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  • Defense Spending by Country

    07/15/2018 5:22:28 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 12 replies
    Global Firepower ^ | 2018 | Global Firepower
    Spending in US dollars 1. USA $647,000,000,000 2. China $151,000,000,000 3. Saudi Arabia $56,725,000,000 4. United Kingdom $50,000,000,000 5. India $47,000,000,000 6. Russia $47,000,000,000 7. Germany $45,200,000,000 8. Japan $44,000,000,000 9. France $40,000,000,000 10. South Korea $40,000,000,000
  • Famous Veteran: Robert Duvall USARMY PFC

    07/14/2018 7:04:52 PM PDT · by eastforker · 69 replies ^ | 2018 |
    After graduating Principia College in 1953, Duvall decided to follow a path similar to his father's and enlisted in the U.S. Army. During his time in the Army, Duval leveraged his passion and took up acting. While stationed at Camp Gordon, he acted in plays such as "Room Service." Later, due to his having served during the years of the Korean War, the media would often misunderstand his participation during the fighting. He left the military after two years of service at the rank of Private First Class.
  • Indiana Jones Isn’t Wrong—The Nazis’ Fascination With The Occult Was Very Real

    07/14/2018 5:37:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/14/2018 | Nathanael Blake
    The Nazi fascination with fantastical science and the occult has long made for spectacular entertainment. From Indiana Jones trying to save the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant from the Nazis, to comic-book super-soldier serums, to the reoccurring use of supernatural charlatanism to dupe the Germans in Hogan’s Heroes, pop culture has propagated the idea of the Nazis as obsessed with mysticism and mad science. And pop historians have eagerly provided background for these tales.How much of it is true?Quite a lot, it turns out. Recently released in paperback by Yale University Press, Eric Kurlander’s book Hitler’s...
  • The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick (vanity)

    07/14/2018 12:04:36 PM PDT · by eastforker · 227 replies
    PBS ^ | 2017 | Ken Burns&Lyn Novick
    Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the...
  • Ultimate Trump derangement syndrome.

    07/14/2018 6:03:20 AM PDT · by TermLimitsforAll · 97 replies
    Self experience | 7-14-2018 | Myself
    So my brother passed away at 59 after an 8 year battle with ALS. I hadn't seen him in over 2 years primarily based upon my beliefs and their opposition to those beliefs. I really didn't want my children around to be honest. That said he was still my brother and the friction wasn't with him at all. It was his kid and wife. I had commented about my beliefs on gay marriage and they were strongly opposed to my opposition. His whole family were strong Hillary supporters as well. In fact they moved to Atlanta from the land of...
  • Teen on vacation survives nearly 10 hours in waters off St. Simons Island

    07/14/2018 5:06:40 AM PDT · by BBell · 46 replies ^ | 7/12/18 | Amber Krycka
    T. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - A 19-year-old spent nearly 10 hours in the ocean fighting for his life. “Worst vacation ever, but also my most exciting ever,” said Blake Spataro. But it’s the kind of excitement we’d all like to avoid. “I was out there sitting by the shore when a rip tide washes me straight into the ocean,” he said. The teen was stranded in the ocean for nearly 10 hours. “I didn’t want to die out there. I was talking to God the entire night,” Spataro said.He screamed for help, but no one heard him over the waves...
  • Famous Veteran: Rodman Serling Airborne

    07/13/2018 5:03:07 PM PDT · by eastforker · 12 replies
    TWS ^ | 2015 | SSG Trey W. Franklin
    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...
  • Palin Slams Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Pathetic’ Response, Demands CBS Decide Which Vets Groups(TR)

    07/13/2018 5:32:17 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 July, 2018 | Jerome Hudson
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin slammed what appeared to be a response from British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who’s on the defensive after apparently posing as a disabled military veteran for a prank interview. “Another list of unfunny lies, this time typewritten for all to see; a pathetic attempt to punk not just my daughter and me again, but now the public,” Palin wrote on Facebook Thursday. “Thank God people are wise to Hollywood’s BS & said, ‘Enough.’” Palin was responding to a tweet sent from the Twitter account of “Billy Wayne Ruddick,” the fictional character Cohan plays in his...
  • US Navy lifts ban on dreadlocks, ponytails for women

    07/13/2018 4:02:47 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 12, 2018
    The U.S. Navy announced new hair rules for female sailors his week, saying they can now wear dreadlocks, ponytails and styled buns while in uniform. The Navy's announcement came in a live broadcast on its Facebook page on Tuesday with Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Chief of Naval Personnel Adm. Robert Burke, The Huffington Post reported. Richardson said the naval branch enlisted a team of six female sailors to help devise the new grooming standards, which he noted were also based on feedback from the sailors' peers. “If you’ve got a recommendation, we just demonstrated that that...
  • Famous Veteran : Kris Kristofferson USARMY CAPT RANGER

    07/12/2018 5:45:40 PM PDT · by eastforker · 33 replies
    TWS ^ | 2014 | TWS
    Singer, songwriter and actor Kristoffer Kristofferson was born on June 22, 1936, in Brownsville, Texas. Son of a military officer, Kristofferson was equal parts intellectual and athlete growing up. He was an award-winning short story writer as well as a Golden Gloves boxer. He graduated from Pomona College in 1958 with a degree in creative writing and went on to attend Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. While in England, he performed under the name Kris Carson, playing country and folk music. After leaving Oxford, Kristofferson joined the United States Army in 1960. He served as a helicopter pilot in...
  • Small plane crashes in Alaska, 11 rescued, Coast Guard says

    07/12/2018 4:45:39 PM PDT · by BBell · 13 replies
    All 11 people aboard a plane that crashed Tuesday have been rescued in mountainous terrain on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska, officials said. A Coast Guard helicopter located the crash site and hoisted the pilot and passengers to safety, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Charly Hengen said. "This could have been bad," she said. "Thankfully, it was a good outcome. Even though these people did sustain some injuries, we are very thankful that all are alive and that we were able to get to them quickly even with the weather conditions."
  • Famous Veteran : Charlton Heston USAAF SSGT

    07/11/2018 6:30:29 PM PDT · by eastforker · 14 replies
    TWS ^ | 2014 | Sgt Mae Moss
    World War II service In 1944, Heston enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces. He served for two years as a radio operator and aerial gunner aboard a B-25 Mitchell stationed in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands with the Eleventh Air Force. He reached the rank of Staff Sergeant. Heston married Northwestern University student Lydia Marie Clarke in the same year he joined the military.
  • Famous Veteran : Jack Palance USAAF

    07/11/2018 5:59:54 PM PDT · by eastforker · 24 replies
    TWS ^ | 2014 | A3C Michael S. Bell
    With the outbreak of the Second World War, Palance's boxing career ended and his military career began as a member of the United States Army Air Forces. Palance's rugged face, which took many beatings in the boxing ring, was disfigured when he bailed out of a burning B-24 Liberator bomber while on a training flight over southern Arizona, where he was a student pilot. Plastic surgeons repaired the damage as best they could, but he was left with a distinctive, somewhat gaunt, look. After much reconstructive surgery, he was discharged in 1944.
  • American Special Forces Kill 170, Capture ISIS Capital in Afghanistan

    07/10/2018 6:19:54 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 29 replies
    American Special Forces Kill 170, Capture ISIS Capital in Afghanistan During an operation in Deh Bala, an area in Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, American Green Berets worked with three Afghan commando companies to combat ISIS in the region. The US military has confirmed that, during the operation, approximately 170 terrorists were killed in the ISIS capital, and the area is no longer in the hands of terrorists. The joint US-Afghan assault took place between April and was largely completed by early June. Around 600 Green Berets took part in the operation along with their Afghan counterparts. In the end,...
  • Exclusive–O’Donnell: Soissons, A Battle You’ve Never Heard of Changed the Course of WWI

    07/10/2018 2:28:07 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | June 8, 2017 | Patrick K. O'Donnell
    One hundred years ago, Allied troops readied themselves for a forgotten battle that turned the tide of World War I. Thousands of American servicemen marched through the night to position themselves for a surprise strike against the Germans. A thunderstorm raged the third week of July 1918. Other than the occasional arcs of white-hot lightning, the night was so dark that the American Marines marched with each man holding one hand on the pack of the man in front of him to avoid getting lost. They hadn’t eaten in more than a day, and the men were bone-weary. Still, they...
  • Thousands line The Mall as ONE HUNDRED aircraft take to the skies above London in historic [tr]

    07/10/2018 6:02:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 10,.2018 | Alexander Robertson
    The largest concentration of military aircraft in recent memory formed in the skies above London today as the Royal Air Force marks its centenary year. Up to 100 jets, helicopters and aeroplanes from across a range of different eras of RAF history roared over Buckingham Palace as the Queen and others, including the Fab Four of Harry, Meghan, William and Kate, watched on from the royal balcony. Thousands lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the iconic fly-past, which included some of the most iconic aircrafts to take flight during the Second World War, including the Spitfire and the...
  • Why Breed Matters in Service Dogs and Why Pit Bull Service Dogs are a Bad Idea

    07/10/2018 2:01:17 AM PDT · by Norski · 30 replies ^ | July 5, 2018 | Staff - After Delta Air Lines issued a new policy on June 20, limiting emotional support dogs to one per person and banning pit bulls as service and support dogs, we reviewed top service dog organizations and their selected breed types. These dog breeds are overwhelmingly Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, Labrador-golden mixes and standard poodles. Primarily, pit bull "breed advocate" groups, one who failed miserably, are pushing "pit bull service dogs." Accreditation by Assistance Dogs International (ADI) is the highest standard of accreditation for service dog organizations. We selected portions of website statements from accredited groups and candidates of ADI...
  • Hero SAS dog saves the lives of six elite soldiers {Extra scooby snacks in his ration please !}

    07/08/2018 10:13:26 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 37 replies ^ | UPDATED: 10:19 EDT, 8 July 2018 | GEORGE MARTIN
    Full title : Hero SAS dog saves the lives of six elite soldiers in Syria by ripping out jihadi's throat while taking down three terrorists who ambushed British patrol The dog had been out on patrol in northern Syria with a team of six crack troops As the soldiers left their armoured convoy they were hit with a frenzied ambush A source said the unnamed Belgian Malinois took out three jihadis on its own The animal was said to have leapt to the defence of the struggling British soldiers, tearing the throat of on gunman who was firing at the...
  • (Vanity) No Kneelers Here

    07/07/2018 4:53:19 PM PDT · by Lean-Right · 9 replies
    Pre-race activities NASCARS' Daytona race. Honoring all branches of our military. Not one person kneeling. Respect. God Bless America!
  • What Good Can a Handgun Do Against an Army.....?

    08/10/2009 3:48:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 628 replies · 30,553+ views
    End The War on Freedom ^ | June 18, 2003 | Bill St. Clair
    A friend of mine recently forwarded me a question a friend of his had posed: "If/when our Federal Government comes to pilfer, pillage, plunder our property and destroy our lives, what good can a handgun do against an army with advanced weaponry, tanks, missiles, planes, or whatever else they might have at their disposal to achieve their nefarious goals? (I'm not being facetious: I accept the possibility that what happened in Germany, or similar, could happen here; I'm just not sure that the potential good from an armed citizenry in such a situation outweighs the day-to-day problems caused by masses...