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Halloween weekend open thread

Here’s your frightening open thread for the weekend hosted by my neighbors who come for breakfast daily to eat my apples. A nice Fall theme.

So . . . You Can’t Get Ebola from Someone On a Bus, Eh?

Well, then why did the CDC publish this a few days ago? Look at that document under the section called “Droplet Spread”.  (If the link above doesn’t work, look here for a copy stored on a non-CDC website.) Here’s what that section of the document says (emphasis added):   DROPLET SPREAD Droplet spread happens when […]

Thank You For Your Service

I think I posted about this before, but it happened again today and I STILL get rattled when it happens – enough to post about it yet again. Some back-story: For 30 plus years I didn’t acknowledge my Vietnam service outside of some very narrow confines.  BTW –  The only VN mud I got on […]

AEI/Heritage Project for the Common Defense Weekly Read Board (Navy)

"NATO Seeks More U.S. Ships," by David Larter (Navy Times, 10/20/14) "Navy Takes Different Approach to Painting Vessels," by Robert McCabe (Virginian-Pilot, 10/20/14) "How to Salvage France's Mistral Shipwreck," by Jim Stavridis andShow More Summary

AEI/Heritage Project for the Common Defense Weekly Read Board (USMC)

1. Marines End Mission in Afghanistan After 13 Years 2. Marine Mideast Crisis Unit to Be Fully Capable by Nov. 1 3. Memo: Hull Based on San Antonio Design is Navy’s Preferred Option for Next Generation Amphib 4. Marine dies in Iraq, second reported loss tied to Islamic State fight 5. Show More Summary

Firearms Friday: 1851 VMI Cadet Musket for Auction

8 hours agoIndustries / Military : OPFOR

WOW. This is one of the 500 initial production muskets, manufactured during 1851, that were sent to the Virginia Military Institute for issue to the cadets. The musket has matching 1851 dates on the lock and barrel tang… $6795. I hope a deep-pocketed alumnus can buy it.  

ISIS leaflets found near Quantico base

Our buddy, Jeff Schogol at the Military Times sends us a link from the Marine Corps Times in regards to some ISIS leaflets found in the town of Quantico, Virginia near the Marine Corps’ base. A government employee came upon seven leaflets on Wednesday afternoon while running through the town of Quantico, Bormann told Marine […]

Silencer trial ends in guilty verdicts

I got tons of emails while this trial was going on over the last several days. But, honestly, I couldn’t bring myself to understand the thing. Apparently, a couple of guys tried to sell some silencers that didn’t work to the government who didn’t order them. See? But, finally, Stars & Stripes reports that the […]

Gitmo grads head to Syria

According to Fox News a few dozen Guantanamo alumnus have gone to Syria and joined their buds in ISIS and the al Qaeda units there. Some of those former Guantanamo detainees were released within the last three years. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said in a statement the development “underscores the risks we face when Guantanamo […]

Euronaval Brings Local Shipbuilding to the Forefront

Hervé Guillou, DCNS’ new boss, is eager to get a share of Canada’s huge forthcoming naval programs, and is willing to build ships in Canada with local partners as well as transfer technologies to sweeten the deal. National Post Dutch shipbuilder Damen is flaunting [Defense News] its recently-acquired French credentials at the Euronaval tradeshow in […]

The Specter of the Gun

USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) The DDG 1000 has again appeared in recent news. Its secondary armament was in the spotlight earlier this month as the ship’s Program Manager CAPT Jim Downey discussed the change in the ship’s close in gun (CIG) system. Show More Summary

Air strikes aren’t dissuading foreign fighters in Syria

Air strikes fail to stem flow of foreign fighters to Syria: report — FRANCE 24 (@FRANCE24) October 31, 2014 The last place most people would want to be is in the line of fire – especially when that fire comes in the form of bombs being dropped on their heads. So you would […]

From the State That Gave Us the “Bill & Hill Show” . . .

... we now have this headline: Democrat Running for Lt. Governor of Arkansas Used to be a StripperNo, I’m not joking. Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in Arkansas John Burkhalter said being a male stripper in Little Rock was one of the many “tough jobs” he had in his past. Yeah, it was […]

A headless Ranger at Fort Edwards?

Pinto Nag sends us a link to MSN that talks about a headless body of a possible member of the famed Rogers’ Rangers that was exhumed at Rogers Island in the Hudson River, in New York State; In 2006, a local couple who served as caretakers for the then-privately owned property uncovered seven human skeletons […]

The real first woman with an EIB

A diligent reader on Facebook dropped off a link to the story of the real first woman to earn an Expert Infantry Badge, and it was an American soldier, Capt. Michelle Roberts, back in 2011 according to; Roberts, an activated National Guard Soldier, said she believes it is her duty to be trained as […]

November 4th: a day of privilege

13 hours agoIndustries / Military : OPFOR

Tuesday, November 4th is the day America corporately chooses its political leaders. Elections are bloody, outrageous, angering, bewildering contests of philosophy: political, social, and financial modes of thought and action that may or may not serve you best. Show More Summary

Court Rules Wearing Unearned Medals Is a Crime

Lying about receiving a military medal is protected speech, but there's no right to wear a combat decoration that hasn't been earned, a federal appeals court said.

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