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  • U.S. Plans to Send Over 2,000 Troops to Kuwait [Marines]

    09/30/2014 9:13:44 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Tele Sur ^ | 1 October 2014
    The exact timing or locations of the deployment is unclear, but will happen some time next year. The United States Marine Corps will send 2,100 troops to Kuwait as part of a new special unit designed to respond to crises in the region, a mission that officials claim was planned before the U.S. began conducting air strikes in the region. The new Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Central Command will be deployed in Kuwait to conduct what it calls “theater sustainment missions,” according to Brigadier General John Love, according to news reports on Monday. It will also be equipped...
  • The Quotable Nathan Bedford Forrest

    09/30/2014 6:22:22 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies
    http://astore.amazon.com ^ | January 2, 2012 | Lochlainn Seabrook
    Though Nathan Bedford Forrest was not a writer, had little formal education, never authored a book, and was not a professional speaker, he did leave us with a number of witty comments, profound words, and sublime statements. Award-winning author, Southern historian, and Forrest scholar Lochlainn Seabrook has gathered together some of the more memorable and impressive of these and forged them into a small but fascinating work: "The Quotable Nathan Bedford Forrest." Among the nearly 140 footnoted quotes included here are Forrest's thoughts on warfare, military rules, West Point graduates, education, friendship, and even drinking, gambling, cussing, and morality. Seabrook,...
  • White House fence-jumper made it far deeper into building than previously known

    09/29/2014 5:26:36 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 29, 2014 | Carol D. Leonnig
    The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident.
  • 'Cloaking' device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across range of angles

    09/29/2014 12:38:35 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    phys.org ^ | Sep 27, 2014 | Provided by University of Rochester
    Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways—some simple and some involving new technologies—to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed at the University of Rochester, not only overcomes some of the limitations of previous devices, but it uses inexpensive, readily available materials in a novel configuration. "There've been many high tech approaches to cloaking and the basic idea behind these is to take light and have it pass around something as if it isn't there, often using high-tech or exotic materials," said John Howell, a professor of physics at the University of Rochester....
  • Marines put Microsoft Kinect to work, but not for gaming

    09/29/2014 10:47:11 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 9 replies
    NetworkWorld ^ | Sep 29, 2014 6:52 AM PT | Andy Patrizio
    Microsoft has made the Kinect motion detection sensor available for use in commercial and non-gaming scenarios for some time, but for some reason it hasn't really caught on. We've heard next to no stories about people using it, although it could always be that they are keeping quiet for a competitive advantage. But a military contractor has come up with something that has the U.S. Marine Corps interested. The Augmented Reality Sand Table is currently being developed by the Army Research Laboratory and was on display at the Modern Day Marine Expo that recently took place on Marine Corps Base...
  • The Aircraft That Inspired the A-10

    09/29/2014 7:29:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 29, 2014 | Michael Peck
    It’s a good thing that the Air Force generals who want to retire the beloved A-10 Warthog were not around 70 years ago. If they were, Josef Stalin might have had them shot. The Soviet dictator loved the A-10 of his day, otherwise known as the Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik. “They are as essential to the Red Army as bread and water,” he said. It is the Sturmovik, along with the German Ju-87 Stuka dive bomber, that fathered the A-10. “The World War II close air support successes of both the Stuka and the Sturmovik had a major—and inspiring—influence in convincing...
  • The D.I. with Jack Webb - The Sand Flea Burial Detail

    09/27/2014 8:14:56 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 8 replies
    youtube ^ | n/a | n/a
    My favorite scene from the great old Jack Webb movie, The D.I....
  • Dispelled Myths of Soviet Subs

    09/27/2014 3:43:09 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    RusNavy.com. ^ | 01.06.10 | Igor Kozyr
    In the era of Cold War the Western information space was full of numerous fantastic stories about Soviet submarines. Having taken shape in books and websites, those tales still keep Americans and Europeans on the trot. RusNavy.com tries to demolish the foremost fables of Western "folklore" of 1950-80's.
  • DOD planning to let illegal immigrants enlist

    09/26/2014 7:33:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 26, 2014 | (With AP)
    The Defense Department plans to let some illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children enlist in the military—a policy that comes as the Army is effectively firing active-duty soldiers due to budget cuts.The Military Times reports that a program—called the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest, or MAVNI—which currently allows recruiters to search for foreign nationals with unique skills will be expanded to accommodate the new policy. The Defense Department now wants to let in some illegal immigrants who enjoyed a reprieve under a 2012 Obama administration policy. That policy applied to those who came to the country...
  • South Korea buying 40 F-35A jets from Lockheed for $7 billion

    09/25/2014 7:12:57 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 15 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sept 25, 2014 | By Ashley Rowland and Yoo Kyong Chang
    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is buying 40 F-35A fighter jets from Lockheed Martin to upgrade its aging fleet of aircraft and help counter the threat posed by North Korea, officials said Wednesday. The approximately $7 billion acquisition from the Bethesda, Md.-based company marks South Korea’s single largest weapons purchase, said Paek Youn Hyeong, a spokesman for the South’s Defense Acquisitions Program Administration. “The biggest reason for the purchase is that we need higher-performance aircraft,” he said. South Korea announced its intent to sign a Letter of Offer and Acceptance with Lockheed Martin on Wednesday after several months of...
  • Pentagon to deploy 12 A-10s to Middle East

    09/24/2014 9:19:48 PM PDT · by NYFreeper · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/22/14 | Kristina Wong
    The Pentagon is deploying 300 airmen and 12 A-10 combat jets to the Middle East in early October, according to the Indiana Air National Guard.
  • Trying to replicate the amazing camouflage abilities of the octopus

    09/24/2014 8:16:13 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sept 24, 2014 | By Ivan Amato
    At first glance, the thumbnail-size grids of 256 minuscule black squares seem to have nothing to do with the octopus, squid and cuttlefish that inspired them. But these high-tech microconstructions of polymers, semiconductors, light sensors and heating elements are what you get when scientists attempt to replicate the camouflaging ability of the animal world. One of the goals of the scientists' work, which explains the Navy's financial support of the project, is to invent synthetic skins that can recast their textures, colors and patterns to match their surroundings — match them well enough that the skins and what's underneath...
  • Top General says half of Iraqi Army incapable of working with US against ISIS

    09/24/2014 11:16:10 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 17, 2014 | Fox News
    The U.S. military's top officer said Wednesday that almost half of Iraq's army is incapable of working against the Islamic State militant group, while the other half needs to be rebuilt with the help of U.S. advisers and military equipment. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey made the remarks to reporters while traveling to Paris to meet with his French counterpart to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria. The general said that U.S. assessors who had spent the summer observing Iraq's security forces concluded that 26 of the army's 50 brigades would be capable of...
  • Pacino's 'Frank Slade' Has Some Advice for Obama About That Latte Salute

    09/24/2014 11:05:44 AM PDT · by mojito · 27 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 9/24/2014 | Larry O'Connor
    The uproar over President Obama's "Latte Salute" as he exited Marine One Tuesday in New York has reached critical mass with social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook ablaze with indignation and outrage over his disrespectful and half-hearted gesture to the two Marines standing at attention for their Commander-In-Chief. Interestingly, a YouTube clip from the 1992 film Scent of a Woman has begun to go viral on Facebook.
  • BlazeTV: Truth about Israeli/Palestinian Conflict - Arab End Game

    09/24/2014 8:00:19 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 6 replies
    TheBlazeTV ^ | 9/18/2014 | Glenn Beck
    From TheBlazeTV: Glenn Beck breaks down the history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the possible Arab end game (from The Glenn Beck Program 9/18/2014). Note: No chalkboards were harmed during this presentation. Video: Truth about Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Video: Arab End Game
  • Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

    09/24/2014 7:27:56 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 69 replies
    http://www.amazon.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Bill O'Reilly and Margin Dugard
    Readers around the world have thrilled to Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, and Killing Jesus--riveting works of nonfiction that journey into the heart of the most famous murders in history. Now from Bill O’Reilly, anchor of The O’Reilly Factor, comes the most epic book of all in this multimillion-selling series: Killing Patton. General George S. Patton, Jr. died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost seventy years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident--and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton takes readers inside the...
  • China Thinks It Can Defeat America in Battle

    09/24/2014 6:52:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 24, 2014 | David Axe
    The bad news first. The People’s Republic of China now believes it can successfully prevent the United States from intervening in the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan or some other military assault by Beijing. Now the good news. China is wrong—and for one major reason. It apparently disregards the decisive power of America’s nuclear-powered submarines. Moreover, for economic and demographic reasons Beijing has a narrow historical window in which to use its military to alter the world’s power structure. If China doesn’t make a major military move in the next couple decades, it probably never will. The U.S....
  • A NEW LOW – Obama’s Salute to Marines – Most Degrading Salute Ever to Men in Uniform

    09/23/2014 12:22:32 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 115 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 9-23-2014 | Jim Hoft
    This really happened. Today. This was actually posted by The White House on Instagram.
  • When the French "Shot Down" an F-22

    09/23/2014 6:50:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 23, 2014 | David Axe
    Evidence released last year confirms that a French fighter pilot once “killed” an American F-22 Raptor stealth fighter in mock combat. Although not unprecedented, the simulated shoot-down is still a big deal for a couple reasons. For one, the Lockheed Martin-made F-22 is supposed to be the most fearsome warplane in history, a quarter-billion-dollar-per-plane technological marvel that flies higher and faster than its opponents while avoiding detection by radar. The Pentagon is counting on a tiny number of the pricey Raptors — slightly more than 180 — to ward off potentially much larger numbers of enemy planes for the foreseeable future. Every mock dogfight...
  • F-22 Used For The First Time in Combat.

    09/22/2014 8:37:22 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 96 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | Sept 22, 2014
    Fox news reported on TV that the F-22 was finally used in combat for the Syria/Iraq/ISIS airstrikes tonight.
  • America's [Marines] Soldiers Singing "Days of Elijah" [snip]

    09/20/2014 10:10:41 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 9 replies
    GNL ^ | September 19, 2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Full title: 'Faith Warriors:' Video of Marines Delivering Powerful Rendition of Christian Worship Song 'Days of Elijah' Goes Viral A powerful video of nearly 500 U.S. Marines at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California declaring "there is no God like Jehovah" in an inspirational rendition of the Christian worship song "Days of Elijah," is taking the Internet by storm. Merrie Pardee Baldwin, the Christian volunteer who first posted the video of the worshipful Marines to her Facebook page Sunday, told The Christian Post in an interview Friday that she is hoping the video inspires Americans to pray for...
  • First In, Last Out - The story of the Wild Weasel.

    09/20/2014 7:42:38 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 21 replies
    Youtube ^ | n/a | n/a
    Part 1 of a very interesting, early 1980s, documentary about the creation and development of the Wild Weasel SAM hunting missions, from the earliest missions against Russian missiles in Vietnam with F-100's to the planes and equipment of the(then) present day.
  • Report: US military examining relationship with NFL

    09/19/2014 6:46:07 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | September 19, 2014 | Will Brinson
    The blowback against the NFL over the recent domestic violence incidents -- a pattern, if you will -- is growing and growing rather quickly. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on a new sponsorship problem and the White House issued a stern edict to the NFL Friday morning about getting "a handle on" the problem. Enter another branch of government: the military. According to CNN, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is asking his staff for "detailed information about the US military's relationships" with the NFL.
  • "I'm NOT @ War, So Don't Forget it, It's Just a Silly Phase I'm Going Through!", a Fantasy Musical

    09/19/2014 1:59:59 PM PDT · by lee martell · 14 replies
    Sept. 19 2014 | lee martell
    Eventually, our long national nightmare that has been the Barack Obama Double-Feature, will thankfully come to a close. Somebody may write a muscial parody of this administration. I can think of at least one song that would fit, how about you? #. Using the 10cc song "I'm Not In Love" Obama speaks on the phone to an ISIS warlord; I'm not at War!, so don't forget it, it's just a silly phase I'm going through. And just because, I bomb you up, Don't get me wrong, You needn't feel afraid. I'm not at War, No no. Just Because... ***My apologies...
  • How to Spell the Rebel Yell

    09/19/2014 7:00:00 AM PDT · by condi2008 · 11 replies
    Longreads ^ | 09/11/2014 | Elena Passarello
    First Manassas. In the 90-degree heat, the Union fords Bull Run and then busts through line after line of Confederate troops, aiming for the railroad to Richmond. Under the grassy shield of Henry House Hill’s western slope, the Confederates scramble for reinforcements. Somebody overhears General Bee comparing Colonel Jackson to a “stone wall.” This either compliments Jackson’s steadfastness or jeers the corporal’s languor. No one will ever know for certain, since Bee is shot dead shortly after the quip leaves his lips.
  • Need Some Help From Musical FReepers! (vanity)

    09/18/2014 9:16:14 PM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9/18/2014 | Me
    I really need FReeper help if you don't mind. Son has a talent show coming up and we thought "Old Army Hat" would be great. Great vocal range for him because he is in JHS. The song is especially poignant for him because an older soldier who did work on our home took a liking to him and gave him his army cap. I burst with tears. He's going to wear the hat for the performance. Also, his GF (WW2 Pacific) went on Honor Flight and son still remembers it. He wants to honor them both at his performance. Does...
  • Agent ‘Fifi’: The stunning British spy who seduced secrets of war from her ‘prey’

    09/18/2014 3:53:12 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9-18-14 | Terrance McCoy
    It was a late March day when notice arrived that Fifi’s services would be required. She would have two days to prepare — two days to travel from her London apartment to Liverpool, two days to memorize the physical details of her “prey.” His name was Quinaux. He was 28. Black hair. Brown eyes. Dimpled chin. He would be waiting at the State Cafe. And she was to charm every secret she could out of him. Of course, Quinaux didn’t know this. He was training to be a British spy and, according to a letters dated March 22, 1943, he...
  • Toddler ignores military protocol, rushes mom

    09/18/2014 1:58:28 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 47 replies
    KRDO News ^ | 9/17/14
    A 3-year-old Minnesota boy couldn't wait to be reunited with his military mom in this video that's gone viral.
  • U.S. Marine helps bag record alligator

    09/18/2014 11:24:46 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    Grind TV ^ | 9/18/14 | Pete Thomas
    Swamp training will never be the same for Sgt. Jesse Phillips, a mortarman for the U.S. Marines, who recently participated in his first-ever alligator hunt and helped bag a Mississippi state record. The massive gator weighed 792 pounds and measured 13 1/2 feet from nose to tail. It was the largest male gator bagged in the state, with a belly girth of nearly 70 inches.
  • US to train veterans to install solar panels

    09/18/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2014 9:59 AM EDT | Josh Lederman
    The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions of dollars on energy bills for homeowners and businesses. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases and train a total of at least 50,000, including veterans. …
  • U.S. Submarines: Run Silent, Run Deep...On Diesel Engines?

    09/18/2014 7:11:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    National Interest ^ | September 18, 2014 | James Holmes
    "Underway on nuclear power", radioed the skipper of USS Nautilus in 1955, after taking history's first nuclear-powered attack submarine to sea for the first time. Nautilus's maiden cruise left an indelible imprint on the navy. Her success, cheered on by the likes of Admiral Hyman Rickover, the godfather of naval nuclear propulsion, helped encode the supremacy of atomic power in the submarine force's cultural DNA.
  • Restaurant Impossible Goes To Fort Bragg (Vanity)

    09/17/2014 10:21:54 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    This is one of Chef Robert Irvine's best episodes of "Restaurant Impossible." Its hard not to get choked up over him saving the "Green Beret Club" in Ft. Bragg, Georgia. I have a lot of respect for those who serve our country and those who feed them. Not to be missed!
  • Prayer Request for Fred Neuman

    09/17/2014 7:30:48 PM PDT · by 50sDad · 22 replies
    Self | 09/17/14 | 50sDad
    A dear church friend (and veteran) was in Washington this week on an Honor Flight to see the WWII memorial and other sights and had a mini-stroke, a second one in his long life. Praise God his escort was a EMT, and they were minutes away from a very good hospital, but prayers, please. He will have to do speech therapy but all limbs are good. I know this will shake him because he has recently recovered from the last one, but again, praise God that he was in exactly the right place to have it treated immediately.
  • Article IV, Secc 4 of the U.S. Constitution. PROTECT CITIZENS

    09/17/2014 3:53:31 PM PDT · by rovenstinez · 19 replies
    Constitution of the USA ^ | Sept. 17, 2014 | rovenstinez
    The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion
  • American Soldiers Singing "Days of Elijah"

    09/17/2014 3:13:18 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 20 replies
    youtube ^ | 0/17/2014 | unknown
    Days of Elijah, by our brave young men! May God bless and protect them all.
  • No Boots Promise to USAF??

    09/17/2014 10:36:40 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 47 replies
    9/17/14 | Originalbuckeye
    Did Bammy really assure that the USAF would not be asked to put boots on the ground in Iraq?
  • How Will the U.S. Decide Which Syrian Rebels to Arm?

    09/16/2014 11:55:59 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 42 replies
    National Journal ^ | 09/15/2014 | Rachel Roubein
    Even assuming President Obama gets the authority he wants, experts say deciding who exactly should get American aid is an exceedingly difficult task. There are vast differences among Syrian rebel fighters—a conglomerate of varying ideologies, social backgrounds, and loyalties. And the questions of who exactly is a Syrian moderate, and whether these weapons will fall into the wrong hands, loom large on Capitol Hill. There isn't a formal definition of a Syrian moderate, said Leila Hilal of the New America Foundation. But implicit in the word, she says, are a few criteria: a Syrian who is a nationalist and is...
  • Army worried too many white men

    09/16/2014 10:21:22 AM PDT · by ABN 505 · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/11/14 | Doug Ernst
    sociologists are worried that a lack of black officers leading its combat troops will have detrimental effect on minorities and lead to fewer black officers in top leadership posts. Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/11/army-concerned-with-number-of-white-men-leading-co/#ixzz3DV4KWZEr Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • US Soldier Allegedly Smuggled Illegal Aliens Into Texas

    09/16/2014 8:00:21 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 18 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 09/15/2014 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    The court records show Border Patrol agents working the immigration checkpoint in Sarita, Texas arrested Eric Rodriguez earlier this week. Rodriguez was wearing his military uniform when he allegedly drove his Chevrolet pickup truck to the checkpoint. U.S. Border Patrol agents searched the vehicle. The agents allegedly found two illegal immigrants hiding in the floorboard just beside the front seat; they were using a bed sheet and Ramirez’s military jacket to cover themselves. Once in custody, the illegal immigrants, Alejandro Maya-Gonzalez and Juan Inda-Isiordia, told an agent with Homeland Security Investigations that one of the men had paid $3,000 to...
  • Purple heart recipient dies while on active duty

    09/15/2014 4:51:09 PM PDT · by thestob · 11 replies
    kcbd.com ^ | By Taylor Langston
    ABERNATHY, TX (KCBD) - Army Sergeant Virginia Caballero, 41, has died while serving overseas. Caballero was traveling home Friday to surprise her family in Abernathy. But a medical problem forced the plane she was on to make an emergency landing in Rockford Illinois. Family says she had a blood clot that traveled to her heart. Caballero later died at the Rockford Memorial Hospital. She was serving her second deployment and had been stationed in Kuwait. She was deployed to Iraq for her first tour in 2003, where she was shot in a vehicle ambush just two months into her tour....
  • Vietnam soldiers to receive Medal of Honor

    09/15/2014 12:30:27 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 9/15/14 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    Congress granted an exemption so Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat could receive the medal, because recommendations typically must be made within two years of the act of heroism, and the medal presented within three. A soldier who fought in the Civil War was expected to receive the Medal of Honor posthumously at a later date. First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing died in July 1863 during the Battle of Gettysburg. Adkins, who served 22 years and lives in Opelika, Alabama, planned to attend the Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House. Adkins...
  • Retiring U-2: As ISIS Battle Looms, Airborne Recon Decays

    09/15/2014 8:27:54 AM PDT · by SZonian · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/11/2014 | Loren Thompson
    On September 10, only hours before the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, President Obama summoned the nation to a renewed campaign against Islamic terrorists in the Middle East. Using one of several names for the fanatics who have seized large swaths of Syria and Iraq, the president said, “This counterterrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL, wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground.” As the president’s words indicate, precise application of air power is crucial to this plan. The U.S. has already bombed over...
  • Everybody Loved Their Browning Hi-Powers Back in the Day

    09/15/2014 8:06:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 15, 2014 | Paul Huard
    From the 1940s until recent times, if a soldier carried a nine-millimeter pistol into battle as part of his weaponry there was a good chance it was a Browning Hi-Power. The Hi-Power was a part of nearly every world conflict of the 20th century. On both sides. Saddam Hussein carried one—and liked to fire it into the air to rile up his supporters. Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi owned a customized, gold-plated Hi-Power with an image of his face etched in the grips.
  • U.S. Navy identifies pilot presumed dead in Pacific Ocean crash

    09/14/2014 7:52:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:10pm EDT
    The missing pilot is Lieutenant Nathan Poloski, 26, of Lake Arrowhead, Calif., a 2009 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, the Navy said in a statement. Poloski went missing Friday after two F/A-18 Hornet jets collided west of Wake Island, about 2,300 miles (3,700 km) west of Hawaii. The Navy conducted a 36-hour search over 3,000 square miles for the pilot and his aircraft but called off the search on Saturday, saying Poloski was thought to be dead. "Nathan was an outstanding person, naval officer and aviator," said Commander Michael Langbehn.
  • Obama’s ship is sinking

    09/14/2014 10:15:18 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 14, 2014 | Michael Goodwin
    The rising clamor over the beheading of two Americans, and rapidly sinking polls, forced President Obama to reassure the nation last week he had a plan to deal with the Islamic State. He did some of what he had to do, but only some, and so most military analysts believe the expanded airstrikes will not be a sufficient match for the size and weaponry of the terrorist army. They miss the point. The disjointed speech wasn’t really about terrorism and launching a new war. It was about saving Obama’s presidency. He is sinking fast and could soon pass the point...
  • COLUMN: Historic ship found in Canadian arctic

    09/13/2014 10:59:28 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 10 replies
    Statesville Record ^ | Sunday, September 14, 2014 1:00 am | O.C. Stonestreet
    Historically valuable items are continually being lost or destroyed or being found. For example, most R&L readers likely missed a two-paragraph item in the middle of page 10A of last Wednesday's edition. The title of the article was "Canada Finds One of Two Explorers Ships Lost in Arctic." I feel this discovery warrants more coverage. The two vessels were the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror, both lost during an expedition to determine the feasibility of traversing the "Northwest Passage," a route over the top of North America to link the Atlantic Ocean and Europe to the Pacific Ocean and...
  • The XF-85 Goblin Jet Fighter (1948 Training film/Doc)

    09/13/2014 8:32:17 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 21 replies
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    Interesting little documentary/training film about The XF-85 Goblin. The Goblin was a tiny little fighter jet prototype designed to be a "parasite fighter", carried by the bomber it was supposed to protect...
  • The 21 Sikhs of Saragarhi

    09/13/2014 11:09:31 AM PDT · by cold start · 5 replies
    Business Standard ^ | 13 September 2014 | Jaisal Singh
    A small body of Sikhs defended a vital North-West Frontier post against 10,000 Afridi and Orakzai attackers. Yesterday was the 117th anniversary of their heroic effort Britain’s Parliament interrupted proceedings and rose to give a standing ovation on September 12, 1897 to 21 valorous soldiers — all of them Indians, all of them Sikhs — for what was undoubtedly a tremendous act of collective bravery, and one of the greatest ‘last-stands’ in military history, the Battle of Saragarhi. The North-West Frontier of undivided India, now a part of Pakistan known as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, is a harsh place. Embroiled even today in...
  • Is Your Firearms Training Realistic?

    09/12/2014 12:09:36 PM PDT · by RC one · 67 replies
    Townhall Magazine ^ | Sep 09, 2014 | Bob Owens
    Assailants rarely stand still and announce themselves as a “threat.” In the September issue of Townhall Magazine, where this article originally appeared, BearingArms.com's Bob Owens asks if your firearms training is realistic.I’ve been to a number of different self-defense courses in the past 20 years, almost all of them focused on drawing and shooting at a stationary paper target at a known distance on a static firing line after the lead instructor has shouted “threat!”I’m now supremely confident that if I am ever attacked by a stationary paper target, I will survive.Unfortunately, criminals rarely shout “threat!” as they attack, they...
  • Battle of Lepanto

    09/12/2014 10:29:24 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 18 replies
    Research ^ | 12 September 2014 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Go search on the internet about the Battle of Lepanto. Read what happened in this historical naval conflict. The Muslim fleet commander was killed and BEHEADED and his head stuck up on a pike for all to see. Upon seeing their commander's head on a stick, the other Muslims lost heart and retreated...ending the battle. This is because they do NOT put their faith in a real god, but in men, their leaders, who are at one time powerful and vicious. When the leader is cut down, they run. The man who puts his faith in God will not run...