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  • Thank You Sarah Palin

    02/02/2016 9:14:14 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 65 replies
    The Resurgent ^ | 2/2/2016 | Erick Erickson
    First Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump at a time she had negative 11% favorables with the GOP. Then she missed the first event of the day following her endorsement. Then she blamed her son being involved in a domestic incident on Barack Obama's treatment of veterans, turning off a lot of veterans in the process by suggesting those who came back from overseas were no longer able to control themselves and were not culpable for their actions. Then she went to a Trump rally the day of the election with tons of undecided voters and started attacking Congressman Steve King,...
  • Obama: Anti-Semitism is on the rise, we can't deny it (Watch: Obama speaks at Righteous Among the Na

    01/27/2016 3:57:38 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/16
    President Barack Obama speaks at the Israeli embassy in Washington... Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXHzHVTURs4
  • Live Thread: 2016 State of the Union Address (9 p.m. EST 1/12/16) Followed by GOP at 10 p.m.

    01/12/2016 5:08:45 PM PST · by kristinn · 1,479 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | Tuesday, January 12, 2016
    President Obama delivers his final State of the Union Address to a Joint Session of the U.S. Congress. Republican Response to the State of the Union Address Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) delivers the Republican response to President Obama's annual State of the Union address.
  • U.S. Navy’s New Zumwalt Destroyer in Portland Harbor

    01/07/2016 6:05:34 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 41 replies
    gCaptain ^ | January 6, 2016
    Video from Maine Imaging Photography showing the U.S. Navy’s Zumwalt (DDG-1000) entering Portland Harbor following sea trials in December. The Zumwalt is the first of three planned Zumwalt-class stealth destroyers being built for the Navy by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Maine.
  • US Navy Launches the Tesla of Destroyers

    12/22/2015 11:28:09 AM PST · by Mariner · 76 replies
    The Drive ^ | December 7th, 2015 | By The Drive Staff
    It is 600 feet long, weighs 15,000 tons and its captain is named James Kirk. You read that right. The USS Zumwalt is the largest destroyer ever built, and, with its inverse bow and radar-deflecting angles, the stealthiest. The Zumwalt weighed anchor this morning and steamed from Bath Iron Works, in Bath, Maine, down the Kennebeck River and out to sea, where it will conduct its first sea trials. First announced in 2001, the Zumwalt-class destroyers are a $4.4 billion test crucible for a slew of new naval doodads, including all-electric propulsion, new radar and sonar systems, powerful missiles and...
  • U.S. Navy’s New LCS Towed to Port After Breaking Down Off Virginia

    12/14/2015 4:06:24 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    gCaptain ^ | December 14, 2015 | Mike Schuler
    The U.S. Navy’s newest littoral combat ship had to be towed into port last week after losing propulsion off the coast of Virginia. A statement from the U.S. Navy said the ship, USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), was en-route to a naval base in Little Creek when it lost propulsion Thursday night while approximately 40 nautical miles off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia. The USNS Grapple (T-ARS 53) was sent to retrieve the vessel and tow it to the Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) at Little Creek-Fort Story, where they arrived at approximately 9 p.m. EST on Friday.
  • Littoral Combat Ships’ Mine-Hunting Drones Can’t Find Mines, Pentagon Finds

    12/12/2015 5:18:54 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 23 replies
    gcaptain.com ^ | 12/12/15 | bloomberg
    (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship would be ineffective at hunting for mines because an underwater drone made by Lockheed Martin Corp. that’s supposed to find them often fails to work, the Pentagon’s weapons-testing office found.
  • U.S. Navy's Lethal New Stealth Destroyer Is No 'Battleship'

    12/11/2015 11:09:59 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    National Interest ^ | December 12, 2015 | James Holmes
    8 Over the years it’s become commonplace for writers to sex up their descriptions of guided-missile destroyer (DDG) Zumwalt, the U.S. Navy’s newest surface combatant. Commentators of such leanings depict the ultra-high-tech DDG-1000 [4] as a battleship. Better yet, it’s a “stealth [5] battleship [6]”—a fit subject [7] for sci-fi [8]! Not so. And getting the nomenclature right matters: calling a man-of-war a battleship conjures up images in the popular mind of thickly armored dreadnoughts bristling with big guns blazing away at one another on the high seas, pummeling shore targets in Normandy or Kuwait, or belching smoke and flame...
  • Gun sales: White House to seek expanded background checks

    12/10/2015 4:11:55 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 54 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's advisers are finalizing a proposal that would expand background checks on gun sales without congressional approval. White House adviser Valerie Jarrett says the president has asked his team to complete a proposal and submit it for his review "in short order." She says the recommendations will include measures to expand background checks. Jarrett spoke Wednesday night at a vigil for the victims of the Newtown shooting, according to a summary provided by the White House.
  • First Footage of Future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) at Sea

    12/09/2015 6:11:18 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 29 replies
    gCaptain ^ | December 8, 2015 | Mike Schuler
    The future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) departed the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine on Monday for its first at-sea tests and trials in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • U.S. Navy’s New Stealth Destroyer DDG 1000 Heads to Sea

    12/07/2015 7:14:30 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 81 replies
    gCaptain ^ | December 7, 2015 | Mike Schuler
    The U.S. Navy’s new stealth warship DDG 1000 headed down the Kennebec River and out to sea for the time Monday for a series of sea trials.
  • Senate votes down gun control as White House plans executive action to expand background checks

    12/03/2015 5:16:16 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 23 replies
    White House officials are seeking a way to use executive authority to close the so-called gun show loophole that allows thousands of people to buy firearms each year without a background check, but complicated legal issues have slowed the process.
  • U.S. Navy Adds 4 New Ship Classes to Its Roster

    11/30/2015 7:53:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Fox Business ^ | November 27, 2015 | Rich Smith
    So long,Littoral Combat Ship. We hardly knew ye. Lockheed Martin's USS Freedom (LCS 1) was the Navy's first littoral combat ship. New vessels of the same basic shape and size will henceforth be dubbed "frigates." Say goodbye to the "Mobile Landing Platform," the "Afloat Forward Staging Base," and the "Joint High Speed Vessel," as well. As of this year, the United States Navy has done away with all four of these clumsy, elongated, ad hoc ship classes, replaced each with a new name -- and introduced a new theme for U.S. war-planning in the process. Henceforth, LCSes will be christened...
  • Obama in Malaysia Slaps U.S. for Hypocrisy, ‘Growing Inequality,’ Problems in ‘Our...

    11/22/2015 5:42:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 46 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/22/15
    President Barack Obama, speaking at a town hall meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Friday, criticized the United States of America for telling other people to do what Americans fail to do themselves, for “growing inequality,” and because “our political system does not work as well as it should.”The U.S. president was speaking to a group of people associated with the Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative, a program run by the U.S. State Department.The State Department’s 2014 Country Report on Human Rights in Malaysia—published this year—cited the country in which Obama was speaking for limiting the freedoms of speech and...
  • Obama rips into 2016 GOP field, mocks their debate complaints

    11/02/2015 7:30:21 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 95 replies
    cnn.com ^ | November 2, 2015
    President Barack Obama tore into Republican presidential candidates Monday night at a Democratic fundraising event in New York, saying their complaints about CNBC's debate moderation aren't an encouraging preview for their governing abilities. "Have you noticed that everyone of these candidates say, 'Obama's weak. Putin's kicking sand in his face. When I talk to Putin, he's going to straighten out,'" Obama said, impersonating a refrain among Republican candidates that he's allowed Russian President Vladimir Putin too much leeway. "Then it turns out they can't handle a bunch of CNBC moderators at the debate. Let me tell you, if you can't...
  • Another Obama mystery: He wore a wedding ring as a single man

    10/23/2015 5:46:18 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 70 replies
    Fellowship Of The Minds ^ | 10/21/2015 | Dr. Eowyn
    In Western cultures, a married person wears his or her wedding ring on the ring or 4th finger. Indeed, the married Barack Obama wears a gold ring on his ring finger But what is odd is that Obama had worn a ring on his wedding ring finger long before he married Mooch in 1992, since at least his days as a student at Occidental College, CA (1979-81). Below is a photo of Obama wearing a wedding ring at Occidental. (Read and see much more at the link)
  • Saudi Arabia in $11.25bn deal to buy US warships

    10/20/2015 7:15:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    arabianBusiness.com ^ | 20 October 2015
    Saudi Arabia will buy up to four Littoral Combat Ships from the US in a deal that could be worth $11.25bn as the kingdom seeks to modernise its navy, Bloomberg has reported. The agency quoted an unnamed American official as saying that the US State Department has approved the sale under the Foreign Military Sales program, which will allow the Saudis to negotiate contracts for the ships. The Littoral Combat Ship is designed in two versions by defence manufacturers Lockheed Martin and Austal. According to Bloomberg, the US is offering a version of the ship called the Multi-Mission Surface Combatant,...
  • Navys Future Frigate Will Be Optimized For Lethality, Survivability; Will Not Retain LCSs Speed

    10/15/2015 7:12:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    USNI News ^ | October 15, 2015 | Megan Eckstein
    WASHINGTON, D.C. Whereas a high sprint speed was a driving factor in designing the Littoral Combat Ship, the follow-on frigate will instead be optimized for lethality and survivability, the Navys frigate program manager said Thursday. As the LCS program transitions to a multimission frigate, the 40-knot sprint speed requirement will go away to allow for more armor, more weapons, an over-the-horizon missile and full-time anti-torpedo protection, Capt. Dan Brintzinghoffer said at an American Society for Naval Engineers event. This change, he said, is a recognition of simple physics. If we dont change anything [in the hull design] and add...
  • Our Long National Nightmare ... just got a little worse. A Nobel Peace Prize?

    10/02/2015 8:48:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 10/2/2015 | Michael Walsh
    Its bad enough the President Obama, now in his seventh year as a ferocious war-maker, was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize for absolutely no reason whatsoever. Now we get this news: Growing speculation that John Kerry will receive a Nobel Peace Prize for finalizing the Iranian nuclear deal is generating renewed criticism of his close relationship with the Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, a key public face for the theocratic regime who is rumored to be a probable co-recipient with Kerry.
  • Zumwalt: The Navy's massive, high-tech destroyer is here (pictures)

    09/07/2015 4:38:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 65 replies
    CNet ^ | September 7, 2014 | US NAVY
    Zumwalt: The Navy's massive, high-tech destroyer is here (pictures) The cutting-edge warship finally enters the water, chockablock with an all-electric integrated power system, an advanced gun system, radar-reflecting angles, and a striking inward-sloping tumblehome hull. Next-gen Zumwalt-class destroyer General Dynamics Bath Iron Works launched the first of the Navys next-generation Zumwalt-class destroyers on Monday at its Bath, Maine, shipyard. The 610-foot-long ship is chockablock with new technologies including radar reflecting angles, a striking inward-sloping tumblehome hull, an all-electric integrated power system, and an advanced gun system.
  • Saudi, US near deal for two Lockheed warships

    09/03/2015 6:29:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 03, 2015
    WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia is in advanced discussions with the US government about buying two frigates based on a coastal warship that Lockheed Martin Corp is building for the US Navy, and could reach agreement by the end of the year, according to sources familiar with the talks. The frigate sale, valued at well over $1bn, will be the cornerstone of a long-delayed multibillion dollar modernisation of the Royal Saudi Navys Gulf-patroling eastern fleet of ageing US warships and would include smaller patrol boats. It underscores the strong business and military ties between the two countries, despite tensions over the US-led...
  • Retired Danish fighter pilots favour the Super Hornet over the F-35 and Eurofighter

    08/21/2015 5:10:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | August 21, 2015 | David Pugliese
    Some Defence Watch readers have been pointing to a recent article published by Politiken, a Danish newspaper. The piece was written by three former Royal Danish Air Force pilots Michael Huusom, Niels Gunnar Srensen and Ole Ryberg. With just a few months remaining until Denmark is expected to choose a fighter jet replacement for the countrys F-16s, the three pilots compare the options Denmark is considering: Lockheed Martins F-35, Boeings Super Hornet, and the Eurofighter Typhoon. As one Defence Watch reader noted, the pilots argue that it is time to reassess the myth about the F-35 being the favourite...
  • Obama Makes Birth Certificate Joke on Kenya Trip

    07/25/2015 3:11:11 PM PDT · by PROCON · 53 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | July 25, 2015 | Elizabeth Chuck
    If you can't beat members of the "birther" movement, join 'em. That's the approach President Obama took on Saturday night in Kenya, his father's homeland, when he made a wisecrack about his birthplace which suspicious critics have harped on for years. "Some of my critics back home might be suggesting I'm here to look for my birth certificate," Obama said while making a toast at a state dinner hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta. "That's not the case." In 2011, Obama made his birth certificate public after so-called birthers questioned his eligibility to be president, claiming he was not a...
  • Navy to name new ship after Kansas City

    07/22/2015 6:38:02 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 25 replies
    KMBC ^ | Jul 20, 2015 | Kris Ketz
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Monday that a new ship will be named the USS Kansas City. The ship will be the next Independence variant littoral combat ship, a type designed for a variety of missions that include mine warfare, surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare. It will be 419 feet long and can travel up to 40 knots. It will be built in Mobile, Alabama. A similar ship, the USS Independence, is shown above. Mabus made the announcement at Kauffman Stadium before the Royals game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. A Navy replenishment oiler was also named after...
  • Obama, You're No Ronald Reagan

    07/21/2015 5:07:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    At his press conference last Wednesday, our president of self-regard again linked himself with Ronald Reagan, seeking to equate his supposed success in gaining a deal with Iran not to build a nuclear weapon for 10 years to Reagan's arms control negotiations with the Soviet Union. There is at least one major difference, which causes Obama's analogy to collapse. Reagan regarded the Soviet Union as an "evil empire" and vowed to defeat it. He said not just the Soviet Union, but communism itself, would wind up "on the ash heap of history." Obama hears, sees and speaks no evil against...
  • Obamas Diversity Police State and Government Mandated Racism

    07/19/2015 4:57:42 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 22 replies
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | July 19, 2015 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Obama has brought racism to a whole new level in our government. Its breathtaking in scope and breadth. He is solidifying his legacy before leaving office with the unprecedented gathering of information on all of us and how we live to be used in racial databases. Not only does the government already have such databases on police departments, they have created monster ones for almost every area of our lives to be used to forward racial and economic justice as we have never seen before as a nation. Enforced diversity is racism. Obama is already using the databases against institutions...
  • Obama collecting personal data for a secret race database

    07/18/2015 2:19:05 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 179 replies
    A key part of President Obamas legacy will be the feds unprecedented collection of sensitive data on Americans by race. The government is prying into our most personal information at the most local levels, all for the purpose of racial and economic justice. Unbeknown to most Americans, Obamas racial bean counters are furiously mining data on their health, home loans, credit cards, places of work, neighborhoods, even how their kids are disciplined in school all to document inequalities between minorities and whites. This Orwellian-style stockpile of statistics includes a vast and permanent network of discrimination databases, which Obama already...
  • Navy's newest combat ship in water

    07/18/2015 3:11:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    CNN - WJXT ^ | Jul 18 2015 | Brad Lendon
    The U.S. Navy's newest combat ship, the USS Little Rock, slid into the waters of Marinette Marine Shipyard in Wisconsin on Saturday morning. .. the 378-foot-long, 3,000-ton littoral combat ship with only a 13-foot draft is ideal for the missions the Navy faces in shallow waters around Pacific Rim, where the Navy is increasing presence as it keeps an eye on China, which is expanding its naval forces and its presence in the South China Sea. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said the launching of the Little Rock is emblematic of the Navy's commitment to have a fleet of 304 ships...
  • U.S. Marines nearing F-35B combat readiness declaration

    07/18/2015 2:57:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/18/15 | Andrea Shalal
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Marine Corps' top aviator flew to an Arizona air base this week as part of a final effort to certify the combat-readiness of an initial squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35B fighter jets, their pilots and technicians. Marine Corps officials were due to brief Lieutenant General Jon Davis, deputy commandant for aviation, on a week-long review which included operational and simulator flights in five core mission areas, an inspection of the maintenance department, and academics for both pilots and technicians. If Davis is satisfied, he will brief Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford, who...
  • Watch Obama Smirk And Laugh When CBS Major Garret Asks About 4 Americans In Iranian Prison

    07/16/2015 5:54:13 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    Now The End Begins ^ | 15 July 15 | Geoffrey Grider
    http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=34138 Barack Obama smirked and laughed as a reporter at his Wednesday briefing after getting a critical question about the nuclear deal with Iran. CBS Newss Major Garrett pressed the president on the imprisonment of Americans in Iran. As you well know, there are four Americans in Iranthree held on trumped-up charges, according to your administration, one whereabouts unknown. Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content, with all the fanfare around this deal, to leave the conscience of this nation, this strength of this nation, unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans? Garrett asked. Ive gotta...
  • Chattanooga Suspect Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez Wasnt on Law Enforcement Radar

    07/16/2015 4:01:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 62 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 16, 2015 | By JAMES GORDON MEEK
    The 24-year-old named by the FBI as the killer of four U.S. Marines today in Chattanooga, Tenn. today so far does not appear to have been on law enforcements radar, two U.S. officials told ABC News. Theyve run an initial check on him. Right now, there is nothing popping early in the system on him, but that could change, a senior U.S. official briefed on the incident said. They are still checking multiple other databases on him. Authorities are investigating the life of Abdulazeez in an attempt to determine what may have prompted him to carry out the deadly attack.
  • Delays in Zumwalt Destroyer Program Hamper Production of DDG-51s at Bath Iron Works

    07/16/2015 10:32:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 15, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    Delays in the construction of the first two of three next-generation Zumwalt-class (DDG-1000) guided missile destroyers at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard are partially to blame for slowing work on two Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) destroyers being built at the Maine yard, USNI News has learned. Several sources told USNI News that due to myriad reasons including the size of the yard, the composition of the workforce at BIW and continued setbacks in the delivery of the first two next-generation Zumwalts production of the future Burkes Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) and Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) have been delayed by...
  • The F-35: Is the world's most expensive weapons program worth it? (DoD Obamacare)

    07/16/2015 8:12:53 AM PDT · by MadIsh32 · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/15/2015 | Zachary Cohen
    Three years behind schedule and some $200 billion over its original budget, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is finally set to become operational this month. The fighter jet has been in development for nearly 15 years, weathered half a dozen years of testing and experienced myriad hardware malfunctions and software glitches along the way. Once it's declared ready for combat, it will be the most expensive weapons system in world history. It will also be the most advanced in the sky. The F-35, also referred to as the Joint Strike Fighter, is touted as the most lethal and versatile...
  • Obama Scolds Reporter for Asking Tough Question: 'You Should Know Better'

    07/15/2015 12:24:13 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 50 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/15/2015 | MICHAEL WARREN
    Barack Obama scolded a reporter at his Wednesday briefing after getting a critical question about the nuclear deal with Iran. CBS News's Major Garrett pressed the president on the imprisonment of Americans in Iran. "As you well know, there are four Americans in Iranthree held on trumped-up charges, according to your administration, one whereabouts unknown. Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content, with all the fanfare around this deal, to leave the conscience of this nation, this strength of this nation, unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?" Garrett asked. "I've gotta give you credit, Major,...
  • Why is Kate Steinle's death not important enough for Barack Obama?

    07/14/2015 2:14:20 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 21 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 7/14/2015 | Bobby Eberle
    When Kate Steinle was gunned down by an illegal alien in San Francisco, America received a shocking reminder of just how broken our system is. This wasn't just a failure of local policy. It was a failure of national policy, and the incident has garnered national attention. But where is Barack Obama? Question: What do Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Freddie Gray have in common? Their deaths all brought about responses from Obama and his team. Obama spoke out during the Trayvon Martin proceedings, saying Martin "looked like him." As it turned out, Trayvon Martin was the one to blame...
  • Kerry: Netanyahu's Comments 'Way Over the Top' (goes on MSNBC to dig the knife in even further)

    07/14/2015 11:46:20 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 56 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1:14 PM EDT | Gil Ronen
    US Secretary of State John Kerry dismissed Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's criticism of the nuclear deal reached with Iran as comments that are way over the top" Tuesday. "What the critics of this plan never offer... is a realistic alternative," Kerry told MSNBC. "It's wrong for people to think this doesn't have long-term accountability." "Israel is safer" as a result of Tuesday's accord, Kerry insisted. "This is under attack by people who really don't know the terms of the agreement." Kerry said that if Iran fails to meet the requirements of the deal, all options remain on the table....
  • F-35 beaten in a dogfight by F-16

    06/30/2015 11:52:34 AM PDT · by Teflonic · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/30/15 | Imogen Calderwood
    Its the most expensive weapon in history, but the F-35 stealth jet has been outperformed by a 40-year-old F-16 jet in a dogfight. A mock air battle was held over the Pacific Ocean, between the cutting-edge F-35, the most sophisticated jet ever, and an F-16, which was designed in the 1970s. But according to the test pilot, the F-35, which has cost the US military more than $350billion, is still too slow to hit an enemy plane or dodge gunfire. The dogfight, staged in January near Edwards Air Force Base, California, was designed to test the F-35s ability in close-range...
  • Obama belts out 'Amazing Grace' at funeral of Charleston victim

    06/26/2015 1:21:11 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 26, 2015
    President Barack Obama leads mourners in singing "Amazing Grace" as he delivers a eulogy in honor of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney during funeral services in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 26.
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Sentencing: Boston Victims Address Bomber Directly

    06/24/2015 12:12:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC News ^ | TOM WINTER and ERIN MCCLAM
    A choked-up Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologized in court Wednesday to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, then was formally sentenced to die for the attack. "You told us just how unbearable it was, this thing I put you through," Tsarnaev said at a hearing in Boston. "Now, I am sorry for the lives that I have taken." "I ask Allah for his mercy for me and my brother and my family," he said. Tsarnaev stood as he spoke, and the courtroom was extraordinarily quiet. He paused at each sentence and appeared to tremble. Some victims had gathered in court to...
  • Obama plans major Obamacare speech

    06/09/2015 6:30:13 AM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | June 9, 2015 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    President Obama will tout his healthcare law Tuesday to a Catholic group that has consistently supported the law despite deep divides over its birth control requirement. In a speech to the Catholic Health Association which represents hundreds of hospitals and nursing homes across the U.S. the president will talk about the law's major tenets and make his case that it has improved health plans for virtually everyone, in addition to expanding coverage to millions. The address comes just days before the Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling that could halt the healthcare law's insurance subsidies to...
  • Michelle Obama speaks of emotional toll of being first black first lady

    05/10/2015 6:03:50 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 74 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 9, 2015 | Elise Viebeck
    Michelle Obama gave a candid view Saturday of the challenges and emotional toll of being the countrys first black first lady. Obama, speaking to graduates at Tuskegee University in Alabama, described insensitive media questions and derogatory remarks from political pundits that she said have kept her up at night. You might remember the on-stage celebratory fist bump between me and my husband after a primary win that was referred to as a terrorist fist jab, she said.
  • Can businesses stick with Windows XP and still avoid a hacking disaster?

    04/08/2015 5:05:37 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 87 replies
    TechRadar ^ | February 15, 2015 | Rene Millman
    Even though the deadline for any type of support for Windows XP was up last April, many organisations are still using the venerable operating system to power their PCs and the applications that run on them. But XP was never a truly secure OS to begin with and despite numerous patches over the years, new vulnerabilities have been found. Of course, since April 2014, no more updates have been provided by Microsoft on general release and this has left anyone still running XP very much exposed to hacking and security breaches. According to figures from IT security firm Secunia taken...
  • F-35 helmets cost $400,000 and allow pilots to look around as if the plane wasnt there

    04/03/2015 7:10:42 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 16 replies
    National Post ^ | April 3, 2015 | Christian Davenport, Washington Post
    WASHINGTON The F-35 Lightning II is one of the most complicated weapons systems ever developed, a sleek and stealthy fighter jet years in the making that is often called a flying computer because of its more than 8 million lines of code. The Joint Strike Fighter comes in three versions, including one that is designed to take off and land on an aircraft carrier and another that lands vertically, as if it were a helicopter. But to truly understand the most expensive weapons program in the history of the Pentagon, forget the plane for a minute. Consider the helmet....
  • Harvey Weinstein accused of groping Italian woman, 22, in his office at Tribeca Film Center: sources

    03/30/2015 2:21:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | March 30, 2015 | Rocco Parascandola , Tina Moore
    Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is being accused of groping a 22-year-old Italian model on the opening weekend of his Radio City New York Spring Spectacular, police sources said Monday. The model told cops that the Oscar-winning Hollywood producer sexually abused her after coaxing her to his Manhattan office on the pretense of talking business, sources told the Daily News. The woman told cops that Weinstein a married, 63-year-old father of five groped her private area and her breasts around 6 p.m. Friday in his third-floor office at the Tribeca Film Center on Greenwich St., the sources said. He...
  • Software Glitch Causes F-35 to Incorrectly Detect Targets in Formation

    03/26/2015 6:50:26 AM PDT · by Doogle · 37 replies
    Military.com ^ | 03/24/15 | Kris Osborn
    Engineers are trying to fix the F-35s software package after it was discovered the sensors for the Joint Strike Fighter malfunction when detecting targets when the aircraft flies in formation. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, Program Executive Officer, F-35, said he didnt have a date when the correction would be made. However, he said the problem would not delay the declaration of the Marine variant of the aircraft, the F-35B, ready for combat. When you have two, three or four F-35s looking at the same threat, they dont all see it exactly the same because of the angles that...
  • US Navy: One Year Delay in Zumwalt Class Destroyers

    03/10/2015 6:10:42 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 5 replies
    Marine Link ^ | March 10, 2015 | Joseph Keefe
    General Dynamics Corp will deliver two Zumwalt-class destroyers a year later than planned, U.S. Navy officials said, blaming complications related to new technology. The Navy is adjusting its official baseline for the $22 billion DDG 1000 ship program to reflect the new delivery dates but the change will not trigger a mandatory review since the resulting cost increase will be under 15 percent, a defense official told Reuters, requesting anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
  • Snoop Dogg: Unload Your 401K, Refuse to Invest in Gun Companies

    03/09/2015 3:42:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | March 9, 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Rapper Snoop Dogg is part of new UnloadYour401K campaign aimed at getting hard-working Americans to call their financial advisers and get rid of any and all investments in gun companies. Snoop Dogg appears in a video for the campaign in which he says, Ive been affected by gun violence over the years, just through the deaths of friend and family members, and associates. In another portion he appears again, this time holding a white sign with #ImUnloading emblazoned upon it. He says, Im unloading for my love ones that I lost. Singer/Songwriter Jhene Aiko also appears in the #ImUnloading video....
  • China Stole Plans For F-35 Fighter To Be Acquired - Report

    01/19/2015 9:04:05 AM PST · by Strategy · 15 replies
    ABS-CBN News ^ | January 19, 2015
    SYDNEY - Chinese spies stole key design information about the F-35 Lightening II multirole fighter, set to join the air force fleets of Australia, Japan and other U.S. allies, according to documents disclosed by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Monday. The report, citing new disclosures published by German magazine Der Spiegel, Chinese cyber spies stole huge volumes of sensitive military information, including "many terabytes of data" about the fighter such as details of its radar systems used to identify and track targets, according to a top secret U.S. National Security Agency presentation.
  • U.S. Navy says renaming LCS ships as "frigates"

    01/15/2015 8:38:13 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 15, 2015 | Andrea Shalal
    Jan 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Thursday said the Navy would rename the modified Littoral Combat Ships it plans to build in coming years as "frigates," given their enhanced capabilities. "One of the requirements of the Small Surface Combatant Task Force was to have a ship with frigate-like capabilities. Well, if it's like a frigate, why don't we call it a frigate?" Mabus told the annual conference of the Surface Navy Association. Mabus said the changed designation would apply primarily to the next 20 ships to be built, but 32 earlier Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) that...
  • Canceling the DDG-1000 Destroyer Program Was a Mistake

    12/12/2014 9:24:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 1 replies
    National Defense ^ | December 12, 2014 | Ben Freeman
    The U.S. Navys DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers are extraordinarily expensive. Since 2009, the cost of the ships has increased 34.4 percent, according to the Congressional Research Service. Each of the three Zumwalts being built will cost taxpayers around $3.4 billion. And, thats on top of the more than $9 billion in research and design funding that has gone into this program. Are they worth the price? The Navy didnt think so in 2009 when Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced the program would end with the procurement of just three ships, down from the 32 ships the Navy had initially planned...