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  • Congressman wants to ban sale of enhanced body armor to civilians

    08/22/2014 8:54:35 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 38 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 · 47 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...
  • Michelle Obama Policy Axes Cupcake Fundraiser For WWII Vets

    08/05/2014 8:24:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8:37 AM 08/05/2014 | Eric Owens
    Students at Waccamaw Middle School in Pawleys Island, S.C. did something pretty cool this spring when they baked cupcakes and cookies to sell during lunchtime to raise money so six World War II veterans could go on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. The fundraising effort was a smashing success. The students raised $2,500 in just three weeks to help the six vets visit the various national memorials that venerate their sacrifices, according to the Georgetown Times. If the kids want to act similarly selflessly this academic year, though, they’ll be out of luck. They can thank first lady Michelle...
  • Vikings Invade Spanish Village in 'Bloody' Festival

    08/04/2014 3:49:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    The Local ^ | 04 Aug 2014
    Fifty thousand 'Vikings' landed on the shores of a small village in northern Spain on Sunday, as part of an annual festival which commemorates a Scandinavian invasion which took place a thousand years ago. On the first Sunday of August, Catoria is flooded with ‘blood-thirsty’ men and women from all across Europe. Dressed in animal skins and armed with the finest plastic weaponry, they disembark on the rugged Galician coast with the aim of capturing the Towers of the West, just as Norway’s King Olaf did a millennia ago. The ‘blood’ spilt during the simulated battles does taste distinctly like...
  • A Texas Good-bye

    08/04/2014 12:51:11 PM PDT · by impactplayer · 21 replies
    Self
    A Texas Goodbye --a class event I just wanted to share with you all that out of a horrible tragedy we were blessed by so many people. Chris was Derek's teammate through 10 years of training and battle. They both suffer/suffered from PTSD to some extent and took great care of each other because of it. 2006 in Ramadi was horrible for young men that never had any more aggressive physical contact with another human than on a Texas football field. They lost many friends. Chris became the armed services number #1 sniper of all time. Not something he was...
  • A Cash-Strapped Corps Once Tried Training Marines With ‘Doom’

    08/04/2014 12:16:29 PM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 3, 2014 | Matthew Gault
    In the mid ‘90s the Marine Corps decided Doom II might make for an excellent training supplement. It did so for two reasons—a forward-thinking commandant and a budgetary shortfall. The Marines have always had to make due with little financial support compared to the other military branches. The USMC budget often lands somewhere around four percent of the Defense Department total. In 2010, that budget was about $40 billion. Back in the ’90s, it hovered around $10 billion. The Corps also needs to train all its troops with limited cash. Regardless of their specialization, every Marine is a trained rifleman.
  • Air Force Academy chief calls for investigation into athletics...

    08/04/2014 7:41:53 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 10 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 8/3/14 | unknown
    The U.S. Air Force Academy’s superintendent is calling for a full investigation into cadet athletes after reports of sexual assaults, drugs and cheating, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported. According to documents released to the newspaper through the Freedom of Information Act, parties dating to 2010 included cadets who were smoking synthetic marijuana, drinking until they became ill, and possible use of date-rape drugs to incapacitate women for sexual assaults. The troubled group – which reportedly included two Air Force football stars who were court-martialed – created such a wild culture that leaders at the academy canceled an undercover sting planned...
  • Project Vigil 2014, D-Day

    08/03/2014 10:11:09 AM PDT · by Radagast the Fool · 4 replies
    Youtube, Project Vigil 2014 ^ | 8-3-2014 | Radagast the Fool
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k9Si28k0Fk&app=desktop A remarkable young American remembers D-Day. Please watch!!
  • Joe Soucheray: After trial victory, will Jesse do the right thing?

    08/02/2014 9:00:07 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies
    PioneerPress ^ | 8/2/14 | Joe Soucheray
    We have been reminded of the one thing we knew with absolute certainty, that Jesse Ventura is a winner. He has been a professional wrestler, a mayor, a radio talk show host, the governor of the state, a television star, a best-selling author and even, for a brief spell, a Harvard professor, although a photo taken at his academic desk showed one Post-it note stuck to a blank computer screen. And now, Jesse Ventura has won again, probably as big a shock as his election win to the state's highest office in November 1998. Jesse Ventura won his defamation case...
  • Sergeant Reunited With Military Contract Dog

    08/02/2014 8:27:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Aug 2, 2014 | Bridget Naso and Monica Garske
    The pair served side-by-side in Afghanistan for seven months as an IED detection team Smiling from ear-to-ear, a U.S. military sergeant was reunited with his four-legged best friend Friday: a contract dog that served side-by-side with him in Afghanistan. It is estimated that dogs like Belle save the lives of up to 200 troops during their service. Organizations like the American Humane Association and Mission K-9 Rescue help connect these dogs with service members through generous donations.
  • Obama's Inexplicable Love for the Dark Side

    08/02/2014 8:07:47 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 2, 2014 | James Lewis
    Even the American left is finally realizing that this is the strangest administration in living memory. Obama simply has no real precedents, which is why he seems so utterly foreign. American presidents tend to be pragmatists, but Obama is locked into a simpleminded ideology of Good vs. Evil. Obama is Good, and anybody who disagrees with him is Evil. Much of this oddity stems from the president’s personality, which many people have described as a mix of major narcissism, borderline personality disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder. Personality disordered people can be very functional in their jobs. But they are very...
  • Immediate Cause of World War One

    08/01/2014 5:14:17 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 14 replies
    33 CENTRIES OF ESPIONAGE | August 1, 2014 | Self
    "The magnates of the Austro-Hungarian General Staff and Foreign Ministry now had their Pan-Slavic provocation. In one of the many pigionholes of the Ballplatz there lay a document three years old. This was the notorious ultimatum, drawn up to be used against Serbia when occasion should arise....So consistent had been Vienna's Great-Serbian grievance that a few minor changes in the phrasing of the ultimatum would bring it up to date.... The illustrious Count Leopold Berchtold ordered the ultimatum to be presented in Belgrade at six o'clock in the evening of Thursday, July 23. The ultimatum required Serbia's submission within forty-eight...
  • Jesse Ventura Swoons Over Fidel Castro and Che Guevara

    08/01/2014 3:57:37 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8-1-2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Maybe it’s just a coincidence that somebody like Jesse Ventura is also a major fan of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara? (Or claims to be for the publicity value among the “hip”?) Recalling his visit to Cuba and meeting with Fidel Castro in 2002 Ventura grew misty-eyed: “Fidel Castro looked into my eyes and told me I was a man of great courage…Maybe he (Castro) saw a little of him in me.” Recall the Cowardly Lion’s reaction when the Wizard grants him “the NERVE.” Well, Jesse Ventura’s moronic gloating outdoes even the lion’s (“Shucks, folks, I’m speechless..ha-ha…Ain’t it the truth!...
  • UCLASS Requirements Shifted To Preserve Navy’s Next Generation Fighter

    08/01/2014 12:43:38 PM PDT · by SZonian · 5 replies
    USNI News ^ | 31 July, 2014 | Dave Majumdar and Sam LaGrone
    Updated: August 1, 2014 11:32 AM The striking power and stealth of the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) concept was reduced to protect the role of the service’s next-generation of manned fighters, USNI News has learned. In particular, the change in UCLASS from a deep strike stealthy penetrator into the current lightly armed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) focused aircraft was — in large part — to preserve a manned version of the F/A-XX replacement for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, several Navy, Pentagon and industry sources confirmed to USNI News. Industry, Pentagon and Navy...
  • Congress approves VA reform bill

    08/01/2014 10:30:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 31, 2014 | (With AP)
    The Senate gave final approval Thursday to sweeping legislation aimed at fixing the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, marking a rare moment of bipartisan accord triggered by the widespread treatment delays veterans faced at agency facilities. The legislation passed 91-3 a day after the House overwhelmingly approved the package. It now goes to President Obama’s desk. The $17 billion measure is intended help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat them, and make it easier to fire senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department. …
  • Father Kapaun

    07/31/2014 7:39:29 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Real Life Catholic ^ | 7-31-14 | Chris Stefanik
    The story of Fr. Kapaun, 2011 recipient of the Medal of Honor.
  • Israelis overwhelmingly back war

    07/31/2014 12:32:39 AM PDT · by Netz · 9 replies
    Associated Press (Philly.com) ^ | July 31, 2014 | Aron Heller and Tia Goldenberg
    <p>JERUSALEM - Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government's conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders' moralizing as hypocritical, ignorant or both.</p>
  • ‘Fury,’ Starring Brad Pitt, a Raw Look at Warfare

    07/30/2014 10:02:13 AM PDT · by Theoria · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 July 2014 | MICHAEL CIEPLY
    In the first minutes of the writer-director David Ayer’s “Fury,” about American soldiers slogging through Europe in the final days of World War II, Brad Pitt, as the tanker Don Collier, slides his knife behind the eye of a German lieutenant.“Piercing his brainpan with a CRACK,” is how Mr. Ayer’s screenplay describes the move. (In Dolby Digital sound, it will be a very loud crack.) Mr. Pitt, our hero, then calmly wipes his blade clean on the German’s uniform.The Good War this is not.In what promises to be one of the most daring studio movies in an awards season that...
  • Last living crew member of Enola Gay dies in Georgia at age 93

    07/30/2014 4:22:58 AM PDT · by Freeport · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 29, 2014 | N/A
    ATLANTA – The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, hastening the end of World War II and forcing the world into the atomic age, has died in Georgia. Theodore VanKirk, also known as "Dutch," died Monday of natural causes at the retirement home where he lived in Stone Mountain, Georgia, his son Tom VanKirk said. He was 93. VanKirk flew nearly 60 bombing missions, but it was a single mission in the Pacific that secured him a place in history. He was 24 years old when he served as navigator on the Enola...
  • Gunner Takes Shrapnel To Neck During Firefight And Keeps Fighting (video only)

    07/29/2014 9:09:09 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 7-29-2014 | Funker530
    (language warning) A .50 gunner takes a ricochet or shrapnel to the neck and starts putting rounds back down range quickly.
  • 100 years ago today Austria declared war on Serbia, the first declaration of World War 1

    07/28/2014 8:03:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    VA Viper ^ | July 28, 2014 | VA Viper
    Although many consider the opening act of World War I to be the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo - its centennial was just a month ago (28 June) - the first actual declaration of war took place a hundred years ago today, when Austria-Hungary initiated hostilities against Serbia, after the latter rejected a draconian Austrian ultimatum intended to give Austria a free hand in bringing Franz Ferdinand's killers to account. As a result, Russia - self-appointed protector of the "South Slavs" - mobilized against Austria, which panicked the Germans (fearful of a two-front war against both France...