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“Cops” videographer killed on location

Yahoo TV reports that a videographer of the long-running “Cops” show was killed by police while they were taping a new show; Initial reports said the TV crew member — now identified by Langley Productions (which produces Cops) as 38-year-old audio technician Bryce Dion — had been critically injured. The news of his death broke […]

Thursday morning feel good story

Our morning feel good story today comes from Florida where legally blind Melchisedec Williams was a victim of his own nephew’s attempt to harm him after a break in. The nephew cut the power to the victim’s house on the 2900 block of Chipco Street and broke in through a bedroom window, police said. He […]

Germany Approves Rheinmetall Armored Vehicle Plant In Algeria

Germany’s Economy Ministry has approved plans by defense group Rheinmetall to deliver an armored vehicle assembly plant to Algeria. Rheinmetall’s delivery to Algeria includes a production line to assemble the Fuchs armored vehicle, as well as other parts valued at […]

Hagel: Seven Nations Pledge Arms for Iraqi Kurds in Fight Against ISIL

Seven nations have joined the United States and the Iraqi government with pledges to provide arms to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq where they are battling terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel […]

U.S. Court Will Not Block Lawsuit Over Connecticut SWAT Raid

Reuters: A U.S. federal appeals court has ruled that Connecticut police cannot claim immunity to quash lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages from a botched 2008 raid by a SWAT team that severely injured a homeowner and killed his friend. The decision by the U.S. 2nd Court of Appeals in New York clears the […]

Notes From HPS

David Codrea: The group, which has not endorsed Republican challenger Tom Foley at this writing, understands he is a far cry from a perfect candidate on guns. The choice they face is to decide which of their two options available to them — allowing a committed gun-banner to re-secure political power without significant opposition, or […]

Good Pieces of Kit

Laminated and taken to the field since 1066! This is really fascinating, and you could spend a lot of time– time well spent, I’d say– poring over the lists and the photos. (You’ll have to overlook some problems with the weapons terminology and description, such as calling the 7.62 L1A1 (the FAL) of Falklands War fame a “very light” rifle. Show More Summary

What to say to Oscar the Vet

I get tired of bashing the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, but they keep asking for it. From the Stars & Stripes comes the story of a slide presentation to train VA employees on how to deal with veterans seeking help. The slide presentation was entitled “What to Say to Oscar the Grouch – Dealing with […]

The Croatian Helicopter Swap Triangle: Mi-8s for UH-60s

UH-60(click to view full) Croatia’s Jutarnji list reports that a proposed helicopter swap deal was discussed during an Aug 14/14 meeting between high-ranking Croatian defense personnel and a delegation from the US House of Representatives. The goal is to offer the Ukraine near-term assistance, while bringing Croatian forces closer to NATO standards. Under the deal… […]

9-year-old accidentally shoots instructor

Folks have been sending us this link yesterday from Fox News about the 9-year-old girl who accidentally shot her instructor in the head with a fully-automatic Uzi submachine gun. No one has mentioned the caliber, but I’m guessing it was a nine millimeter version, but I know Uzis come a.380 caliber and.45 caliber […]

Why Those Damned Masks?

Among the many disturbing trends we are faced with in the introductory decades of this new century is one that leaves me, as a former proud warrior in service to the United States of America, cold to my core. What the hell is going on with the warrior class around the world when the folks […]

DOTE to Acquisition Community: Don’t Shoot the Messenger!

The Pentagon’s office for operational testing (DOTE) published an update to their presentation [PDF] explaining reasons behind program delays. Their main conclusion is self-protective: “It is not testing per se that causes a delay, rather it is a problem with the system that is discovered during testing that causes a delay.” Army programs have often […]

Paul James Latare; truckdriving MARSOC

Scottie sends us his work on this Paul James Latare fellow who was indeed a Marine (Motor Transport dude) but he wasn’t all of the stuff he tells his friends; About two-and-a-half years in the Corps, and it looks like it was cut short for some reason, but he got out as a Lance Corporal […]

That Stolen Valor victimless crime

You all know the story, we took part in this thing a few months ago, and it’s finally getting the attention that it deserves. But, when you comment, please keep names out of your comment. This is a news story that was on ABC27 in York, Pennsylvania last night. “When people lie about being in […]

American Jihadist Reportedly Killed in Syria

An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

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