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  • Kangaroo court in Waco: No reason needed to arrest packing pastor with CCL

    08/27/2015 9:43:17 PM PDT · by ExyZ · 30 replies
    Grits for Breakfast ^ | 08/27/2015 | Scott Henson
    Gun ownership is on trial in Waco, so why aren't the NRA and all the open-carry advocates going nuts over what's happening regarding prosecutions from the the Twin Peaks biker massacre? In McLennan County, visiting Judge James Morgan ruled after an examining trial that there was sufficient cause to have arrested a 65-year old concealed carry permit holder who wasn't wearing a biker cut but a Christian t-shirt (he's chaplain to the Bandidos and two veterans groups) because he was carrying legal personal weapons. The judge declared there was probable cause to support an arrest even though no police "officer...
  • Here’s the first thing President Trump will need to do.

    08/27/2015 1:35:38 PM PDT · by Mier · 9 replies ^ | August 27, 2015 | Michael Savage
    Dr. Savage explained to his audience that issues such as illegal immigration and the weakening of America’s military were nothing new and not unique to Obama’s administration. He added that the last thing America needed was another Clinton in the White House and offered a suggestion for “President Trump.” “The emasculation of America’s military didn’t begin with Obama,” Savage told his listeners. It started with George W. Bush. The leftist machine has long been embedded in the Defense Department. But through Obama has done more damage to our military than al-Qaida has done. His military evisceration plan has seen hundreds...
  • Here is the bad*ss truck replacing the US military's aging Humvees

    08/26/2015 9:25:16 AM PDT · by AlmaKing · 39 replies
    The Verge ^ | 8-26-15 | Chris Ziegler
    The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle — the HMMWV, or Humvee — is a stalwart of the battleground. If you asked someone to draw a military truck, they'd almost certainly draw this classic machine, which is almost older than a millennial (1984!) and gained such a pop culture following at one point that civilians started buying them. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in particular, is famous for his undying love of the "Hummer." But seriously, they're old. The US military has been keen on retiring Humvees for some time, and it has finally awarded the $6.7 billion contract to replace them to Wisconsin-based...
  • If N Korea supposedly wants S Korea, China wants Spratly, Russia wants Crimea...

    08/23/2015 10:59:36 PM PDT · by whiterhino · 25 replies
    Just wondering... would three countries (or maybe include a fourth muslim country also) coordinate their efforts to distract the USA, let's say in Korea with a "military action", then China or Russia would make their move on what is really attainable in their eyes... (Spratly? Taiwan? Crimea?) Your thoughts?
  • Airman hiking 710 Miles to Honor Wounded Soldiers

    08/23/2015 5:58:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | August 20, 2015
    Airman hiking 710 miles to honor wounded soldiers Cindy Hval The Spokesman-Review Recently visited page Air Force Tech. Sgt. Stacy Trosine is hiking part of the Pacific Crest Trail in order to honor soldiers wounded in Afghanistan. • To donate to the EOD Warrior Foundation and help Sgt. Trosine reach her goal, go to • For more information about the foundation: • You can follow Trosine’s story on her blog at Tech. Sgt. Stacy Trosine is on the journey of a lifetime. The Fairchild Air Force Base airman is hiking 710 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail,...
  • Americans Who Stopped Train Attack to Speak in Paris

    08/23/2015 8:43:50 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 44 replies
    ABC news ^ | 23 Aug 2015 | DAVID CHIU and EMILY SHAPIRO
    Three Americans who helped take down an alleged gunman aboard a train bound for Paris will speak today from the home of the U.S. ambassador to France. Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler will speak to the media a day before being received by French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace.
  • Japan's War in Colour; 2004 Documentary with never seen before films

    08/22/2015 6:49:43 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2004 | TWI Carlton Production
    Japan's role in World War II gets a whole new perspective in this consisting entirely of full color footage, including color films from Japan that were recently discovered. As the visuals of the world war take on a new vivid immediateness, the story of the rise of the militarists in Japan is told through the personal writings of the Japanese themselves. From the first overconfident tastes of victory, to the devastating losses that led to an unthinkable defeat amidst the ruins, the Pacific Theater of World War II is told through the Japanese's eyes. It was assumed no color films...
  • U.S. Navy Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

    08/20/2015 4:09:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monica Garske
    Wayne Edward Carr, of San Diego’s Imperial Beach community, served 34 years in the U.S. NavyA San Diego-based U.S. Navy veteran celebrated his 100th birthday Thursday and, without a hint of hesitation, said his favorite memory of his long life will always be the day he married his wife. “I was only married once, you know,” centenarian Wayne Edward Carr told NBC 7 proudly, remembering his wedding day. Carr, who still has a sharp sense of humor, then joked that he got arrested on his wedding day. “I was charged with theft for robbing the cradle,” the Imperial Beach resident...
  • Colorado soldier reunited with his bomb-sniffing dog he served with in Afghanistan

    08/20/2015 8:49:23 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 4 replies
    FOX 31 Denver KDVR ^ | 8/19/15 | Ashley Michels
    There was a sweet reunion Wednesday after a soldier was reunited with his war buddy, a bomb-sniffing dog named Donna. The two were deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. “She was excellent. You could unclip her from the leash and she could find something a mile away,” her handler, U.S. Army Specialist Tyler Roberts, said. When they got home, Roberts planned to adopt Donna. The only problem was he could not find her.
  • The Third Atomic Bomb: Japan's Atomic Bomb

    08/20/2015 5:17:01 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 88 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2005 | Amerimage Productions; West Park Pictures
    In August 1945, during the final stage of the Second World War, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The two bombings, which killed at least 129,000 people, remain the only use of nuclear weapons for warfare in human history.
  • ‘I Look Forward to Dying:’ U.S. Veteran Fights Gulf War Syndrome

    08/19/2015 8:11:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Glenn Stewart, a U.S. veteran of the first Gulf War a quarter of a century ago, has a deadly dilemma. Stewart, who served as a communication specialist in the U.S. forces tasked with taking back Kuwait from the clutches of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 1991, wants to see his grandchildren grow. But at the same time, he also waits daily to hear the “good news” of his impending death. The 54-year-old suffers from what is commonly known as Gulf War syndrome (GWS) or Gulf War Illness (GWI), a cocktail of ailments. Its multiple symptoms are both physical and psychological...
  • BUDS to be opened up to women.

    08/19/2015 4:58:59 PM PDT · by hillarys cankles · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | August 19, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Washington (CNN)The U.S. Navy is preparing to allow women into the ranks of its SEAL teams, the Navy's chief operations officer told Defense News on Tuesday. "Why shouldn't anybody who can meet these (standards) be accepted? And the answer is, there is no reason," Adm. Jon Greenert told the publication. "So we're on a track to say, 'Hey look, anybody who can meet the gender non-specific standards, then you can become a SEAL.'" If women can pass the unit's demanding training requirements, Greenert said, they will be allowed into the elite force. Officials did not reveal to Defense News when...
  • SEALs to open to women...

    08/18/2015 7:54:56 PM PDT · by Chode · 63 replies
    August 18, 2015
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  • Need Some Naval History Help

    08/18/2015 4:21:48 PM PDT · by Crapgame · 22 replies
    Freepers I am turning to you all for assistance in preparing a class lecture on the importance of Mahan's "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History". Specifically I was hoping one of you well read Freepers can direct me to a good, excerpt or summary of Mahan's "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History". Something I can hand out in class. I have read his many articles but none of them seem to cover the major points of his theories succinctly. So I am wondering now if there is a good excerpt of his major work that you all could...
  • Steaks Served Up for 3 Aircraft Carriers

    08/18/2015 10:40:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | R. Stickney
    The picnic was hosted by an organization that travels the world to grill for members of the U.S. militaryMore than 12,000 fresh New York steaks were served Monday to crew members of three aircraft carriers in San Diego. The grilling began days before the picnic scheduled for USS Carl Vinson, USS George Washington and USS Ronald Regan at Naval Base Coronado. The organization "Cooks from the Valley" served up the steaks. The group is known for bringing its grills to members of the military – no matter where they are in the world. In San Diego, they served more than...
  • WWII Veteran Receives Bronze Star Earned 70 Years Ago

    08/18/2015 10:36:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC ^ | 8/18 | Monica Garske
    Capt. Robert A. Sulit, 89, earned the meritorious medal in 1945 for his service to our nation during World War II Seventy years after earning the Bronze Star Medal, one San Diego-based World War II veteran finally officially received the meritorious medal for his service to our nation. On Monday, 49th District of California Congressman Darrell Issa presented the Bronze Star to 89-year-old WWII vet Captain Robert A. Sulit, a Del Mar resident. Sulit, USNR Retired, earned the prestigious award in May 1945 for his achievement in active ground combat against the enemy while serving in support of allied operations...
  • 110-Year-Old Veteran Emma Didlake Dies Weeks After Meeting President Obama

    08/17/2015 10:29:41 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    ABC ^ | August 17, 2015 | ARLETTE SAENZ
    The nation’s oldest known living veteran, Emma "Big Mama" Didlake, passed away Sunday at the age of 110, just a few weeks after meeting President Obama during a trip to Washington, D.C. “It was a month ago today that we went to the White House, a month ago today,” Didlake's granddaughter Marilyn Horne told the San Antonio Express News. “I think she felt she had accomplished everything and could take her rest.”
  • The RPG-7 Is a One-Man Dealer of Death

    08/17/2015 7:13:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 17, 2015 | Paul Richard Huard
    The RPG-7–the fin-stabilized, rocket-propelled anti-tank launcher–changed the face of warfare when introduced in 1961, captured the imagination of game studios and became a go-to Hollywood prop. The classic 1980s film Red Dawn portrayed ordinary American high school students blowing up Soviet tanks with captured RPGs as they shouted “Eat me!” You can hardly make it through a lot of video games games without tripping over the weapon.
  • CEO of the Silver Star Families of America Issues Warning to ISIS

    08/16/2015 9:23:33 PM PDT · by Steve Newton · 17 replies
    Self ^ | 2015 | Steve Newton
    The Silver Star Families of America is a nonprofit 501 C 3 organization with one mission: To remember, honor, assist and advocate for the wounded, ill, injured and dying of our Armed Forces from all wars. This necessarily includes the prevention of casualties.
  • Gift a Vet Charity Can't Back Up Claims Donations Go To Veterans

    08/15/2015 9:29:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 | Vicky Nguyen and David Paredes
    The self-proclaimed charity, Gift a Vet, would not provide any records that they have helped a single veteran.Bill Hampshire served in the US Air Force for 20 years from 1994 to 2014. So when his wife, also a veteran, dropped a few dollars into a donation box for “Gift A Vet” outside his Los Gatos grocery store, he didn’t think much of it. Then he asked the man collecting the money about his service. “He said he wasn’t a vet, that he worked for the Department of Defense,” Hampshire said. “I said ‘Why are you wearing a uniform if...
  • Ross Homecoming - USMC Military Homecoming

    08/15/2015 5:37:35 PM PDT · by Focault's Pendulum · 8 replies
    you tube ^ | 2015 | Ryanne Kenzie Photography
    You gonna like this 'em.
  • How to Prevent ISIS From Using Our Weapons Against Our Troops

    08/15/2015 11:25:27 AM PDT · by RetSignman · 33 replies
    Same old, old mind at work again | August 15, 2015 | RetSignman
    The answer is pretty simple...finger identifications technology it can applied to hand held weapons, tanks, Humvee's and anything that requires a finger print used to operate. The cowardly Iraqis who are embedded with our 'advisers' to fight against ISIS would be required to use their finger print as an added security.
  • F'd: How the U.S. and Its Allies Got Stuck with the World's Worst New Warplane

    08/14/2015 11:39:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | August 14, 2015 | David Axe
    From all the recent sounds of celebrating coming out of Washington, D.C., you might think the Pentagon’s biggest, priciest and most controversial warplane development had accelerated right past all its problems. The price tag—currently an estimated $1 trillion to design, build and operate 2,400 copies—is steadily going down. Production of dozens of the planes a year for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps is getting easier. Daily flight tests increasingly are hitting all the right marks. Or so proponents would have you believe.
  • Isis 'hacking division' releases details of 1,400 Americans and urges attacks

    08/13/2015 8:22:07 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 13 August 2015 | Michael Safi
    Spreadsheet lists names, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords of US military and government staff, but marines say information is out-of-date A group calling itself the Islamic State hacking division has published the details of 1,400 mostly US military and government personnel, urging supporters to attack those listed. The spreadsheet, published online on Wednesday, exposes names, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords. Those listed include members of the marine corps, Nasa, the state department, air force and FBI. Supporters of Isis on Twitter seized on the breach, posting personal details of soldiers and government staffers and encouraging lone wolves to...
  • Poll: Hillary Clinton loses to GOP field in Missouri

    08/13/2015 3:15:38 PM PDT · by Signalman · 7 replies
    wash. examiner ^ | 8/12/2015 | Ryan Lovelace
    Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton would lose Missouri to every GOP presidential candidate pitted against her in a new survey conducted by Public Policy Polling. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio performs best against Clinton, winning by 15 percentage points in a hypothetical matchup, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush performs worst, winning by only 7 percentage points. Donald Trump leads Clinton by 9 percentage points, Carly Fiorina had a 10 percentage point margin of victory, and Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky each won by 12. Missouri went blue for President Obama in 2008, and also features a...
  • Holy Cow....Today is my 10th Anniversary on Free Republic

    08/11/2015 7:21:50 PM PDT · by napscoordinator · 95 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 11 August 2015 | NAPSCOORDINATOR
    I can't believe I almost missed this most important day. I am privileged to be here and thank you all for the great education you have given me these last 10 years. I certainly have pissed off a few here and there but that is what is great about FR, we get up, shake hands and go on to the next thread. Thank you for that best 10 years!!!!! Oh and for the millionth time, NAPSCOORDINATOR means Naval Academy Preparatory School is a prep school for a year before the Naval Academy to prepare students for the rigors of...
  • Was the Civil War about Slavery?

    08/11/2015 1:11:21 PM PDT · by iowamark · 747 replies
    Acton Institute, Prager University ^ | 8/11/2015 | Joe Carter
    What caused the Civil War? That seems like the sort of simple, straightforward question that any elementary school child should be able to answer. Yet many Americans—including, mostly, my fellow Southerners—claim that that the cause was economic or state’s rights or just about anything other than slavery. But slavery was indisputably the primary cause, explains Colonel Ty Seidule, Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The abolition of slavery was the single greatest act of liberty-promotion in the history of America. Because of that fact, it’s natural for people who love freedom, love tradition, and...
  • MH17: 'Russian missile parts' at Ukraine crash site

    08/11/2015 11:44:29 AM PDT · by moose07 · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 11 Aug 2015 | Jonathan Marcus,
    Fragments of a suspected Russian missile system have been found at the Flight MH17 crash site in Ukraine, investigators in the Netherlands say. They say the parts, possibly from a Buk surface-to-air system, are "of particular interest" and could help show who was behind the crash. But they say they have not proved their "causal connection" with the crash. MH17 crashed on land held by Russian-backed rebels in July 2014, killing all 298 on board. There were 283 passengers, including 80 children, and 15 crew members on the Malaysian Airlines airliner. About two-thirds of those who died were Dutch nationals,...
  • AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

    08/11/2015 8:20:48 AM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 33 replies
    Air Force News Service ^ | July 31, 2015 | SSgt Marleah Robertson
    HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) -- The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed here July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J. After completing the initial developmental test and evaluation by the 413th Flight Test Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, the aircraft will be flown by the 1st Special Operations Group Detachment 2 and maintained by the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during its initial operational tests and evaluations at Hurlburt Field. “Putting it through these tests will allow us to wring out the AC-130J in a simulated combat environment, instead of the more rigid flight profiles...
  • A must see youtube video(tissues required)

    08/10/2015 3:44:24 PM PDT · by chasio649 · 2 replies ^ | 8/10/14 | NIKKI BURNS
    The little boy had cerebral palsy, and the doctor told his parents that he would never walk. But, in true American style, they never gave up hope.
  • Pentagon still searching for its lost WWII veterans

    08/10/2015 12:26:25 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 4 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 8/9/15 | Laurent Barthelemy
    Long dead but little forgotten, US soldiers who disappeared across the globe during World War II are being reunited with their loved ones in a dogged push to find and bring home their bodies. From the forests of Germany to the jungles of Papua New Guinea, US experts employed by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency -- among them historians, archeologists and forensic experts -- are the main sleuths. When recovery of a body is possible, the Pentagon specialists turn the remains over to an ultra-modern lab in Hawaii for identification and then wait for the ultimate reward: bringing the bereaved...
  • Whatever Happened to the Wild Camels of the American West?

    08/09/2015 9:18:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | 8-6-15 | Chris Heller
    Initially seen as the Army's answer to how to settle the frontier, the camels eventually became a literal beast of burden, with no home on the range. In the 1880s, a wild menace haunted the Arizona territory. It was known as the Red Ghost, and its legend grew as it roamed the high country. It trampled a woman to death in 1883. It was rumored to stand 30 feet tall. A cowboy once tried to rope the Ghost, but it turned and charged his mount, nearly killing them both. One man chased it, then claimed it disappeared right before his...
  • Hoping to repay a debt, retired SEAL makes it his mission to help working dogs

    08/09/2015 5:29:21 AM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | August 9, 2015 | Mike Hixenbaugh
    In a darkened Iraqi suburb, Christmas Eve, 2006, a team of Navy SEALs moved quietly into position outside the home of a man known for training suicide bombers. The operation that night wasn’t unlike hundreds of others carried out by Naval Special Warfare Development Group during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But it’s one Jimmy Hatch won’t ever forget. He’d later learn that no amount of alcohol could erase the memory. It was chilly, not quite cold enough to see your breath. As the operators prepared to raid the home, a husky man popped his head out of an...
  • Dallas Marine Veteran Gets Home to Call His Own

    08/09/2015 1:15:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Aug 7, 2015 | Maggie Kerkman
    A Dallas veteran and his little girl now have a home to call their own after a whole community came together to give them a place to find peace. To say that life has been hard for 8-year-old A'naijah Anderson doesn't begin to cover it. "Her mom and sister were killed in 2012," said her father, Ben Anderson. They've been homeless, and now Ben Anderson has cancer. But there is a new chapter for them, one with hope. They have a new home thanks to the caring of a community. "It gives me peace of mind that she will never...
  • America's new mega-bomb is an absolute terror — but Iran may have the last laugh

    08/08/2015 5:59:34 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 53 replies
    The Week ^ | August 5, 2015 | Paul Huard
    It 's a weapon that justifies the use of the word "awesome" to describe its power. The Massive Ordnance Penetrator — or MOP — weighs in at 30,000 pounds, is almost 20 feet long and is designed to burrow through 200 feet of earth and 60 feet of concrete before detonating. It's the king of the so-called "bunker busters" and is the largest non-nuclear weapon in the world. Delivered by the stealthy B-2 Spirit heavy strategic bomber from as high as 20,000 feet, the MOP hits the ground at supersonic speed before slamming its way toward a hardened target through...
  • Canadian woman returns after fighting with Kurds against ISIL

    08/08/2015 1:51:16 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | August 8, 2015 | Catherine Solyom
    As news reports of Western youths joining ISIL dominated the headlines last spring, Hanna Bohman — once a fashion model, then a sales clerk — ran the other way: away from her cushy life in Vancouver and toward the front lines in the war against the jihadists. In March, she boarded a plane to Iraq, and spent 10 days trying to get across the border into Syria to join up with the Kurdish women’s defence forces, known as the YPJ. She had found her calling. Now back in Vancouver after four months of moving from abandoned houses to deserted schools,...
  • Can anyone help me locate squadron patches

    08/08/2015 9:01:55 AM PDT · by FunkyZero · 25 replies
    Hopefully I'm posting this correctly in general chat... My dad has always talked about his service in very general terms, but lately is opening up a little more. He's the humble type. Anyway, he has always talked about how he wanted a certain hat that they had and I've given up on ever finding one so I want to make one from parts and surprise him with it. I have been searching for a long time trying to find the correct patch, but I'm coming up empty unless I buy a lot of 500 from a custom shop. Do any...
  • The Best Commercial Of The Summer Is The Heartwarming Tale Of A Military Child

    08/07/2015 3:23:43 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 13 replies
    The separation of our military men and women from their families is tough on everyone. However it can be the most difficult on children, who don’t fully comprehend where mommy or daddy is and why they are away. This summer the Paper and Packaging Board has launched a series of TV ads aimed at showing the intimacy that letters on hard paper have as opposed to digital mediums.
  • San Jose Man Finds 70-Year-Old Suitcase: What's Inside Leads Him on Quest to Honor WWII Veterans

    08/07/2015 2:22:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/6 | Garvin Thomas
    Chris Texiera has always been partial to restoring old Chevrolets, but he was happy to make an exception this time. The 31-year-old from San Jose, who has spent much of his life with his head under the hood of classic cars, has been spending all his spare time lately working on a truck. A World War II-era, 2 1/2 ton, GMC truck. Chris is the lead mechanic on the project for the Spirit of ‘45, a non profit dedicated to honoring the veterans of WWII. The group hopes to use the truck, once restored, to carry veterans in parades. “It...
  • Magic Stone 466--SAM Hunter-Killer Mission

    08/07/2015 11:43:14 AM PDT · by Portcall24 · 15 replies
    By Email | Gary Barnhill
    I received this email from a fellow controller. He served on ABCCC flying on EC-130 out of Thailand.
  • Just War And Where Snipers Fit In

    08/07/2015 10:48:44 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies ^ | August 5, 2015 | Wayne Laugesen via Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown USAR (Ret.)
    Boulder, CO – -( “You shall not kill.” As a Catholic altar boy and student at St. Jude’s School near Boston, Jack Coughlin learned the Fifth Commandment early in life. As a Marine Corps sniper and devout pro-life Catholic, Coughlin killed for a living. From rooftops, hillsides and shelled-out buildings, he focused the crosshairs on distant individuals, squeezed the trigger and ended their lives. By the time he retired, Coughlin had accumulated 60 confirmed kills in Somalia, Iraq and other foreign battlefields he will not identify. Coughlin, author of the autobiography Shooter ( ) , has little trouble...
  • NET10 cell phone minutes - need to donate

    08/06/2015 11:26:55 AM PDT · by djf · 21 replies
    OK. I have somewhat over 5,000 cell phone minutes with my current provider, which is NET10. I need to donate these minutes. Preferably to a veterans group or soldiers in general because I know they are always looking for minutes. There was just a blurb on TV about donating airline miles to kids, so I figured I'd ask. Any ideas on how to proceed?
  • Books by British historians that focus on Red Army atrocities are stripped from Russian [tr]

    08/06/2015 9:10:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 6, 2015 | Tom Wyke
    Russian officials have ordered to inspect and remove books by well-known British historians John Keegan and Antony Beevor from libraries, saying they promote Nazi-era stereotypes. The move is among a raft of measures to streamline historical narrative by limiting alternative viewpoints, as well as ending the perceived foreign influence from fields such as education. The regional education ministry in Sverdlovsk, near the Ural Mountains, issued a decree telling school and university libraries to 'check the availability of books' by the historians and 'take measures to remove them from access by students and teaching staff'.
  • Two Special Ops Airmen Killed During Free-Fall Training in Florida

    08/05/2015 11:00:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    NBC ^ | Aug 5 2015, 8:41 am ET | Henry Austin, F. Brinley Bruton and Shamar Walters
    A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star and a father of five were killed during military free-fall training in Florida, the Air Force announced late Tuesday. Tech. Sgt. Timothy Officer Jr., 32, and Tech. Sgt. Marty Bettelyoun, 35, were rushed to local hospitals after the accident at Eglin Air Force Base on Monday. Both were Special Tactics Airmen, a force made up of specially-trained air traffic controllers, pararescuemen specializing in rescue operations, and military weathermen and forecasters. ... Special tactics airmen are the Air Force's ground special operations forces. They often embed with Navy SEALs and Army Special Forces to...
  • Search for missing Florida boy turns up body of sailor in pond

    08/05/2015 9:24:15 AM PDT · by dware · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08.05.2015 | AP via Fox News
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office say a body found during a search for a missing toddler has been identified as a U.S. Navy sailor missing since 2003. The Florida Times-Union reports the body of Yaroslav Victorovich Iventyev was found inside a car in a pond as authorities searched for missing 21-month-old Lonzie Barton.
  • D-Day Veterans Still Waiting for Medals Promised by France Last Year

    08/04/2015 3:24:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Express ^ | Tue, Aug 4, 2015 | John Ingham
    D-DAY veterans promised France's highest bravery honour are still waiting for their medals due to red tape.The French announced last year on the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings that surviving UK veterans would get the Legion d'Honneur. But fewer than 250 of the 2,800 who applied via the Ministry of Defence have received their awards. The medal can not be awarded posthumously, meaning the families of those who die waiting will not get them. The delay has been blamed on bureaucracy. An MoD spokesman said: "We are fast-tracking the process where we are aware of health issues such as...
  • FBI: “Middle-Eastern males” approaching family members of military personnel

    08/03/2015 2:55:50 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 13 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 08/03/2015 | Robert Spencer
    The Islamic State has told Muslims to target and murder members of the U.S. military in their homes. “(U//FOUO) FBI Alert: Middle-Eastern Males Approaching Family Members of US Military Personnel,” Public Intelligence, August 3, 2015 (thanks to Pamela Geller): “ The following alert related to “Middle-Eastern males” approaching military family members was obtained from the website of a veterans advocacy organization. A force protection advisory that was released by the Washington National Guard & Military Department days later describes a similar incident that occurred in Washington. Middle-Eastern Males Approaching Family Members of US Military Personnel at their Homes In Colorado...
  • Army is breaking, let down by Washington

    08/03/2015 8:33:51 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 45 replies
    Stars And Stripes ^ | Aug 2, 2015 | Robert H. Scales
    Last month, Gen. Ray Odierno, outgoing Army chief of staff, and Gen. Mark Milley, his successor, testified to the difficulties faced by the Army. I’d like to make the same points by telling a story. **********snip************ The Obama administration just announced a 40,000 reduction in the Army’s ranks. But the numbers don’t begin to tell the tale. Soldiers stay in the Army because they love to go into the field and train; Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently said that the Army will not have enough money for most soldiers to train above the squad level this year. Soldiers need to...
  • Helicopter crashes at airshow in Russia, 1 pilot dead (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

    08/02/2015 2:02:12 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 15 replies
    RT News ^ | 2 aug 2015
    While performing a stunt at the Aviamix air show on Sunday, a helicopter belonging to the Berkuty (Golden Eagles) aerobatic team suddenly banked on one side and started to lose height. “The helicopter went into flat-attitude spin and crash-landed,”
  • Old films found in an attic bring long-lost love story back to life

    08/01/2015 6:58:09 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    cbs ^ | july 31, 2015 | steve hartman
    Someone found in an attic old 16 mm home movies from the 1930s -- labeled Kodachrome experiment. "Yeah, I was intrigued. So I took the projector, I took the films and I started to watch," Bill said. "And I loved what I saw. I saw scenes of our community and they were in color!" -snip He found out the photographer, a guy named Bob Kramer, went to work for Kodak labs right out of high school -- and that girl was his high school sweetheart, Leona Sharp. She would be 96 years old if she were alive. He found an...