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MRAPs on Main Street

As a growing number of police and sheriff's departments across the country take delivery of surplus military equipment such as the MRAP, some wonder if domestic law enforcement is becoming too militarized. Here’s a look at some of the combat vehicles now seen on Main Street U.S.A.
Uploaded: Jun. 30, 2014

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Israel's Arsenal
Jul. 30, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/384113
http://natl.re/UAMEeS
As the Israel Defense Forces continue to pound Hamas militants in Gaza, prime minister Benjamin has warned his nation to prepare for a protracted campaign. Here’s a look at some of the IDF equipment seen in news reports covering the ongoing conflict. Pictured, the IDF's F-16I Sufa fighter.
Operation Protective Edge was launched on July 8 to quell renewed rocket attacks on Israeli cities and to uncover and destroy a growing network of tunnels built by Hamas to infiltrate fighters into Israeli territory.
IRON DOME: On the front lines of Operation Protective Edge is Iron Dome, Israel’s game-changing missile defense system that has proven highly effective against rockets launched from Gaza and other nearby territories.
As of July 30, more than 2,600 rockets have been fired by Hamas from positions in Gaza such as this one, which are often hidden in civilian areas including schools.
Iron Dome consists of a radar station, weapons control unit, and the missile launcher. When a rocket launched is detected, the system’s radar determines its trajectory and target, and quickly plots an intercept course, detonating the incoming missile high in the air.
Not every incoming rocket is targeted; those that are determined to be headed towards unpopulated areas are let through, leaving the Iron Dome system to concentrate on those that pose the most danger to civilian or military areas. Pictured, two Iron Dome missiles find their targets.
MERKAVA MARK IV: The Merkava is the main battle tank of the Israeli Defense Forces. First deployed in 1979, the Merkava — Hebrew for “chariot” — has gone through several main versions, with the latest, the Mark IV, entering service in 2003.
The Merkava is a robust and battle-tested weapon system, featuring heavy crew protection, superior speed and maneuverability, and the latest digital battle management systems.
The Merkava’s highly sloped main turret is designed to deflect incoming rounds that manage to strike the tank.
The Merkava’s main punch is provided by its 120mm cannon, which an fire a variety of high-explosive and anti-personnel rounds. Merkavas also carry a 60mm mortar system that can fire explosive and illumination rounds. Pictured, Merkavas with the 401st Armored Brigade on the move near the Gaza border.
Merkava tanks deploy to the border of Gaza in the early days of Operation Protective Edge.
A tank crew loads a round inside a Merkava.
Older versions of the Merkava tank have also been deployed in the ground element of Operation Protective Edge. Pictured, a Merkava Mark III model on the move.
A closer look at the turret of the Merkava Mark III.
TROPHY: The fighting in Gaza has also seen the operational debut of the Trophy Active Tank Defense System on Israeli armor. Trophy automatically detects and intercepts incoming RPGs and anti-armor rockets from any direction, detonating them with a barrage of ball bearings before they reach the tank. (Illustration: IDF)
Trophy also relays the attacker’s launch location to the crew, allowing a quick response. According to the Foxtrot Alpha blog, Trophy is capable of intercepting enemy threats at a great enough distance to keep nearby IDF troops out of harm's way.
F-16I SUFA: The Israeli Air Force has flown a wide range of aircraft throughput its history, including American-designed jets such as the F-15 and F-16, and has often upgraded and enhanced these aircraft to meet its own operational needs. One example is the F-16I Sufa, the Israeli version of the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
First introduced in 1994, the Sufa — the Hebrew word for “storm” — builds on the proven Falcon platform with new Israeli-designed weapons system hardware, radar, and helmet-mounted cueing system that allows the pilot to launch weapons by sight commands.
Like its American forebearer, the Sufa is a fast and deadly strike aircraft, capable of top speeds above Mach 2.0 and low-altitude runs at nearly 900 miles per hour.
The straight ridge on the spine of the aircraft is is a compartment housing specialized avionics systems.
Some Sufa aircraft are also equipped with “shoulder”-mounted conformal fuel tanks, resting just above the wings on each side of the aircraft, which give the fighter increased combat radius.
A Sufa fighter fully loaded with fuel and weapons and ready to fight.
APACHE GUNSHIP: The Israeli Air Force flies a number of helicopter aircraft, including the UH-60 Black Hawk, the Eurocopter AS-656 Panther (Hewbrew nickname Atalef, meaning “bat”), and the Boeing AH-64 Apache gunship (Hebrew nickname Peten, meaning “adder”) pictured here.
The IDF has flown the Apache since 1990, and it has proven its mettle in combat just as it has for American forces fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pictured, an AH-64 Longbow — with the distinctive mast-mounted radar dome above the rotors — readies for takeoff.
The Apache’s four-blade rotor and twin turbo-shaft engines are capable of speeds of up to 182 mph and to a combat ceiling of 21,000 feet. Pictured, an IDF Apache looses a missile at a ground target.
An AH-1 Cobra gunship, another American-built import flown by the IDF, joins an Apache AH-64 Longbow on the tarmac. The Longbow model is known in the IDF as the Saraf (Hebrew for “serpent”).
SKYLARK: The drone revolution that has swept the American military is also in evidence in the IDF, where the lightweight Skylark drone has seen use in Gaza. Small enough to be launched by hand, the Skylark can stay aloft for three hours providing live-video feeds.
A member of the IDF’s “Sky Riders” Skylark squadron prepares to launch the Skylark.
SUBMARINES: The Israeli Navy operates four Dolphin-class submarines to provide defense and surveillance operations in Israel’s coastal waters. Like the U.S. Navy’s fleet, the operations of Israel’s submarines are highly secretive.
The latest submarine, the Tanin (Hebrew for “crocodile”) was delivered in 2012. According to the IDF’s blog, another advanced submarine, the INS Rahav, is expected to delivered some time this year. Pictured, inside one of the Dolphin boats.
Cartoon of the Day
Jul. 29, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/365949
http://natl.re/JbxjfK
Perch, by Henry Payne (July 29, 2014)
Human Shields, by Michael Ramirez (July 28, 2014)
Putin’s Reset, by Michael Ramirez (July 25, 2014)
Presidents During a Crisis, by Michael Ramirez (July 24, 2014)
Wide Open, by Michael Ramirez (July 23, 2014)
Transparent, by Michael Ramirez (July 22, 2014)
Out, by Henry Payne (July 21, 2014)
Why? by Michael Ramirez (July 18, 2014)
LeBron, by Henry Payne (July 17, 2014)
Ha-Mas, by Michael Ramirez (July 16, 2014)
The Pawn, by Michael Ramirez (July 15, 2014)
Tear Down This Wall, by Michael Ramirez (July 14, 2014)
Obama’s Katrina, by Michael Ramirez (July 11, 2014)
Before and After, by Michael Ramirez (July 9, 2014)
I Don’t Know Why They’re Flooding the Borders, by Michael Ramirez (July 8, 2014)
Equal Justice, by Henry Payne (July 7, 2014)
The Times, July 4, 1776, by Henry Payne (July 4, 2014)
Happy Birthday, America, by Michael Ramirez (July 3, 2014)
Help Center, by Michael Ramirez (July 2, 2014)
5-4, by Henry Payne (July 1, 2014)
Rip Van Media, by Michael Ramirez (June 30, 2014)
The Piñata, by Michael Ramirez (June 27, 2014)
The Plan, by Michael Ramirez (June 26, 2014)
Red . . . by Henry Payne (June 24, 2014)
Iran to the Rescue, by Michael Ramirez (June 23, 2014)
White House to the Rescue, by Michael Ramirez (June 20, 2014)
Gap, by Henry Payne (June 19, 2014)
Baghdad Bobama, by Michael Ramirez (June 18, 2014)
Missing, by Michael Ramirez (June 17, 2014)
Dead Broke, by Michael Ramirez (June 14, 2014)
Clinton Problems, by Michael Ramirez (June 13, 2014)
To Faithfully Execute . . . by Michael Ramirez (June 12, 2014)
Broke, by Michael Ramirez (June 11, 2014)
Talking Bergdahl, by Michael Ramirez (June 10, 2014)
Lemon, by Henry Payne (June 9, 2014)
The Imperial President, by Michael Ramirez (June 6, 2014)
Cutting Carbon, by Henry Payne (June 5, 2014)
The Obama Emporium, by Michael Ramirez (June 4, 2014)
After You, by Michael Ramirez (June 3, 2014)
It Was the Weather, by Michael Ramirez (June 2, 2014)
The West Point Address, by Michael Ramirez (May 30, 2014)
First Read About It in the Newspaper, by Michael Ramirez (May 29, 2014)
General Motors Theater, by Henry Payne (May 27, 2014)
Freedom, by Henry Payne (May 26, 2014)
Hope . . . by Henry Payne (May 24, 2014)
Fallen Soldiers, by Michael Ramirez (May 23, 2014)
Outraged? by Lisa Benson (May 22, 2014)
Obamacare, Brought to You by . . . by Henry Payne (May 21, 2014)
Now You Know How We Feel, by Michael Ramirez (May 20, 2014)
#You Think? by Michael Ramirez (May 18, 2014)
#BringBack . . . by Michael Ramirez (May 16, 2014)
Gospel Reading, by Michael Ramirez (May 15, 2014)
Today’s Lecture, by Henry Payne (May 14, 2014)
Truth, by Michael Ramirez (May 13, 2014)
Clinton Celebrity Gala, by Henry Payne (May 12, 2014)
Segregation, by Michael Ramirez (May 10, 2014)
Weather, by Michael Ramirez (May 9, 2014)
Under the Rug, by Henry Payne (May 7, 2014)
Photoshop of the Day
Jul. 29, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/355927
http://natl.re/128lz3e
The Offering, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 29, 2014)
Tunnel of Love, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 28, 2014)
Valley of Dearth, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 25, 2014)
Obama’s National Guard, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 24, 2014)
Iceberg, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 23, 2014)
Leader of the Free World, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 22, 2014)
The Bear Is Loose, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 21, 2014)
Farther Apart, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 18, 2014)
Secure? by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 17, 2014)
So Many Scandals . . . by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 16, 2014)
Mainstream, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 15, 2014)
Kidsnado, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 14, 2014)
Break Shot, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 11, 2014)
Pawns, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 10, 2014)
Ship of State, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 9, 2014)
Coyote, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 8, 2014)
Obama’s Pipeline, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 7, 2014)
Fingers Crossed, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 4, 2014)
Obama’s America, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 3, 2014)
Blocked Shot, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 2, 2014)
The Obama Legacy, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 1, 2014)
Tangled Web, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 27, 2014)
2.9, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 26, 2014)
Raiders, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 25, 2014)
Cooperation, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 24, 2014)
Battle Ribbons, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 23, 2014)
Iraq Advisors, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 20, 2014)
Stuff Happens, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 19, 2014)
Invisible Hand, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 18, 2014)
Ping-Pong Bomb, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 17, 2014)
On Advice of Council, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 16, 2014)
Borders, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 13, 2014)
Bumping the Board, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 12, 2014)
Obama’s World, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 11, 2014)
Business Regs, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 10, 2014)
Sock Puppet, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 9, 2014)
Normandy 2014, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 6, 2014)
Implementing Obama’s Foreign Policy, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 5, 2014)
Bergdahl Makes His Way Home, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 4, 2014)
Broken Mirror, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 3, 2014)
Bad Nwws, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 2, 2014)
‘Out Front’, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 30, 2014)
Captain of the Ship, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 29, 2014)
Train of Thought, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 27, 2014)
Memorial Day, 2014, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 26, 2014)
Tea Party, R.I.P., by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 23, 2014)
When You Only Have a Hammer, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 22, 2014)
Caution, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 21, 2014)
Now Featuring . . . by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 20, 2014)
Voting Protocols, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 19, 2014)
The Gun, The Gun, The Gun, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 16, 2014)
The Virtuoso, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 15, 2014)
Affordable Lawyer Act, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 14, 2014)
Workable Hashtag, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 13, 2014)
Foundation of Trust, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 12, 2014)
The Other Tea Party, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 9, 2014)
What We Have Here Is . . . by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 8, 2014)
Instrument of Foreign Policy, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 7, 2014)
Cool Hand Carney, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 6, 2014)
When You Wish Upon a Star, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 5, 2014)
The Stripped-Down Version, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 2, 2014)
Pushing the Envelope, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 1, 2014)
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Su-25 Frogfoot
Jul. 29, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/384009
http://natl.re/1rVEw5y
A Russian-built jet fighter little seen in the West has been lurking just under the headlines of the ongoing international crises in both Ukraine and Iraq over the past few months. Here’s a look at the Sukhoi Su-25, known by its NATO codename "Frogfoot."
In Ukraine, Russian-backed separatist forces — or possibly Russian forces operating just over the border — have shot down three Su-25 aircraft flown by the Ukrainian military, including two in the Donetsk region in the immediate aftermath of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.
Pro-Russian rebels pick thorugh debris at the crash site of a Ukrainian Su-25 near Savur Mogila in eastern Ukraine on July 23. The pilot of the aircraft reportedly ejected safely.
Reports from Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency shortly after the downing of MH-17 suggested there was a Ukrainian Su-25 in the area of the airliner in an attempt to implicate Ukraine in the shootdown.
The Ukrainian military operates a range of Russian-built weapons systems including the Su-25. The highly capable aircraft gives Ukraine a crucial battlefield advantage over separatist forces.
In Iraq, three Su-25s from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force deployed to the air base at Al Rashid in early July, where they will aid Baghdad’s fight against Islamist ISIS forces. According to the Aviationist, the Iranian jets will be flown by four Iraqi pilots and ten Iranian pilots.
Video footage of the Iranian Su-25 fighters arriving in Iraq.
Iraqi crews with an Iranian Su-25. The bloody handprints are stamped with goat’s blood, part of a Shia ritual honoring Abul Fadhl Abbas, who lost his hands at the Battle of Karbala in 680 A.D. and whom Shias believe resides in heaven with wings instead of hands. (Photo: Jassem Al Salamni via War Is Boring)
Defense officials in Baghdad have also purchased used Su-25s from Russia and Belarus. According to Time, an initial batch of five fighters arrived in late June, with a total of 12 aircraft and ground crew on their way. Pictured, Russian troops unload an Su-25 in Baghdad on June 28.
Iraq has long experience with the Su-25, having flown it against Iran during the bloody 1980-1988 war. Ironically, some of Iran’s Su-25s were originally owned by Iraq, and were abandoned by pilots fleeing Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
As a rugged ground-attack aircraft, the Su-25 is ideally suited to battle ISIS forces moving across the country’s wide-open terrain. The figthers will provide welcome support for the army’s beleaguered fleet of attack helicopters.
THE “FROGFOOT”: First introduced into active squadrons in 1981, the Sukhoi Su-25 is a compact twin-engine, single-seat fighter designed for close-air support, able to attack ground targets with a range of weapons systems in all weather conditions.
As a heavily armed and armored close-air support aircraft, the Su-25 is in many ways analogous to the U.S. Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolt (pictured), right down to the titanium-protected cockpit and emphasis on maintainability in the field and survivability in a combat environment.
Like most Russian-built aircraft, the Su-25 emphasizes simplified systems and rugged construction compared to its Western counterparts, though the aircraft has undergone numerous upgrades and spawned a number of variations for export markets. Pictured, a Bulgarian Air Force Su-25 at Bezmer Air Base.
The later stages of the Su-25’s initial development even included a deployment to Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation, where the aircraft conducted 44 combat missions against enemy forces during April and June of 1980.
The Su-25 went on to fly more than 60,000 combat missions in Afghanistan prior to the Soviet withdrawal. Worldwide, the aircraft has flown in combat against insurgents in the Czech Republic and was widely used by Iraq during the Iraq-Iraq War and by the Angolan Air Force during the civil war of the 1980s and 1990s.
Though it is no longer in active production for the Russian military, a large number of Su-25s are still in service by Russian and numerous other nations. Pictured, Russian air force Su-25s fly over Moscow during Victory Day celebrations in 2013.
With a combat ceiling of 23,000 feet and a combat radius of 230 miles, the Su-25’s maximum speed is around 590 miles per hour. A two-seat version is capable of carrier-based operations.
When fully loaded the Su-25 fairly bristles with weapons, equipped with ten hard points for carrying a variety of air-to-ground and air-to-air armaments, including missiles, guided rockets, and bombs.
The aircraft is also equipped with a 30mm twin-barrel main machine gun, installed on the port side. The gun has a burst rate of 3,000 rounds a minute. Additional gun pods can also be mounted on the wing pylons.
A closer look at the Su-25's main gun.
Memories of August, 1914
Jul. 28, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/383969
http://natl.re/1tTIKdm
A unique commemoration of life on the eve of war 100 years ago took place in Liverpool, England, this past weekend as giant-sized puppets walked the streets in a performance that paid tribute to the city’s role in the Great War. Here’s a look.
Held just before the anniversary of the start of hostilities on July 28, 1914, “Memories of August 1914” was inspired by the Liverpool Pals, a battalion of WWI volunteers made up of neighbors and co-workers from the seaside English city.
Some 1,000 men signed up to serve in the war within the first month. In all some 2,800 local men lost their lives in the conflict.
An estimated 40,000 spectators were on hand to watch the giant public show, a creation of the French street-theater company Royal de Luxe.
“Memories” began two days earlier as the 24 foot-tall “Grandmother Giant” lay sleeping in St. George’s Hall, where the Liverpool Pals campaign began a century earlier.
A visitor gets a closer look.
Once awakened, Grandma rose and set out to explore the city. It takes a team of 26 expert puppeteers to operate her.
Joining grandma on her journey was “The Little Giant Girl” and her dog Zolo.
Xolo makes his way down a Liverpool street, followed by a team of controllers.
Royal de Luxe director Jean-Luc Courcoult told BBC he chose to bring the show to Liverpool because they residents “like to talk about the past, tell family stories, and keep them alive.”
Courcoult added that he hoped the show would “reassure us and maybe give us a message of hope” on the anniversary of the start of that terrible conflict.
Two puppeteers sit high above the ground as they steer Little Giant Girl through the streets.
The Little Giant Girl also got a ride on a more modern conveyance.
Grandma rides a wheelchair into a busy Liverpool public square. In all the three puppets travelled more than 30 miles.
A team of puppeteers attends to Grandma’s controls, which briefly delayed the performance.
A crowd favorite, especially with children, Xolo stands nine feet fall and is operated by a 20-person crew.
World War I
Jul. 28, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/383912
http://natl.re/1rWADwr
THE "GREAT WAR": July 28 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of hostilities in World War I, a massive conflagration that would rage across Europe and far-flung battlefields for more than four years. Here’s a look back at the conflict through the faces of the soldiers who fought on all sides. Pictured, British troops climb out from a trench on the Western front.
World War I saw most of the nations of Europe as well as Russia, the Ottoman Empire, and the United States, embroiled in a conflict that would cause the fall of four imperial dynasties and alter the political landscape of the world. Pictured, Prussian guard infantry mobilize in Berlin, August 1914.
Though largely fought between European powers, the war spread to battlefields in Africa, the Middle East, and as far away as Asia. Pictured, a Turkish machine gun corps holds a position on the Gaza Line at Tel Esh Sheria, 1917.
The war brought unprecedented destruction and loss of life as modern weapons changed the landscape of the battlefield. But even after all the carnage, the groundwork was laid for an even more horrific world war two decades later. Pictured, a British soldier stands amid housands of spent artillery shells.
World War I saw the introduction of numerous new technologies on the battlefield and put established weapons to use on a whole new and murderous scale. The modern tank was among the innovations that changed the face of battle. Pictured, British armor on the move.
Powerful machine guns brought unprecedented carnage to vulnerable infantry, driving them into the protective trenches that would come to define the fighting across the Western front. Pictured, a Belgian soldier mans a machine gun during fighting in Belgium, 1914.
Airplanes were also used by numerous combatant nations for reconnaissance and bombing, and occasionally in aerial dogfights to determine air superiority for the first time in modern war. Pictured, British Handley-Page bombers in the skies over the Western front.
The war also saw the first widespread use of poison gas, a ghastly new weapon that so horrified the world that its use was later banned by international treaty. Pictured, German soldiers run from a poison gas attack near Flanders, September 1917.
The scope of the war made a final accounting of the human toll hard to measure, but an estimated nine to ten million soldiers were killed and more than 22 million injured. At least seven million civilians also perished during the conflict. Pictured, British soldiers carry a stretcher in Flanders, August 1917.
THE FRONT LINES: French soldiers stage a bayonet charge up a steep slope in the Argonne Forest, 1915.
British artillery pound German forces on the Western front.
A German soldier throws a hand grenade.
An artillery shell lands near a trench at Fort de la Pompelle, France.
American soldiers prepare their 37mm machine gun during fighting at Meuse-Argonne, France, September 1918.
U.S. soldiers in action: Battery C, Sixth Field Artillery Regiment, First Division, fire artillery at Beaumont, France, September 1918.
A German machine-gun position on the Vistula River, 1916.
A British machine-gun team preps their weapon.
U.S. soldiers with Company A, Ninth Machine Gun Battalion, man an emplacement in Chateau Thierry, France, June 1918.
Serbian soldiers man a hilltop trench.
Infantry man a position north of Jerusalem, 1917.
A gang of soldiers pull a heavy field artillery piece through the mud along a railroad track.
A German soldier and his horses wear gas masks as they move through a contaminated area, June 1918.
Soldiers unload 1,400-pound “pill box destroyers” on the Western front. These artillery shells would blow a hole 15 feet deep and 45 feet across.
German soldiers celebrate Christmas at the front, December 1914.
British soldiers enjoy a Christmas dinner in a shell crater and alongside a grave, 1916.
ON THE MOVE: French cavalry ride through the streets, c. 1914
British soldiers on the march at Vimy Ridge, 1917.
German troops on the march c. 1918.
Australian light-horse troops on the march in East Jerusalem, 1918.
Highlander soldiers carry sandbags to the front, 1916.
British soldiers on the beach at Gallipoli, with part of the invasion fleet in the harbor, prior to pivotal and bloody battle.
Russian troops on the run after the Russian Revolution, 1917.
British soldiers march into Lille, France, near the war's end in October 1918.
Going Home: American soldiers of the all-black 369th Infantry Regiment arrive in New York City c. 1919.
IN THE TRENCHES: Facing powerful machine gun and the ever-present threat of artillery, armies on both sides dug in for a long and protracted war fought from sprawling trenches. Pictured, a British soldier crouches in a flooded trench near the front line in France.
American soldiers with the Maryland 117th Trench Mortar Battery, load a trench mortar near Badonviller, France, 1918.
French soldiers man an anti-aircraft machine gun in a trench near Perthes les Hurlus.
French soldiers wear gas masks in a trench, 1917.
British soldiers in knee-deep mud at the front lines, c. 1917.
A British soldier cleans his rifle on the Western front.
An exhausted Scottish soldier asleep in a trench near Thievpal, France.
A Dutch soldier writes a letter home while sheltered in a trench.
A posed shot of German soldiers in a trench near the British line, showing their large machine gun and one soldier (at right) using a periscope to observe enemy forces.
The view from inside an ANZAC pillbox near Ypres, 1917.
BUTCHER'S BILL: A British soldier helps a wounded German prisoner, c. 1916
German soldiers support a wounded British soldier, 1917.
German medics tend to soldiers injured in a gas attack.
An American soldier with Company K, 110th Regiment Infantry, is tended by a medic at Varennes-enArgonne, France, September 1918.
German POWs are pressed into service helping push a cart loaded with wounded Canadian soldiers at Vimy Ridge, 1917
THE AFTERMATH: Soldiers stand in a massive artillery crater in Ypres, Belgium, October 1917.
Austrian Fourth Division field artillery soldiers in Chateau Wood near Hooge, Belgium, October 1917
A shattered British MkIV tank near Inverness Copse, August 1917.
Two tanks lie broken on the battlefield at Ypres, Belgium, October 1917.
A bridge snakes through the shattered landscape at Flanders, 1918.
Dead horses litter a battlefield near Ypres, Belgium, 1917.
Lens France
The pulverized ruins of Gommecourt Chateau in France.
Comic-Con Costumes
Jul. 28, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/383917
http://natl.re/1puPWsm
Comic book, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages and all shapes and sizes gathered in San Diego over the weekend for the annual Comic-Con convention. As always, the colorful costumes worn by attendees — dubbed “cosplay” — were a big part of the show. Here’s a look at this year’s sights.
Once a small gathering of dedicated comic-book fans and would-be artists, Comic-Con is now a major stop on the pop culture landscape for attendees and Hollywood producers building interest in new film and television projects.
Tickets to the major Hollywood presentations — which often include screenings of advanced footage of upcoming releases — are a hot item each year. Pictured, cast members of The Avengers wave to the crowd.
Fan costumes run the gamut from classic characters — such as this group dressed as the heroes and villains of the 1960s Batman series — to the latest creations form the growing world of fantasy and science fiction.
Amid all the costumes, some famous faces can go unnoticed. Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson revealed his true identity after walking the floor anonymously.
Actor and comic-book aficionado Jack Black showed up lightly costumed, body guard in tow.
FANTASY FACES: Here's a survey of some of the amazing costumes at this year's convention.
FEMALE FAN FACTION: While a handful of demonstrators at this year’s convention decried what they viewed as sexist imagery, most took a more embracing girl-power view and clearly enjoyed displaying their colorful outfits.
THE BEST OF THE REST: More eye-popping views of the Comic-Con crowd.
Meme Watch: Live the Wage
Jul. 25, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/383831
http://natl.re/WSBaVq
Rep. Jan Schakowsky joined the Democrats's “Live the Wage” campaign on Thursday, tweeting her proposed low-cost meal plan as part of a campaign to build support for raising the minimum wage. But to some, the stunt merely reinforced how out of touch many Washington pols are. Here’s a look.
Schakowsky’s tweeted this image of her menu plan, a plan that looked to a lot of people like a normal American menu than many of us eat regularly. The snark came faster than a Domino’s pizza.
Columnist Michelle Malkin took particular umbrage at Schakowsky’s inclusion of ramen noodles on her list, prompting her to tweet out this picture: “This is my pantry. It is not an international human rights crime to eat cheap Ramen.”
Others were equally unimpressed with Schakowsky's suffering: “’No duck, no shrimp, and no sorbet between courses. This isn't the America I grew up in.’ -- Rep. Schakowsky” (Gabriel Malor, @gabrielmalor)
“@janschakowsky after eating a tuna sandwich” (John Burtner, @John Burtner)
“’My peasant egg salad was served to me promptly at noon by Jesus, our Guatemalan houseboy" - @janschakowsky, probably #LiveTheWage” (Chris Barnhart, @ChrisBarnhart)
“And? Sorry it's not filet mignon & lobster… Geez.” (GOP Fashionista, @gopfashionista)
“‘Did you know, some people in America have never tried Gruyere melted by champagne steam? It’s barbaric.’ — Rep. Schakowsky” (Charles C.W. Cooke, @charlescwcooke)
“‘Sure, I’m getting withdrawals. Living for a few days without Green Chartreuse and truffles would ruin anyone.’ Rep. Schakowsky” (Charles C.W. Cooke, @charlescwcooke)
“Did @janschakowsky get Michelle O's approval on that menu?” (Michael Petersen, @mdpetersen33)
“I’ve got your #LiveTheWage challenge right here, @janschakowsky: instead of us paying you $174k/year, we pay you $7.25/hr. Everyone wins!” (Sean Davis, @seanmdav)
On Friday, California representative Barbara Lee joined the #LiveTheWage challenge, part of a growing group of Democratic lawmakers taking part.
“Here’s my budget for this week's #LiveTheWage challenge. $5 in leeway isn't a lot if something happens.” (@RepBarbaraLee)
Lee tweeted a picture of her food purchases: “My groceries. Bought lots of things on sale, even food I don’t really like b/c it’s cheap #LiveTheWage” (@RepBarbaraLee)
Twitter users were no more impressed with Lee's sacrifices than with Schakowsky's: “I wouldn't put @RepBarbaraLee in charge a lemonade stand if this is how she budgets” (el Sooper, @SooperMexican)
“@RepBarbaraLee @RichardGrenell maybe if u tax business less (which gets passed onto consumers), food would cost less, u hack” (Yossi Gestetner, @YossiGestetner)
TAXPAYERS VOTE NO: “The #LiveTheWage campaign just proves liberals are complete idiots and shouldn't be in charge of ANY budget. (el Sooper, @SooperMexican)
“I’m sorry, but if these politicians are too stupid to feed themselves on minimum wage, why do we allow them to write our laws?!” (Princess Chelsea, @chelsea_elisa)
“If preening politicians want to #LiveTheWage, why do it for only a week? Cut congressional pay and they can do it for a lifetime!” (Sean Davis, @seanmdav)
“Just querulous twits. They follow their leader. #LiveTheWage with his $25,000 dinners.” (MrsLibertas, @Bloviate_Barbie)
“#LiveTheWage” (Image via Leslie, @LADowd)
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