Free Republic 1st Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $36,355
41%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 41% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Military/Veterans (General/Chat)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Navy abandons ‘Global force for good’ to broaden appeal

    01/31/2015 2:01:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2015 12:26 PM EST | Brock Vergakis
    The Navy is taking a new approach to its recruiting commercials: appealing to people who are already in uniform, have long since left the military and those who never will join. A slate of new Navy commercials have been developed to not only appeal to traditional recruits, but those already enlisted and Americans at large as the service seeks to improve retention and better position itself in the public eye in an era of shrinking defense budgets. […] Since 2009, the Navy had used the tagline “America’s Navy. A global force for good” as part of an effort to appeal...
  • Official History of the US Army in Vietnam

    01/31/2015 10:09:13 AM PST · by GreyFriar · 12 replies
    US Army Center of Military History ^ | 31 Jan 2015 | US Army Center of Military History
    US Center of Military History Bookshelves: The US Army in Vietnam -- All of the volumes currently published, except the photo book, by the US Army Center of Military History are available online at: http://www.history.army.mil/html/bookshelves/collect/usavn.html Research materials and two chapters from the next Combat Operations volume on Tet are available online at: http://www.history.army.mil/html/bookshelves/resmat/vw.html
  • American Sniper: FR Review, Thoughts, etc. (SPOILERS INCL.)

    01/31/2015 9:56:16 AM PST · by rabidralph · 43 replies
    Rabidralph and FR | Jan. 31, 2015 | Rabidralph
    When American Sniper went into wide release, I promised to get a thread going, after a few weeks, so that FReepers could have a discussion about the movie, Hollywood, the effect of the story on us as veterans and civilians and whatever else. I hope that most of FR has had a chance to see it. There will probably be spoilers in this discussion.
  • Congress Passes 13th Amendment, 150 Years Ago

    01/31/2015 5:54:39 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    History Channel ^ | 1/30/2015 | Christopher Klein
    On January 31, 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a constitutional amendment to abolish slavery in the United States. On the 150th anniversary of the vote, look back at the evolution of President Abraham Lincoln’s support for the 13th Amendment and his behind-the-scenes dealings to ensure its continued path to ratification. Although he believed slavery to be immoral, Abraham Lincoln was not an abolitionist when the Civil War broke out in 1861. The president’s stated goal in the early years of the war was strictly the preservation of the Union. Granting freedom from bondage to the nearly 4 million...
  • 'American Sniper' Suspected Killer of War Hero Chris Kyle to Plead 'Not Guilty' [snip]

    01/30/2015 4:08:28 PM PST · by Daffynition · 32 replies
    CP ^ | January 27, 2015 | Benge Nsenduluka
    Eddie Ray Routh, the Marine Corps veteran accused of killing real life "American Sniper" Chris Kyle, will plead "not guilty" in the upcoming trial his lawyer said. Kyle, a former Navy SEAL, and his friend Chad Littlefield were gunned down at point blank range at a Texas shooting range while trying to help Routh overcome PTSD back in Feb. 2013. Routh's trial is scheduled to begin next month pending jury selection and his attorney said recently that he will plead "not guilty" to both shooting deaths. "My client will plead not guilty by reason of insanity," Routh's attorney, J. Warren...
  • After 150 years, Confederate submarine's hull again revealed

    01/30/2015 11:13:54 AM PST · by Kartographer · 73 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 1/30/15 | BRUCE SMITH
    A century and a half after it sank and a decade and a half after it was raised, scientists are finally getting a look at the hull of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship. What they find may finally solve the mystery of why the hand-cranked submarine sank during the Civil War. "It's like unwrapping a Christmas gift after 15 years. We have been wanting to do this for many years now," said Paul Mardikian, senior conservator on the Hunley project.
  • Just Call This Submachine Gun ‘The Annihilator’ (Thompson)

    01/30/2015 7:22:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 29, 2015 | Paul Huard
    On Jan. 29, 1945, First Sgt. Leonard Funk, Jr. faced a determined German army officer ready to kill him with a pistol. Armed with a Thompson M1A1 submachine gun, the U.S. Army paratrooper had just led an assault against 15 houses occupied by German troops in Holzheim, Belgium. It was part of an operation by the 82nd Airborne Division to clear German soldiers from the area following the Battle of the Bulge. Leading a makeshift headquarters platoon of clerks, Funk and his unit captured 30 prisoners. He left them with several dozen more prisoners—under guard—and returned to the fight. While...
  • (Vanity) Liberal Reaction to Sniper Shows They Don't "Support the Troops"

    01/30/2015 7:14:04 AM PST · by Cubs Fan · 10 replies
    me
    As we know liberals concocted the "we support the troops" line because they knew that showing disdain towards our men and women of the armed forcers would hurt them politically. However, the liberals reaction to Sniper takes off the mask and reveals the truth. Here is a herioic member of "the troops" they claim to "support," but they are not "supporting" him. They are, in fact, viciously attacking his memory. The liberals line of "we support the troops" was a lie all along. And their reaction to Sniper reveals it.
  • Col. M.N Rai's Funeral

    01/29/2015 2:31:17 PM PST · by Republic_Venom · 12 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 1/28/2015 | YouTube Video
    http://youtu.be/EjWsL3Pk-cE Daughter cries out father's regiment war cry at his funeral. Col. Was killed yesterday by a Muslim jihadist.
  • Rare, colorized photos of historical events

    01/29/2015 1:43:17 PM PST · by gorush · 42 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | unknown | unknown
    Rare, colorized photos of historical events. Full screen, sound on. These are fantastic.
  • Priest tells of kamikaze pilot training during WWII

    01/29/2015 1:18:03 PM PST · by pabianice · 10 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 1/29/15 | Sumida
    Priest tells of training as kamikazi, human torpedo, and suicide bomber during WWII Naha, Okinawa, Dec. 9 at Camp Hansen, Okinawa. CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa — Paul Saneaki Nakamura prepared three times to carry out a suicide attack for Japan during World War II. It took the country’s near-death for him to find religion and become a priest. Nakamura recently shared his experiences — which included training as a kamikaze pilot, human torpedo and suicide bomber — with about 300 Marines at Camp Hansen to help them see war from a different perspective.
  • Senator presses Air Force chief on A-10 ‘treason’ comments

    01/28/2015 2:18:11 PM PST · by Gamecock · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/28/15 | Martin Matishak
    Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) on Wednesday pressed a top Air Force official about comments a major general reportedly made that airmen who have spoken to Congress about the retirement of the A-10 committed “treason.” During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Ayotte pressed Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh if he found comments attributed to Maj. Gen James Post “acceptable.” "I support any airman's right to discuss anything you'd like to discuss with them,” Welsh replied. Welsh also said that there is an ongoing investigation, overseen by the Defense Department’s inspector general, into the matter. “My job is...
  • DO YOU REMEMBER THESE MEN?

    My generation grew up watching, being entertained by and laughing with so many of these fine people, never really knowing what they contributed to the war effort.
  • America Has a Very Expensive Plan to Replace Very Old Nukes

    01/27/2015 11:24:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 26, 2015 | James Drew
    The U.S. Air Force has announced its strategy for replacing America’s Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles—which have stood alert, awaiting Armageddon, for nearly five decades. Making nukes is hard. But squeezing another multi-billion-dollar project into the Air Force’s already bulging budget is perhaps the bigger challenge. We’re talking about the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent, an effort to replace the stockpile of Minuteman nuclear missiles Boeing built for the Pentagon back in the late 1960s.
  • Help with uniform identification

    01/26/2015 5:34:12 PM PST · by budda1954 · 32 replies
    Hi all. My father past away recently, and while cleaning out his house, we found some old army uniforms. I suspect they were one of my mothers brothers uniforms. They have a number ink stamped inside F-2817, that I would guess would be an identification tag of some sort. Also, there are no other id's on the uniforms except for a 6th Armored Division patch. Any help would be appreciated. Does anyone know of an internet site where I can type in a name of a relative to finds dates of service, etc.? Thanks.
  • Audie Murphy’s single handed battle, kills 50, holds line -

    01/26/2015 2:49:21 PM PST · by virgil283 · 115 replies
    ww2today.com ^ | 1/26/2015
    today 26 Jan 1944-"Lieutenant Murphy ordered his men to withdraw to a prepared position in a woods while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the artillery by telephone. Behind him to his right one of our tank destroyers received a direct hit and began to burn. Its crew withdrew to the woods. Lieutenant Murphy continued to direct artillery fire which killed large numbers of the advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, Lieutenant Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer which was in danger of blowing up any...
  • St. Joan of Arc & the Truth about Snipers & Why Tyrants like Hitler Always Hate Them

    01/26/2015 1:29:37 PM PST · by poetbdk · 32 replies
    Maid of Heaven Foundation ^ | 1-26-15 | Ben D. Kennedy
    St. Joan of Arc & the Truth about Snipers & Why Tyrants like Hitler Always Hate Them In recent days I have been amazed and sickened by some of the vicious comments I have heard directed at Chris Kyle, the soldier portrayed in the new movie American Sniper, and I felt I could help people better understand the truth about snipers and why they are so feared and hated by the kind of people making the negative comments.  In St. Joan of Arc’s army soldiers that functioned as snipers were as important to her military success as they are...
  • Army of One: Only one survivor of WWII's Kwajalein battle fit enough to return for 71st anniversary

    01/26/2015 10:18:51 AM PST · by Kartographer · 36 replies
    syracuse.com ^ | 1/26/15 | Michelle Breidenbach
    Don Fida, of Syracuse, visits the small boomerang-shaped Pacific island in his sleep. He remembers the way 22,000 soldiers of the 7th Infantry Division emptied a ship onto Kwajalein and worked their way across the 2.5-mile island, killing close to 5,000 Japanese and losing 177 of their own. He can picture the way a Japanese soldier crawled out of a bunker waving the underwear of a young American nurse who had been held, "worse than hostage," as he puts it. Fida said his unit rescued the woman, draped her with the clothes of a dead soldier and escorted her onto...
  • American Sniper on the way to becoming highest domestic grossing war film of all time

    01/26/2015 7:48:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/26/2015 | Rick Moran
    American Sniper continued to smash box office records in its second week of showings, blowing through the $200-million domestic gross figure, and is set to pass Saving Private Ryan next week as the biggest domestic grossing war film of all time. The Clint Eastwood-helmed feature is red-hot in the heartland, as well as the South, according to Deadline Hollywood: For Sniper, should it hold its estimate into tomorrow, this weekend would mark a mere 28-percent slip – the best second-week hold for a wide release ever for a film that debuted with more than $85M. Previous to this, the best big debuts...
  • My review of "American Sniper"

    01/25/2015 6:33:57 AM PST · by paterfamilias · 61 replies
    25 January 2015 | Paterfamilias
    We saw "American Sniper" last night. My wife and I went with a group of about a dozen other military parents (Navy, Marine Corps, Army). This is not a typical "war movie" in that it explores one man's journey from civilian life into the military community into war (four tours in Iraq) and then explores his difficult re-entry into civilian life. So, in a way, the movie is about the family and community of the as much as it is about Chris Kyle. There are aspects of the movie that some will dismiss as trite or jingoistic: Kyle's father instructing...
  • Apollo 15 command module pilot Alfred M. Worden: ‘NASA took a step backwards’

    01/24/2015 5:50:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 23.01.2015 | Cornelia Bormann
    He’s one of a handful of men to have orbited the moon. Today, Alfred M. Worden says NASA’s on the wrong track. He also tells DW why he likes the moon’s dark side and what he wanted most—but didn't get—upon returning. […] “We took a step backwards back in the late 70s when they decided to build the space shuttle. That was, in my opinion, a mistake. The shuttle was a very complicated machine. It did some pretty unusual, clearly spectacular things, like launch vertically and land horizontally. But from a technical standpoint, we launched a 280,000 pound machine to...
  • The Land of the Free---But are we still the home of the brave?

    01/24/2015 5:08:11 PM PST · by Steve Newton · 26 replies
    Self ^ | 2015 | Steve Newton
    Everyone knows the story of our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner.
  • 'I have everything in my life because of him': Poignant moment Holocaust survivor salutes

    01/24/2015 2:12:32 PM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | january 21, 2015 | allan hall
    This is the poignant moment when a man rescued from the hell he endured at the hands of the Nazis met his saviour and gave him a salute almost 70 years later. Joshua Kaufman first saluted his rescuer Daniel Gillespie. Then he kissed his hand and finally, he fell to his feet, exclaiming: 'I have wanted to do this for 70 years. I love you, I love you so much...'. Kaufman, now 87, was a 'walking corpse' on April 29 1945 when U.S. Army soldier Gillespie, 89, marched in with his comrades to liberate the charnel house that was the...
  • Lars Andersen: a new level of archery (YouTube video, 5:51)

    01/24/2015 1:05:27 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEG-ly9tQGk&x-yt-cl=84503534&x-yt-ts=1421914688
  • Dean Cain Doubles Down on Michael Moore Comments... AWESOME!

    01/23/2015 3:45:49 PM PST · by StevenCrowder · 25 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 1/23/2015 | Steven Crowder
    This week I had the one and only Dean Cain on the show. Not only did he double down on his comments toward Michael Moore, but he did them in a way that only Superman could. How can you not LOVE this guy?! "Would I love to give him a smack on the face if he looked me in the eye, as a man and said that? Well...Put us someplace without a camera..."
  • Muskogee Police Release Video, Still Images Of Officer Shooting, Killing Suspect

    01/23/2015 11:48:10 AM PST · by OKSooner · 36 replies
    KOTV Channel 6 Tulsa ^ | 1-23-2015 | Richard Clark
    MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma - Editor's note: The Muskogee Police Department released more than 10 minutes of video of the incident. News On 6 has chosen not to air or post the portion of the video showing the man being killed, out of respect for his family. The Muskogee Police Department released video recorded by an officer's camera showing him shooting and killing a man he was trying to arrest. The shooting happened on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Officer Chansey McMillin shot and killed 21-year-old Terrence Walker. Police had been called to a wedding at a church to investigate a report of...
  • North Korea Might Put Nukes Aboard Submarines

    01/23/2015 7:00:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 22, 2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    North Korea is attempting to put nuclear weapons to sea, according to a longtime regime watcher. Joseph Bermudez—an expert on North Korean weapons—believes the evidence is commercial satellite imagery showing a submarine with possibly two vertical launch tubes. The regime also appears to have constructed a test stand for launching sea-based ballistic missiles. The two revelations may not be directly related. For one, the vessel might not end up carrying nuclear-capable missiles. But Bermudez’s evidence is highly suggestive. And if the North is planning to put nukes aboard submarines, this would make Kim Jong Un’s atomic arsenal more survivable in...
  • If ISIS terrorists fire on Canadian troops, 'we'll kill them': Harper

    01/23/2015 6:18:34 AM PST · by firedoggy111 · 22 replies
    Sun News Netork ^ | Jan 23 2015 | robins111
    Canada's Prime Minister Harper explains what happens if you shoot at Canadian Troops, the collective left in Canada go splody head http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2015/01/20150122-171901.html
  • Forty Years Ago Today, I Became An American Citizen

    01/23/2015 4:06:11 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 52 replies
    Self | January 23, 2015 | Tennssee Nana
    On January 23, 1975, in a courthouse in Portland, OR, I sat with many other grateful immigrants and listened as a local judge, himself the son of immigrants fron Eastern Europe, congratulated us and expounded on our new responsibilities as American citizens. He was as teary eyed as we were. Among our group was an 80 year old Jew from Poland. She had escaped with her family during the 1930s and had raised her children in America to be good citizens and to prosper. She cried and kept saying "Thank you" and we cried with her. Her attorney grandson explained...
  • ‘The Man in the High Castle’ Depicts America Under the Nazis

    01/22/2015 10:47:23 AM PST · by pabianice · 40 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 1/22/15 | Gault
    An excellent adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s best novel After the highway patrolman finishes helping Joe Blake fix a flat tire, the cop offers him a sandwich. Blake is nervous. He’s stuck in the Midwest at the mercy of a police officer … and he’s carrying illegal cargo. Blake wants to leave, but he accepts the sandwich. Better not to cause a stir. As Blake takes the meal, he notices a tattoo on the officer’s forearm—a knife through a flower. Blake asks what it means. “Oh?” the cop says. “A soldier so fierce he’d kill a rose.” “That was you?”...
  • Cyber attack on Norse attack origins

    01/22/2015 7:03:39 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 2 replies
    Norseblog ^ | 03.20.14 | Norse
    The Norse blog is meant to be a destination for those interested in learning about advanced threats and cyberattacks, threat intelligence, and the trends shaping and moving the industry towards more intelligence-based approaches to security and fraud prevention. Over the past few months, our Threat Thursday series has covered a variety of threat oriented topics in posts such as; being hacked in 276 seconds, securing the Internet of Things, the SANS-Norse healthcare IT report, and others.
  • Question about Church and Flag Etiquette

    01/21/2015 7:15:50 PM PST · by Rides_A_Red_Horse · 33 replies
    21 Jan 2015 | Red Horse
    A funny thing happened at Church...
  • The A-10 Has Carried Out 11% Of US Airstrikes On ISIS Though The Plane May Be Scrapped

    01/20/2015 7:48:39 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 43 replies
    business insider ^ | JAN. 20, 2015 | JEREMY BENDER
    Despite multiple attempts by the US Air Force to retire the A-10 Warthog, the aircraft has carried out 11% of all airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria since Operation Inherent Resolve began in August.
  • American Sniper Has Created a Cultural Moment: Here’s Why

    01/20/2015 7:16:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/20/2015 | David French
    At 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night, a packed theater in Franklin, Tenn., was completely quiet. As the credits rolled, some folks were filing out, but many more were standing, still looking at the screen, honoring the man whose life they’d just seen portrayed on the silver screen. Before the movie, I’d never seen the parking lot so crowded. I had to park more than a quarter-mile away, hidden in the corner of a restaurant parking lot (hoping I wouldn’t be towed), and watched in amazement as people were streaming into the theater from parking spaces scattered far and wide. It...
  • My daughter brought up joining the Air Force again

    01/19/2015 11:04:04 PM PST · by MacMattico · 79 replies
    Me
    A while back I brought up that my daughter had mentioned she was researching and thinking about joining the military. About 80% of the people that responded said "not in this environment". Which I completely understand. She brought it up again tonight. I asked her why. She is a very intelligent girl and would probably get in to many colleges with scholarship money. Before when she brought it up, she didn't say why, just that she was looking. Today was different. She told me how much of her high school has turned anti-military and talk about today's soldiers and marines...
  • Infographic: The greatest turning points in aviation Excellent Graphics)

    01/19/2015 10:44:45 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 60 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 January 2015
  • Air Force UFO files hit the Web

    01/19/2015 9:31:20 AM PST · by GreyFriar · 27 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Jan. 19, 2015 | No Byline
    From eyewitness accounts of “trails of light” streaking across the sky to sightings of flying saucers, now amateur Mulder and Scullys alike can see if the truth really is out there by poring over almost 130,000 pages of declassified UFO documents that are now available online, reports MilitaryTimes.com. After spending decades filing Freedom of Information Act requests, John Greenewald, a UFO enthusiast, posted declassified records from Project Blue Book -- the U.S. Air Force’s records on alleged UFO and extraterrestrial sightings -- on an online database.
  • Chris Kyle’s Widow Overwhelmed By ‘American Sniper’ Success, Elites Unhappy

    01/19/2015 8:31:08 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/19/2015 | Derek Hunter
    In spite of the vitriol spewed toward the movie “American Sniper,” Americans flocked to see the Clint Eastwood biopic of the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in record numbers. The previous record for a movie opening on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend was set last year by “Ride Along,” which opened with $41 million. “American Sniper” is estimated to have more than doubled that, bringing in an astounding $90.2 million.
  • Race Issues In America: A Ranger’s Perspective

    01/19/2015 8:29:45 AM PST · by aft_lizard · 8 replies
    SOFRep ^ | Dec 6 2014 | Nick "The Reaper" Irving
    I’ve been asked to give my thoughts on the highly publicized recent “events” in the media because of the pigmentation of my skin. Yes, I am “African American,” but I’d like to simply be referred to as an American. My ethnic background also includes white, black, and Native American. Now that that’s out of the way, here is where I stand: – 15 million children die each year from starvation. (A third of these children live in Africa) – A few months ago, we were all going to get Ebola. (My allergies did get a little crazy around that time.)...
  • Australia fighter jet data theft 'shows cyber-spy risk'

    01/19/2015 2:47:28 AM PST · by moose07 · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 January 2015 | BBC
    The reported theft by Chinese spies of designs for Australia's new warplane, the US-built F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet, highlights the risk of cyber-espionage, an Australian minister said. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop also told Sky News she was confident that the US would guard its intellectual property. She was responding to media reports, citing leaked US documents, of the theft of a huge amount of F-35 data. Australia has ordered 72 F-35 jets, due to come into service in 2020. The F-35 is the most expensive defence project in US history. The stealth aircraft, manufactured by US-based Lockheed Martin, was...
  • The Army Ranger sniper who earned the nickname 'The Reaper' for killing more than 30 insurgents...

    01/19/2015 1:41:07 AM PST · by spetznaz · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18 January 2015 | Daniel Bates
    A sniper has told how he was given the nickname 'The Reaper' by his comrades in the military - after killing 33 men in less than four months. Former Army Ranger Nick ‘Irv’ Irving using his trusty SR-25 rifle he nicknamed ‘Dirty Diana’ to blast insurgents to death during the Iraq War. He was so possessive over ‘his girl’ as he called the gun, that he hated it when other men touched her and would spend four hours a night painting her. Before every battle he would get pumped up to the sounds of men zipping their gear up with...
  • ‘American Sniper’ Complaints Grow in Hollywood: Should Clint Eastwood Be Celebrating a Killer?

    01/18/2015 4:30:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 135 replies
    thewrap.com ^ | on January 18, 2015 @ 3:56 pm | Steve Pond
    But Academy members seem to be paying attention to the criticism that Eastwood and star/producer Bradley Cooper shouldn’t be celebrating a man who wrote that killing hundreds of Iraqis was “fun.” “He seems like he may be a sociopath,” one Academy member told TheWrap, adding he had not yet seen the film but had read the article, which is being passed around. Neither distributor Warner Bros. nor the filmmakers have responded to TheWrap’s request for comment, though the studio said they intended to make someone available. A piece in The Guardian by author Lindy West was an early critic of...
  • American Sniper: best war movie of all time? I think so.....

    01/18/2015 10:37:10 AM PST · by beebuster2000 · 68 replies
    self | jan 18 2015 | beebuster2000
    and i don't say that lightly. Patton, Gettysburgh, Das Boot, Run Silent Run Deep, Fury, and on and on. But Sniper is absolutely riveting in its portrayal of combat and the people in combat, i can't say more, except that when the movie ended in a packed theatre, a few people, me included, were drying eyes, but the theatre was absolutely silent and stayed that way. no one moved for a while then the whole theatre silently filed out.
  • 31 Rolls of Undeveloped Film from a Soldier in WWII

    01/18/2015 7:34:25 AM PST · by virgil283 · 68 replies
    petapixel ^ | January 16, 2015 | Michael Zhang
    "Photographer Levi Bettweiser is the man behind the Rescued Film Project, an effort to find and rescue old and undeveloped rolls of film from the far corners of the world. He recently came across one of his biggest finds so far: 31 undeveloped rolls of film shot by a single soldier during World War II. Bettweiser tells us he found the film rolls in late 2014 at an auction in Ohio. About half the rolls were labeled with various location names (i.e. Boston Harbor, Lucky Strike Beach, LaHavre Harbor). “I know nothing about who shot the film or who it...
  • 'American Sniper' Is On Track To Break Records

    01/17/2015 7:16:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/18/2015 | Zach Noble
    The Clint Eastwood-directed “American Sniper” raked in $30.5 million in its wide-release debut Friday, putting it on track to earn up to $80 million over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, the Hollywood Reporter trumpeted Saturday. That could put the war movie on track for the biggest January opening ever. Over at Forbes, Scott Mendelson offered some context: Going into yesterday, the biggest opening weekend for a movie Clint Eastwood directed and/or starred in is Gran Torino, which opened in wide release in January 2009 with $29.5 million. The biggest January debut weekend was Ride Along, which earned $48m over...
  • Tank Hits Camera Directly. [HD] Ever wonder what it's like to get hit by a tank?

    01/17/2015 1:13:02 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 43 replies
    YouTube ^ | Oct 29, 2013 | EpigeneticAlteration
    Absolutely incredible footage from Syria here showing the rare view of seeing a tank round coming straight for your face. No injuries reported.
  • ‘American Sniper’ zeroes in on Clint Eastwood record with $29.1M Friday haul

    01/17/2015 9:31:02 AM PST · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 17, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    Clint Eastwood’s latest film “American Sniper,” based on the autobiography of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, is set to rake in more money in one day that any Eastwood-directed film. Late night industry estimates show the film bringing down $29.1 million in its first expanded release day on Friday, Deadline Hollywood reported Saturday.
  • Help this soldier who has been awaiting trial for over three years after a PTSD incident.

    01/17/2015 6:59:08 AM PST · by tired&retired · 15 replies
    vanity post ^ | January 17, 2015 | self
    How can a US Army 82nd Airborne soldier with PTSD & traumatic Brain injury be held in state/county prison for over three years after his arrest for PTSD violence while in a Warrior Transition unit at Ft Bragg awaiting treatment? He was asleep in his apartment at night when he awoke to firemen smashing down his door and he thought he was back in Afghanistan. His private investigator who prepared his defense investigation has died. His attorney has become ill and is no longer practicing......... What ever happened to a speedy trial? Three years in prison, no trial, no PTSD...
  • American Sniper; A Powerful Movie Worth Seeing.

    01/17/2015 1:48:51 AM PST · by lee martell · 12 replies
    January 17 2014 | Lee Martell
    Considering that the movie American Sniper written about Chris Kyle, and directed by Clint Eastwood has been out since the last week of December, I may be late to the game expressing an opinion. I'll say it anyway, this is one of the best movies I've ever experienced. Notice I say, 'experienced, vs just 'seen', because the film becomes exactly that, something anticipated, tolerated, endured and later celebrated. Certain portions of the film resemble riding along with the police during their night shifts, or at least what most people expect these shifts to be like. I know very little about...
  • Denazification Post WWII an example of what needs to happen with Islam?

    01/16/2015 9:27:02 PM PST · by Usagi_yo · 14 replies
    Various | 1/16/2015 | Various
    Okay, I'm reading about a movie The Counterfeiters when I come across a reference to Bernhard Krüger, a real life basis for the main Nazi character Herzog. Who went through a special trial court for denazification, post allied victory of WWII.