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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

13 May - Blogs I'm Following 1

11:20 pm MDT

Movie Review: 'The Wall'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 minute ago
*Military Times:* *Former sniper among military advisers adding realism to 'The Wall' * When a war movie is less about action and more about mind games, the filmmakers must pay special attention to detail. That's the case, at least, with "The Wall," the Amazon Studios-produced movie that comes out Friday starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson ("Avengers: Age of Ultron") and WWE superstar John Cena. They play U.S. soldiers conducting a stakeout in the Iraqi desert that goes very wrong — Cena's character is hit by a bullet from an unknown location, and Taylor-Johnson's wounded character ta... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 minutes ago
*WNU Editor:* A great photo gallery on this years Europe Tank Challenge can be seen here .... *Gearing up for World War Three: Nato tanks put on massive show of strength in Germany while Putin's troops practise dropping their armour by parachute* (Daily Mail).

Reports: Palestinian President Abbas Is Prepared To Sign A Peace Deal With Israel

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Donald Trump welcomes Mahmoud Abbas to White House in Washington , May 3, 2017. (photo credit:REUTERS) *Jerusalem Post*: *‘Abbas has decided to sign peace deal with Israel’* Trump planning to launch new round of talks during his upcoming visit. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has crossed the Rubicon and voiced “unprecedented” readiness to reach a peace deal with Israel, sources close to the efforts to renew talks between Israel and the Palestinians have told The Jerusalem Post. Abbas, according to the sources, made this clear to President Donald Trump during their me... more »

My Nomination For New FBI Director: The One Who Knocks

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
*-by Noah* How’s that for allegory? As soon as news came that President Crazy Pants, aka big orange traitor, aka Putin’s Butt Boy, had fired the man who he feared was getting too close to the truth, speculation as to what name would be issued forth from the bunker as a nominee to replace former FBI Director Comey ran wild. The first two names I thought of, of course, were Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie, but, my mind didn’t stop there. Interestingly, Howie presented a list of betting odds favorites from BetOnline.ag the other day and I had come up with very similar list. I thin... more »

Gruppe von ISIS Kämpfern bei Deir Ezzor Luftwaffenbasis durch Syrische Armee neutralisiert

Henri Feyerabend at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
DAMASKUS, SYRIEN (23:55) – Die intensiven Feuergefechte in der Umgebung des Militärflughafens Deir Ezzor dauern noch an. Kämpfer des so genannten Islamischen Staats (IS ehemals ISIS/ISIL) versuchten abermals die Verteidigungslinien der Syrisch Arabischen Armee (SAA) zu infilitrieren. Am Samstag Abend attackierten Gruppen der IS Jihadisten Stellungen der SAA in der Gegend des Friedhofs südwestlich der […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Graphic pictures: Syrian Army discovers Al-Qaeda corpses in liberated Damascus subub

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:35 A.M.) – The brute force of the elite 4th Mechanized Division and seasoned 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard proved too much for rebel forces in Al-Qaboun to handle, forcing them to settle for a truce and swift departure to Idlib province following a nearly three-month long battle, sealing a fate much […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

How Good Is The South Korean Military?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami, National Interest*:* The Military Powerhouse North Korea Won't Want to Fight (And It's Not America)* The Republic of Korea Armed Forces, South Korea’s military, is the second-largest military on the Korean Peninsula and yet it is the least well known. Not as widely discussed as the U.S. military or Pyongyang’s Korean People’s Army, the ROK military is probably the most powerful armed force on either side of the DMZ. South Korea’s armed forces have evolved from a prewar constabulary force to a dynamic, self-equipped military equal to most Western armed forces. The ... more »

Here's Why U.S. Special Forces Want Russian Machine Guns

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, * Not a crazy idea after all. Why would U.S. special forces want to manufacture Russian machine guns? Just watch any video of a conflict such as Iraq and Syria, and the answer becomes clear. Many of the combatants are using Russian or Soviet weapons, or local copies thereof, from rifles to rocket launchers to heavy machine guns mounted on pickups. Which means that when U.S. special forces provide some of these groups with weapons, they have to scrounge through the global arms market to buy Russian hardware as well as spare parts. So U.S. Special Forces ... more »

How Nazi Germany Planned to Kill Russian Tanks (with the Help of Porsche)

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Europe* Nicknamed the Elefant, Ferdinand Porsche's tank destroyer appeared on the battlefield in 1943. World War II tanks usually had aggressive- or ferocious-sounding names, such as Hellcat, Panther, or Tiger. Yet the tendency was not universal, as with British Cruisers or the American M-3 Honey. But perhaps there was never a more unfortunately named beast than the German assault gun Sd Kfz 184, first known as the Ferdinand and later modified, as if it was an improvement, to the Elefant. The weird and less than martial names assigned this 68-... more »

Andrew Weaver and Dancing With the Devil

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 2 hours ago
*Written by Grant G* I have never voted for the Green Party but can freely admit that many of their goals are laudable, essential, vitol to preserving life on a finite planet... I read an article in the Financial Post, it was titled... "Dear British Columbians, what were you thinking? NDP Influenced Provinces are Where The Economy Goes To Die" Article was written by American Diane Francis http://business.financialpost.com/diane-francis/dear-british-columbians-what-were-you-thinking-ndp-influenced-provinces-are-where-the-economy-goes-to-die Diane was amazed BCers didn't hold the... more »

The Republicans Should Be the Party of Lincoln—and Jackson

Jarrett Stepman at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Jarrett Stepman* *Politics, Americas* [image: Bust of Andrew Jackson inside the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons/@AgnosticPreachersKid] An infusion of Jacksonian ideas into the party of Lincoln will ultimately be a net positive. The GOP is becoming the party of Andrew Jackson, and some conservatives aren’t happy about it. Until recently, Jackson was a bit of a political free agent. Democrats, who once celebrated Jackson as one of their own and championed how he stood up for the common man, have almost entirely purged the seventh pr... more »

All of the Crazy Ways North Korea Could Strike Back If America Attacks

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Asia* And it would not be pretty. Over the decades, North Korea’s long pattern of misbehavior and pursuit of nuclear arms have repeatedly led to calls for a military intervention in the country. In 1994, then president Bill Clinton nearly launched an air strike on the country’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center, which was believed to be on the verge of providing fuel for the country’s nuclear weapons. The strike was judged to have an excellent chance of success, but was called off after an agreement with then North Korean leader Kim Il-sung. ... more »

Number Of Cuban Migrants Intercepted By Coast Guard In April Drops To Zero

Jonah Bennett at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Jonah Bennett* *Security, * How? For the first time in seven years, the Coast Guard did not intercept a single Cuban migrant in April trying to enter the United States. Normally around this time of year, the Coast Guard would pick up anywhere from 50 to 150 Cubans attempting the journey at sea, but now that figure has dropped to zero, which matches a similar drop in migrants crossing into the United States through the southwestern border, the Associated Press reports. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft pointed to the repeal of the “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy as the reas... more »

The King Stallion Helicopter Program Is Now The Pentagon's Most Expensive Aircraft

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Task And Purpose: *The Pentagon’s Most Expensive Aircraft Just Got Even More Expensive* When the Department of Defense approved Lockheed Martin’s CH-53K King Stallion for Marine Corps use, a leaked decision memo revealed the brand-new heavy-lift helicopters would cost $138.5 million apiece — which, at millions more than the infamously pricey F-35A Lighting II joint strike fighter, makes the King Stallion the most expensive aircraft in the Pentagon’s arsenal. Now, the helicopter is looking even more costly. On May 9, Bloomberg reported that new King Stallion will cost closer to $1... more »

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