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D-DAY – Landing On The Beaches Of Normandy On June 6th 1944 | Operation Neptune/Overlord

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D-DAY – Landing On The Beaches Of Normandy On June 6th 1944 During Operation Neptune/Overlord. Historic World War 2 Combat Footage. Footage of Allied landings in Normandy during Operation Neptune as a part of Operation Overlord. This video shows the fighting for the beaches mainly at Omaha Beach but also the other landing zones are shown.

The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, were the landing operations on 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the Allied invasion of German-occupied western Europe, led to the restoration of the French Republic, and contributed to an Allied victory in the war.

Planning for the operation began in 1943. In the months leading up to the invasion, the Allies conducted a substantial military deception, codenamed Operation Bodyguard, to mislead the Germans as to the date and location of the main Allied landings. The weather on D-Day was far from ideal, but postponing would have meant a delay of at least two weeks, as the invasion planners set conditions regarding the phase of the moon, the tides, and the time of day that meant only a few days in each month were deemed suitable. Hitler placed German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in command of German forces and of developing fortifications along the Atlantic Wall in anticipation of an Allied invasion.

The amphibious landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault—the landing of 24,000 British, US, and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight. Allied infantry and armoured divisions began landing on the coast of France starting at 06:30. The target 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword Beach. Strong winds blew the landing craft east of their intended positions, particularly at Utah and Omaha. The men landed under heavy fire from gun emplacements overlooking the beaches, and the shore was mined and covered with obstacles such as wooden stakes, metal tripods, and barbed wire, making the work of the beach clearing teams difficult and dangerous. Casualties were heaviest at Omaha, with its high cliffs. At Gold, Juno, and Sword, several fortified towns were cleared in house-to-house fighting, and two major gun emplacements at Gold were disabled using specialised tanks.

The Allies failed to achieve all of their goals on the first day. Carentan, St. Lô, and Bayeux remained in German hands, and Caen, a major objective, was not captured until 21 July. Only two of the beaches (Juno and Gold) were linked on the first day, and all five bridgeheads were not connected until 12 June. However, the operation gained a foothold that the Allies gradually expanded over the coming months. German casualties on D-Day were around 1,000 men. Allied casualties were at least 12,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead. Museums, memorials, and war cemeteries in the area host many visitors each year.
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WATCH: Duck and Cover

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This is from War History OnLine.

I could not get the original video to embed so I found it on YouTube.

I remember doing duck and cover in school, I started school in 1959.

 

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Watch the famous and now hilarious Duck and Cover Civil Defense film for children in which Bert the Turtle shows what to do in case of atomic attack.

So remember, when hit by a nuke, Duck and Cover and all will be well!

Viral Video Quickly Leads to Winchester SXP Shotgun Recall

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This is from OutDoorHub.

Please help spread the word about this recall.

 

There is a reason that one of the most important rules of firearm safety is to keep your gun pointed in a safe direction at all times. This is true whether the gun is unloaded, your finger is off the trigger, or if the safety is on.

Sometimes, it’s especially true if you think your safety is activated. A viral video uploaded to YouTube last Friday quickly garnered more than 600,000 views, along with raising a fair bit of concern for shotgun owners.

In it, a gun owner demonstrated a rare and extremely hazardous malfunction for the Winchester SXP shotgun. According to the video uploader, when loaded the SXP has the ability to fire simply by closing the action.

You can watch the video below:

Winchester immediately addressed the issue by stating that a small number of SXP shotguns may be prone to this type of all malfunction, and to be safe, has issued a recall on all SXP models that are affected. This includes the SXP Waterfowl Hunter, Black Shadow, Turkey Hunter, and Long Beard. All recalled models are in 12 gauge with a 3 1/2-inch chamber. Barrel lengths range from 24 inches to 28 inches.

“Winchester Repeating Arms has discovered that a limited number of SXP (3 ½” chamber) shotguns (also called the Super X Pump) may, under certain circumstances, unintentionally discharge while closing the action,” the company stated. “Failure to return any affected shotguns for inspection and/or repair may create a risk of harm, including serious personal injury or death.”

Winchester additionally warned customers not to shoot or load any of the affected shotguns until they have been inspected and cleared by the company’s service center. The company has not yet commented on the video, but did say that it will be contacting all owners of the affected shotguns directly. You can learn more on their website here.

What do you think? Have you ever seen any malfunctions like this one?

A Neighborhood is Speechless After They Wake Up & See What a Group of Teens Did to Their Property

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This is from Independent Journal Review.

It looks like there is hope for some of the youth today.

 

A Colorado neighborhood woke up over the weekend to discover that sidewalks and driveways were completely cleared of snow at 53 properties.

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Image credit: YouTube

The teenage boys who committed the kindly deed left behind notes that read:

You’ve been served!

The young men are all members of the same youth group and got up early to perform their considerate service. They would not accept payment from their neighbors, but did take them up on offers for hot chocolate.

Shoveling that much snow is no small task. According to the City of Victoria‘s snow shoveling tips page:

The energy used to shovel snow can be compared to the amount of energy needed to complete an active round of tennis or speed walking at approximately 8 kilometres per hour. Thirty minutes of snow shovelling can count as a day’s worth of moderate physical activity.

Despite all the energy exerted by the teens, they still had plenty left over to enjoy an afternoon of sledding:

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Image credit: YouTube

People in the neighborhood commented that the random of act of kindness was something ‘you just don’t see anymore.’

Although the teens accomplished a lot with energy to spare, the average adult is advised to take snow shoveling breaks every 15 minutes in order to reduce risk of injury.

Stolen Valor Thief’s In-Your-Face Video: Mocks Dead Soldiers and Has a Challenge for Live Ones

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This is from Independent Journal Review.

I hope a veteran current or former stomps this Jobba The Hut wanna be’s green teeth out.

Better yet, I want to see him a a jail cell with Bubba so he can be punked.

 

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One man went out of his way to brag about impersonating a soldier, and issued an extremely foolish challenge to all those who have actually served in America’s armed forces.

The man, who goes by the name Johnny B on YouTube, even mocks those who gave their lives fighting for his freedom. Johnny says in the video:

“You know what’s so funny, I get all these sheeple who says, Johnny B, you got a lot to be worried about, they’re going to send the law after you.”…

“And what else is everyone screaming about, oh, you dishonor our veterans, who give their life for big business, big government and big energy. And you’ll be exited out of Exxon, Walmart and your local government agency.”

“Because I’m going to tell you and a bunch of others this story, whatever you do, it don’t mean nothing. What it means is nothing is going to happen to me. And this Veterans Day, I hope each and every one of you military current and ex are at your favorite little restaurants and bars, because I might be at one of them.”

In addition, Johnny makes sure you know he is planning to continue his stolen valor crimes by saying he has his uniform “pressed and ready to go.”

IJReview talked with Dale Comstock, former Delta Force Operator  and author of American Badass, about the video. Comstock said:

 “As a veteran and as a level-headed man, I know that he doesn’t speak for the majority of Americans. I think he is an attention whore that is envious of veterans because he can’t meet the standard they have met.

Veterans represent all that is noble in our society- selflessness, sacrifice, respect for others, and brotherhood. This clown represents all that is wrong with society: gluttony, disrespect towards others, selfish, and ingratitude to name a few.”

Here’s something else to consider: stolen valor is a federal crime. So if Johnny is really going around parading as a member of the military, he will be held accountable for his gutless actions.

 

YouTube: VIDEO: Hitler Reacts to 9th Circuit Ruling on CCW

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This is from The Gun Wire.

These videos are a hoot.

Who thought Hitler would react to so many things like gun control.

 

YouTube: VIDEO: Hitler Reacts to 9th Circuit Ruling on CCW

 

JIM REEVES-BLIZZARD

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A blizzard is what many Americans are facing,

PJTV’s ZoNation: ‘Part Two — 2013 in Review: Transparency Arrogancy’ (Video)

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This is from PJ Media.

President Obama was elected with the promise of transparency. So why is this the President who has had NSA leaks, who’s promises have been directly confronted by Edward Snowden, and an IRS scandal that only Nixon could have dreamed of. Transparency arrogancy is what this is.

Be sure to check out Zo’s Audio Book to get insight on promoting conservatism in the culture and letting the liberals trip over their own nasty narrative.

PJTV subscribers, click here to watch Zo’s new video. An embeddable version is also available on YouTube.

If you missed Part One of Zo’s year in review, “Hot-Headed Democrats Ruining Nation,” it’s online here.

THIS COULD BE ONE OF THE BEST CASES EVER MADE AGAINST COMMON CORE – NO ONE EXPECTED IT TO COME FROM A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT

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This is from The Blaze.

This is a very impassioned speech made by this young man.

Watch the school try to find some phony trumped up

reason to expel him.

 

Speaking at a local school board meeting earlier this month, a Tennessee high school senior issued a brief and incredibly insightful address on the problems with Common Core standards.

Ethan Young, a student at Farragut High School in Knox County, Tenn., made his case as to why he believes the school district should drop the new national education standards, a set of guidelines that were never voted on by Congress, the Department of Education nor by local or state governments.

(Related: Parents Fed-Up With Failing Grades Under Common Core Take Matters Into Their Own Hands)

“The president essentially bribed states into implementation via ‘Race to the Top,’ offering $4.35 billion taxpayer dollars to participating states, $500 million of which went to Tennessee,” Young said. “And much like No Child Left Behind, the program promises national testing and a one-size-fits-all education, because hey, it worked so well the first time.”

“If nothing else, these standards are a glowing conflict of interest and they lack the research they allegedly received,” he added.

Young also argued that Common Core standards display a “mistrust of teachers,” a line that prompted applause from the audience.

Tenn. High School Student Ethan Young Delivers Anti Common Core Speech

“I stand before you because I care about education, but also because I want to support my teachers,” he said. “And just as they fought for my academic achievement, so I want to fight for their ability to teach. This relationship is at the heart of instruction, yet there will never be a system by which it is accurately measured.”

The high school senior went on to argue that “standards-based education is ruining the way we teach and learn.” He also revealed that legislators and administrators have told him “that’s just the way things work.”

Now, he’s daring to ask: “Why?”

“I’m gonna answer that question: Bureaucratic convenience,” he added. “It works with nuclear reactors, it works with business models, why can’t it work with students? I mean how convenient, calculating exactly who knows what and who needs what. I mean, why don’t we just manufacture robots instead of students? They last longer and they always do what they’re told.”

The problem is, the extremely bright student continued, “education is unlike every other bureaucratic institute in our government” because the “task of teaching is never quantifiable.”

“If everything I learn in high school is a measurable objective, I have not learned anything,” Young proclaimed. “I’d like to repeat that. If everything I learn in high school is a measurable objective, I have not learned anything.”

Government bureaucrats will never be able to measure “creativity, appreciation, inquisitiveness” but they are the “purpose of education,” he lectured.

“Somewhere our Founding Fathers are turning in their graves — pleading, screaming and trying to say to us that we teach to free minds. We teach to inspire. We teach to equip, the careers will come naturally.”

Watch Young’s entire inspiring, must-see speech below:

 

The Case for Christmas (Part 1)

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This is from Town Hall.

This is a very powerful article.

I have included Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Christmas address.

 

Lee Strobel earned a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School, became the award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and was a spiritual skeptic until 1981. I recently read his short 91-page booklet titled “The Case for Christmas,” in which he viewed the sacred holiday as an investigative journalist and interviewed scholars on the heart of its meaning. You can call his book “The Rationale, or Reason, in the Reason for the Season.”

 

Strobel explained in his Introduction, “Essentially, that’s what I did for a living as a Tribune reporter — investigate claims to see if they’re true, separate rumors from reality, and determine facts from fiction.”

As an atheist and crime reporter for The Tribune, Strobel first set out to disprove and discredit the Christ in Christmas, but ended up writing in favor of him in face of the compelling evidence. Strobel commendably allowed even his own bias to be confronted by his investigation.

Strobel’s historical examination led him to do research in four primary areas and proofs: the eyewitness evidence, the scientific evidence, the profile evidence and the fingerprint evidence. Behind each of those four proofs were these four questions:

— Can the biographies of Jesus (in the bible) be trusted?

— Does archaeology confirm or contradict Jesus’ biographies?

— Did Jesus fulfill the attributes of God?

— Did Jesus match the identity of the Messiah?

I recommend a complete reading of Strobel’s booklet because there’s so much more evidence in it to be examined and pondered. Nevertheless, I grabbed a few of the experts’ answers to those questions and highlighted them here in my Christmas column.

— Can the biographies of Jesus (in the bible) be trusted?

Craig Blomberg, who received his Ph.D. from Aberdeen University in Scotland and later served as senior research fellow at Cambridge University, is one of the foremost authorities in our country on Jesus’ biographies. In “The Case for Christmas,” Dr. Blomberg explained to Strobel that, as with some of the best works of antiquity, Jesus’ biographical accuracy is based upon eyewitnesses. The fact is two of the Gospels or accounts about Jesus (Matthew and John) were authored by first century eyewitnesses of his life. The other two Gospels (Mark and Luke) were written by men of high repute who compiled firsthand eyewitness evidence.

For example, there is turn-of-the-first century evidence that the Gospel of Mark recorded the Apostle Peter’s eyewitness testimony. In addition, the New Testament writer Luke, a physician and historian in that day, wrote in his prologue, “Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you … so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”

Dr. Blomberg explained to Strobel that it’s also very important to note that even liberal critics date all four accounts of Jesus’ life in the Bible within the first century A.D. And, as copies of those Gospels circulated around Israel and the Mediterranean world, there wasn’t a single person living at that time who wrote down any doubt of their content’s accuracy, even though a myriad of eyewitnesses of Jesus’ life and ministry were still alive in the first century.

— Does archaeology confirm or contradict Jesus’ biographies?

In this section of his booklet, Strobel shares about his interview with John McRay, Ph.D., who wrote the nearly 500-page book, “Archaeology and the New Testament.” McRay studied at Hebrew University, the Ecole Biblique Archeologique Francaise in Jerusalem, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and the University of Chicago, from which he earned his doctorate.

Strobel posed the question to Dr. McRay: “Does archeology affirm or undermine the New Testament when it checks out the details in those accounts (about Jesus)?”

Strobel then explained that McRay didn’t flinch in his response: “Oh, there’s no question that the credibility of the New Testament is enhanced, just as credibility of any ancient document is enhanced when you excavate and find that the author was accurate in talking about a particular place or event.”

When the authors of the Gospels wrote about people, places and events, they wrote about historical realities that existed or occurred in real space and time in first century Palestine. Among those are the census that required Mary and Joseph to return to his town of Bethlehem and the archeological proof for Nazareth, which was once doubted to exist by skeptics.

Dr. Ray affirmed that archeological discoveries haven’t controverted a single reference in the birth narratives of the Gospels. That is why, for example, Dr. McRay, explained, “The general consensus of both liberal and conservative scholars is that Luke is very accurate as a historian. He’s erudite, he’s eloquent, his Greek approaches classical quality, he writes as an educated man, and archaeological discoveries are showing over and over again that Luke is accurate in what he has to say.”

Not only are the Gospels full of real people, places and events, but they are also backed by having some of the earliest and the greatest number (1000s) of handwritten manuscripts compared to other works of antiquity. They demonstrate “99.5 percent free of textual discrepancies” when comparing the New Testament’s earliest manuscripts with today’s modern translations.

Next week, in Part 2, I will reveal how other scholars replied to Strobel’s remaining two questions: Did Jesus fulfill the attributes of God? And did Jesus match the identity of the Messiah — the one who Jews expected to come as the savior of the world?

If you want to read those answers sooner and in greater depth, pick up Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Christmas,” or you can watch Strobel himself detail the evidence in a CCN public speech he gave posted on YouTube.

Speaking of inspirational videos, I can’t complete this Christmas column without recommending you also view a timeless Christmas classic: President Reagan back in 1981 giving his Christmas address from the Oval Office. It is among his best orations on faith and Christmas — one that we may never hear again unless we re-elect another leader in his legacy.

From my wife Gena and I, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years!

 

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