Ancient Gladiator School Discovered in Austria | LiveScience


Apodyterion (undressing and dressing room) of ...
Apodyterion (undressing and dressing room) of the reconstructed Carnuntum thermae, Petronell-Carnuntum municipality, Lower Austria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An ancient Roman gladiator school has been discovered in Austria, complete with cell blocks, a training arena and a bath complex, archaeologists say.

The buried remains of the school — at the site of Carnuntum, near Vienna — were detected not through excavations but through remote-sensing techniques. Based on these findings, researchers reconstructed the gladiator center in virtual 3D models. Read more

Suicidal Al Qaeda Operative Calls Jihadist Crisis Line


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TAMPA — “Jihadist crisis line, how can I help you today,” says Mike Smith, a Navy SEAL with Joint Special Operations Command who volunteers with Central Command’s Jihadist Crisis Line. Read more


 

000West Texas Lightning

 

LET YOUR PLANS BE DARK AND IMPENETRABLE AS NIGHT. AND WHEN YOU MOVE, FALL LIKE A THUNDERBOLT.

~Sun Tzu, The Art of War

ATF raids Branch Davidian compound: 1993


 

At Mount Carmel in Waco, Texas, agents of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms ATF launch a raid against the Branch Davidian compound as part of an investigation into illegal possession of firearms and explosives by the Christian cult. As the agents attempted to penetrate the complex, gunfire erupted, beginning an extended gun battle that left four ATF agents dead and 15 wounded. Read more

American Flag


Is this how our war heroes (medal of honor recipient) are supposed to be treated by the people he swore to defend? If I EVER personally see this happen to any of our warriors…well all I can say is yes, I’m a “small” lady–dynamite comes in small packages–someone will feel the shock wave I produce. I’ve received yet 2 more awesome stories and corresponding images via email and a couple of our Vietnam warriors. Read more

Bowe Bergdahl–Home By Spring??


I have instant emails sent to me anytime a post goes up on Bowe’s blog. I found these waiting for me this morning. To think I wasn’t going to log on to that account; (it was 2 am) but I’m glad I did. Please check the links I’ve provided below and see how we are making this a reality for our Soldier.

Private First Class Bowe Robert Bergdahl, Unit...
Private First Class Bowe Robert Bergdahl, United States Army. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He’s been on a hunger strike, hence his appearance in the latest video, he really needs to come home! If you wish there’s a guest book where we can leave him messages to read when he gets back to Idaho. Here’s the link. I’m so excited about this news, I hope I can fall asleep. I’m logging off now so I’ll see everyone soon. Thank you.

Senator Discusses Bowe Bergdahl With National Intelligence Directors (VIDEO)

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Featured here is a new video of Senator Jim Risch of Idaho discussing Bowe with members of the Select Committee on Intelligence.

Here are the comments that followed the video: Read more

Complete Footage Of The Atomic Bombing Of Nagasaki Released [VIDEO]


Nagasaki, Japan, before and after the atomic b...
Nagasaki, Japan, before and after the atomic bombing of August 9, 1945. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 According to one of the comments on the site I found this on, ” Important frames are missing. Even a layman could see.” There were other comments along these lines as well. I’m only sharing what I’ve found and put no stock in the validity of its entire content. We can’t believe everything we see on the web or what we read or hear on the news, but nonetheless, it is footage of that fateful day that ended the war. ~Anna

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…Jobless Men Keep Going


Jobless Men Keep Going
Jobless Men Keep Going (Photo credit: pbump)

“And the great owners, who must lose their land in an upheaval, the great owners with access to history, with eyes to read history and to know the great fact: when property accumulates in too few hands it is taken away. And that companion fact: when a majority of the people are hungry and cold they will take by force what they need. And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: Read more

BRIT-speak 5


Here’s the fifth  instalment from “The Best of British.” I’ve heard maybe a handful of these terms my entire life. No wonder my friends across the pond chuckle at me; we essentially speak the same the same language but geography has played a big part in the diversity there is between the two counties. Enjoy!    

  • Hump – If you have got the hump it means you are in a mood. If you are having a hump, it means you are having sex. Care is advised when you try using these words for the first time. It could be embarrassing! Read more

Budget Cuts To Bring Military Spending Down To Pre-Civil War Levels


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THE PENTAGON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed deep and far-reaching cuts across the military on Monday, vowing to bring spending down to pre-Civil War levels, sources confirmed.

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Supreme Court defends women’s voting rights: 1922


U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C...
U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. at sunset (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Washington, D.C., the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for female suffrage, is unanimously declared constitutional by the eight members of the U.S. Supreme Court. The 19th Amendment, which stated that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex,” was the product of over seven decades of meetings, petitions, and protests by women suffragists and their supporters. Read more

The Warrior Spirit


Semper Fi, Marine!

Another great story from the front lines! (Iraq) Again, this was shared with me on Google Plus.

Leading the fight is U S Marine Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt, known as ‘Iron Mike‘ or just ‘Gunny’. He is on his third tour in Iraq. He had become a legend in the bomb disposal world after winning the Bronze Star for disabling 64 IEDs and destroying 1,548 pieces of ordnance during his second tour.  Read more

A-10 Warthog Seen Crying On Sidelines After Being Cut From Defense Team


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THE PENTAGON — A U.S. Air Force A-10 Warthog ground attack plane was seen sulking and sobbing on the sidelines of the Pentagon’s sporting complex, after it was completely cut from the national defense team on Monday. Read more

World Trade Center is bombed:1993


New York
New York (Photo credits: http://www.roadtrafficsigns.com)

A bomb explodes in the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center in New York City on this day in 1993. Six people died and 1,000 were injured by the powerful blast, which also caused the evacuation of thousands of people from the Twin Towers. Read more

Midweek MILspeak


This week’s lingo is brought to you by  Wiktionary 

Waging war is a risky, all-encompassing endeavor physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It displays humankind at its best and at its worst, and the war fighter’s slang reflects the bitter, terrible, and inspiring all of it. A quick scan of these phrases illustrates the spectrum: disciplined bravado provides the glitz and glamour; earned camaraderie, the sincerity and warmth; irony, the realist’s edge; scorn, the punishing barb; and insistent vulgarity, a rowdy,leveling earthiness. A little verbal bravado and swagger has genuine utility. Hollywood bravado is little more than chest thumping bluster, but seasoned vets know that disciplined bravado indicates confidence and courage.    Physical and moral courage and the confidence they create are essential warrior virtues. But God—or the first sergeant—help the fake macho and especially the “REMF,” “fobbit,” or “suit” who talks the talk but hasn’t walked the walk.

 **NOTE: There are terms in these lists that could be considered NSFW.  

 

jacked up (U.S.) Screwed up, ruined, in trouble. “Jackness” is the quality of being in a jacked-up state; can also refer to a hapless individual: “Get over here, Jackness. (Canada) – used as a verb – to “jack someone up” refers to the process of re-motivating an individual with often humorous content. Read more