Army sergeant who gave life to save Afghan child being flown home for burial

Originally posted on American Freedom:

Published March 29, 2012 | FoxNews.com

An Army sergeant and father of three from Rhode Island who gave his life to save an Afghan child from being run over by a 16-ton armored fighting vehicle is being flown back to the U.S. and will be buried Monday.

Sgt. Dennis Weichel, 29, died in Afghanistan last week after he dashed into the path of an armored fighting vehicle to scoop up the little girl, who had darted back into the roadway to pick up shell casings, according to the Army. Weichel, a Rhode Island National Guardsman, was riding in the convoy in Laghman Province in eastern Afghanistan when he jumped out to save the girl, who was unhurt.

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Could Iran’s “impregnable” nuclear sites be destroyed by a U.S. bomb?

Short answer: F**k yeah!

Fordo Iran Nuke Site

Fordo Iran Nuke Site - Courtesy of Google Earth-© 2011 Google

The CIA and other allied western spy agencies have been keeping tabs on a mountain in the northwest Iran city of Fordo for years. But this is not just any mountain, it has a hideout that’s almost reminiscent of Dr. Evil’s secret underground lair. The difference is this secret lair houses one of the world’s most bizarre nuclear sites. The facility, built deep inside the mountain and fortified with cement, blast doors and between 200-300 ft of rock, was recently declared by Iran’s civil-defense chief as”impregnable.”

Massive Ordnance Penetrator - Boeing Photo

Massive Ordnance Penetrator - Boeing Photo

But the United States has a couple of big tricks up its sleeve which have been in development since 2004; high-tech and very powerful new “bunker-busters”. There is currently two on the top of the list of the bunker buster arsenal: the very portable 5,000-pound BLU-122, capable of penetrating more than 20 feet of concrete or 100 feet of earth before detonating, as well as the venerable 30,000-pound can-o-woop ass, the Massive Ordnance Penetrator. Both of these bombs could be delivered by our most advanced strategic bombers. The Massive Ordnance Penetrator or MOP was developed by Boeing and through extensive tests was able to penetrate up to 200 feet of dirt and rock before exploding. The new MOP weighs about 4 tons more than the U.S. military’s former leader of the pack, The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs.   U.S. officials currently have no plan to bombard the site and are cautiously aware that in doing so (or assisting Israel in doing so) would have devastating consequences economically and would effect global security. In most experts opinion a fly mission to do so would be feasible and once the bombs are dropped the destruction of the plant would be easily successful.

BLU-122/B, A/B Penetrator Warhead - General Dynamics

BLU-122/B, A/B Penetrator Warhead - General Dynamics

This is due to the fact that U.S. bombs would not necessarily have to pierce all the way through the bunker to cause enough damage to set back Iran’s program by years. Centrifuge equipment is highly sensitive and delicately balanced and susceptible to shock waves and falling debris. Furthermore, explosions that destroy the various pipes, wires, and electronics that support the operations of the plant as well as explosions that reduce entrances to rubble would have a detrimental effect that could leave the plant unusable – especially if it was a sustained attack over multiple days.

Sources:

defenseindustrydaily.com    gd-ots.com    defense.gov

Living Photos Formed by Thousands of US soldiers

During World War I, these military formation photos helped to build support for American involvement in the war and as an attempt to deter isolationist tendencies. Englishman Arthur Mole and his American colleague John D Thomas took these amazing photos of thousands of soldiers forming icons of American history. Arthur Mole’s great-nephew Joseph Mole, 70, says: “In the picture of the Statue of Liberty there are 18,000 men: 12,000 of them in the torch alone, but just 17 at the base (approximately 18,000 officers and soldiers total) The men at the top of the picture are actually half a mile away from the men at the bottom” It was an extremely hot and humid day in July 1918 on the parade grounds at Camp Dodge.  Many men fainted when the temperatures got up to 105 degrees Farenheit and they had to stand for hours dressed in wool uniforms. The photo, taken from the top of an 80 foot tall tower had to use perspective distortion in order for the photo to look normal when viewed – this required the subjects further away to be of greater number in order to make up for the distance. The photographers used an 11 x 14 inch view camera and the photo shoot took several hours – although the preparations took several weeks. The “Human Statue of Liberty” photo was originally intended to help promote the sale of war bonds, but oddly enough it was never used.


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Below are other impressive patriotic photos-

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Sources:

http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/24/kaplan.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Mole

http://www.snopes.com/photos/patriotic/liberty.asp

ENDO Apparel – Tshirts for Firearm Enthusiasts

Endo Apparel - Weapon Related Apparel For The Discerning Individual.

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Survival Straps – Military & Patriotic Collections

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Survival Straps are not only fashionable, but could also be useful should an emergency situation arise. The bracelet can easily be unraveled to supply you with several feet of super strong military spec paracord.  It also has a stainless steel shackle which makes the bracelets adjustable on your wrist. Made in the USA.

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Notable Quote – Theodore Roosevelt

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belong to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again. Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause. Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt
The Man in the Arena – April 23, 1910

Be Prepared When Disaster Strikes

Getting Prepared for the worst

Do you have enough food and water to survive a week if the SHTF? Did you know that in a major disaster it could take less than 3 hours for the supermarkets to be completely emptied out? It is recommended that you have enough food and water to last 72 hours, but in a major disaster you will need much more than this. Try to store extended shelf life foods (canned foods are the easiest) that do not require water to prepare and food that can be easily rotated into daily use as they approach the freshness date. Store plenty of water, at least 1 gallon per person per day for drinking. If you have an extra bathroom immediately fill your bathtub with water or fill a water bob as soon as a major disaster strikes, this water can be used for cleaning, bathing and for the toilets. If you have a lot of storage room or a yard, filling clean plastic trash cans with water could also be helpful.

If you don’t have enough money to go out tomorrow and purchase dozens of boxes of freeze-dried food and jugs of water, get in the habit of buying a few items for your survival cache every time you go grocery shopping; this could be cans of soup, dried noodles and pasta, or a gallon of water. Over time you will have an acceptable survival cache that can make a huge difference.

The FEMA Website has a list of items that you would need to have in a BASIC short-term emergency kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps

I have my basic short-term kit plus other essentials stowed in a Rubbermaid ActionPacker  so it’s easy to grab and take with us if we had to bug-out. The rest of my preparations, like canned goods and water, are stored on a chrome wire shelving in the garage – I think everyone should have at least a month worth of food and water.

Protection

I’m not going to delve into this subject much, because for some it’s a personal preference whether or not to own a gun. I think you should take into account your location and surrounding crime in the area in order to make that decision. I myself own firearms and have them safely stored in my home. There are several firearm reference website links on my right sidebar that can educate you one proper gun safety/storage in your home and can help you make an educated decision.

The reason why you should consider purchasing a firearm (or non-lethal protection) is that with a national disaster there can be chaos. In one scenario there could be looting of homes- when food runs out people will eventually try to steal food.

Being Called a Prepper is Not an Insult

Doomsday Preppers is a show on National Geographic channel that documents the lives of what they call “preppers”; people that have decided to be prepared for a major disaster or end of the world scenario. Although the word ‘doomsday’ in the title conjures up some pretty negative thoughts, it’s a reality that something disastrous could happen at any time. The term “preppers” came about in about the early 1990’s, before that, people who prepared for disaster were just called survivalists. For some, the term ‘survivalist’ sounds like a person dressed in camouflage that hangs out in the woods with a cache of guns and living off the land, but preppers and survivalists are synonymous and refers to one that is prepared or making preparations. All in all preparing for a disaster is just a smart thing to do, will give you peace of mind and can also be a lot of fun.

Have an Escape Plan in Place

Plan a place for your loved ones to meet after a disaster if your home becomes unsafe. Choose two places, one just outside your home and one outside your neighborhood in case you are told to evacuate (It is also a good idea to keep your gas tank at least half full at all times).  Making a family emergency plan and being informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses is very important. The FEMA website has another great check list for preparing your family for evacuation.

It’s Not About IF it’s About WHEN

With all the things that could go wrong and cause a major disaster it pays to be prepared. Here is a short list of different events that you might need to prepare for:

 
USEFUL WEBLINKS:

—- Government Preparedness Resource Websites —-

Ready.gov

72hours.org

—- Preparedness Blogs/Info Websites —-

shtfplan.com

survivalcache.com

thesurvivalistblog.net

prepper.org

incaseofemergencyblog.com

suburbanprepper.wordpress.com

—- Survival/Disaster Kit Retail Stores —-

Costco Survival/Emergency Food

Campmor Survival/Emergency Food

Chepaer Than Dirt – Survival Gear

Survival Gear Source

Be Prepared.com

Survival-Goods.com

TruPrep.com

Survival-Warehouse.com

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