At a Whole Foods in eastern Massachusetts.
This is not staged or photoshopped.
Construction workers preparing to build a new classroom at a school in northern Israel discovered a large underground weapons cache on Monday that included 50 decades-old guns and grenades described as having survived in pristine condition.
The weapons found on Kibbutz Mesilot were among those hidden by fighters of the Haganah, the Jewish community’s defense force when the area was under British rule before the 1948 War of Independence.
In the period between the end of World War II and the birth of the State of Israel, the Haganah and other groups fighting the British and the Arabs stashed as much weaponry as they could against the day when open warfare would begin. The British, long fans of gun control in areas under their control, were no different when it came to the British Mandate for Palestine. The soon to be Israelis were like rebels everywhere, they wanted weapons for their own protection and the protection of their families and neighbors.
After another cache was discovered in 2004 on Kibbutz Lahavot Habashan, local security officer Meir Schmil told the Jerusalem Post, “It seems that even after the War of Independence, they [Jewish residents] were uncertain about the future of the state and whether they would still need to defend themselves, so they built this bunker.”
Time went on, Israel became a nation and built a well respected self defense force. The men and women of the Haganah aged and as we all will, died. Some of the caches were forgotten as people moved on with their lives, maybe some were even left behind, just in case. We’ll never know why these weapons remained hidden well after it would seem that the need for hidden caches had passed.
“The people who hid the weapons are no longer alive, and they didn’t tell anyone where the weapons were, even after the War of Independence and the establishment of the state,” Magen told Channel 10, adding that the firearms had been wrapped in wax paper.
If you look quickly at the pictures or are unfamiliar with firearms preservation, the guns in the pictures look like junk. All that “rust” is actually wax paper and cosmoline or a similar preservative.
All those rifles, in very good or even pristine condition waiting for the day that they might be needed to defend a kibbutz, or a school, or some other area. Considering their age and the technological advances that have been made since the end of World War II, it’s highly unlikely that they will be used for those purposes, but they are not without value. Some might end up in a museum, but many of them have value to collectors. The Machine Guns can’t be brought in to this country, but I’d be willing to bet that some collectors, including this one, would love to have a chance to buy an Enfield or other collectible military surplus rifle.
Alas, I doubt that will happen given the current administrations hatred of firearms or frankly, anything that represents defending freedom or self defense.
Too bad because someone could use the money generated by those sales and collectors would give the rifles new homes where they would be appreciated and not buried.
Maybe I’ll be proven wrong and in a year or two I’ll be seeing some of these rifled being offered for sale.
BERLIN – German authorities said Wednesday they have charged an 88-year-old former member of an SS armored division with 25 counts of murder over allegations that he took part in the largest civilian massacre in Nazi-occupied France.
Cologne state court spokesman Achim Hengstenberg said suspect Werner C., whose last name wasn’t given in accordance with German privacy laws, was also charged with hundreds of counts of accessory to murder in connection with the 1944 slaughter in Oradour-sur-Glane in southwestern France.
The suspect was a young man in 1944 and for all these years, he thought he got away with his crime.
Dortmund prosecutors allege that the suspect shot 25 men as part of a firing squad, and then helped as troops blockaded and then set fire to a church, in which dozens of women and children were burned alive.
In total 642 men, women and children were killed.
A true hero of the Third Reich. They did seem to have a predilection for killing defenseless men, women, and children both in their country and the ones they captured.
One of the truly amazing things about the end of World War II is that there were any Germans left alive to rebuild the country. In days of yore, the victors would have eradicated the entire population and destroyed every trace of the country. Although it seems that victorious Soviet troops certainly gave it the old college try.
“My client contests any participation in this massacre, which he finds a truly terrible act,” he said, adding that he had fully cooperated in giving statements to investigators.
Of course. Interestingly enough, he wasn’t so cooperative at the end of the war when any of the surviving perpetrators might have been brought to justice in a timely fashion. Now both the surviving victims and surviving murderers are likely dead, with Walter C. to join them. At his age, he might even escape the justice of man.
I wonder what Hell looks like?
I have nothing profound to say other than you should take time to thank a veteran for his or her service to the country.
Thanks to OldNFO, Bob, John, LT, Chris, MSgt B, Stormbringer, Captain Tightpants, Former Action Guy, and anyone else who glances at this blog from time to time.
Your efforts and sacrifices are not forgotten here.
For any of my readers who are United States Marines, active or retired, happy birthday. Enjoy the day and any activities that you might engage in.
Thank you for your service keeping Americans safe from our enemies.
Here is to 238 more years!
At least that’s what the President wants us to believe.
The man was brought in to the square. His eyes were blindfolded. I began shooting pictures, one after the other. It was to be the fourth execution that day I would photograph. I was feeling awful; several times I had been on the verge of throwing up. But I kept it under control because as a journalist I knew I had to document this, as I had the three previous beheadings I had photographed that day, in three other locations outside Aleppo.
The crowd began cheering. Everyone was happy. I knew that if I tried to intervene I would be taken away, and that the executions would go ahead. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to change what was happening and I might put myself in danger.
I saw a scene of utter cruelty: a human being treated in a way that no human being should ever be treated. But it seems to me that in two and a half years, the war has degraded people’s humanity. On this day the people at the execution had no control over their feelings, their desires, their anger. It was impossible to stop them.
I don’t know how old the victim was but he was young. He was forced to his knees. The rebels around him read out his crimes from a sheet of paper. They stood around him. The young man was on his knees on the ground, his hands tied. He seemed frozen.
At the moment of execution the rebels grasped his throat. The young man put up a struggle. Three or four rebels pinned him down. The man tried to protect his throat with his hands, which were still tied together. He tried to resist but they were stronger than he was and they cut his throat. They raised his head into the air. People waved their guns and cheered. Everyone was happy that the execution had gone ahead.
That scene in Syria, that moment, was like a scene from the Middle Ages, the kind of thing you read about in history books. The war in Syria has reached the point where a person can be mercilessly killed in front of hundreds of people—who enjoy the spectacle.
As a human being I would never have wished to see what I saw. But as a journalist I have a camera and a responsibility. I have a responsibility to share what I saw that day. That’s why I am making this statement and that’s why I took the photographs. I will close this chapter soon and try never to remember it.
I’m sure that the Assad regime is little or no better. Which is why it would have been better for the President not to threaten to intervene.
It’s a lousy situation to be sure, but it’s not one worth a single American life.
I’ll start with my post from last year. Sadly, nothing has improved for the better. The United States appears even more weak than it did last year and infinitely more weak than it did on September 10, 2001. While many of the people of the US have not forgotten what happened, too many of them seem to think that this war is over because our military killed one of the leaders of our enemies. Most sadly of all, the President of the United States is one of those people.
Remember he’s the one who pledged to have criminal trials for combatants captured in foreign nations and to close Gitmo. He hasn’t closed Gitmo, but he has ordered the release of many of them. Predictably, many have gone back to waging war as any released POW would if set free. He has also undone most of the progress in Iraq, and just about everything accomplished in Afghanistan.
I’m sure arm chair historians will debate both of those theaters of war for years to come, but the truth is that the coalition had won in Iraq and gone a long way towards stabilizing the government and had made significant progress in Afghanistan. It’s all been undone over the last four years, and that will continue. The US will be back in one or both of those countries sooner rather than later and we’ll have to spend lives regaining real estate we’ve paid for once already.
A year ago, the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked by an enemy unit. Four US citizens, including the Ambassador were murdered. At first the President, then Secretary of State, and other administration tried to explain this away as a spontaneous mob that was enraged by a self made YouTube video that only a couple of hundred people had seen. The producer of this video was taken into custody on a pretext and spent the bulk of the next year in jail. Even before he was locked up, that story was exposed as false and it appeared that the attack was in fact a well planned operation, by Al Qaeda affiliates, with medium duty weapons that had been pre registered to fire on the targets, and the the Ambassador had been specifically targeted.
That this happened on the 11th anniversary of another act of war against the United States was not a coincidence, it was a plan. The attackers counted on the President and his lackeys to do exactly what they in fact did. Pretend that this was a crime like a bank robbery and an act of war by an enemy that is committed to destroying western civilization. In stead of sending in the Marines, he sent in the lawyers and a few weeks later the FBI. A year later, nothing has been done, no one has been arrested, no one is in jail, and the names of the attacker are guesses, not facts.
The message one year ago was that you can attack sovereign United States territory and kill a representative of the President of the United States and nothing will happen except that the President and his lackeys will lie to the American people about what happened.
Egypt fell to avowed enemies of the United States and the words of the President helped them even if inadvertently. Libya is a failed state and the US and NATO had a huge hand in causing that disarray.
The current crisis in Syria is another blow to the prestige of the United States. The President drew a red line across which Syria could not cross without dire consequences. Yet somone, we don’t know who, did cross that line and the consequences seem to only effect the United States. The Russians are rapidly establishing themselves as the leader of the international community, the President is rapidly proving that the United States is not only a paper tiger, it’s a toothless paper tiger.
On TV there are all sorts of tributes and documentaries about 9/11/2001, but the news media has mislead the American public, about the causes, the results, and the government’s actions since that day. Nothing George Bush did since then was right, nothing Barack Obama has done since taking office is wrong. We’re deluged with distraction devices in the form of George Zimmerman, Miley Cyrus, and a million other inconsequential people and events. Shark week has returned to it’s pre 9/11 prominence and we’re told not to pay attention to the ever increasing incursions of the radical Islam into out lives. The “Religion of Peace” that flied planes into buildings, blows up Mosques, bombs people at a road race, beheads Christian school girls in Thailand, and rapes reporters in Eqypt is just an aberration. “Pay no attention to those people murdering you, they are not the enemy, it’s those Tea Partiers, they are the real danger.”
As I sit here, I’m increasingly pessimistic about the future of my county and my descendents. Sure, they’ll likely be a United States of America, but it will be mostly irrelevant in what happens to the rest of the world. We’ll be so consumed with gay rights, affirmative action, cultural sensitivity, and other foolishness that we won’t even be able to defend our borders, let alone interests in other nations. The rest of the world has started snickering at us, and by the time this President leaves office, it will be full throated laughter.
All the while the media will tell us how great things are going with this Administration and how that idiot Romney would have made a mess of things.
The situation can’t go on this way forever and I think the reaction is going to be exceptionally ugly.
That’s my 9/11 remembrance and the sad legacy of our misguided efforts to fight back ever since.
SS GEORGE H. W. BUSH, At Sea (NNS) — The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first carrier-based arrested landing on board USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia July 10.
“It isn’t very often you get a glimpse of the future. Today, those of us aboard USS George H.W. Bush got that chance as we witnessed the X-47B make its first ever arrested landing aboard an aircraft carrier,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. “The operational unmanned aircraft soon to be developed have the opportunity to radically change the way presence and combat power are delivered from our aircraft carriers.”
Today’s demonstration was the first time a tailless, unmanned autonomous aircraft landed on a modern aircraft carrier.
This test marks an historic event for naval aviation that Navy leaders believe will impact the way the Navy integrates manned and unmanned aircraft on the carrier flight deck in the future.
“Today we witnessed the capstone moment for the Navy UCAS program as the team flawlessly performed integrated carrier operations aboard USS George H.W. Bush with the X-47B aircraft,” said Capt. Jaime Engdahl, Navy UCAS Program Manager. “Our precision landing performance, advanced autonomous flight controls and digital carrier air traffic control environment are a testament to the innovation and technical excellence of the Navy and Northrop Grumman team.”
This is pretty amazing stuff.
Of course some people never did warm to the idea.
Correspondent: General, we’re told of wonder weapons the Germans were working on: Long-range rockets, push-button bombing weapons that don’t need soldiers. What’s your take on that?
Patton: Wonder weapons? My God, I don’t see the wonder in them. Killing without heroics. Nothing is glorified, nothing is reaffirmed. No heroes, no cowards, no troops. No generals. Only those that are left alive and those that are left… dead.
Today marks the Sixty Ninth anniversary of the invasion of France by Allied forces. The young men who threw themselves against fortifications and men manning “Fortress Europa” are mostly gone now. They defeated the Nazis and liberated Europe, then they went back home and lead their lives. Every day there are fewer and fewer of them and every year it seems that fewer members of the following generations remember what they did and the sacrifices the entire nation made to rid the world of tyranny.
That’s a shame, because sacrifice and effort such as that should never be forgotten.
We should also remember how narrow was the margin of victory. The initial landings on Omaha beach were disastrous and for hours the issue was in doubt. A defeat on Omaha would likely have required withdrawing all of the troops and the Germans would have stopped the invasion.
The beaches were held, the Germans were defeated, and eleven months later, Europe was free. Or at least half of it was free, but that’s a story for a different day.
For today, let’s remember the courage of the young men who risked everything to free Europe.
June 4th marks the start of what might be the decisive naval battle of World War II. Given that there were a lot of important naval battles, especially in the Pacific, that might be a pretty bold statement. I don’t think that it is.
Consider that if the Japanese had taken the small atoll of Midway, they would have been within very reasonable striking distance of Hawaii and have been able to pose a constant threat against the West Coast of the United States. The US Fleet would likely have had to retreat to San Francisco and support to Australia would have been compromised. The US would have had to launch any offensive action from the continental United States, not either Australia or Hawaii. Ships that needed repair or overhaul wouldn’t have had Hawaii to go to, they would have to go to Washington State or California.
Add to that the fact that a success by the Japanese would likely have meant the loss of the remaining US carriers in the Pacific. New ships were being built, but it would be months until they were ready. The US could muster only three carriers to fight the Japanese. One of those the USS Yorktown had been severely damaged at the Battle of the Coral Sea and was rushed back into service.
Despite the odds against the US, the Navy prevailed against the Japanese and Midway was saved. It’s likely that a United States defeat in the Pacific theater of war was saved as well.
The US suffered 307 casualties, most of the Naval or Marine Corps aviators. The Japanese suffered more than 3,000 casualties, most them Naval Aviators and crew members of the four carriers that were sunk. The loss of four fleet carriers was devastating to the Japanese in the months that followed. Even more so was the loss aircraft and aircrew. While the aircraft were replaced, the experienced airmen were irreplaceable. The cumulative effects of those losses rippled across the War in the Pacific in the months and years that followed.
At the end of the battle on June 7th, the war was far from over and the outcome was still in doubt. Midway marked the last time that the Japanese would be on the offense in the war. From there on, the momentum changed and the Allies were now the aggressors with the Japanese playing defense back across the islands that they had captured.
Sadly, we barely hear or read about Midway these days. History has moved on and most of the men who fought there have gone on to meet their comrades that died during the battle. That’s a shame, because it was one of the most decisive battles in United States history and should never be forgotten.
After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it?
I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs.
I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non EMS subject matter.
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