nine-by-19-millimeter round. Walther began work on a new design in 1935 following a request from the Heereswaffenamt, the German army’s weapons-technology agency. The Heereswaffenamt wanted a pistol to replace the Luger P08 — one that...
  • Yeah or Boo [Vanity]

    04/11/2016 5:03:05 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 7 replies
    NOSTA ^ | 2016April11 | Purdue77
    This is mainly for the military retirees who access this site. I don't know whether to be happy or sad with this, but two weeks ago I ordered a pair of eyeglasses from NOSTA via email. I thought something was strange when I got two replies that they had received my order. Ten days later I received a new pair of bi-focal eyeglasses. Not the same BCGs that we had in the military but close. A day later I received a second pair of glasses. Now I have two pair of shooting glasses. While I don't mind having two pair...
  • Metal Foam Armor Disintegrates Bullets

    04/09/2016 8:25:45 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 26 replies
    discovery.com ^ | 8 Apr 2016 | GLENN MCDONALD
    In a rather dramatic video recently posted online, an armor-piercing bullet is shown essentially disintegrating as it impacts the armor. Check it out:
  • Ex-Navy SEAL Who Says He Killed Bin Laden Charged With DUI

    04/08/2016 2:19:42 PM PDT · by Innovative · 73 replies
    ABC News ^ | Matt Volz, AP
    The former Navy SEAL who says he fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden was arrested Friday on a drunken driving charge after police found him asleep in a car parked at a convenience store in his Montana hometown. Customers at the store in Butte called police to report a sleeping man behind the wheel of the running car around 2:30 a.m., Butte-Silver Bow County Undersheriff George Skuletich said. The officer who responded woke the man up, identified him as Robert O'Neill and noticed odd behavior. "He was confused. His actions were consistent with somebody who might be under...
  • B-21 Comes with a Stealth Final Price Tag

    04/08/2016 12:09:34 PM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Project On Government Oversight ^ | April 7, 2016 | Scott H. Amey
    The recently announced Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B or B-21) is moving forward with one hidden feature that doesn’t make a lot of sense—its actual price tag. Despite requests by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ), the Air Force has decided against releasing the final contract value to taxpayers and it stands by its decision only to release estimates. Unfortunately, with a cost plus contract, the widely varied estimates that have already been publically released, and the Department of Defense’s long history of drastically underestimating final program costs, Chairman McCain is right to ask the Air Force to...
  • Terrorists are using Facebook groups to buy weapons in Syria, Iraq, and Libya -

    04/08/2016 8:50:40 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 10 replies
    digitaltrends ^ | 8 Apr 2016 | STEPHANIE MLOT
    It is thought that some of the weapons being resold — including a component of an anti-aircraft defense system — were looted from Libyan state custody after the death of the country’s ruler Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in 2011
  • The Lewis Gun Was a New Kind of Killing Machine

    04/08/2016 7:02:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 7, 2016 | Paul Richard Huard
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