Rumors are swirling that Russia will cease producing the ubiquitous rifle, but nothing better has yet come along.
Reports that the Russian Ministry of Defense has discontinued purchases of the legendary AK-74 assault rifle made headline news in the Russian media.
In fact, the Russian military stopped buying Kalashnikovs about 15 years ago, because there were too many of them. Both the army’s stockpiles and factory warehouses are overflowing with all versions of the rifles, as are the country’s armories. According to Russian experts, the stockpiles would supply several armies the size of Russia’s in addition to all the world’s armies combined. General Nikolai Makarov, the chief of the General Staff of Russia’s Armed Forces, indirectly corroborated those estimates several days ago
When a vehicle eclipses the flesh-and-bone actors and becomes the superstar of a film—that’s when it’s a great movie car. There are dozens of memorable cars in film, but to crack the top 10, a vehicle must influence a generation, inspire car culture, and become the stuff of every kid’s dreams. These are our favorites, in no particular order…
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I was unhappy with the poor journalistic coverage of the #OccupyWallStreet protests, so I went to Wall Street myself to see what’s going on, and report on it.
It’s the quality of the coverage, not the amount that’s the problem. It’s been on the nightly news every night for the past week, but there has been little “serious” reporting.
(Excerpt) Read more at erratasec.blogspot.com …
A fellow tea-party candidate and Alaskan politician who drew Sarah Palin’s endorsement in 2010 says it’s not “out of the realm of possibility” that the former governor might still run for president in 2012 … as an independent.
Former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller evaluated the chances Palin might run in a conversation with Aaron Klein during the host’s “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” program on New York City’s WABC Radio.
When asked if Palin, who announced she would not seek the Republican nomination for president, might consider running as an independent, Miller replied, “You know, I think it’s unlikely. I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility, but certainly if you ask her today, I think she would affirm that there’s no way she would do that.
“In fact, she made it very clear in her statement that she is going to focus not only on making sure the Republican nominee wins in 2012, but also to assist in making sure that the Senate is retaken,” he continued. “So at least taking her opinion today, she would tell you no.”
Miller, however, refused to slam the door on the idea: “But I know Sarah, and the reality is she’s a fighter. If she sees the country in desperate need of leadership not being provided by either of the two parties, who knows? Maybe she would jump into it.”
(Excerpt) Read more at wnd.com …
Neither fund raising nor the building of grass-roots organizations in key primary states is driving the Republican presidential race. Endorsements haven’t mattered much either. Stump speeches have been of minimal importance. And policy papers—such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s 59-point economic plan or ex-Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s proposal for tax rate cuts—have been largely overlooked.
By far the biggest influence on the Republican contest has been the series of nationally televised debates. There have been more debates than ever—six so far—and they have attracted record audiences. The most recent debate on Sept. 22 on Fox News drew more than six million TV viewers, plus another six million watching on streaming video.
The debates have overwhelmed the Republican race. “They are about all there’s been to the campaign,” says Fox political commentator Brit Hume. After each debate the campaign has been frozen until the next one, except for arguments over issues spawned by the debates themselves…
(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com …
Marine recruiters reach out at gay pride event in Pasadena
latimes.com ^ | Oct. 9, 2011 | Martha Groves
Posted on Sunday, October 09, 2011 9:17:50 PM by Free ThinkerNY
The Marines set up a booth at San Gabriel Valley Pride’s Community Unity Day at Pasadena City College. They were the only military branch to attend.
Marine Corps recruiters at the San Gabriel Valley Pride event at Pasadena City College on Saturday didn’t care whether the young men who lined up to test their strength were gay or straight.
The Marines just wanted to see some pull-ups done properly: Place hands about shoulder width apart, palms facing away; pull upward until chin is over the bar and then slowly return to the hanging position. Repeat until the feet feel like concrete blocks and the biceps like rubber bands about to snap.
Addison Arce, 23, a slight, sinewy man who ran cross-country at Burbank High School, impressed them with 13 brisk pull-ups. “I’ve always been fond of the military and what they do,” said Arce, who described himself as bisexual. “I’ve thought about joining. Whether it would be the Marines, the Navy or Coast Guard, I’m not sure.” These Marines, he added, “they really know how to put on a show.”
With the official repeal last month of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the Marine Corps, the service that was most opposed to ending the policy, appears to be leading the charge into new recruitment territory.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com …
this one is making its rounds on facebook lately
Posted on Sunday, October 09, 2011 9:23:06 PM by mamelukesabre