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  • Vanity--What do FReepers think of Wounded Warriors as a charity?--vanity

    10/04/2015 2:04:16 PM PDT · by Mamzelle · 55 replies
    Vanity | 10/04/15 | Mamzelle
    Look at charitable giving budget after a lean year and I want to make every penny count. I tend to be suspicious of any philanthropy that engages in heavily emotional advertising. Opinions about WW from FReepers appreciated.
  • Any sudden military activity in the Tampa Bay area?

    10/04/2015 10:11:37 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 20 replies
    one man's opinion...
    I'm northeast of Tampa..about 30 miles from MacDill. Was just walking the dog, (1 PM EST )and a pair of F-16s..close formation.. just busted by overhead, really moving.. heading south.... easily BELOW 1000 feet. This is highly unusual..anyone hear anything?
  • Grilled Cheese Truck partners with ‘Soup Nazi’ for delicious venture

    10/04/2015 3:39:28 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 39 replies
    NYP ^ | October 1, 2015 | Lisa Fickensche
    Retired Gen. Wesley Clark is hawking grilled cheese and soup these days. Clark, the vice chairman of the Grilled Cheese Truck, a publicly traded company that puts veterans to work serving up meals from five kitchen trucks on the West Coast, is rolling out its New York City version in November — part of a co-branded hook-up with The Original Soupman, of “Seinfeld” fame. [snip] ...“This [business] model is all about putting veterans to work,” ...The trucks will debut in New York City on Veterans Day.
  • Putin humiliates Obama in Syria

    10/02/2015 7:50:16 PM PDT · by RC one · 23 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | 3:56 pm, Friday, October 2, 2015 | By Charles Krauthammer
    <p>If it had the wit, the Obama administration would be not angered but appropriately humiliated. President Barack Obama has, once again, been outmaneuvered by Vladimir Putin. Two days earlier at the United Nations, Obama had welcomed the return, in force, of the Russian military to the Middle East — for the first time in decades — to help fight the Islamic State.</p>
  • VIDEO=> ARMED Air Force Vet Was on Umpqua Campus – BARRED From Assisting Victims During Shooting

    10/02/2015 8:04:21 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 39 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/02/2015 | Jim Hoft
    Air Force veteran John Parker said he was armed but was not allowed to assist the victims during the shooting. Parker is a student at Umpqua Community College. John Parker was in the veteran’s center with other veterans. He went out to help the victims. But officials barred him from helping the victims as they were being gunned down. “ “I was carrying. And I was ready to help.” Parker told Hannity, “I’m licensed to carry and I will continue to carry.”
  • VA apologizes for 'ill-advised' ban on veterans' cellphones

    10/01/2015 2:04:21 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/1/2015 | Adam Kredo
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) apologized on Wednesday for temporarily implementing what it called an "ill-advised" policy at some medical centers that banned veterans from bringing cellphones to appointments, according to a statement provided by the VA to the Washington Free Beacon. The VA did not explain why it issued the initial phone ban.
  • Close Call: The Secret Service Just Caught Him Trying To Pull His Own Head Off?

    10/01/2015 12:43:02 AM PDT · by wannabegeek · 18 replies ^ | September 15, 2015 |
     Looks like we narrowly avoided tragedy this morning. According to a White House press release, the Secret Service just discovered President Barack Obama trying to pull his own head off, but they managed to stop him before he succeeded. Wow. This could have been really bad.According to the White House, several Secret Service agents walked into the Lincoln Bedroom at approximately 6:45 a.m. and discovered President Obama standing alone in the middle of the room with his hands wrapped around his head and trying with considerable effort to remove it from his body.The agents who witnessed the scene said that...
  • Everyone Who Wanted More F-22s Is Being Proven Right

    09/30/2015 10:53:06 AM PDT · by InsidiousMongo · 23 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 9/25/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    As if they suddenly came to an epiphany, the United States Air Force brass is now admitting what many of us have been screaming about for so long: We didn’t build nearly enough F-22s, and the F-35 cannot simply pick up the slack. So why aren’t those who pushed so hard to cancel the F-22 program being held accountable? By the mid 2000s, the F-22 was finally entering the fray as the world’s first true stealth fighter, offering a quantum leap in capability and performance when compared with anything else on the battlefield. It was a thoroughbred weapon system meant...
  • "U.S. working to 'deconflict' military operations in Syria"

    09/30/2015 10:13:13 AM PDT · by pabianice · 59 replies
    Josh Earnest on TV now at press briefing. He was asked what the US' response to Russia will be regarding Russia's demand that US aircraft stop flying in Syria. Ernest replied that the US is working to "deconflict" the situation with Russia. Meanwhile, " Secretary of State John Kerry rebuffs Russia’s demand that U.S. warplanes leave Syrian airspace to make way for their own airstrikes — but stops short of raising the ante against Russian President Vladimir Putin, instead calling on him to join coalition talks on how to defeat ISIS." What do you suppose will happen next?
  • The war against ISIS is expanding to a new frontier: its finances.

    09/30/2015 2:12:21 AM PDT · by RC one · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/30/15
    (CNN)—The war against ISIS is expanding to a new frontier: its finances. As the terror group plunders archaeological sites and oil fields in Iraq and Syria, the United States is offering a $5 million reward for tips to stop the smuggling of gas and antiquities. The terror group's oil and antiquities trafficking are crucial sources of revenue, the State Department said in a statement announcing the reward.Funds for brutal tactics ISIS makes millions of dollars from the trafficking of oil and antiquities, which helps fund its brutal tactics, U.S. officials said. "The U.S. Department of State hopes this reward generates...
  • UN: Arms Sales to Warring Parties Fueling Syrian War

    09/30/2015 12:37:22 AM PDT · by RC one · 3 replies
    Voice of America ^ | September 21, 2015 5:43 AM | Lisa Schlein
    GENEVA— The International Commission of Inquiry on Syria is calling on states to curb the flow of weapons to armed groups, which it blames for fueling the war that has killed nearly one quarter of a million people in Syria since March 2011. The Commission has presented an oral update of its latest findings to the UN Human Rights Council.In a hard-hitting emotional presentation before the U.N. Human Rights Council, Commission Chair Paulo Sergio Pinheiro told members of the U.N. Council that Syria has fallen apart before their eyes“A nation has collapsed into the world’s most chaotic and lethal battlefield....
  • The Petrodollar War

    09/30/2015 12:09:40 AM PDT · by RC one · 5 replies
    DayAfterIndia ^ | 9/12/15 | Asit Manohar
    Since 1973 oil shock, US diplomacy is moved by the petrodollar system, creating artificial demand of greenback and fuelling global oil price in northward directionOn September 4, 2015, dead body of the 3-year old baby Aylin Kurdi on the sea shore of Turkey became viral in social media. Public got divided whether the man who photographed should have done it or not. However, very few were finding out the major culprit responsible for this killing. Some people on social media were found ill mouthing the smugglers who gave weak raft against much higher sum to his father for migrating from...
  • Navy retires USS Simpson, last modern ship to sink an enemy vessel

    09/29/2015 1:12:07 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 34 replies
    Florida Times Union ^ | Sep 29, 2015 | Andrew Pantazi
    The United States Navy decommissioned its last Perry-class frigate, reducing the Navy's number of ships that have sunk an enemy vessel to just one... After 30 years of service — including an April 1988 battle when it fired missiles at and sunk an Iranian oil platform and an Iranian Navy vessel — the ship's service came to an end Tuesday with a ceremony at Mayport Naval Station. Now the only Navy ship that has sunk an enemy is the USS Constitution, which did so during the War of 1812...
  • This Hellcat Still Purrs Along Nicely

    09/29/2015 11:58:19 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 39 replies
    WSJ ^ | 29 sept 2015 | A.J. BAIME
    Mine was built in 1944 by Buick in Flint, Mich., with a 975-cubic inch airplane engine in it. According to my records, it was sold as surplus after World War II to the Yugoslavian military, where it was used in the civil war there in the 1990s. “Would whoever owns the 1984 Camaro, please move it, or we’re going to have it towed away.” Of course, nobody moved it. With everyone watching, I fired up the tank destroyer and crushed that Camaro. The crowds loved it.
  • RANKED: The strongest militaries in the world

    09/29/2015 7:50:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/29/2015 | Lucinda Shen
    The US is the world's undisputed leader in terms of military strength. That is according to a ranking published in a Credit Suisse report on globalization. Russia ranks second, narrowly ahead of China. Japan and India round out the top five. Canada ranks 20.
  • In a Zombie Apocalypse the Military Would Be Toast

    09/29/2015 7:23:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | September 28, 2015 | David French
    Jonah, I’m afraid you have a bit too much confidence in our boys in digital-print camouflage. As I understand the dynamics of the Walking Dead universe (at least as illustrated in Fear the Walking Dead), the apocalypse starts when a wave of “the flu” sweeps through the country — except this flu is rapidly fatal if you’re symptomatic. Note that several people “turn” without being bitten. The sickest members of society die first (junkies and the homeless), but then people start falling like flies within 24 hours or so of the first victims. They immediately reanimate and start munching everyone...
  • Did China Just Hit Mach 5?

    09/29/2015 6:47:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | September 29, 2015 | David Axe
    On a night apparently in early September, at a flight test center somewhere in China, a dark-painted airplane reportedly took off on a momentous mission—to fly faster than five times the speed of sound then return safely to Earth. The airborne experiment, allegedly involving a manned aircraft with a human pilot aboard, marked a huge leap forward for China as it competes with the United States to develop warplanes and missiles capable of so-called “hypersonic” flight—so fast that they’re almost impossible to shoot down or dodge.
  • DARPA is testing implanting chips in soldiers’ brains

    09/28/2015 5:44:15 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Fusion ^ | 09/27/15 | Kristen V. Brown
    For decades, DARPA, the secretive research arm of the Department of Defense, has dreamed of turning soldiers into cyborgs. And now it’s finally happening. The agency has funded projects that involve implanting chips into soldiers’ brains that could one day enhance performance on the battlefield and repair traumatized brains once the fog of war has lifted. “Of the 2.5 million Americans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, 300,000 of them came home with traumatic brain injury,” journalist Annie Jacobsen told NPR. “DARPA initiated a series of programs to help cognitive functioning, to repair some of this damage. And those programs...
  • American War Heroes Return Home 7 Decades Later

    09/28/2015 1:59:52 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 13 replies
    ABC News via Yahoo News ^ | 9/27/15 | ALEXANDER MALLIN
    Clay Bonnyman Evans knew all there was to know about his grandfather though the two had never met until that moment under several feet of crushed coral rock on a remote island in the Pacific. Evans was polite when requesting the anthropology brush he would use to sweep some of the dust from his grandfather’s remains when they were found in May on the Tawara Atoll. “My whole life I grew up with that medal on the wall and the citation,” Evans said, holding back tears. “He’s always been my hero.” Evans, referring to the Medal of Honor his grandfather...
  • Was It Fixed? Army General Told Subordinates: 'A Woman Will Graduate Ranger School,' Sources Say

    09/27/2015 4:16:03 PM PDT · by TangibleDisgust · 32 replies
    People ^ | Sept. 25, 2015 | Susan Keating
    Multiple sources told PEOPLE: • Women were first sent to a special two-week training in January to get them ready for the school, which didn't start until April 20. Once there they were allowed to repeat the program until they passed – while men were held to a strict pass/fail standard. • Afterward they spent months in a special platoon at Fort Benning getting, among other things, nutritional counseling and full-time training with a Ranger. • While in the special platoon they were taken out to the land navigation course – a very tough part of the course that is...
  • Russia’s Syria Strategy: An Opportunistic Pursuit of National Interests

    09/27/2015 6:17:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept. 24, 2015 | Yaroslav Trofimov
    Russia’s Syria Strategy: An Opportunistic Pursuit of National Interests In its return the Middle East, Moscow hopes to revive its own economy and challenge U.S. influence in the region By Yaroslav Trofimov Updated Sept. 24, 2015 1:39 p.m. ET 45 COMMENTS Russia’s return to the Middle East, with its lightning military deployment to Syria, has rekindled memories of the Cold War when Moscow and Washington confronted each other across the region. Yet, Moscow’s engagement today is fundamentally different—and, because it is no longer constrained by ideology, could ultimately prove more successful in challenging American influence in the pivotal region. An...
  • Vasili Arkhipov – World Hero

    09/26/2015 5:58:54 PM PDT · by amorphous · 7 replies
    LinkedIn ^ | Sep 26, 2015 | Erico Matias Tavares
    You may have never heard of Vasili Arkhipov. And yet life as we know it on this planet could have ended if it were not for his crucial intervention during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Born in 1926, Arkhipov saw action as a minesweeper during the Soviet-Japanese war in August 1945. Two years later he graduated from the Caspian Higher Naval School, serving in the Black Sea and Baltic submarine fleets – just in time for the start of the Cold War, which would stay with him for the rest of his service. During the 1950s the Soviets became very...
  • Former congressman walks to Washington DC for veterans' health (Bentivolio MI)

    09/26/2015 4:39:24 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 14 replies ^ | Sep 24 2015 | FOXnewsdetroit
    A former congressman is taking a slow journey back to Washington DC. Not to run for office, but to walk there, raising awareness about the treatment of veterans and their families. Kerry Bentivolio says it is time for lawmakers to do something. The 64-year-old Bentivolio is a veteran of two wars and says the numbers are ridiculous. About 300,000 veterans likely died while waiting for health care and nearly twice as many are still waiting for treatment. The average Vietnam veteran dies in their 60s, while the average World War II vet is living well into their 80s.
  • Tom Brady-Trump Post? And Our Nation Is Burning? Troll?

    09/26/2015 3:02:26 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 42 replies
  • Trick Me Once, Trick Me Twice-Three Times?(not gonna happen, GOP-e) -e)

    09/26/2015 1:43:40 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 11 replies
    The GOP-e is plotting an "end around", by jiggering to collude for their pick.....which, if successful, will only once again stab "We the People" in the back. Their continued "rationale" for unashamedly moving forward with their dirty tricks is...."Who else are ya gonna vote for?"...All the while notwithstanding that they are part of the Uni-Party, which describes no difference between the Dems or the GOP-e. At this point, do we want to be "the frogs in their warm water", a'la Chamberlain? Or show the courage to face them down?........Come Monday, support a "motion to vacate" Boehner (why should a quitter...
  • Trump signed Pledge-But WE did not(Start "Trump Write-In Party" now)

    09/26/2015 7:58:24 AM PDT · by Be Careful · 31 replies
    We need to pre-empt GOP-e, Rove and Co.....They are not the only ones that can do pre-emptive planning....We need to create a De-Facto 3rd Party, called "Write Trump In"......locked and loaded......
  • Should Meadows Move to Vacate Anyway?(Block Boehner Time Frame?)

    09/26/2015 6:54:10 AM PDT · by Be Careful · 18 replies
    Given the buzz that Boehner will conspire with Dems to advance the full Obama agenda before the end of October, what are the "What If's", were Meadows to continue to move to vacate, despite Boehner's resignation? 1. Can Meadows buy time and stall until the end of October? 2. If not, Boehner will be forced to collude with Dems if the Motion to Vacate has to move forward..... 3. This heinous collusion will be so publicly apparent that it could force a surrender by the RNC 4. Could such a move actually bolster the GOP base, via outrage?
  • Merle Haggard - Me and Crippled Soldiers

    09/25/2015 10:03:45 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies ^ | February 22, 2013
    Now that it's alright to burn the stars and stripes Yes, nobody really needs old Uncle Sam Might as well burn the bill of rights as well And let our country go straight to hell Only me and crippled soldiers give a damn Should they throw away their purple hearts and hide their uniforms And be proud to hear old glories on the ground Somebody said, they'd take us without firing a shot I don't know if they will or not But only me and crippled soldiers give a damn Has the holocaust been so long? Is Hitler really gone...
  • 9/24 Levin list of actors who were in the Armed Forces?

    09/24/2015 5:31:44 PM PDT · by West Texas Chuck · 121 replies
    He had a list of people I remembered. I had no idea about some of them, a lot oh yeah, I mean I know about Audie Murphy, but some of those were quite unexpected. I actually teared up a couple of times from old memories not seen since at least the early 70s. I need a link people. And I had no idea Lee Marvin was in Arlington, She Who Must Be Obeyed and I would have paid him some respect the way we did that Texas boy, when we were up yonder.
  • Silent Killer: Germany Showcases 4-Barrel Laser Gatling Gun

    09/24/2015 12:29:50 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies ^ | 15:11 24.09.2015(updated 17:34 24.09.2015)
    Europe15:11 24.09.2015(updated 17:34 24.09.2015) Get short URL 3787052822 During this week’s defense and security expo in London German defense contractor Rheinmetall Defense Electronics unveiled a new sea-based anti-drone laser system. © Lockheed Martin Lockheed Laser Gun Destroys Truck From a Mile Away The system, unveiled at the Defense and Security Equipment Industry Expo in London, features four high energy lasers mounted on turret, making it look like some kind of laser Gatling gun, Popular Mechanics reported. The four 20 kilowatt lasers fire simultaneously, in a technique known as superimposition which combines them into a single powerful 80 kilowatt beam.
  • Ted Cruz Conference Call On Right Now

    09/22/2015 3:40:01 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 22 replies
    Sept 22, 2015 | Tennessee Nana
    I just got called to join in a couple of minutes ago.. There's a man named Mark running it..
  • Serling, Rodman, T/4 (Rod Serling Bio on "Together We Served")

    09/22/2015 8:14:40 AM PDT · by pabianice · 33 replies
    Rod Serling served as a U.S. Armyparatrooper and demolition specialist with the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific Theater in World War II from January 1943 to January 1945 (Discharged stateside in 1946). He was seriously wounded in the wrist and knee during combat and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Serling's military service deeply affected the rest of his life and influenced much of his writing. Due to his wartime experiences, Serling suffered from nightmares and flashbacks. During his service in World War II, he watched as his best friend was crushed to...

    09/22/2015 7:50:11 AM PDT · by panzerkamphwageneinz · 23 replies
    Quran vs. Constitution: Why they're incompatible Exclusive: William Federer compares documents amendment by amendment Published: 09/26/2009 at 12:00 AM Read more at President Barack Obama stated in Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009: "When the first Muslim American was recently elected to Congress, he took the oath to defend our Constitution using the ... Holy Quran." The dilemma is: How can one swear to defend something upon a book that promotes the opposite? The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion, yet the Quran states in Sura 4:89,...
  • Warbirds of America

    09/22/2015 5:55:59 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies ^ | September 22, 2014
    Great WW2 footage of the great warbirds of WW2, the people that built them, crewed them, and the men that fought and died in them. We can never repay the debt we owe to them.
  • Marines test Google's latest military robot

    09/21/2015 5:46:53 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    PC World ^ | 09/21/15 | Martyn Williams
    Spot is electrically operated and walks on four hydraulically actuated legs The latest version of a walking, quadruped battlefield robot from Boston Dynamics, the military robotics maker owned by Google X, was tested by U.S. Marines last week. Spot weighs about 70kgs, is electrically operated and walks on four hydraulically-actuated legs. It's controlled via wireless by an operator who can be up to 500 meters away. It underwent trials and testing at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia as part of evaluations by the Marines on future military uses of robotic technology. In a series of missions, it was evaluated...
  • What Are We Doing in Afghanistan?

    09/21/2015 3:19:28 PM PDT · by madison10 · 10 replies
    self | 9/21/2015 | maddie10
    Why are we in Afghanistan? Opening schools? Way to kill off our best and brightest? News certainly not on every night like it would be if there were a Republican president. What is the end game?
  • Does the Constitution Clause in the Enlistment Oath Predominate the Orders Clause?

    09/20/2015 5:34:40 PM PDT · by · 41 replies
    Vanity | 9/20/15 | Red Fox
    I ask because I believe the American soldier is unique in the world and history. I believe he would sooner protect and defend the constitution than just follow orders. Are our soldiers given a basic training on the constitution?
  • Prosecutor: Bergdahl Deliberately Deserted, Endangering Other Troops

    09/19/2015 1:48:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies ^ | Sep 18, 2015 | by | Nancy Montgomery
    ... Maj. Silvino Silvino, Bergdahl's company commander, was also called upon by Kurz to discuss the dangers of the area he was responsible for, which he said doubled in size and grew more dangerous during the 45 days the company searched for the missing soldier, "sleeping in the dirt," cold and "miserable" for weeks at a time. The men in "Blackfoot" company were confused, Silvino said, by why they had to search village to village in three provinces for a man they believed had walked away and put them at risk. ... One soldier was in three IED hits, Silvino...
  • Obama nominates 1st openly gay Army chief

    09/19/2015 1:03:09 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 31 replies
    The Journal Gazette ^ | September 19, 2015
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of one of the military services. Fanning’s nomination is the latest in a series of actions taken by the administration to advance the rights of gays and lesbians throughout the federal government. The Obama administration has overhauled internal policies to provide benefits to same-sex partners, appointed gays and lesbians to the executive branch and the federal bench, and ended the 18-year ban on gays serving openly...
  • 7 Marines in Deadly Rollover Still Hospitalized

    09/18/2015 4:26:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 | Andie Adams
    One died and 18 others were injured when a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) rolled during routine training on Sept. 10.Of the seven still hospitalized, four are in critical condition, and three are in stable condition, according to 1st Lt. Colleen McFadden. All others have been sent home to recover. On Sept. 10, Corporal Bryan Michael Lauw, 21, died and 18 others were hurt when a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) rolled during routine training Thursday. Lauw, a resident of Denham Springs, Louisiana, was assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division. During his career,...
  • Inside The Army’s Spectacular Hidden Treasure Room

    09/18/2015 6:31:45 AM PDT · by pabianice · 17 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 9/18/15 | Johnson
    Remember that ending scene out of Indiana Jones where the Ark of the Covenant is boxed up and wheeled through an endless government warehouse? Did you know that that place actually exists? (Astonishing pictures follow...)
  • Friends, family praise push to name COD building for Medal of Honor recipient

    09/17/2015 3:19:22 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 3 replies ^ | 17 Sept 2015 | Robert Sanchez
    Those who knew U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller say they're pleased by the prospect that College of DuPage officials may name a building after the Medal of Honor recipient with ties to Wheaton. We need to remember who the heroes are in our society," Ives said. "And it's not self-serving bureaucrats." Miller died at 24 during a Jan. 25, 2008, battle with Taliban forces. Despite his own injuries, he continued advancing, firing and hurling grenades. He drew fire away from fellow soldiers and saved their lives. Miller was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously.
  • Hawg - You Tube

    09/15/2015 8:55:13 PM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 9 replies
    You Tube ^ | 4 Sep 15 | John Q. Public
    Accompanying article: Hawg: The Story of the A-10 and Close Air Support in Afghanistan
  • Battle of Britain:A historic flypast of about 40 Spitfires and Hurricanes

    09/15/2015 8:04:49 AM PDT · by Snowyman · 42 replies
    A flypast involving about 40 Spitfires and Hurricanes is taking place to commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War Two's Battle of Britain. The grouping - the biggest in one place since the war - took off in waves from Goodwood airfield in West Sussex before dispersing around the region. Prince Harry was due to take part, but gave up his seat for a battle veteran when one of the Spitfires was grounded.
  • This Russian Tank-Mounted Rocket Launcher Can Incinerate 8 City Blocks

    09/14/2015 11:28:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | September 14, 2015 | Jake Swearingen
    When the Soviets were thinking about landwar in the late 1970s, they struck upon idea: How about strapping as many rockets as possible to a T-72 tank chassis, and using it on the battlefield? Thus, the TOS-1 Heavy Flamethrower System was conceived. If you're confused by the "flamethrower" bit in that designation, it's understandable. The TOS-1 (and its more modern variant, the TOS-1A) look nothing like traditional flamethrowers, either handheld or tank-mounted, used in World War II and other conflicts. Instead, the TOS-1 is designated a flamethrower because, in addition to traditional incendiary rockets, it can also fire thermobaric rockets.
  • Navy skeptical of marine corps study declaring all-male squads perform better

    09/14/2015 5:33:44 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/12/15
    Findings reveal all-male units outperformed mixed-gender unit but Navy secretary says study was flawed because of mindset of volunteers A US marine corps study examining how women would perform in ground combat roles showed all-male units broadly outperformed mixed-gender units on everything from reaching targets quickly to firing accurately with heavier weapons. The results of the study, a summary of which was released by the marine corps this week, could factor into Pentagon deliberations about which roles, if any, should remain off-limits to women. The US military services will soon submit their recommendations to Defense Secretary Ash Carter on the...
  • A new video appears to show Russian soldiers in Syria

    09/13/2015 6:58:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    Albawaba ^ | September 13th, 2015 | Hayat Norimine
    A new video appears to show Russian soldiers in Syria Published September 13th, 2015 - 10:00 GMT via Reports of Russia's military presence have concerned leaders around the world, and on Saturday media said two Russian planes carrying aid landed in Latakia. It took a while for Russian leaders to acknowledge reports the country is helping Syria beyond funding and humanitarian aid, but leaders confirmed Wednesday there are Russian advisers in the war-torn country after witnesses in Syria saw Russian ground troops. A new video uploaded on YouTube appears to show the Russian soldiers in Syria. officials said...
  • How Thomas Jefferson Led America’s First “War On Terror” [Against Islam]

    09/12/2015 3:26:07 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 19 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 5/5/2013 | Tim Brown
    Today, I hear a lot of cries for tolerance, especially of Islam. I'm told, "Stop the hating of Muslims." Many of the very people I hear this from like to point to the Constitution and to the Founding Fathers and especially to the First Amendment and declare that Islam should be tolerated in America. However, I wonder if they have paid attention to either the Constitution or the Founding Fathers on this matter. Specifically, I wonder if they have even considered the words and actions of the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, especially his sense of reading...
  • “…to the shores of Tripoli” – The forgotten Christian slaves of Islam [Psalms 110]

    09/12/2015 2:59:10 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 9 replies ^ | 9/10/2015 | Shoebat Foundation
    Hundreds of thousands of white Europeans were captured by Barbary MUSLIM pirates and sold as slaves in North Africa and the Ottoman Empire between the 16th and 19th centuries. Tens of thousands of Black African slaves are still owned today by Arab Muslims. These slave raids were conducted largely by Arab and Berber Muslim rather than Ottoman Turkish Muslims. However, during the height of the Barbary slave trade, the Barbary states were subject to Ottoman Muslim jurisdiction and ruled by Ottoman pashas. Furthermore, many slaves captured by the Barbary corsairs were sold eastward into Ottoman territories before, during, and after...
  • General Charles Gordon and the Mahdi [White Christian who fought the Mahdi, Caliphate, and Slavery]

    09/12/2015 2:37:55 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 30 replies
    Fontline ^ | 9/12/2015 | Staff
    The clash of cultures and civilisations, in the latter half of the 19th Century, was vividly seen in the conflict between the English Christian General Charles Gordon (or Gordon Pasha as he is remembered) and the Arab Muslim Mahdi (Mohammed Ahmed ibn Abdullah) who established a Caliphate in Sudan. Their contrasting legacies continue to influence Sudan and the world, to this day. Charles Gordon, whose life and death was destined to have such a great impact upon the history of Sudan, was born in England in 1833, the fourth son of a Royal Artillery officer who rose to be a...