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  • America Sets Sail: New Amphib, LHA-6, Leaves Shipyard

    07/12/2014 6:41:37 PM PDT · by Lower Deck · 14 replies
    Breaking Defense Blog ^ | By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on July 11, 2014 at 4:58 PM | Sydney Freedberg
    After five years in the shipyard, the first of a new class of Navy amphibious warship set sail today from its Pascagoula, Miss. birthsite for San Francisco, headed for the fleet. LHA-6 will be commissioned as the USS America this October. America has been controversial in the military and on this website. I’ve argued the LHA-6 is a dead end in naval design, because in order to carry more aircraft — MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors, F-35B Joint Strike Fighter jump-jets — it sacrifices the well deck required to launch landing craft and amtracs, which sort of takes the “amphibious” out of...
  • Gaza doctors' hearts break as health care collapses under Israeli attack

    07/12/2014 4:46:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    All Voices ^ | July 11, 2014 | saleh1966
    This baby was injured because she was firing rockets!!! Commentary Doctors in Gaza did not need to read a warning from the World Health Organization to know that their health care system was collapsing under Israeli attack. Hospitals were overwhelmed by hundreds of casualties, including small children. It was getting worse every day, and Egypt’s refusal to open its border made things worse still. "The recent escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip raises concern about the ability of the government and the Ministry of Health of the occupied Palestinian territory to cope with the increased burden of medical emergencies...
  • How Coffee Fueled the Civil War

    07/12/2014 6:45:01 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 27 replies
    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | JON GRINSPAN
    It was the greatest coffee run in American history. The Ohio boys had been fighting since morning, trapped in the raging battle of Antietam, in September 1862. Suddenly, a 19-year-old William McKinley appeared, under heavy fire, hauling vats of hot coffee. The men held out tin cups, gulped the brew and started firing again. It was like putting a new regiment in the fight, their officer recalled. Three decades later, McKinley ran for president in part on this singular act of caffeinated heroism. At the time, no one found McKinleys act all that strange. For Union soldiers, and the lucky...
  • Netanyahu: International Pressure Will Not Affect Israel's Defense Against Terrorism

    07/11/2014 3:45:18 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 3 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | July 11, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    Edited by Joel Leyden Israel News Agency Jerusalem --- July 11, 2014 ... The following was communicated by the Israel Prime Minister's Media Adviser to the Israel News Agency. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today at the Israel Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, issued the following statement: "This is the fourth day of Operation Protective Edge. The Israel Defense Forces, the Israel Security Agency and the security forces are fighting Hamas with increasing intensity. As of now, we have hit over 1,000 Hamas', Islamic Jihad and other terrorist organizations' targets, and we are still busy. The pace of attacks in...
  • The American Flag Daily: The Medal Of Honor

    07/11/2014 3:30:15 PM PDT · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | July 11, 2014 | JasonZ
    On July 12, 1862, President Lincoln signed into law a bill creating the Army Medal of Honor. Members of the other branches of the military became eligible to receive this medal in 1915, followed by the Air Force in 1956. While there are three different versions of the medal (Army, Navy and Air Force), the Medal of Honor remains the highest military award in the United States. In 2002, the Medal of Honor flag was authorized to be given to all recipients of the Medal, the first of which (according to Wikipedia) was Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith (posthumously)...
  • 'Nuclear Terrorism': Hamas Targeting of Dimona Reactor Meets UN Definition

    07/10/2014 11:04:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 10, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    The terrorist group Hamas claimed late Wednesday that it attempted to target Israel's nuclear reactor in the desert town of Dimona by firing three long-range M-75 rockets at the facility. One of the rockets was destroyed in mid-flight by Israel's Iron Dome system, and two fell harmlessly in the rocky Negev. However, merely by targeting the nuclear facility, Hamas has committed nuclear terrorism, according to United Nations treaties. Article 2 (1) of the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism states: 1. Any person commits an offence within the meaning of this Convention if that person unlawfully...
  • Cindy Sheehan: Say Yes To Hillary, Two-Thousand And Never OpEd

    07/09/2014 7:37:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    EurAsia Review ^ | June 21, 2014 | Cindy Sheehan
    Right after Camp Casey the huge media circus/protest in front of George Bushs ranch in Crawford, Texas in August of 2005, I was invited to the home of Producer/Director/Actor Rob Reiner to meet and have a chat. Also at that meeting was a major philanthropist (although I didnt know it at the time) to all causes Clinton, wealthy Stephen Bing. I navely believed that I was there because Rob Reiner and Steve Bing were against war. HAH! I was there because Rob and Steve were above all things (even peace and justice) pro-Democrat. At this meeting, the suggestion was made...
  • Gaza rockets target Dimona nuclear reactor

    07/09/2014 3:48:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | July 9, 2014 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Destroying the Dimona nuclear reactor and causing a leak is a long-standing goal of anti-Israel groups.According to breaking reports, Hamas has fired several rockets towards the Dimona nuclear reactor. Destroying the reactor and unleashing nuclear contamination has been a long-standing goal of Hezbollah, Iran and Hamas. Several days ago the IDF Spokesman’s Twitter account was hacked and a fake message that rockets had hit the reactor and there was a nuclear leak were posted — to cheers from pro-Palestinians on Twitter. According to official sources, the rockets actually fired today either missed or were shot down by Iron Dome. There...
  • Foreshadowings of Obama's Foreign Policy On Treaties and Alliances, in a World in Tumult

    07/09/2014 11:13:24 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 1 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | July 9, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    On July 7, 1798, the Federalist administration of John Adams rescinded our treaties with France, sparking the Quasi-War with France, which began two days later, on July 9... and the Jeffersonians went ballistic. How DARE we break our treaties with the French, that great ally who helped us win our independence from England? Viewed on its own, without context, it does indeed sound outrageous, doesnt it? What ingrates we would be, if we break our treaties with our greatest ally, so soon after they helped us so much. The Jeffersonians known then as the Republicans, then later, the Democratic-Republicans,...
  • Iran-Contra II? The one discovery that shocked Benghazi expert Ken Timmerman the most

    07/09/2014 7:12:01 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 19 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 07/09/2014 | Benjamin Weingarten
    "I called itJohn Brennans iron claw: he came down on Director Petraeus with an iron claw to prevent him from investigating what appears to have been John Brennans own arms trafficking. Look, when the presidents top advisor for counterterrorism engages in operational activity overseas because thats what this appears to be that is a violation of the National Security Act of 1947. Thats exactly what they tried to convict Oliver North of doing during the Iran-Contra affair. The biggest difference of course between Iran-Contra and Benghazi is that nobody died during the Iran-Contra affair, and here there are...
  • Israel Defense Forces Blog-Overnight Summary: Hamas Rockets Fired at Major Israeli Cities

    07/09/2014 4:51:37 AM PDT · by lbryce · 3 replies
    Iraeli Defense Forces Blog ^ | July 9, 2014 | Staff
    Overnight summary: Hamas Rockets Fired at Major Israeli Cities Published on: July 9, 2014 10 Yesterday evening, terrorist organizations operating in Gaza launched a salvo of 45 rockets at major Israeli cities, reaching as far as Hadera, located 100 km from Gaza. The rocket that hit Hadera is an M-302 type rocket, similar to the ones found onboard the Klos-c, a vessel on which was an Iranian shipment of advanced weaponry intended for terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip the IDF intercepted on March 5. Onboard the Klos-C were forty M-302 rockets reaching up-to the range of 160 kilometers....
  • Obama's Vision for American Military Might: Caring for Illegal Immigrants and Fighting for Muslims

    07/08/2014 8:20:03 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/08/14 | Fred Dardick
    The Commander in Chief of the most powerful military the world has ever seen has a new mission for the brave young men and women who signed up to fight for our great nation: caring for tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children and putting their lives on the line to protect Muslims.
  • Chris Matthews Proclaims Boehner Lawsuit Occurs In Third World Countries Before They Have A Coup

    07/08/2014 7:49:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer
    Chris Matthews disdain for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and his decision to sue President Obama over his use of executive orders reached a fever pitch on his Hardball program Monday night. Speaking to David Corn of the liberal Mother Jones and Howard Fineman of The Huffington Post, Matthews maintained that Speaker Boehners lawsuit is the kind of Mickey Mouse that goes on in third world countries before they have a coup because people were just sick of it. [See video below.](VIDEO-AT-LINK)Matthews harshest condemnation of Boehner began when he promoted Erick Erickson a guy on the hard right who opposes...
  • The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good (Combat-Ready) Women

    07/07/2014 6:32:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | July 7, 2014 | Tom Bowman
    The challenge for the Marines, and for the Army, is how to open up ground combat jobs to women in January 2016, without lowering standards. And here's where things stand in the Marines. Eighty-five female Marines already made it through an infantry training course last fall at Camp Lejeune, N.C., which included drills such as attacking a mock enemy force, hidden in a pine forest. That course lasted eight weeks, and the men and women all completed the same training. Now the Marines have a more ambitious plan that will take a new group of volunteers from the deserts to...
  • Syrian Army Pounding Civilian Areas to Dust with Endless Supply of Cheap, $200 'Barrel Bombs'

    07/07/2014 9:41:50 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 07 July 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Basically a car-bomb stuffed into an disused oil barrel (NH₄NO₃ and fertilizer w/nails, bolts, and other improvised shrapnel) then dropped from high altitude -out of the range of small arms fire- the government has already killed 20,000 with the crude-yet-effective device... They started tossing them out of Russian-made Hind helicopter gunships over a year ago, and to especially devastating effect in the government's pounding of Allepo a couple months back. Though just a barrel full of stuff that blows up and spews nails/etc all around, part of it's effectiveness in the government terror campaign has been how indiscriminatethe barrels are in...
  • Hobby Lobby: Trying to get DemProgs to understand what it means (Read the hypothetical scenario)

    07/07/2014 6:06:41 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 7-5-2014 | Bookworm
    Impressed by the ill-informed hysterical reaction that my real me Facebook friends had to the Hobby Lobby decision, I explained to them that the decision is very narrow and will not (a) ban contraceptives across America and (b) lead to anti-gay lynch mobs. Heres a slightly revised version of my Facebook post, which still failed to satisfy their paranoia and inability to understand the law. Ive also added a little hypothetical that might open their minds. (No, dont say it. Its improbable, but not impossible, that a DemProg mind can open). The Hobby Lobby decision addresses one thing only: whether...
  • Pro-Russian Donetsk Rebels Paid In Dollars? By WHOM?

    07/07/2014 3:06:05 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 7 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 07 July 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Interestingly, an AP reporter yesterday spotted a line of rebels at a Donetsk foreign-exchange shop, trading handfuls of US dollars for Ukrainian currency (as the country's legitimate armed forces approach)... Of course they 'refused to talk to reporters', but the AP guy observed that 'their mood appeared black'. Obviously changing their money over to Ukrainian billsspeaks volumes on who they expect to be in charge of the Donbas' largest industrial city (Donetsk) a week from now (seeing as how the Ukrainian Army chased them out of Sloviansk and two other SE cities over the weekend). But who paid them...
  • Super Typhoon Neoguri to pass near Japanese island of Okinawa (Category 5)

    07/07/2014 12:05:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jethro Mullen
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A large super typhoon is gathering force as it barrels along a path that is expected to take it close to the Japanese island of Okinawa. By the time it nears Okinawa early Tuesday, Super Typhoon Neoguri is likely to be generating winds as strong as a Category 5 hurricane, meteorologists say. "This is a beast," said CNN International Meteorologist Tom Sater. Okinawa, where multiple U.S. military facilities are situated, regularly finds itself in the path of big typhoons. Many of the buildings on the island are designed to weather the powerful winds that come roaring in off the Western...
  • What If America Had Lost the Revolutionary War? A Fourth of July thought experiment

    07/05/2014 6:23:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 4, 2014 | Uri Friedman, senior associate editor
    The Fourth of Julya time we Americans set aside to celebrate our independence and mark the war we waged to achieve it, along with the battles that followed. There was the War of 1812, the War of 1833, the First Ohio-Virginia War, the Three States' War, the First Black Insurrection, the Great War, the Second Black Insurrection, the Atlantic War, the Florida Intervention. Confused? These are actually conflicts invented for the novel The Disunited States of America by Harry Turtledove, a prolific (and sometimes-pseudonymous) author of alternate histories with a Ph.D. in Byzantine history. The book is set in the...
  • Why're young Malay men enamored by 'JIHAD': No need to achieve in life, fight & you'll die a MARTYR?

    07/05/2014 4:05:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Malaysia Chronicle ^ | June 29, 2014
    Some of you might have seen the video on YouTube: around ten young men at the back of a lorry, dressed in camouflage uniforms with beards, assault rifles slung over their shoulders. They were gawking at a rumbling tank, and were hyped that they were finally being shipped to the front-lines, like giddy kids on a school trip... glad to be out of class even if only for a day. They also spoke Malay. All of us will be martyrs ... Our friends are already heading to fight. They are not afraid and will not quiver, said the one holding...
  • Birth Of Admiral David Farragut

    07/05/2014 6:15:27 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 6 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | July 5, 2014 | JasonZ
    July 5th is the birthday of Admiral James Farragut, the first man to hold the ranks of rear admiral, vice admiral and admiral in the United States Navy. Farragut is notable particularly for his actions during the Civil War, including the capture of New Orleans in 1862. He continued to be on active duty until his death in 1870.
  • Joe Geoghagan Is A 31 Year Old Veteran And Hes Begging The VA Not To Let Him Starve To Death

    07/04/2014 6:45:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | July 3, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Joe Geoghagan is a 31 year old veteran and hes begging the VA not to let him starve to death. Let me repeat that. Joe Geoghagan is a 31 year old veteran and hes BEGGING the VA not to let him starve to death. Joe first came to my attention because he wrote the Right Wing News Facebook page asking for help. Imagine that: a veteran who did three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan reduced to writing the owner of a Facebook page because he doesnt know where else to turn to get basic medical attention. After doing some basic...
  • Book Review: Guns Across the Border by Mike Detty

    07/04/2014 5:37:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Every Federal Firearms License holder and second amendment activist should read this book. Guns Across the Border, The Inside Story more than meets the expectations prompted by the title. It is an intensely personal insider look at what happened in the "Wide Receiver" gunrunning investigation that was the predecessor to the Fast and Furious scandal. I met Mike Detty at the 2014 Shot Show in Las Vegas. He struck me as a quick witted individual with a good head on his shoulders. Mike Detty was at the core of the Wide Receiver ATF gunrunning investigation. The book is an...
  • Under The Hammer (Musings on current events)

    07/03/2014 7:16:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Greensboro Rhino Times ^ | July 3, 2014 | John Hammer
    Three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed by Hamas. One of those teenagers was also an American citizen. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Hamas would pay for kidnapping and killing three innocent teenagers who were hitchhiking home. US President Barack Hussein Obama, the leader of the most powerful nation in the world, urged restraint. The world is becoming a dangerous place for Americans. Obama recently traded five top al Qaeda leaders for one American deserter, making American troops, State Department personnel and any other employee of the American government in the Middle East or Afghanistan a target for...
  • .270 Win - (Lead-Free) - "Calif-Compliant" - Can it pierce ARMOR? (Video Only)

    07/03/2014 4:47:15 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 7-2-2014 | TAOFLEDERMAUS
    We shoot two types of .270 Winchester (6.8mm) rounds at an AR500 Armor chest plate. The first is a "LEAD-FREE" California-compliant bronze tip round. I HEARD these rounds are armor-piercing. (unintended consequence of bad legislature that doesn't think things through?) The second round uses a "normal" ballistic-tipped 110 grain bullet that has and higher velocity than the lead-free round. Both rounds EXCEED the rating of a Level III plate. (sometimes called "Type III) A level III plate is rated for a .308 round going around 2800 FPS. How will this plate hold up to faster rounds that go beyond the...
  • This 4th of July, Forget the Fireworks, Safely fire Your Weapons Instead: 1776 Protest

    07/03/2014 4:31:50 AM PDT · by xzins · 80 replies
    Vanity ^ | 3 July 14 | Xzins
    Obviously, the safety issue is very important. But, I don't know a single gun owner who doesn't know when and where he/she can safely fire their weapons. Why do it? 1. Americas revolution was an armed revolution -- and not a fireworks display -- that led to the freedom of this nation. People died. People gave 'their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.' 2. Fireworks are nice, pretty, a crowd pleaser. And, for a country that understands their past, present, and future freedom, fireworks are a good reminder. When our own Veterans Administration can't remember that "Independence Day" is...
  • US Teen Allegedly Falls in Love Online, Tries to Join ISIS Fighters in Syria

    07/02/2014 7:45:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 2, 2014 | Clayton Sandell and Michael S. James
    A 19-year-old suburban Denver woman met an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighter online, fell in love, vowed to go to Syria to fight and was arrested by the FBI for as she tried to go overseas, U.S. authorities said. Shannon Maureen Conley, of Arvada, Colorado, was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, ISIS, after agents arrested her at Denver International Airport on April 8 as she tried to board a flight to Frankfurt, Germany, according to a U.S. criminal complaint and a supporting affidavit. She allegedly had booked connecting flights to...
  • ISIS Leader: 'Soon... A Day Will Come When the Muslim Will Walk Everywhere as a Master'

    07/01/2014 11:41:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | July 1, 2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), sent a message to his fellow Sunni supporters to commemorate the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. Baghdadi wrote: Soon, by Allahs permission, a day will come when the Muslim will walk everywhere as a master, having honor, being revered, with his head raised high and his dignity preserved. Anyone who dares to offend him will be disciplined, and any hand that reaches out to harm him will be cut off. The ISIS leader showed a willingness to blame the Jews for "mobilizing" the international community against his...
  • Bill Ayers: U.S. should build monuments to the unknown deserters like Bergdahl

    07/01/2014 3:06:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 1, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    On Monday night, University professor and former Weather Underground founder Bill Ayers joined Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly where he was grilled over his past violent activities and his controversial views. The interview became heated when Kelly and Ayers argued over whether the violence he advocated is equivalent to the violence perpetuated by the United States in conducting operations overseas. You sound like with respect Osama bin Laden, Kelly said when Ayers asserted that it would be fair and balanced for American media outlets to examine the violent history of the United States as thoroughly as they...
  • Mother of Benghazi Victim: My Son is Dead Because of Hillary [Click to Watch]

    07/01/2014 11:46:23 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 3 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | July 1 2014 | Conservative Tribune
    Hillary Clintons popularity has been in steep decline recently, and the reduction in her fan base is well deserved. Clinton was a big player in the Benghazi cover up, despite her best efforts to escape scrutiny for her role in the tragedy. The former Secretary of State has lied repeatedly about the events that took place that night, and soon she will be forced to come clean about her actions if Rep. Trey Gowdy has anything to say about it. The real horror of Benghazi is that Clinton took no action to save the lives of American citizens who were...
  • The Benghazi Brief Operation Zero Footprint [more]

    07/01/2014 10:17:09 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 4 replies
    The Last Refuge [Blog Site] ^ | June 25, 2014 | sundance
    The Benghazi Brief – “Operation Zero Footprint” – What We Know About The Benghazi Mission, And Subsequent Attack… As with all complex stories the valuable discoveries come with time. We now have a pretty good understanding of who, what, where, and why surrounding the 9/11/12 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi Libya. We are also better positioned to understand why, or perhaps more importantly why not, certain actions were taken before, during, and in the immediate aftermath of the attack itself. ***** Within months after delivering weapons to the Benghazi and Darnah rebels (May, June and July 2011) we...
  • Memorial Services In US For The Three Israel Children Murdered By Hamas

    07/01/2014 6:12:59 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 13 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | July 1, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    Memorial Services In The US For The Three Israeli Children Murdered By HamasEdited by Joel LeydenNew YorkCommunity-Wide Memorial Service for the Three Israeli Teens, z"l Naftali, Gilad and Eyal Naftali Fraenkel (16), Gilad Shaar (16) and Eyal Yifrah (19) 3 Candles Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 Doors Open: 7:00 PM Program Begins: 7:30 PM The Jewish Center 131 West 86th Street (Between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues) New York City Join us for a community-wide memorial service for the three Israeli teens who were heinously kidnapped and brutally murdered. Please show your support for the victims and their families. Speakers will include...
  • Bergdahl cleared of misconduct during captivity (Huh?)

    06/30/2014 10:23:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Idaho Mountain Express and Guide ^ | June 30, 2014 | Gregory Foley
    The U.S. Army has reported that it has found no evidence that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey engaged in any misconduct during his five years in captivity of the Taliban. The report stated that there is no evidence Bergdahl helped his captors while he was held after going missing from his Army outpost in eastern Afghanistan five years ago today, June 30, 2009. However, the Army has not concluded its investigation into the Bergdahl case. Officials still plan to invetsigate the circumstances of Bergdahl's capture by enemy forces. That investigation is expected to last several weeks or more. Bergdahl reportedly...
  • Obama panhandling for Sunni extremists Misjudgment or treason?

    06/30/2014 7:32:20 PM PDT · by Noremac · 9 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | June 30, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    After witnessing the transfer of weapons from 'moderate' elements of the Syrian opposition to al Qaida and ISIS and the reappearance of said armaments in Iraq, Obama wants to openly provide half a Billion more to 'vetted' allies in Syria! When I first read the report, I was stunned. Here is an administration so audacious that they have no reluctance to publicly float a proposal to ask Congress to join them in an act that is tantamount to war crimes and treason! I realized I was looking at a carbon copy of what Obama had already done covertly with the...
  • As ISIL surges, could Lebanon be the next domino to fall?

    06/30/2014 5:59:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    al Jazeera ^ | June 30, 2014 | Michael Pizzi
    Three bombings in five days have mounted fears that the sectarian tinderbox of Lebanon could erupt.On Friday, Al-Qaeda-inspired armed group the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, which yesterday began calling itself the Islamic State in an apparent signal of its wide-reaching aspirations in the region, claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on the chic Duroy Hotel in the heart of Beiruts Raouche neighborhood, which is popular with tourists. The IS declared in a statement that the attack would be the first of many on Lebanese soil. Though the bomb was a near miss meant to detonate at a...
  • Air Force Throws Out Bibles but Forces Observance of Ramadan

    06/30/2014 11:18:32 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 14 replies
    Eagle Rising ^ | June 30 2014 | Onan Coca
    The Air Force has decided to force our airmen serving in Bahrain to observe the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In case you think I must be making it up, read it for yourselves at Stars and Stripes, the official military news website.U.S. personnel accustomed to drinking their coffee on the drive to work will have to put that habit on hold for about a month. Its one of a few lifestyle changes Americans will have to make during the holy month of Ramadan.For the 8,200 U.S. personnel living here, and those serving throughout the U.S. Central Command area of...
  • Semi-satire: King Obama and Sheikh Kerry welcome Ramadan

    06/29/2014 11:09:10 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | June 29, 2014 | Dan Miller
    King Obama and Islam are similarreligious movements and both are changing ourlivesgreatly. Bothdemand that we respect the diversitythey have graciously given us.Thank you, Islam and Your Highness. Diversity in The Peoples Democratic Islamic Republic of Iran During King Obama's Cairo speech in 2009 He said: I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, andshare common principles principles of justice...
  • The American Flag Daily: Molly Pitcher

    06/29/2014 5:32:22 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 6 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | June 29, 2014 | JasonZ
    On this day in 1778, General George Washington issued a warrant to Mary "Molly" Hays, making her a non-commissioned officer in the Continental Army, for her bravery during the Battle of Monmouth the previous day. During the battle, Molly carried water to the troops in the field. When her husband collapsed while manning one of the cannon, Molly took his place, continuing to swab and load the cannon through the remainder of the battle, despite having one British cannonball pass between her legs but doing nothing more than removing the bottom portion of her petticoats.
  • US personnel in Bahrain prepare for Ramadan

    06/29/2014 12:27:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 26, 2014 | Hendrick Simoes
    Ali Hassan, a cultural adviser at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, gives a presentation about Islam, the Islamic lunar calender, and about customs and traditions during Ramadan. About 150 personnel at the Bahrain base attended the briefing on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.MANAMA, Bahrain — U.S. personnel accustomed to drinking their coffee on the drive to work will have to put that habit on hold for about a month. It’s one of a few lifestyle changes Americans will have to make during the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Officials expect Ramadan to begin at...
  • The American Flag Daily: Fort Moultrie

    06/28/2014 2:55:31 PM PDT · by Master Zinja
    The American Flag Daily ^ | June 28, 2014 | JasonZ
    On June 28, 1776, several British warships attacked an incomplete and unnamed fort near Charleston, South Carolina. William Moultrie and his men held off the British attack throughout the day, damaging many of the warships before the British withdrew later that night. During the battle, Moultrie flew a flag of his design, which has now become known as the Moultrie Flag. The fort was soon named Fort Moultrie in honor of the man who led the southern Colonists to victory.
  • Why The Palestinians Have Better PR Than Israel

    06/28/2014 12:58:56 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 34 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | June 28, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    Why The Palestinians Have Better PR Than IsraelBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem --- June 28, 2014 ... If you asked me this question a year ago or ten years ago, my knee jerk response would be money. The Palestinians and the Arab world have oil dollars, millions of them to make us look bad while slamming our towns and cities with rockets and missiles. But the real answer is actually two fold. Yes, money is one part. But we also have access to money. The Palestinians (when I say the Palestinians it means the Arab world) are more creative...
  • The new War in Iraq begs the question, can Obama ever manage to get out of his own way?

    06/28/2014 11:50:55 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-28-14 | Richard H. Lee
    The reignited war in Iraq is the latest result of a long string of incompetent decisions made by President Barack Obama. His premature decision to withdraw from Iraq left a power vacuum that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is happy to fill. ISIS is taking over Iraq with a speed and efficiency reminiscent of the Nazi blitzkrieg across Europe in World War II. Al Jazeera is reporting that ISIS has taken an oil refinery along with an airbase and has also seized the western Anbar town of Rutba, adding that at least 70% of Anbar province...
  • Shoebat: Our aiding and abetting the Free Syrian Army (and Benghazi video connection to Obama)

    06/28/2014 10:00:26 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 6 replies
    http://therightscoop.com/ ^ | June 27, 2014 | The Right Scoop
    Walid Shoebat says that quagmire that is going on in Iraq is just going to increase and there isnt much America can do about it at this point. But when it comes to what started this quagmire in Iraq, Walid blames the US for aiding and abetting the Free Syrian Army in Syria, which we all know is a terrorist group: Were indirectly aiding and abetting an Al-Qaeda like operation, when it comes to Syria, and thats what started the quagmire. Our aiding and abetting the Free Syrian Army which is a terrorist group and weve been showing this...
  • From Mr-Smith-Goes-to Washington... to Congresscritters to... EVIL ROBOTS!

    06/28/2014 5:28:05 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 2 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 29 June 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Just when you thought you couldn't possibly hate 'em any more... ----------------CongressBot Lucas----------------- In case you missed it,Timothy Ray Murray -who garnered just 5.2% of the vote in last week's Gee Oh Pee primary challenge to sitting Rep Todd Lucas (Oklahoma)- has said that not only will he challenge the results of the not-even-close count, but posted on his site he was going to push the issue because 'it is common knowledge' the incumbent Lucas 'died in Ukraine in 2011' and was replaced by a body double: It is widely known Rep. Frank D. Lucas is no longer alive and...
  • ISIS/ISIL: Jihadists Go for the Lulz; Mix Equal Parts al-Qaeda and LulzSec then Blend (5 year plan)

    06/27/2014 11:29:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Blogs of War ^ | June 26, 2014 | John Little
    <p>I don't seek out media appearances but last week was a busy one for me. I was interviewed by CBS News, BBC World Service, Jonathan Green of Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Sunday Extra, and by Piya Chattopadhyay of the CBC's The Current. I also had invitations from NPR and CTV that I, unfortunately, had to turn down due to time constraints. It was a busy week but thankfully all of the journalists, hosts and producers who reached out to me had a sincere interest in complex stories. They are my kind of people so talking to them was actually quite fun.</p>
  • Army vets blast PC police for attacking Apache, Chinook helicopters as racist

    06/27/2014 6:32:50 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 56 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 27, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    Veterans arent happy with a recent op-ed by the Washington Post, which charged that the Apache, Comanche, Chinook, Lakota, Cheyenne and Kiowa military vehicles were a greater symbolic injustice than the NFLs Washington Redskins name. Even if the NFL and Redskins brass come to their senses and rename the team, a greater symbolic injustice would continue to afflict Indians an injustice perpetuated not by a football club but by our federal government, Simon Waxman of the Boston Review wrote for the Post on Thursday. He added that the helicopter names were propaganda that needed to end, because Native American...
  • How Did Michael Strange Really Die in Afghanistan?[Extortion 17]

    06/27/2014 6:17:23 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    Philadelphia ^ | June 26, 2014 | Jason Fagone
    [Subtitle]"After Northeast Phillys Michael Strange was killed in Afghanistan in 2011, his father, Charles Strange, went on a quest for answers. Its a journey thats brought him face-to-face with Congress, the military bureaucracy, the NSA, a lawyer who believes Barack Obama is a Muslim, and the very dark heart of America in 2014." ***** "They had a whole long list of concerns, but most of them can be boiled down to one word: vulnerability. In reading about how the helicopter went in and went down, the families saw how vulnerable their loved ones had been. They were vulnerable, it seemed,...
  • What it would look like if the Syria war were happening in America

    06/27/2014 3:38:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Vox ^ | June 27, 2014 | Zack Beauchamp
    The entire city of Syracuse killed. The entire population of New York City displaced. That's what it would be like if Syria's war was happening in the United States, according to non-profit group If We Were Syrian. In attempt to hammer home the horrific human cost of the Syrian civil war, If We Were Syrian calculated what it would be like if 160,000 people were killed and 9.3 million people evicted from their homes in the United States and the other six G7 countries. The results are horrifying: If you wanted to make it proportional to the size of America's...
  • THE PROVING GROUND: Vikramaditya aircraft carrier! (English subtitles)

    Youtube video at link.
  • Obama: GOP pushing phony scandals

    06/27/2014 1:21:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 26, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama charged that his Republican opponents had nothing to offer except cynicism and fear and frustration during a fundraiser Thursday in Minnesota. The fundraiser capped off a day Obama spent with Rebekah Erler, a working mother who wrote the president to detail her financial struggle. It moved me, Obama said of the letter, adding that he only went into politics to help people like her. Obama said he remembered what it felt like to be struggling to figure out how you lead a good life and raise your kids, not looking to get wildly wealthy trying to make ends...