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  • Films to watch this Memorial Day weekend

    05/23/2020 6:44:39 PM PDT · by MAGA2017 · 70 replies
    Memorial Day activities, gatherings and parades may not be possible in your area due to the Coronavirus shutdown. We can still display the U.S. flag and honor the fallen at cemeteries. Two of my favorites films are The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) starring Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright and Harold Russell and The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1953) with William Holden and Grace Kelly. The he Bridges at Toko-Ri ends with the memorable line, “Where do we get such men?” What patriotic films do you enjoy watching?

    05/22/2020 2:41:30 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 28 replies
    Youtube ^ | 05/19/20
    This is a sad video.  Nick is a combat vet who loves America.  He served 12 years in the Marine Corps Recon, in combat in Afghanistan, etc..  Now he just wants to raise his family, run his business (a gym) and hopefully one retire.  Although like many of people he is waking up to a fundamentally changed America. 
  • Ex-Green Beret nabbed in Nissan exec’s escape has lived on the edge

    05/22/2020 2:27:56 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 16 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 21 May 2020 | Adam Geller
    Decades before a security camera caught Michael Taylor coming off a jet that was carrying one of the world’s most-wanted fugitives, the former Green Beret had a hard-earned reputation for taking on dicey assignments. Over the years, Taylor had been hired by parents to rescue abducted children. He went undercover for the FBI to sting a Massachusetts drug gang. And he worked as a military contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan, an assignment that landed him in a Utah jail in a federal fraud case. Some of those who know Taylor say he is a character of questionable judgment, with a...
  • Skeletal remains of Cromwell’s prisoners of war found in mass graves

    05/22/2020 11:49:05 AM PDT · by robowombat · 37 replies
    Skeletal remains of Cromwell’s prisoners of war found in mass graves on SEPTEMBER 5, 2015 Archaeologists overseeing construction at Durham University’s Palace Green Library discovered two mass graves in November of 2013. Durham University archaeologists didn’t know it at the time but these skeletal remains would solve a mystery that dates back to 1650. On September 3rd 1650 a short but bloody battle was fought in Dunbar, Scotland between the English Parliamentarians and the Scottish Royalists during the Third English Civil War (1642-1652). In less than one hour the Parliamentarians commanded by Oliver Cromwell crushed a Scottish army loyal to...
  • Navy Issues Iran Warning to Keep Away From Warships

    05/22/2020 10:12:28 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 23 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 21, 2020 | Ben Werner
    The U.S. Navy’s stay-away warning to marine traffic in the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman was intended for Iran, Pentagon officials confirmed on Thursday. The maritime message, posted this week by the Navy via the Maritime Safety Office run by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, alerted all international maritime traffic to maintain a safe distance of at least 100 meters from U.S. naval vessels in international waters and straits.
  • As Xi Jinping escalates border crisis to divert attention from China's economic woes, India should steer clear of missteps in 1962 at Galwan Post

    05/22/2020 1:36:40 AM PDT · by IndianChief · 8 replies
    FIRSTPOST ^ | May 22, 2020 10:57:57 IST | Praveen Swami
    Five thousand five hundred metres above sea level, the Indian Air Force Mi4 medium-lift helicopter fought its way over the great ice sheets shrouding Ladakh, its single radial engine rendered asthmatic by altitudes its Soviet designers had never designed it to perform. Evading bursts of small-arms fire sent their way by People’s Liberation Army patrols perched along the Galwan river, the pilots slowly made their way to the Indian Army’s eastern-most outpost in Ladakh. There was, the pilots would report that morning of 21 October, 1962, no sign of life: Galwan Post, India’s most remote outpost in Ladakh, had been...
  • Incompetent Communist Militaries Shoot Themselves in the Foot: Severomorsk 1984, Wuhan 2019

    05/21/2020 7:57:54 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 5 replies
    Freep | 05-21-2020 | CharlesOconnell
    Chernobyl is not the Soviet equivalent of Wuhan. A little-known Soviet military-nuclear accident that stopped active Soviet plans to prosecute nuclear war against the west, the May 13, 1984 Severomorsk Disaster is the actual Soviet equivalent of the incompetent Chinese virology accident at Wuhan. The People's Revolutionary Army doctrine of Asymmetric Warfare plans to depopulate North America using ethnically-focused, weaponized virology research. The Chinese were going to elbow their way to taking over Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, by engineering killer viruses to which Asians are immune. Other ethnicities are prone to die from the weaponized virus which military-directed Chinese...
  • Army Researchers May Be on Verge of Discovering New CCP Virus-Killing Antibodies: A "bridge to vaccine", to hasten recovery, not a long-term cure

    05/20/2020 7:39:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 05/20/2020 | Isabel Van Brugen
    Scientists at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) may be on the verge of discovering new COVID-19 antibodies capable of attaching onto and destroying the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, reports suggest. Researchers at the ARL and the University of Texas (UT) in Austin have been pushing to pursue technical innovations aimed at “discovering” and engineering new potentially “neutralizing” antibodies, reported Warrior Maven. Scientists at the ARL told the outlet that the “neutralizing” antibodies, if discovered, may potentially be life-saving for critically ill patients infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP virus, a novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan,...
  • Pilot Dies, Passenger Lands King Air Turbo Prop

    05/19/2020 5:15:50 PM PDT · by PROCON · 49 replies ^ | April 15, 2020 | FS MaNia
    On Easter Sunday, April 12th, 2009, Doug White and his family chartered a Beech King Air B200 N559DW for a flight from Marco Island, Florida bound for Louisiana with 5 souls on board. Soon after takeoff, the pilot, 67 year old retired Air Force Colonel Joe Cabuk loses consciousness. creating an emergency situation that required extraordinary measures by the planes passengers and Air Traffic Controllers. This video is a recreation of that flight and is intended to honor and pay tribute to the pilots and air traffic controllers.~~~SNIP~~~The Hero passenger who lands the King Air Turbo Prop and saves his...
  • One Man Knew [A book review in True West Magazine]

    05/19/2020 12:57:34 PM PDT · by righttackle44 · 7 replies
    True West Magazine Newsletter ^ | June 2020 | Bob Boze Bell
    According to an excellent book, The Great Influenza by John M. Barry, the deadliest plague in history—1918-1919—started in Haskell County, Kansas, and one man, Dr. Loring Miner, knew firsthand about it, because many of his patients were dying, but no one would listen. He issued a warning, published in Public Health Reports to alert health officials to this new outbreak and it is the first reference to the outbreak on public record.
  • Not Aliens, but Maybe Drones? New Reports Detail U.S. Navy’s UFO Encounters

    05/19/2020 1:34:46 AM PDT · by AggregateThreat · 34 replies ^ | May 18, 2020 | Ethen Kim Lieser
    In one particular report from March 2014, which refers to the UFOs as “unidentified aerial devices,” a pilot described seeing a “metallic object” that was “small in size, approximately the size of a suitcase, and silver in color.” The pilot apparently came within only 1,000 feet of the object, but “was unable to positively determine the identity of the aircraft.” The pilot then “attempted to regain visual contact with the aircraft, but was unable.”
  • An update on Snowbirds crash in Kamloops

    05/18/2020 8:38:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 89 replies ^ | 05/17/2020 | Tim Petruk
    Public affairs officer Capt. Jennifer Casey died in the crash, pilot seriously injured after jet crashed into house in Brocklehurst. Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian said the Snowbirds remain parked at Kamloops Airport for the foreseeable future. The incident took place seconds after a pair of Snowbirds aircraft took off from Kamloops Airport at about 11:45 a.m. Dozens of versions of video of the crash and its aftermath circulated on social media in the hours that followed. The videos show one of the planes flying vertically before a pilot is ejected, followed by an airborne explosion and the subsequent crash. Some...
  • Papa: Russia's Hot Rod Submarine was a Speed Demon

    05/16/2020 7:37:50 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 52 replies
    National Interest ^ | 16 May 2020 | Caleb Larson
    The K-222 had an interesting design feature that made it possibly the world’s fastest submarine. The K-222’s top speed was just over 51 miles, or about 82 kilometers, per hour—making the K-222 possibly the fastest submarine ever, and plenty fast to catch surface ships. There was a drawback though: the K-222 was really loud. Though the K-222 was powered by two nuclear reactors, which are typically a quiet propulsion design, the sub’s propeller caused a great deal of cavitation—a phenomenon in which small bubbles form along the edge of a propeller and cause noise.
  • Trump Says He Would Mobilize Military To Distribute Coronavirus Vaccine When It's Ready

    05/15/2020 5:18:55 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 66 replies
    CBS ^ | 05/14/20 | KATHRYN WATSON
    President Trump says he would "rapidly" mobilize the U.S. military to distribute a coronavirus vaccine once it's ready, focusing first on nursing homes and the elderly most vulnerable to deadly complications from the virus. Mr. Trump made the comments during an interview with Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo. "We're mobilizing our military and other forces but we're mobilizing our military on the basis that we do have a vaccine. You know, it's a massive job to give this vaccine. Our military is now being mobilized so at the end of the year we're going to be able to give it to a lot of people very,...
  • Here Are The Navy Pilot Reports From Encounters With Mysterious Aircraft Off The East Coast

    05/14/2020 11:15:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    The Drive ^ | May 12, 2020 | Tyler Rogoway and Joseph Trevithick
    On June 27, 2013, an F/A-18F Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron 11 (VFA-11), flying out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia had an encounter with an "aircraft [that] was white in color and approximately the size and shape of a drone or missile" in the W-72 warning area. The jet's crew "visually acquired" it as they saw it "pass down the right side of their aircraft with approximately 200 feet of lateral separation" while flying at an altitude of 17,000 feet. It was climbing and had a visible exhaust trail. Neither the Super Hornet nor NAS Oceana recorded...
  • REVEALED: Navy fighter jets intercepted eight UFOs and even locked on to one with air-to-air missiles, classified reports show

    05/14/2020 4:51:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 113 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 13, 2020 | Frances Mulraney
    Reports newly released by the Naval Safety Center reveal more information on the bizarre encounters U.S. Navy pilots have had with unidentified flying objects off the east coast of the United States. Eight hazard reports filed with the center's web-based reporting system were acquired under the Freedom of Information Act by The Drive and detail strange run-ins that include a near mid-air collision with a balloon-like object and a sighting of a suitcase-sized aircraft. In one 2014 encounter, the Navy jet reported even being able to lock onto the object with an air-to-air missile.
  • DOD Awards $138 Million Contract, Enabling Prefilled Syringes for Future COVID-19 Vaccine

    05/14/2020 12:01:34 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies ^ | 05/12/20
    By immediately upgrading a sufficient number of existing domestic BFS facilities with installations of filling-line and technical improvements, “Jumpstart” will enable the manufacture of more than 100 million prefilled syringes for distribution across the United States by year-end 2020. The contract also enables ApiJect Systems America to accelerate the launch of RAPID USA manufactured in new and permanent U.S.-based BFS facilities with the ultimate production goal of over 500 million prefilled syringes (doses) in 2021.
  • US Veterans won’t strike swastikas from graves of German POWs

    05/13/2020 2:58:05 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 95 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | May 13, 2020 | Staff
    WASHINGTON — The US Veterans Administration will not replace three tombstones of soldiers who fought for Nazi Germany inscribed with swastikas in its military cemeteries, calling them “historic resources.” A group that advocates for religious freedom in the military on Monday called on the VA to replace two World War II-era POW headstones in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas, inscribed with swastikas inside a German cross, and the phrase, “He died far from his home for the Führer, people, and fatherland.”
  • Flynn's Attorney (Sidney Powell) Speaks Out About Obama's Role in Effort to Entrap Former National Security Adviser

    05/11/2020 5:11:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Townhall ^ | 5/11/20 | Leah Barkoukis
    Michael Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, spoke in no uncertain terms Sunday in an interview with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo about former President Obama’s role in the effort to entrap the former national security adviser. **SNIP** Powell explained the FBI agents made it appear to Flynn that the meeting was informal, giving him no impression that his responses could later be used against him. “These agents specifically schemed and planned with each other how to not tip him off that he was even the person being investigated,” she said. “In fact, according to Comey's testimony that's attached to the exhibits they...
  • Appalling moment woman drives her minivan over dozens of veterans' gravestones while trying to avoid traffic jam in Houston cemetery

    05/11/2020 12:56:40 PM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 11, 2020 | Megan Sheets
    Appalling video shows the moment a woman drove her minivan over the gravestones of military veterans as she tried to avoid a traffic jam inside Houston National Cemetery. The woman was one of dozens of people who flocked to the cemetery on Sunday to watch a flyover from the Lone Star Flight Museum commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day - the end of World War II in Europe. As people began to leave after the flyover concluded, the woman got impatient and sought to bypass other cars by driving over the grass. 'I was shocked, and never would have...