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  • Tacoma Police Using StingRay to gather cell phone data - without warrants

    08/27/2014 3:37:04 PM PDT · by Bobka · 21 replies
    The Tacoma News Tribune ^ | August 26, 2014 | Kate Martin
    The Tacoma Police Department apparently has bought — and quietly used for six years — controversial surveillance equipment that can sweep up records of every cellphone call, text message and data transfer up to a half a mile away. You don’t have to be a criminal to be caught in this law enforcement snare. You just have to be near one and use a cellphone. Police Chief Don Ramsdell, through a spokeswoman, declined an interview request to talk about the police department’s apparent purchase of a Stingray device and associated technology. The department cited a nondisclosure agreement it has with...
  • Civil War hero who died at Gettysburg to be awarded Medal Civil-War-officer-receive-Medal-Honor

    08/27/2014 7:10:27 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 28 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 27 Aug 2014 | OLLIE GILLMAN FOR MAILONLINE
    1st Lieutenant Alonzo Hersford Cushing to be awarded Medal of Honor Lt Cushing was killed in the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 He stood his ground and fought on despite a bullet wound to the head Congress grant special exemption to give Lt Cushing the medal 151 years on Relatives and admirers had campaigned since 1980s for proper recognition Two Vietnam War veterans will also receive medal in ceremony next month
  • U.S. Soldiers Eliminate Three Taliban Fighters During Ambush (video)

    08/27/2014 3:36:02 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 8-26-2014 | FUNKER530
    The cameraman had this to say to after submitting the footage to FUNKER530: "This patrol was a relief in place and I was on point leading the new guys in for the RIP. We hadn't taken much contact in this area, and it was generally considered a "safe" zone in Logar Province. We patrolled the area frequently, and the locals would regularly thank us for pushing the Taliban away from their village so they could live their daily lives without constant threat. The Taliban that we came across during this patrol were actually setting up to shoot down our new...
  • Tank the Dog (You will tear up)

    08/26/2014 10:24:42 AM PDT · by apoxonu · 33 replies
    tickld ^ | Unknown | Mecha Streisand
    "They told me the big black lab's name was "Reggie" as I looked at him lying in his pen. The shelter was clean and the people really friendly. I'd only been in the area for six months, but everywhere I went in the small college town,people were welcoming and open. Everyone waves when you pass them on the street."
  • Marine goes to restaurant and gets warned it’s not a safe place for whites....

    08/26/2014 10:09:43 AM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    rare ^ | ap
    FULL TITLE: Marine goes to restaurant and gets warned it’s not a safe place for whites, leaves with “life-threatening injuries” The police chief of West Point, in northern Mississippi, said one man was arrested Monday and more arrests are expected in a weekend assault that hospitalized a 32-year-old former Marine. Courtez McMillian, 22, of Okolona, was jailed pending charges of aggravated assault, Police Chief Tim Brinkley said in a statement. Okolona is about 30 miles north of West Point, where events unfolded outside two restaurants early Saturday. Investigators are reviewing video footage from Saturday and have compiled a list of...
  • The story of the A-10 and why the F-35 cannot replace it. (video)

    08/26/2014 4:58:24 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 46 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 8-26-2014 | wimp.com
    Pierre Sprey is one of the original designers of the A-10 Warthog during the 1970s. He provides insight into why the aircraft is so loved by ground troops in the military, and why its recent retirement from Air Force operations is so hotly debated.
  • Goodbye to Another of the "Greatest Generation"

    08/26/2014 3:58:22 AM PDT · by beachn4fun · 43 replies
    August 26, 2014 | me
    Although Jennes Christian Nelson, Jr. was not a FReeper, I hope you will join me in giving him a spiritual send off. Jennes (JC) was born in 1927 and passed into Heaven on August 20th, 2014. He was the father of my oldest brother-in-law (we grew up with him and his sisters). At 17, as soon as he graduated high school in 1944, JC enlisted in the Army Air Corps as an Air Cadet during WWII. He served with forces in the Philippines for two years, finishing with the Reserves in 1948 ( I do not know what his rank...
  • Investigations launched into multiple Taser use on helpless man

    08/25/2014 7:12:54 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 8-19-2014 | Jim Stasiowski
    When an Oglala Sioux Tribal police officer used her Taser several times on a man lying helpless on the ground in Manderson on Friday afternoon, she was trying to get the man "to wake up and stand up," Ron Duke, chief of the OST Department of Public Safety, said Monday. The man, Duke said, was "lying on the ground, probably passed out, clearly intoxicated." The incident was caught on camera by a passerby who taped the officer repeatedly zapping the man who appears to never resist, defend himself or make any threatening moves. An expert in Tasers said using the...
  • US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation

    08/25/2014 4:28:33 PM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 20 Aug 2014 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    $1bn lawsuit accuses Tepco of failing to avoid the accident and of lying about radiation levels that have caused health problems to themselves and their families stationed in Japan The first time it occurred to James Jackson that there could be lasting damage from his US Navy service during Japan’s tsunami and nuclear disaster came when his eldest son, Darius, was diagnosed with leukaemia.Darius, now 15, spent a month in hospital in early 2013, soon after his diagnosis. “I thought I was going to have to bury him,” Jackson recalled. The teenager who aspired to play college basketball now has...
  • Army Hypersonic Missile Fails in Second Test

    08/25/2014 12:43:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 08/25/2014 | Bill Gertz
    The Army’s test of an advanced hypersonic weapon failed shortly after takeoff early Monday, the Pentagon said in a statement. The failure is a setback for a key part of the Pentagon’s strategic weapon program of building arms that can attack any point on earth in 30 minutes. The missile carrying the weapon was intentionally blown up shortly after launch, the Pentagon said. “Due to an anomaly, the test was terminated near the launch pad shortly after liftoff to ensure public safety,” the Pentagon said in a brief statement. “There were no injuries to any personnel.” “Program officials are conducting...
  • 'The Last Ship': Adam Baldwin Just Wants to Do the Navy Proud

    08/25/2014 8:13:07 AM PDT · by Bratch · 71 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | August 24, 2014 | Kate O'Hare
    Tonight, Sunday, Aug. 24, TNT airs the season-one finale of its post-apocalyptic military drama The Last Ship, which has already received a season-two pick-up. [...] Adam Baldwin (Full Metal Jacket, Firefly, Serenity, Independence Day, Chuck) co-stars as Chandler's second in command, XO Mike Slattery. The Illinois native is used to playing military types, and the Navy is apparently happy with how he wears the uniform in The Last Ship and with the show itself."They love it," Baldwin tells Breitbart News. "They were thrilled, and the funny thing is, you have a dedicated fan base, and a built-in fan base, from the Navy, because our goal was to portray the...
  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, August 24th, 2014.

    08/24/2014 5:00:33 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 52 replies
    The Gun Talk Radio Network ^ | Sunday, August 24th, 2014 | Tom Gresham
    ~~ Come on in and shoot the breeze! ~~ Welcome to Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio Network, the only nationally syndicated radio talk show about firearms, shooting and gun rights. Tune in on Sundays, 08:00-11:00pm EST, and give us a call at 1-866-825-5486.
  • Chelsea Manning 'denied gender dysphoria treatment

    08/23/2014 1:12:01 PM PDT · by cardinal4 · 51 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 August 2014 Last updated at 15:15 ET | BBC Staff
    The US military has yet to offer Pte First Class Chelsea Manning sex change treatment despite medical recommendations, her lawyer has said. Defence secretary Chuck Hagel approved treatment for a condition known as gender dysphoria in July. But lawyer David Coombs says her requests for hormone therapy and other accommodations have been "ignored". The soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for leaking secret files to Wikileaks. "This time last year I publicly asked that I be provided with a treatment plan, to bring my body more in line with my gender identity," Pte Manning said...
  • General McInerney Ominous Warning

    08/23/2014 9:41:21 AM PDT · by seeker41 · 222 replies
    Foxnews interview | 08/23/14 | self
    General McInerney was just on FoxNews and gave an ominous warning when pressed today. He stated that he had info that we are about to have another 9/11. He stated that next week something was coming (info, publication) that was going to blow things out of the water. He mentioned we should be on DEFCON1 now and then mentioned the MH370 incident. He was adamant and seemed worried! Sorry I could not make out everything he said.
  • Biden: ISIS can be defeated without US boots on the ground

    08/23/2014 9:47:38 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8-23-2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Vice President Biden expressed confidence that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria could be defeated without U.S. boots on the ground in Iraq, calling the militant group "far from invincible."  In a Washington Post op-ed published Friday, Biden described the threat as a "long-term challenge" but said the United States is prepared to increase its support in the fight. 
  • China seizes huge cache of illegal weapons including 10,500 guns and 120,000 knives and SWORDS

    08/22/2014 11:01:41 PM PDT · by skinkinthegrass · 19 replies
    Daily Mail.Co. UK ^ | 14 April 2014 (update:15 April 2014 ) | Matt Blake
    China seizes huge cache of illegal weapons including 10,500 guns and 120,000 knives and SWORDS Follows 4-month probe leading agents deep into China's criminal underworld Haul includes sniper rifles, machine guns, crossbows and samurai swords 15 people were arrested on suspicion of making and distributing arms Official says it was a family-run firm that 'gave business cards all over China'
  • Marine Sings Moving Cover Of 'Home' On Plane(Shortened)

    08/22/2014 7:23:00 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    huffingtonpost.com ^ | 8/22/14 | Kimberly Yam
    U.S. Marine Matt Bussen was on a plane, flying home from training in Alabama, when the flight attendants asked him to sing to the passengers over the intercom. A video uploaded to YouTube documents his stunning performance.
  • Self-Defense is a Religious Obligation

    08/22/2014 3:56:34 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 22, 2014 | Rabbi Aryeh Spero
    “Children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed, and fathers are being hung and crucified. Entire Christian and non-Muslim communities are being decimated by the radical Muslim group, ISIS.” These are the words from reporters out of Iraq. What is our obligation to those under fire from Islamic terrorists? Prayer is good, but not enough. Words of support are welcome, but not enough. What can one do when terrorists are not moved by our prayers or words of support for the hunted? Our religious obligation is to fight. We fight because self-defense is a mandate from the Bible...
  • Hero Gets a New Home After Devastating Fire

    08/22/2014 12:32:17 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 2 replies
    ABC News/GMA via Yahoo News ^ | 8/22/14 | TERI WHITCRAFT and CATERINA ANDREANO
    “We smelled smoke the lights started to flicker, the alarms started going off,” Flip told WJLA in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Alerted by the Klein’s two dogs, their neighbors rushed in to help carry Flip from the home. “It was amazing people were coming in and stepping on the burning front porch of this house to pull me into the front yard,” Flip said. Everything they owned was burned to the ground – including the van that was specially equipped so Flip could drive on his own. It was a devastating loss, especially since they had moved in just five months ago...
  • Congressman wants to ban sale of enhanced body armor to civilians

    08/22/2014 8:54:35 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 48 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 8-8-2014 | Chris Eger
    Rep. Mike Honda, (D-CA), has submitted a bill to the U.S. House that would prohibit the sale, use or possession of what he terms military-grade body armor. Honda reasons that this measure would aid law enforcement in taking out an active shooter, since the active shooter wouldn’t be able to obtain body armor. “There is no reason this type of armor, which is designed for warfare, should be available in our communities except for those who need it, like law enforcement,” Honda said in a statement last week. “There’s nothing more dangerous than what a well-armored, unstoppable active shooter can...
  • Where are the 5 Taliban Obama released?

    08/21/2014 2:37:31 PM PDT · by Colehill1999 · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | NA | Adam Kregan
    Vanity: Has anyone been able to followup to see where the 5 Taliban terror leaders Obama released, ended up? Are they fighting or even helping to lead ISIS? Were they involved in Foyle's bloody saw action murder? They certainly didn't behave like good little muslim boys and stay home.
  • The Allies Invade Southern France: Seaports and a Race up the Rhone

    08/21/2014 8:52:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Austin Bay
    Winston Churchill disparaged Operation Anvil-Dragoon, the Aug. 15, 1944 Allied "second D-Day" invasion of Southern France. Churchill joked that he was "dragooned" into an unnecessary invasion. D-Day, June 6th, had breached Fortress Europe. A French Riviera "pincer" was folly. However, the Allied senior commanders who dragooned the Prime Minister obeyed an old military axiom: Amateurs talk strategy. Professionals study logistics. The Germans destroyed Normandy's Port Cherbourg and blocked Antwerp. Supplies over beaches barely met daily needs. The George Patton-led U.S. 3rd Army's August 1944 armored dash stretched supply capacities. Patton's high tempo strike at the Reich required more gas...
  • James Foley Went Looking to Support Terrorists in Syria, Instead They Cut Off His Head

    08/20/2014 3:50:14 PM PDT · by wtd · 124 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | August 19, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    James Foley was one of a new breed of activists calling themselves journalists. He didn’t travel to report on a story, but to promote an agenda. And the agenda was obvious from his Twitter feed. [snip] Foley came to Syria to support the Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian government. He cheered on the Sunni Muslim terrorists fighting to ethnically cleanse the Christians of Aleppo. In the conflict between Israel and Hamas, his tweets and retweets were chock full of pro-terrorist propaganda. link
  • Air Force grounds 2-seater F-16 fighters after cracks found

    08/20/2014 9:52:51 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 9 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 20 Aug 2014 | By Erik Slavin
    The Air Force grounded more than half of its F-16D fighter jets after it found structural cracks between the front and rear pilot seats in several aircraft, according to a statement released Tuesday in Washington. The cracks in the canopy longeron sill, a thin strip of material that fastens to the fuselage, were found in 82 of the Air Force’s 157 F-16D aircraft. The Air Force ordered an inspection of all F-16Ds after it began finding cracks on the planes during routine post-flight inspections. The service finished its inspections Aug. 18. The Air Force F-16 Program Office and Lockheed Martin...
  • Wreck Of World War II-Era U.S. Ship Dubbed 'Galloping Ghost' Is Found

    08/19/2014 3:21:06 PM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | 19 Aug 2014 | Krishnadev Calamur
    The USS Houston sank during World War II after being hit by the Japanese, killing 700 sailors and Marines. Now, more than 70 years later, U.S. and Indonesian divers have confirmed that a sunken vessel in the Java Sea was the wreck of the ship dubbed "The Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast."The Houston was carrying 1,068 crewmen when it was hit on Feb. 28, 1942, during the Battle of Sunda Strait. Only 291 sailors and Marines survived the sinking and their later use as slave labor by the Japanese. The vessel's commanding officer, Capt. Albert H. Rooks, was posthumously...
  • How Much Does It Cost America To Blow Up American Weapons?

    08/19/2014 7:36:29 AM PDT · by Starboard · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | August 19, 2014 | Tyler Durden
    US taxpayers are now paying for military missions, in which US taxpayer paid-for warplans and missiles are used to blow up other US taxpayer paid-for tanks, artillery, MRAPs, and various other weapons of death.
  • Ingalls Shipbuilding Christens 5th National Security Cutter

    08/17/2014 9:48:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    marinelink.com ^ | Sunday, August 17, 2014 | Joseph R. Fonseca
    Capt. James is one of the world's most celebrated lifesavers. His lifesaving began at age 15 when he joined the Massachusetts Humane Society. Over the years, until the age of 75, he was credited with saving more than 600 lives until his death at age 75. He was on duty with the U.S. Life-Saving Service, which later merged with the U.S. Coast Guard. Ingalls has delivered three NSCs, and three more, including James, are currently under construction. A seventh NSC, Kimball WMSL 756, is scheduled to begin construction in early 2015. James is scheduled to deliver next summer. "Teamed with...
  • Benghazi: When America Switched Sides In The War On Terror And Armed Al-Qaida

    08/17/2014 7:21:25 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/17/2014 | Ginni Thomas
    The Center for Security Policy’s Vice President for Research and Analysis, Clare Lopez, says in this exclusive video interview with The Daily Caller that very few have seemed to care that America switched sides in the global war on terror when President Obama deposed an erstwhile ally in the Middle East and provided weapons to al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood. Focusing on this under-reported, critical shift in American foreign policy, Clare Lopez discusses how an American ambassador and others were killed in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11 because the Obama administration decided to promote and defend their narrative that...
  • US Navy taking apart world's first nuclear-powered aircraft (carrier) after 50 years of service

    08/17/2014 9:23:43 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 51 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 16 August 2014 | By Zoe Szathmary
    "The USS Enterprise, a Navy ship stationed in Virginia, is slowly being taken apart. According to The Daily Press, the ship's 'inactivation' is being handled in Newport News. The Enterprise was active between 1962 and 2012 - and is 'the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier,' The Press said.A ninth USS Enterprise will eventually be built and may include parts of the eighth ship being disassembled, the newspaper said. .....; Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
  • Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan Was Imperative

    08/14/2014 8:21:40 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 25 replies
    Self | August 14, 2014 | Self
    We now mark the 69th anniversary of VJ-Day preceded by dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WW II. The generations which made the decisions for World War II have passed away. The generation which faced the tragic violence required for carrying out those decisions is rapidly leaving us. As this personal knowledge becomes ever rarer, we must increasingly listen without response to revisionist contra-factual analyses expounding about what a needless, tragic and profoundly immoral decision the United States had made. The arguments advanced display a pleasing, deliberate ignorance which burnishes this peculiar new morality. However, these views...
  • New Bill Would Open Air Force to Deaf

    08/13/2014 4:32:38 PM PDT · by SZonian · 46 replies
    www.military.com/ ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | Bryant Jordan
    Deaf and severely hearing impaired individuals could soon serve in the Air Force if legislation introduced in July by a California lawmaker is passed. An Air Force captain convinced U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, to introduce a bill that would allow deaf and hearing impaired people to serve in the Air Force as part of a pilot or demonstration program. Current Defense Department hearing requirements bar the deaf from serving, as well as individuals who currently require or previously used a hearing aid, or have a cochlear ear implant.
  • The Grease Gun Was for Killing Nazis: Cheap, easy to make, great for shooting bad guys

    08/13/2014 11:34:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 13, 2014 | Paul Huard
    Born out of the necessity rapidly to put inexpensive submachine guns in the hands of American soldiers and Marines, it was so cheap it looked like a mechanic’s tool rather than the product of advanced American industrial know-how. It was supposed to serve as a replacement to the iconic and expensive Thompson submachine gun, but developed a reputation of its own that kept it in the U.S. military inventory from World War II all the way through Desert Storm. Nobody really loved the M-3 that G.I.s dubbed the “Grease Gun.” But nobody really hated, either.
  • Kerry visits Solomon Islands, sees WWII memorials (and talks “climate change”)

    08/12/2014 9:55:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 13, 12:39 AM EDT | Matthew Lee
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry paid a visit Wednesday to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, where he met the tiny nation’s leaders and commemorated the ferocious World War II battles fought on Guadalcanal. Kerry met with Solomon’s Prime Minister Gordon Lilo and Governor General Frank Kabui to discuss sustainable development, ocean preservation and how the islands’ 600,000 residents are coping with the effects of climate change. …
  • Photo via Imgur: "This is how I'll always remember Mr. Williams!..."

    08/12/2014 1:19:40 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 5 replies
    Reddit via Imgur ^ | August 12, 2014 | Contest Loser
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  • Vanity: A TIME FOR CHOOSING (The Speech – October 27, 1964)

    08/12/2014 11:12:30 AM PDT · by Krosan · 7 replies
    www.reagan.utexas.edu ^ | October 27, 1964 | President Reagan
    Now let's set the record straight. There's no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there's only one guaranteed way you can have peace—and you can have it in the next second—surrender. Admittedly, there's a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face—that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight or surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back...
  • Robin Williams Had The Perfect Response When Troops In Kuwait Interrupted His Comedy Show In 2007

    08/12/2014 5:47:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/12/2014 | PAUL SZOLDRA
    Robin Williams, the famed comedian and actor, died on Monday at age 63. He had a remarkable career, and was one of the funniest people of all time. But beyond his career of making people laugh — one of my favorites being his role as Vietnam-era radio personality Adrian Cronauer — his response in 2007 to troops in Kuwait who basically turned their back on him is one worth remembering. Williams was there for a USO tour for the soldiers, most of whom were either headed to Iraq or supporting combat troops already there. In the middle of a bit,...
  • Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan Was Imperative

    08/09/2014 6:48:04 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 21 replies
    Self | August 9, 2014 | Self
    We now mark the 69th anniversary of dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WW II. The generations which made the decisions for World War II have passed away. The generation which faced the tragic violence required for carrying out those decisions is rapidly leaving us. As this personal knowledge becomes ever rarer, we must increasingly listen without response to revisionist contra-factual analyses expounding about what a needless, tragic and profoundly immoral decision the United States had made. The arguments advanced display a pleasing, deliberate ignorance which burnishes this peculiar new morality. However, these views can be countered...
  • Bus full of veterans sing "Marines' Hymn."

    08/09/2014 1:43:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Bus full of veterans sing "Marines' Hymn." video only
  • The Story of Nagasaki

    08/09/2014 1:11:18 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 29 replies
    Atomic Archive ^ | Unknown | Atomic Archive Staff
    By May of 1945 an exhausted and overrun Germany had surrendered. The war in Europe was over. The United States, aided by Great Britain, moved closer and closer to Japan. Massive suicide attacks by the Japanese caused great losses to the Pacific Fleet, but did not deter its drive. Japan, thinking the Soviet Union was a friendly neutral in the war in the Pacific, submitted unofficial peace feelers to the United States through them. The Soviet Union, secretly wanting to join the war against Japan, suppressed the feelers. Ironically, the Japanese military made it impossible to pursue peace directly, as...
  • Were Hiroshima and Nagasaki Racist Acts?

    08/09/2014 1:11:12 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 108 replies
    International Business Times ^ | August 5, 2011 | Palash Ghosh
    Saturday marks the 66th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima – devastating acts that helped bring World War Two to a close. (Three days after Hiroshima, Nagasaki was similarly battered). The attacks – the only time nuclear weapons have ever been used in world history to date – killed tens of thousands of people and shocked the planet with the scale of their destruction. There has been much controversy over the decision to bomb Japan and some speculation that it might have been racially motivated (given that the U.S. military did not drop such weapons on European civilian targets)....
  • Happy Anniversary, 'Little Boy' And 'Fat Man

    08/09/2014 1:11:01 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 6, 2013 | Henry I. Miller
    Today marks one of the United States’ most important – but least celebrated – anniversaries. It is remarkable not only for what happened on this date in 1945 but for what did not happen subsequently. What did happen was that the “Enola Gay,” an American B-29 bomber from the intentionally obscure 509th Composite Group (a U.S. Army Air Force unit tasked with deploying nuclear weapons), dropped “Little Boy,” a uranium-based atomic bomb, on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. That dramatic act hastened the end of World War II, which concluded within a week after the August 9 detonation of “Fat...
  • Man Who Takes His Hospital Gurney Through McDonald’s Drive-Thru Shows Us What Dedication

    08/08/2014 5:18:56 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | august 8, 2014
    Some people will do anything to satisfy a craving. One of those people is this man, who rode his bed through the McDonald’s drive through. A couple spotted the man, strapped face down down to an electrical gurney, driving himself across a busy street towards McDonald’s.
  • Marine finally completes 2,500-mile row of the Mississippi river (Shortened)

    08/08/2014 9:37:07 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/7/14 | GERALD HERBERT
    A former Afghanistan Marine who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder has found refuge in rowing the length of the Mississippi river. The trip to the mouth of the river at the Gulf of Mexico took Joshua Ploetz, 69 days, about 50 of them spent paddling. But Ploetz said he needed every inch of the more than 2,500-mile river to paddle away the demons of the war, or at least calm them a bit. Ploetz, 30, from Winona, Minnesota, returned from the war eight years ago after being injured by a roadside bomb, suffering a minor stroke and watching his friends...
  • The 7 Most Awesome Marine Corps Commercials [VIDEOS]

    08/08/2014 8:13:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 8/8/2014 | Seth Richardson
    The Marine Corps is no joke. It’s a fighting force to be reckoned with: part smooth tactician, part crazy badass. Its recruiting commercials are no different. Here are the top seven Marine Corps commercials of all time.
  • 86-year-old veteran sniper still has perfect aim.

    08/07/2014 4:12:22 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | I dunno | I dunno
    Just watch the video..............
  • The Empty Chair

    08/06/2014 6:27:47 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | JUly 3, 2014 | Guinness
    Guinness "Empty Chair" salutes the character of a community as they honor one of their own who is out of sight, but not out of mind. They remind us that a true test of character is what you do when no one's looking.
  • Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan Was Imperative

    08/06/2014 8:24:20 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 63 replies
    Self | August 6, 2014 | Self
    We now mark the 69th anniversary of dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WW II. The generations which made the decisions for World War II have passed away. The generation which faced the tragic violence required for carrying out those decisions is rapidly leaving us. As this personal knowledge becomes ever rarer, we must increasingly listen without response to revisionist contra-factual analyses expounding about what a needless, tragic and profoundly immoral decision the United States had made. The arguments advanced display a pleasing, deliberate ignorance which burnishes this peculiar new morality. However, these views can be countered...
  • Canik 55 TP9 (video)

    08/06/2014 6:58:04 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 8-6-2014 | hickok45
    Shooting and discussing the inexpensive Canik 55 TP9, a copy of the Walther P99.
  • THANK GOD FOR THE ATOMIC BOMB

    08/06/2014 4:18:16 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 29 replies
    The New Republic ^ | August, 1981 | Paul Fussell
    Many years ago in New York I saw on the side of a bus a whiskey ad I’ve Remembered all this time. It’s been for me a model of the short poem, and indeed I’ve come upon few short poems subsequently that exhibited more poetic talent. The ad consisted of two eleven-syllable lines of “verse,” thus: In life, experience is the great teacher. In Scotch, Teacher’s is the great experience. For present purposes we must jettison the second line (licking our lips, to be sure, as it disappears), leaving the first to register a principle whose banality suggests that it...
  • Mary Gresham’s grief over invalid son’s death echoes from 1865

    08/05/2014 11:01:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-5-14 | Michael E. Ruane
    Mary Baxter Gresham was 42 when her invalid son, LeRoy, died in June 1865. She had already lost two infant children and had just lived through the upheaval of the Civil War in Macon, Ga. But when 17-year-old LeRoy, know as “Loy,” died on June 18 in the house where he was born, she was devastated. “God has tried me often and in many ways but never has my heart been so wrung as now,” she wrote to her sister, Sallie, on July 12. “And yet the trial had so much mercy mixed with it that my soul swells within...