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  • Russia turns on Morgan Freeman over election 'war' video

    09/21/2017 11:52:43 PM PDT · by RC one · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/21/17
    Russia has aimed its entire media arsenal at the veteran Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman over his appearance in a video accusing the Kremlin of waging "war" on America during last year's presidential election.The video shows the Oscar winner accusing President Vladimir Putin, a "former KGB spy", of launching cyber attacks and spreading false information in order to avenge the collapse of the Soviet Union. He urges President Donald Trump to tell the nation that "during this past election, we came under attack by the Russian government".The clip was produced by The Committee to Investigate Russia, a group set up by...
  • Cadet in charge of rape prevention programs charged with rape

    09/21/2017 5:55:19 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 33 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 21, 2017 | Gabrielle Fonrouge
    Senior cadet Steven Fox from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is accused of assaulting a date he brought to an AFA dance back in 2015, KKTV reported. Court papers accuse Fox of penetrating the man with a finger without his consent and rubbing himself against the man’s leg for sexual gratification, The Gazette reported. Fox’s defense lawyers say the acts were consensual and the two men were dating at the time.
  • Marine Corps will get its first female infantry officer

    09/21/2017 5:43:33 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 41 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 21, 2017 | By Yaron Steinbuch
    The woman, who has not yet been identified, is expected to graduate Monday from the grueling Infantry Officer Course, the Washington Post reported Thursday. The lieutenant completed live fire drills at Twentynine Palms, Calif., the final requirement of the three-week course that was opened on an experimental basis to women in 2012 and typically has a 25 percent washout rate. She is expected to lead a platoon of about 40 infantry Marines in a service often regarded as the most resistant to full gender integration in the military.
  • This Humvee-Mounted Howitzer Is Here To "Shoot and Scoot"

    09/21/2017 6:23:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | September 20, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    A new self-propelled howitzer system meets a Humvee—or a Ford F-250 pickup truck—with a 105-millimeter howitzer for an artillery system capable of rapidly moving from one firing position to another. The result is the Hawkeye,a new artillery system that can not only keep up with fast-moving friendly forces but dodge attempts by enemy forces to shut it down.
  • Those that don't respect the flag, from the Greatest Generation

    09/20/2017 6:49:25 PM PDT · by dila813 · 6 replies
    After Sunday Mass Potluck in Ohio Day before Memorial Day | 1982-1984 | Unknown
    Since my memory isn't the best, label this historical fiction but this is my best recollection. I am sure I am missing a lot of colorful language and emotion. The man was teared up and by the end everyone was teared up. Vet: What I would say to anyone who doesn't respect our flag. Let me tell you my experience son. When I cover my heart, I think of my friend Lojo. That was what everyone called him. We were best friends and bunkmates. We played cards every night because there was nothing else to do. He and I worked...
  • Attrition: Americans Stiff The Turks

    09/20/2017 10:38:44 AM PDT · by fella · 8 replies
    Stratgy Page ^ | 20 Sept 2017
    Another sign of the worsening U.S. relations with Turkey occurred recently when the Americans refused a Turkish request to provide (or allow Turkey to recruit) pilot instructors to help rebuild the depleted ranks of Turkish F-16 pilots. Pakistan was the only major F-16 user that agreed to provide some pilot instructors but the Americans blocked that as well. This is a serious problem for the Turkish Air Force because the July 2016 coup attempt in Turkey had many victims and one of the lesser known ones was the effectiveness of Turkish fighter fleet. While few F-16 pilots took part in...

    09/20/2017 9:46:31 AM PDT · by petro45acp · 13 replies
    Loadout Room ^ | Sept. 19, 2017 | The Arms Guide
    For the first time since the National Firearms Act (NFA) was created in 1934, civilians can enjoy suppressed shooting in all 50 states with SilencerCo’s latest innovation: the integrally suppressed Maxim 50 muzzleloader. In addition, this product can be purchased right now on the web with no regulation (no 4473, no tax stamp, no photographs or fingerprints) at and be shipped immediately to the purchaser with few exceptions*. Residents in the 42 states that allow civilian ownership of silencers have to pay a $200 tax, fill out forms, send in photos, submit to fingerprinting, and wait months for the...
  • U.S. Navy swapping $38,000 periscope joysticks for $30 Xbox controllers on high-tech submarines

    09/19/2017 2:43:55 PM PDT · by PROCON · 36 replies ^ | Sept. 19, 2017 | KURT SCHLOSSER
    The cost of an Xbox 360 controller is significantly less than the joystick previously used to control the submarine periscope. (Lockheed Martin Photo) OK, so my 10-year-old kid could board an advanced U.S. Navy submarine and operate the periscope? That seems to be the pretty cool assumption based on the fact that sailors are now using Xbox 360 controllers to perform functions aboard some vessels. The Virginian-Pilot newspaper reported that the Microsoft game-console controllers have replaced the helicopter-style stick used to control the periscope on Virginia-class submarines. The periscope itself is not the rotating tube most people think of thanks...
  • ‘It’s nasty, it’s disgusting to me’: Angry woman abuses military veteran after he brought his...

    09/19/2017 9:23:07 AM PDT · by Morgana · 172 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | September 19, 2017 | Rod Ardehali For Mailonline
    FULL TITLE: ‘It’s nasty, it’s disgusting to me’: Angry woman abuses military veteran after he brought his PTSD dog inside restaurant Shocking footage captures the moment a woman rages at a military veteran after he brought his PTSD dog inside restaurant. Workers and diners queued up to defend the serviceman who remained silent during the unpleasant verbal onslaught. Holding the lead, the veteran stands near his dog, which appears to be a Great Dane mix with an official military coat wrapped around its body. The animals help victims of serious injury or accident feel safe during potentially difficult social situations....
  • Naval nurses booted over disturbing pics, posts of ‘mini Satan’ newborns

    09/19/2017 9:14:39 AM PDT · by Morgana · 59 replies
    ny post ^ | September 19, 2017 | By Lia Eustachewich
    Nurses at a naval hospital in Florida have been booted from their posts after sick photos went viral of them rudely posing with newborn babies and referring to the tots as “mini Satans.” One of the pics posted to Snapchat shows Allyson Thompson, a corpsman at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, flipping the bird to a baby who’s wrapped in a blanket, along with the caption, “How I currently feel about these mini Satans,” according to Action News Jacksonville. In another photo, Thompson grins as she holds a baby up by its arms. The pic was shared by a woman who identified...
  • German WW-1 U-boat found off Belgian coast

    09/19/2017 8:23:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    BBC ^ | 09-19-2017 | Staff
    The wreck of a German submarine that sank during World War One has been found in the North Sea and officials believe 23 bodies may be inside it. The type UB-II submarine is said to be in good condition, lying at a depth of 30m (100ft) off the Belgian coast. "The submarine is in such good condition that we reckon all the bodies are still on board," said West Flanders Governor Carl Decaluwé. The vessel is thought to have been sunk by a mine. Mr Decaluwé told reporters on Tuesday that the location of the wreck was being kept under...
  • Winner pleads not guilty again to providing classified information to online news outlet

    09/17/2017 8:04:51 PM PDT · by BBell · 15 replies ^ | 9/14/17 | Tom Corwin Sandy Hodson
    Accused leaker Reality Leigh Winner pleaded not guilty again Thursday to providing classified information to an online news outlet and her defense team signaled they will fight to get as much information as they can to aid her defense in the face of heavy security restrictions. Winner entered U.S District Court in Augusta heavily shackled and accompanied by two U.S. Marshals. She wore a rumpled orange jumpsuit with “inmate” stamped on the back and her blond hair was woven in tight braids across her head. She barked out a clear, “Not guilty” to the superceding indictment she faced in the...
  • Mt. Umunhum's Grand Vistas Open to the Public For First Time Since 1980

    09/17/2017 7:10:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    For the first time in 37 years, the summit of Mt. Umunhum is open to the public. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District on Saturday hosted a ceremony to mark the long-awaited occasion. "We’re thrilled to invite the community to create Mount Umunhum’s next chapter as one of the Bay Area’s great publicly accessible peaks and nature destinations,” said the district's General Manager Steve Abbors. Situated within the 18,000-acre Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve south of Los Gatos, Mt. Umunhum has been closed since 1980. It was at that time that the former Almaden Air Force Station, which sits on...
  • How an Army Ranger’s hellish training ‘turned him into a criminal’

    09/16/2017 5:45:43 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 53 replies
    New York Post ^ | 916/2017 | Larry Getlen
    After pouring hot sauce into his eyes to keep himself awake no longer worked, Army Pfc. Alex Blum began snorting chewing tobacco. When that failed, he cut his earlobe with a knife. Still, after being pushed to strenuous physical activity for over 30 hours, he could barely keep his eyes open. The months he spent training to be an Army Ranger tormented him physically and psychologically, and left him changed as a person. They may even have turned him into a bank robber.
  • The Mythical North Korean Threat

    09/16/2017 3:56:36 PM PDT · by Widget Jr · 34 replies ^ | 2003 | Carlton Meyer
    [ EXCERPT ] The Korean conflict is over, but Cold War warriors refuse to accept this reality because they need a “threat.” In 1994, the Military-Industrialist worked the media and politicians into a war hysteria which almost caused President Clinton to order air strikes in North Korea. In his book “Hazardous Duty,” retired Colonel David Hackworth describes his trip to Korea in which he uncovered this phony threat. Fortunately, former President Jimmy Carter heard the war drums and flew to North Korea as a private citizen and ended the phantom crisis. When Pentagon officials talk about the need to maintain...
  • (Vanity)...USAF C-17 flyover PHILLY today,part of fox29's salutes....

    09/15/2017 3:27:35 AM PDT · by Doogle · 5 replies
    Fox29 | 9//15/2017 | Doogle
    A scheduled flyover Philly today between 8:00am-8:30am....C-17 is part of the celebrations Fox29's salute to the military
  • Dingbat Obama-mess leaves military in very bad shape

    09/14/2017 11:11:43 PM PDT · by topher · 10 replies
    Various | 15-Sept=2017 | vanity 1 Special Ops Soldier Killed, 7 Injured in Fort Bragg Five Marines in Critical Condition After AAV Catches Fire Al Sailors' remains found from John S McCain Timeline: USS Fitzgerald Collision There have been four SIGNIFICANT military accidents recently. Clearly this is NOT THE FAULT of Donald Trump. 8 years of an INCOMPETENT, STUPID, AND LET-US-PLAY-GOLF-AND-IGNORE-CRITICAL-Problems of the Obama-mess administration is taking its toll. Fort Bragg: Spec Ops troops killed/injured 14-Sept-2017 Camp Pendleton: Marines seriously injured in fire probably due to EQUIPMENT in bad shape after Amphibious Landing craft catches fire. Collision of USS McCain with...
  • Will the USS Gerald Ford be remembered as the doomed Yamato of the carrier era?

    09/14/2017 6:34:49 PM PDT · by BBell · 69 replies ^ | 9/14/17 | THOMAS E. RICKS,Dan Nidess
    Commissioned by the Japanese in December of 1941, just over a week after their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the Yamato was the largest, most powerful battleship that had ever existed — a title that it still holds to this day, over 75 years later. With its nine 18.1-inch guns, it could fire 3,000 pound shells up to 26 miles away — so far that it required spotter aircraft to identify targets over the horizon. In comparison, the heaviest guns on U.S. battleships were 16 inches and limited to a maximum range of 20 miles. To paraphrase President Trump, it...
  • Mind the Gap Between Rhetoric and Reality, NAPSNet Special Report.

    09/14/2017 3:50:06 PM PDT · by Widget Jr · 8 replies
    Nautlis Institute ^ | June 26, 2012 | Roger Cavazos
    In the following report Roger Cavazos considers two bounded cases of an artillery attack on Seoul. The question is pertinent since it bears on whether there is conventional stability on the Korean Peninsula. If there is a conventional military stability, that is neither South Korea nor North Korea have the military capacity to successfully invade, then both parties have an interest in cutting the Gordian knot of present relations. Legal frameworks such as a Korea Japan Nuclear Weapon Free Zone are far cheaper, less resource intensive yet still confrontational enough to relieve some pressure of an antagonistic relationship. The conclusion...
  • 15 Marines Injured During Fiery Training Accident at Camp Pendleton; 6 in Critical Condition

    09/14/2017 6:32:45 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    KTLA ^ | , September 13, 2017, by | Cindy Von Quednow and Steve Kuzj,
    Fifteen Marines were injured, including six critically, Wednesday when an amphibious landing vehicle caught fire during a training exercise Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps. officials said. The injured, from the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment and 3rd Amphibian Battalion, were participating in a training operation about 9:30 a.m. when the accident occurred, the Marine Corps said. Six of the victims are in critical condition, another six are in serious condition, while the rest had minor to unknown conditions. The victims were taken to three hospitals.