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  • Need Some Help From Musical FReepers! (vanity)

    09/18/2014 9:16:14 PM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 26 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 · 43 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 · 20 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
    youtube ^ | n/a | n/a
    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...
  • The Army made a surprise helicopter landing in Poland, hung out with villagers

    U.S. troops occasionally have to land their aircraft unexpectedly, giving rise to awkward situations. Consider the case of a transport plane that landed on an African highway in July while carrying U.S. troops, prompting a sheepish Marine colonel to apologize for the commotion. Even that appears to pale in comparison to the unexpected landing of numerous Army helicopters in Poland on Tuesday, however. Bloomberg News reports that six of them landed in a rapeseed field in the village of Gruta, some 140 miles north of Warsaw, and asked villagers where they were. The surprise landing spooked some people at first,...
  • ISIS can 'muster' between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters, CIA says

    09/11/2014 9:20:26 PM PDT · by joseph20 · 11 replies
    CNN World ^ | September 11, 2014 | Jim Sciutto, Jamie Crawford and Chelsea J. Carter
    "Washington (CNN) -- A CIA assessment puts the number of ISIS fighters at possibly more than three times the previous estimates."
  • Should atheists who refuse to say ‘so help me God’ be excluded from the Air Force?

    09/11/2014 10:02:23 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 47 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 8, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    The Stephen Losey (Air Force Times) reports (see also the American Humanist Association’s letter to the Air Force Inspector General): An atheist airman at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada was denied reenlistment last month for refusing to take an oath containing “so help me God,” the American Humanist Association said Thursday…. Air Force Instruction 36-2606 spells out the active-duty oath of enlistment, which all airmen must take when they enlist or reenlist and ends with “so help me God.” The old version of that AFI included an exception: “Note: Airmen may omit the words ‘so help me God,’ if...
  • Our Defining Moral Crisis

    09/08/2014 3:22:41 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8 Sep 2014 | Danny Lemeiux
    One of the fundamental problems in our society is that we argue with one another from positions of moral parochialism: we assume that the other party shares our frames of reference. That may have been true in the earlier years of our nation, but I propose that this is no longer the case. Today, we argue from different and fundamentally incompatible moral codes and value systems. It is the dichotomy between the two that confuses our discourse and creates great dangers for our country.
  • 5 Tanks That Changed History

    09/08/2014 12:08:25 PM PDT · by C19fan · 144 replies
    The National Interest ^ | September 7, 2014 | Michael Peck
    Only the most techno-fanatic would argue that a certain type of tank has changed history. There are so many other causes -- military, political, economic, social -- that explain victory and defeat far better than size of gun or thickness of armor.
  • (Odd WWII Relic) This Steampunkish Nazi Belt Buckle Pistol Packs A Deadly Surprise

    09/07/2014 3:08:00 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 36 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | Thursday, September 4, 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    This Steampunkish Nazi Belt Buckle Pistol Packs A Deadly Surprise The Nazis had some pretty wild engineering ideas, and some of them, like the jet engine, ended up being a vision of things to come. Yet others were just over-engineered, strange, and in some cases, downright creepy. This steampunkish Nazi belt buckle four-shooter is one of those things. The whole idea was to give high-ranking Nazis a way to kill their captors should they be captured on the battlefield. The concept was said to have originated from known German inventor, Louis Marquis, who designed the contraption while he was held...
  • 5 Ways Movies Get Gunfights Wrong (Based on Experience)

    09/07/2014 12:25:41 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 117 replies
    Cracked.com ^ | September 07, 2014 | Robert Evans, Greg Spyridis
    Everybody knows action movies are fake, but that doesn't change the fact that they're responsible for approximately 100 percent of our education on the subject of guns and combat. That's why the average person's knowledge of those things is hilariously, sometimes fatally, wrong.To sort out fact from fiction, we interviewed two decorated combat veterans who also have experience working in Hollywood. Matt Wagner is a former Army Ranger who saw combat all over the world, including Africa, South America, and Afghanistan, then was a technical consultant for a number of Hollywood productions, including Stargate SG-1 and The Colt. Jerry McFakename...
  • At US base, S. Korean ex-prostitutes face eviction.

    09/06/2014 9:51:08 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 39 replies
    WTOP Radio ^ | Sep 6, 2014 | Joyce Lee
    More than 70 aging women live in a squalid neighborhood between the rear gate of the U.S. Army garrison here and half a dozen seedy nightclubs.
  • Guest Post: Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad (Carlos Bledsoe): A Case Study In Lone Wolf Terrorism

    09/06/2014 3:08:43 AM PDT · by Jacob Kell
    Jihadology.net ^ | 12/23/2013 | Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
    Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad (Carlos Bledsoe): A Case Study in Lone Wolf Terrorism By Daveed Gartenstein-Ross June 1, 2009 was a Monday. Shortly after 10:00 a.m., Private William Long, 24, and Private Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, stood outside the joint Army-Navy recruiting center in northwestern Little Rock, Arkansas, taking a smoke break. The two young men, who were working at their hometown recruiting center before moving on to their first duty station, spoke of where that first assignment would take them. Long said that he would be leaving for Korea the following Monday; Ezeagwula was bound for Hawaii a day earlier, on...
  • Imminent Panic Come September 10 In New York.A Parallel To The Day Before Andrew & Sandy?

    09/05/2014 6:12:22 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 53 replies
    If you live in New York State or the Tri-State Area,maybe you can fill us in on moods of residences in New York,Jersey,Philly and maybe Connecticut.Even if ten to fifteen per-cent of all who drive in the metropolitan area rush to fill their tanks on the 9th/10th next week,will we be seeing long lines at gas stations?,and how about grocers?.Will this resemble the day before Sandy pounded New York&Jersey?We will likely see reporters all over Manhattan on the eve of September 11,maybe in parking lots of home depot and any retail outlet that sells emergency supplies.
  • Time to end Political Correctness at Airports

    09/05/2014 5:15:57 PM PDT · by rovenstinez · 28 replies
    Fox Radio News ^ | Sept. 5, 2014 | rovenstinez
    Yesterday at the DFW airport. It was strikingly difficult to talk to the Pakistani women selling food, with their head coverings, OBVIOUSLY pious Muslims. And turning around were Muslim Women with head coverings removing trash. I just WISH someone had the testicular power to tell these women if they want to work at an AIRPORT where travelers are sensitive about Muslim people that blow up things, they need to REMOVE their coverings, or go work at the local dry cleaning shop, or sell used tires. But to put them in the AIRPORTS knowing that all of the things that get...
  • Breaking: Unresponsive Aircraft flying over atlantice

    unresponsive aircraft over atlantic, USAF in pursuit
  • OHHHNOESSS!!!

    09/04/2014 3:18:11 PM PDT · by SgtBob · 32 replies
    SgtBob | Sept 4, 2014 | Rob Sermon
  • Is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter the New F-4?

    09/03/2014 6:55:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 3, 2014 | Michael Peck
    The jet fighter can’t maneuver, the critics say. It’s based on a wrongheaded concept. It relies on unproved technologies. It’s a one-size-fits-all jet for the Air Force, Navy and Marines, and yet it doesn't really meet any of their needs. Is this Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter I’m describing? No, it’s actually the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, the ubiquitous fighter-bomber, reconnaissance and radar-hunting aircraft that formed the backbone of U.S., NATO and Israeli air power in the 1960s and 1970s. More than 50 years later, the Phantom still flies, as evident when Syrian gunners downed a Turkish RF-4...
  • 'Our Enemy Is Not Terrorism'

    09/02/2014 1:29:38 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 40 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings ^ | May 2004 | John Lehman
    The subject here is naval history and the naval history to come. This is particularly relevant, given the subjects I've been immersed in over the last year—the so-called war on terrorism and the attacks of 9/11, what went wrong, and what we should do to fix it. I have learned that what these two institutions—the U.S. Naval Institute and the U.S. Naval Academy—stand for are at the center of what we face as a nation going forward. The Naval Institute is one of the great intellectual institutions in this country. I first joined when I was an undergraduate in college,...
  • How to Sink an Aircraft Carrier: Sneak up in a submarine, that's how

    09/02/2014 6:53:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 84 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 2, 2014 | David Axe
    A photo depicting an American nuclear-powered submarine poking its periscope above the waves—within shooting distance of a British aircraft carrier during a war game—is a useful reminder of one of the most important truths of naval warfare. For every sailor who’s not in a submarine, submarines are real scary. Stealthy and heavily-armed, subs are by far the most powerful naval vessels in the world for full-scale warfare—and arguably the best way to sink those more obvious icons of naval power, aircraft carriers.
  • Advice on growing a beard

    09/01/2014 10:23:13 PM PDT · by An American in Turkiye · 37 replies
    1Sep 2014 | An American In Turkiye
    So today my 24 years of active duty service comes to an end. My retirement ceremony was the 25th of July. I've been on terminal leave since then. I went to the local barber shop on the 29th of July for a straight razor shave. Been growing a beard since then. So far, so good. I'm past the itchy stage, and my beard is a bit wirey, with, for some reason, the few gray hairs growing much more rapidly than my others. I shampoo and condition it every morning, and lotion it up and comb it down with a brush...
  • Trader Jon's Fernknocker

    09/01/2014 3:28:03 PM PDT · by pabianice · 8 replies
    Vanity | 9/1/14
    To all my fellow naval aviation alums out there -- and to the rest who find naval aviation distinct: I have been trying to recreate the famous Fernknocker cocktail, late of Trader Jon's in Pensacola, and later of Bville. I know it contains bourbon, sweet vermouth, Galliano, two cherries, and perhaps other ingredients as well. Can anyone remember the recipe? Thanks.
  • Two American fighter jets flew over Dublin today — and it was very VERY LOUD

    08/31/2014 5:05:14 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 79 replies
    The Journal ^ | 8-31-14 | Darren Martin
    ‘WHAT ON EARTH is that,” was a question muttered in TheJournal.ie offices, and, if Twitter is anything to go by — plenty of other places in Dublin this lunchtime. Why? Well, well, these two planes carried out a fly-past of Croke Park (and, by extension, the city) as part of this afternoon’s American Football event — and scared the bejaysus out of everyone. There were reports of car and house alarms being set off in the area. While one reader contacted us to say it sounded “like an earthquake” from Meath Street and was a “very frightening experience”. “The glass...
  • FILIPINO TROOPS PULL `GREATEST ESCAPE' FROM SYRIA

    08/31/2014 12:48:19 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 31, 2014 | BY JIM GOMEZ
    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents. "We may call it the greatest escape," Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said. The peacekeepers became trapped after Syrian rebels entered the U.N.-patrolled buffer zone between Syria and Israel this week, seizing 44 Fijian soldiers and demanding that their Filipino colleagues surrender with their weapons. The Filipinos in two U.N. encampments refused and clashed with...
  • Basic Mechanisms of a Fire Control Computer (1950's Navy Training Film)

    08/30/2014 8:53:14 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 41 replies
    youtube ^ | n/a | n/a
    A pretty neat little film about the various parts of the mechanical fire control computers of those days, and how they are applied to real-life gunnery issues.
  • Back on the bombing run: One of the last two flying Lancasters pays tribute

    08/30/2014 7:41:20 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 19 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | August 30, 2014 | Carol Driver
    Back on the bombing run: One of the last two flying Lancasters pays tribute to the 55,000 Bomber Boys who never returned with flight on the route thousands of sorties took to target the Nazis MailOnline was granted exclusive access to film while flying alongside the Canadian Lancaster bomber Stunning footage shows the iconic aircraft soaring above the UK in what will be one of its final ever flights Video was shot while flying in a small aircraft just feet away from the world's second only airworthy Lancaster
  • tudents Safely Cross Street Without Crossing Guard Thanks to Retired Marine

    08/30/2014 7:12:30 AM PDT · by MD Expat in PA · 55 replies
    News10 ABC ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | By ALEXA VALIENTE via GOOD MORNING AMERICA
    When retired Cpl. Lewis Alston, who was wounded during the Vietnam War, drove by Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Lancaster last year, he was shocked. “I saw -- when I was coming down the street -- a student that ran in between the cars,” Alston, 63, of Lititz, Pennsylvania, told ABC News. “The traffic will not stop for the children at all.” -Snip So when the school year started on Monday, Alston, who is a chaplain for the Lancaster County Marine Corps League, headed to the school and saw that they didn’t have a crossing guard at one...
  • President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges

    08/30/2014 4:25:57 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2014 | Washing Post Editorial Staff
    PRESIDENT OBAMA’S acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president’s goal, to the extent he had one, seemed to be to tamp down all the assessments of gathering dangers that his own team had been issuing over the previous days. This argument with his own administration is alarming on three levels. The first has to do with simple competence. One can only imagine the whiplash that foreign leaders must...
  • 40 Of The Most Bad-As*, ... Quotes Of All Time

    08/29/2014 8:22:37 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 168 replies
    rightwingnews ^ | John Hawkins
    "You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas....You’ll never get a Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me....Come on, you sons of b*tches! Do you want to live forever?.... Before we’re through with them, the Japanese language will be spoken only in hell.....I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man......" .....;