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  • MORE CONCEALED CARRY - LESS VIOLENT CRIME
    Jul 09 2014 01:09 PM
    A dramatic spike in the number of Americans with permits to carry concealed weapons coincides with an equally stark drop in violent crime, according to a new study, which Second Amendment advocates say makes the case that more guns can mean safer streets.The study by the Crime Prevention Research Center found that 11.1 million Americans now have permits to carry concealed weapons, up from 4.5 million in 2007. The 146 percent increase has come even as both murder and violent crime rates have dropped by 22 percent.“When you allow people to carry concealed handguns, you see changes in the behavior of criminals," said the center’s pr...


  • THIS IS GETTING STRANGE NOW
    Jul 03 2014 08:11 PM
    The skies of Iraq are getting crowded. U.S. Apache attack helicopters and unarmed drones are beingdeployed along with the 500 American troops already ordered to the country. They're just the latest foreign aircraft to join the fight against ISIS, the jihadist group that's swept through northern and western Iraq in recent weeks. The Syrian Air Force bombed targets that were allegedly ISIS positions in western Iraq last week. Iran has reportedly sent its entire fleet of Sukoi-24 fighter jets to Iraq. And Russia has sent jets and "advisers" to assist Baghdad.The U.S. military is now in a situation where it likely has to work out mil...


  • SAUDIS DEPLOY 30K TO IRAQ BORDER
    Jul 03 2014 06:12 AM
    Saudi Arabia deployed 30,000 soldiers to its border with Iraq after Iraqi soldiers abandoned the area, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television said on Thursday, but Baghdad denied this and said the frontier remained under its full control. The world's top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia shares an 800-km (500-mile) border with Iraq, where Islamic State insurgents and other Sunni Muslim militant groups seized towns and cities in a lightning advance last month.King Abdullah has ordered all necessary measures to protect the kingdom against potential "terrorist threats", state news agency SPA reported on Thursday.The U.S.-allied kingdom overcam...


  • WHAT DO I SAY?
    Jul 02 2014 07:19 PM
    The following is a message by Jack Tobin, President of the Special Forces Association, that he posted coincident with Independence Day weekend. I think it will resonate with many of our readers:What Do I Say?As I watch the news, each day it seems the Republic sinks deeper into the abyss that has taken so many great countries. Each day another of our freedoms disappears, taken by faceless bureaucrats, controlled by those who disregard our laws.A neighbor’s son, just graduated from high school, ask about joining the military, I was in a hurry and ask him to come back, what do I say?Two of my son’s, both wounded veterans ask me on...


  • SCOTUS REMINDS OBAMA ABOUT PESKY CONSTITUTION
    Jun 26 2014 02:52 PM
    The Supreme Court delivered a blow Thursday to President Obama, ruling that he went too far in making recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. In a unanimous decision, the high court sided with Senate Republicans and limited the president's power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments. It was the first-ever Supreme Court test involving the long-standing practice of presidents naming appointees when the Senate is on break. In this case, Obama had argued that the Senate was on an extended holiday break when he filled slots at the NLRB in 2012. He argued the brief sessions it held every three da...


  • PUTIN ISSUES HIGH ALERT FOR URAL FORCES
    Jun 21 2014 07:00 AM
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday ordered military forces in central Russia on combat alert as well as a drill of airborne troops, a day after Ukraine ordered a cease-fire with pro-Russian rebels. NATO said earlier this week that Russia has resumed a military build-up on the border with Ukraine where pro-Russian separatists have been fighting government forces for weeks in a conflict that has left about 300 people dead and displaced over 34,000.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered his forces to cease fire Friday and halt military operations for a week, the first step in a peace plan he hopes will end the fight...


  • HOW BAD IS THE BORDER?
    Jun 16 2014 12:12 PM
    Want a basic idea of how bad our border security is? Then watch this?http://video.foxnews...v/3622280227001


  • CHINA RISING
    May 29 2014 01:52 PM
    China is flexing its military muscles, in large part to satisfy its insatiable demand for resources. The consequences and resulting competition with other nations will be felt far and wide.China’s military modernization is integral to the country’s ambitions to expand its global economic and political power. Already the world’s second-largest economy—and forecast to become the largest by 2021—China sees its continuing growth and prosperity as being linked to its ability to secure energy and mineral resources, expand trade and access new markets.Since embarking on its most recent modernization in the late 1990s, China has exhibite...


  • UKRAINE FORCES GETTING THEIR ASSES HANDED TO THEM
    May 23 2014 09:26 AM
    In the deadliest raid yet on Ukrainian troops, pro-Russia insurgents attacked a military checkpoint Thursday, killing 16 soldiers, and the interim prime minister accused Moscow of trying to disrupt the upcoming election for a new president to lead the divided country out of its crisis. A rebel commander said one of his fighters also died in the raid in eastern Ukraine, which left a gruesome scene of charred military vehicles and scorched bodies near the town of Volnovakha, 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of the city of Donetsk.Witnesses, including a medical worker, said more than 30 Ukrainian troops were wounded, with some in gra...


  • THAILAND FACING A COUP?
    May 21 2014 07:41 AM
    BANGKOK—A day after Thailand's military imposed nationwide martial law, the country faced uncertainty over whether a coup d'état was imminent or if its civilian leaders could broker a deal to end months of bitter and often violent feuding. The military urged calm and insisted the declaration—made under a 100-year-old constitutional decree that gives the army sweeping powers to maintain order—wasn't a coup. No curfew was imposed, and residents were encouraged to go about business as usual. Some Thais were seen taking pictures of themselves posed against soldiers who were deployed to the capital's posh shopping districts.Avoiding...


  • STEALTH SUBMARINES
    May 13 2014 07:54 AM
    Submarines are getting quieter, stealthier, and better armed. And that could mean major trouble for the U.S. Navy and its aging fleet of sub-hunters. The tactical balance between the surface warship and the submarine has strategic impact. The submarine is not made for a show of force. Its principal weapon is designed not to damage a ship, but to sink it—rapidly and probably with much loss of life. It’s a sure way to shift the trajectory of any conflict in a more violent direction. The best deterrent against submarine attack is robust defense—but as little as surface sailors like to discuss it, that defense has seldom been less as...


  • NoK TESTING ICBM ENGINE
    May 02 2014 11:11 PM
    North Korea has recently conducted engine tests for an intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially deliver a nuclear warhead to the United States, a U.S. think tank said on Friday. North Korea conducted at least one engine test for the KN-08 missile in late March or early April, the think tank 38 North said, marking the latest in a series of tests for a missile believed to have a range of more than 10,000 km (6,000 miles).Following the engine tests, the next stage for North Korea would be a test launch of the missile, according to 38 North, which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins University's U.S.-Korea Institute."...


  • UKRAINE HAS GONE HOT - MILITARY ACTION IN THE EAST
    May 02 2014 10:53 AM
    Two Ukrainian helicopters were shot down Friday as Ukraine launched its first major offensive against the pro-Russia forces that have seized government buildings in the east. The Kremlin said Kiev's move against the insurgents "destroyed" hopes for peace in the region. Fighting broke out around dawn near Slovyansk, a city 160 kilometers (100 miles) from the Russian border that has become the focus of the armed insurgency against Ukraine's interim government. Two helicopter crew were killed in the crashes, both sides said, and a pro-Russia militiaman was reported killed.One of the helicopters was hit by a surface-to-air missile,...


  • "NEW" NUCLEAR TEST FOR NoK?
    May 01 2014 09:56 PM
    North Korea says it may still go ahead and test a new kind of nuclear device following U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Seoul, but is keeping analysts guessing as to when that test might take place. Many experts — and the South Korean government — had suspected the North would conduct its fourth nuclear test during Obama's visit. But the U.S. president has come and gone and the North is now sending signals that could be taken to mean it is ready to test at any time, or may hold off indefinitely.Analysts remain divided over whether the activity means the North is ready to detonate, or just going through the motions. It is...


  • RUSSIAN AGENT IN UKRAINE
    Apr 30 2014 01:56 PM
    When shadowy commander Igor Strelkov appeared before the cameras recently in green combat fatigues and a clipped mustache, he did more than reveal the face of the insurgency rocking eastern Ukraine. He strengthened the case that Russia is behind the turmoil. The commander did not address Ukraine and European Union assertions that he is a Russian intelligence officer. But he told journalists that he and his men entered Ukraine from Crimea, which Russia annexed in March after an insurgency that Russian President Vladimir Putin now admits involved Russian troops. Strelkov's assertion that many of the insurgents are not locals under...


  • INTERESTING DEVELOPMENT - UKRAINE
    Apr 29 2014 09:06 AM
    Slovakia signed a deal on Monday to deliver natural gas to Ukraine, which is facing the threat of a cut-off in supplies from Russia because of a massive debt. Under the agreement, Slovakia will send gas through a pipeline that was meant for transporting gas from Ukraine but is currently unused. To be able to send the gas, some technical changes are needed that might take several months.The signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Slovak pipeline operator Eustream and Ukraine's Ukrtransgaz is another step in Ukraine's efforts to reduce its dependence on Russia. It has already agreed on gas supplies also from Germany,...


  • US WEAPONS IN SYRIA
    Apr 25 2014 08:37 AM
    After years of grinding civil war, the Syrian battlefield has seen a wide array of weapons employed by the rebel factions fighting Assad. From antiquated World War II rifles to homemade mortars, the rebels have used everything at their disposal, but recently the appearance of American anti-tank weapons in the northern town of Heesh has many wondering if the United States is finally about to supply the rebels with the heavy weapons, including shoulder fired MANPADs, needed to counter Assad’s mechanized and airborne forces.In early April, YouTube videos showed American made BGM-71 TOW anti-tank rocket systems in the hands of Haraka...


  • JIHADIS TAKE SECRET BASE IN LIBYA
    Apr 24 2014 07:38 AM
    A key jihadist leader and longtime member of al Qaeda has taken control of a secretive training facility set up by U.S. special operations forces on the Libyan coastline to help hunt down Islamic militants, according to local media reports, Jihadist web forums, and U.S. officials.In the summer of 2012, American Green Berets began refurbishing a Libyan military base 27 kilometers west of Tripoli in order to hone the skills of Libya’s first Western-trained special operations counter-terrorism fighters. Less than two years later, that training camp is now being used by groups with direct links to al Qaeda to foment chaos in post-Qad...


  • JEWS TOLD TO REGISTER IN DONETSK - SOMETHINGS NEVER CHANGE
    Apr 17 2014 02:59 PM
    Secretary of State John Kerry reacted to a report Thursday that Jews in one restive Ukrainian city were sent notices telling them to register, a development he called "grotesque." Kerry's comments follow a report in Israel's Ynet News that a leaflet was circulating in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, demanding that Jews register -- as well as provide a list of property they own -- or else face deportation and revocation of citizenship. Pro-Russian activists have asserted partial control over some government buildings in that city. Ynet reported that the notices, sent as the Passover holiday began, were signed by Denis Push...


  • SLOVIANSK UNDER ATTACK
    Apr 16 2014 02:29 PM
    KIEV, Ukraine — Large contingents of Ukrainian forces are now on the move near Sloviansk and the nearby town of Kramatorsk, where separatists have also seized a government building. But the mood of those in the town and the other occupied areas of eastern Ukraine remains defiant, and greater conflict seems almost a certainty. Over the past few days, Sloviansk -- a small, once-insignificant industrial town of just under 130,000 in eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border -- has become what many there have said will be the first battleground of a larger war.As late afternoon fell on Tuesday in Sloviansk, the sound of machine-gun fi...