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  • WW2 Hero passed yesterday

    07/02/2020 10:43:00 AM PDT · by tomatomaster · 16 replies
    WW2 hero passed yesterday, age 95 I’ve posted before about Raymond T. Matheny, my second cousin. He authored the book, “Rite of Passage” describing his experience as a B17 flight engineer, shot down in January 1944, then spent 16 months as POW in Stalag 17. After the war, he eventually became a professor of archeology at BYU. Last summer at age 94, he presented his last paper at an archeology meeting before his retirement. Some links: Interview: Book: Article with photos: Article: photo: Raymond lived a magnificent and grand life. Part of the greatest...
  • Finland's air force quietly ditches infamous SWASTIKA symbol from its command insignia

    07/02/2020 4:52:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 1, 2020 | Harry Howard
    Finland's air force has quietly dropped the infamous swastika from its command insignia after critics called for it to be changed because of its links with Nazi Germany. The air force had used the symbol ever since it was founded in 1918 and long before it was co-opted by mass murderer Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party. But in a change first noticed by University of Helsinki academic Teivo Teivainen and reported by the BBC, the air force command has stopped using the unit emblem.
  • A Monthly Dose of President Trump- Trump Family Train 7/1/2020

    07/01/2020 4:02:42 PM PDT · by weston · 322 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 7/1/2020 | weston
  • America's M2 Carbine: The Rifle That Made the U.S. Military Great on the Battlefield

    07/01/2020 7:41:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    National Interest ^ | June 30, 2020 | Sebastien Roblin
    Here's What You Need To Remember: The M2 simply does not fit neatly into modern weapon classifications, save perhaps as a personal defense weapon. However, it was indisputably the U.S. military’s first portable long-arm automatic weapon to see wide-scale use. It reflected a growing recognition that infantry engagements typically occurred at shorter ranges, and that sheer portability could be a kind of force multiplier, while also demonstrating the shortcomings of using lower-powered cartridges and trusting inexperienced soldiers to refrain from blazing away with automatic fire at distant targets.
  • Human remains found during search for missing Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen

    06/30/2020 10:53:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/30/2020 | Nicole Chavez and Raja Razek,
    Human remains were found Tuesday during the search for a missing soldier stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, Army officials told CNN. Vanessa Guillen, 20, has been missing since April. She was last seen in the parking lot of her barracks at the post on April 22, according to the US Army Criminal Investigation Command. Investigators had "returned to an area of interest close to the Leon River, Bell County, Texas, for more investigative work" and discovered partial human remains, the Army CID said. Authorities said the identity of the remains have not been confirmed. The remains were found in...
  • From China with love - 10,800 Assault Weapons Parts Seized by Customs in Louisville

    LOUISVILLE, Ky—At the Express Consignment Operations hubs in Louisville U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a shipment from China that contained over 10,000 Assault Weapons parts being smuggled into the country. Firearm Seizure The shipment was seized on May 22. Officers inspected the item, which was arriving from Shenzhen, China, destined for a residence in Melbourne, Florida. The parcel was manifested as containing 100 Steel Pin Samples. This is a common practice of smugglers manifesting the contraband as a harmless or a legitimate commodity in hopes of eluding further examination.
  • Putin Unveils Rzhev Memorial: We'll Not Let That Our Victory Be Besmirched By Lies & Falsifications![Video]

    06/30/2020 12:31:23 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Russia Insight ^ | June 30, 2020 | Staff
    President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko attended the ceremony to unveil the Rzhev Memorial to the Soviet Soldier.
  • Molly Pitcher-A woman of Courage and Faith.

    06/30/2020 7:41:50 AM PDT · by Manly Warrior · 11 replies
    Molly Pitcher-A woman of Courage and Faith. In the Revolutionary War, there arises a story of a woman they called Molly Pitcher. She followed her artilleryman husband William Hayes into the battle of Monmouth. Men were dying of dehydration, so she got pitchers of water from a nearby spring to give to the men and to cool the guns. She walked thru gunfire, because her husband needed her. She kept this guiding force in her will: “March on, my soul be strong!” (Judges 5:21). When her husband was wounded she went to him, tenderly laid him down and cared for...
  • Mystery Unmanned Craft Seen Off Florida May Be Secret SHARC Spy Vessel

    06/29/2020 2:00:52 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 29 June 2020 | David Hambling
    ...a curious vehicle spotted off Florida’s Key West last week. Virtually the only part of it above water is a mast supporting an array of antennae. The vehicle is almost certainly a Wave Glider made by U.S. company Liquid Robotics (now owned by Boeing On the surface is a ‘float’ like a 10-foot-long surfboard covered in solar cells driving its electronics. This is connected via a tether to an underwater ‘sub’ unit 30 feet below. As waves move the surfboard up and down, the articulated sub converts up-and-down into forward motion typical speed is just 1.3 knots, but the Wave...
  • Another deep state hoax blown out of the water: Trump in fact was never briefed about Russian bounties -Herridge

    06/29/2020 5:18:48 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 29 Jun, 2020 | Monica Showalter
    The other day, the New York Times was subtly and not so subltely promoting the claim that President Trump was standing callously by and coddling Russia's Vladimir Putin even as Putin was busily offering the Taliban bounties for the bodies of dead U.S. servicemen. It was the old 'Trump is a Russian agent' canard whipped out in a new form. The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March, the officials said. Officials developed a menu of potential options — starting with making a...
  • Yugoslav Police, 1992. The attempted crackdown on minority rioters.

    06/28/2020 5:24:58 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 4 replies
    Yugoslav Police trying to salvage the nation in face of attack by the minority Muslim and Catholic rioters.
  • Mix of guns to purchase

    06/27/2020 2:05:33 PM PDT · by VeniVidiVici · 197 replies
    Me ^ | 06-27-20 | Me
    I'm sure (I hope) to get a range of responses to this thread. I've owned hand guns and long guns of all types. Handling them is not an issue. Unfortunately the ones I've had were lost in a boating accident. I'm looking to replace the ones I had with three or four that compliment each other.
  • Congressman Clay Higgins Calls Out The Gremlins (The Spartacus moment?)

    06/25/2020 6:26:26 PM PDT · by Bommer · 6 replies
    For all you disparaged on why the Republicans lost their balls, A New Hope.
  • ‘Mysterious’ Russian weapon is capable of defeating any US air attack: Soho

    06/25/2020 1:07:24 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 58 replies ^ | 2020-06-25 | Staff
    BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Chinese newspaper, Soho, revealed a Russian weapon capable of repelling any American air attack on Russia. According to the newspaper, Russia’s possession of the S-500 air defense system will lead to serious consequences for the United States, should the latter send strategic bombers to launch an attack on Russia. The Chinese newspaper described the Russian weapon S-500 as the “real treasure” of the Russian army, noting that Moscow is able to help it build the strongest air defense system on the planet, due to the system’s ability to track and intercept all existing air...
  • Wisconsin governor (Evers) activates National Guard after night of violence, 2 statues toppled

    06/24/2020 6:14:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/24/20 | Louis Casiano
    Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers activated the National Guard on Wednesday after protesters toppled two statues, vandalized buildings and a state senator was attacked outside the Capitol during a night of violence that erupted following daylong protests. The guardsmen will protect state properties and "make sure people can exercise their First Amendment rights while ensuring the safety of members of the public and state buildings and infrastructure," Gov. Tony Evers said. The unrest that unfolded Tuesday night began after 200 to 300 protesters marched through downtown Madison and escalated once they reached the state Capitol grounds. Some tried breaking into the...
  • vanity: best tactical sling for a semi-auto shotgun?

    06/24/2020 4:25:52 PM PDT · by SteveH · 34 replies
    me | 2020-06-24 | me
    asking for a friend
  • Operation Petticoat

    06/24/2020 4:52:56 AM PDT · by King_Corey · 22 replies
    Universal Pictures ^ | 12/18/1959 | Blake Edwards
    Watch something that will take your mind off of the current PC/Woke/Covid/BLM issues of the day and enjoy when movies were good.
  • Tanks and troops parade through Red Square as Putin whips up patriotic fervour ahead of a vote on extending his rule

    06/24/2020 3:47:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 24, 2020 | Ross Ibbetson
    Columns of tanks and troops are parading through Red Square today as President Vladimir Putin oversees grand World War II commemorations to stir up patriotic fervour ahead of a vote on extending his rule. Forced to postpone the country's traditional May 9 Victory Day celebrations by the coronavirus pandemic, Putin rescheduled the parade for just a week ahead of a July 1 public vote on controversial constitutional reforms. Among other changes, the reforms Putin proposed earlier this year would reset the presidential term-limit clock to zero, allowing him to potentially stay in the Kremlin until 2036.olumns of tanks and troops...
  • Speech of Gen Nathan Bedford Forrest to a gathering of black Southerners in 1875 - A Story of Redemption

    06/22/2020 4:35:00 PM PDT · by Simon Foxx · 5 replies ^ | 06/22/2020 | Scott Morefield
    The quotes below appear towards the end of the linked article about Gen Forrest's complicated life. I found them to be so remarkable that if you don't read anything else about the self-described "most maligned" Southerner, you should read these words. For hidden in them is a remarkable story redemption and change. It brought tears to my eyes.
  • Treasure trove of World War II items, brewpub decor from closed Home of the Brave Hawaii museum and Brewseum up for auction

    06/22/2020 6:43:32 AM PDT · by texas booster · 15 replies
    Hawaii Star Advertiser ^ | DIANE S. W. LEE
    Home of the Brave Hawaii President Glen Tomlinson, 59, had big plans to move the museum’s collection of World War II artifacts and memorabilia from Kakaako to a new location in Waikiki. But the coronavirus pandemic in March halted plans for building a new museum, bar and restaurant in the heart of Oahu’s world-famous tourist hot spot.... Since opening the museum in 1991, the couple has amassed over 100,000 artifacts and items of memorabilia donated by service veterans and their ohana. Hundreds of World War II veterans, including Pearl Harbor survivors, have walked through the 2,700-square-foot museum over the past...