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Why Paul Ryan Is So Desperate To Vote On Obamacare Repeal Quickly
A debate could expose enough about the consequences to scare off the public -- and maybe Donald Trump too.

Ryan knows he’s dealing with an improvised explosive devisce, but there is $350 billion in tax cuts for the rich at stake. Trump, of course, hasn’t figured out that if it explodes, he’ll get the credit.

IRAQ. Nineveh governorate. Mosul. February 23, 2017. An injured Iraqi Emergency Response Division (ERD) soldier hit by a mortar is held by another officer as they wait for medics to arrive at the ISIS-occupied Mosul Airport. Iraqi forces encountered stiff resistance with improvised explosives, heavy mortar fire and snipers hampering their advance before they successfully took the airport.

Photograph: Martyn Aim/Getty


Main Battle Tank T-72 for urban fighting.

The modification includes:
-Dozer TBS-86 for parsing of the barricades, debris and other stuff, as well as “additional reservation”;
-Dynamic protection “Relic” located that is important - on the sides and in the rear part is covered by lattice screens;
-New engine capacity of 1000 HP;
-New automatic gear shift;
The caterpillar, which is adapted to the installation of the “rubber boots”;
-New fire control system with multichannel gunner’s sight Sosna;
-Means of suppression of channels of improvised explosive devices;
-Armored booth in place of commander.

ISIS Burns 8,000 Rare Books and Manuscripts in Mosul

While the world was watching the Academy Awards ceremony, the people of Mosul were watching a different show. They were horrified to see ISIS members burn the Mosul public library. Among the many thousands of books it housed, more than 8,000 rare old books and manuscripts were burned.

“ISIS militants bombed the Mosul Public Library. They used improvised explosive devices,” said Ghanim al-Ta'an, the director of the library. Notables in Mosul tried to persuade ISIS members to spare the library, but they failed.

The former assistant director of the library Qusai All Faraj said that the Mosul Public Library was established in 1921, the same year that saw the birth of the modern Iraq. Among its lost collections were manuscripts from the eighteenth century, Syriac books printed in Iraq’s first printing house in the nineteenth century, books from the Ottoman era, Iraqi newspapers from the early twentieth century and some old antiques like an astrolabe and sand glass used by ancient Arabs. The library had hosted the personal libraries of more than 100 notable families from Mosul over the last century. Read more.


Books ordered by Timothy McVeigh from Paladin Press.

1. Ragnar’s Big Book of Homemade Weapons - Building and Keeping your Arsenal Secure by Ragnar Benson

2. Improvised Explosives - How to Make Your Own by Seymour Lecker

3. Homemade C-4 - A Recipe for Survival by Ragnar Benson


An NAACP office was bombed yesterday — so why did it take so long for anyone to care?

The Colorado Springs offices of the NAACP were attacked Tuesday morning in what’s almost certainly an attempt to inflict fear and terror upon black Americans and those who support them. 

According to reports, an improvised explosive device was detonated on the side of the NAACP’s building, and the FBI confirmed that it was a deliberate attack. Officials are seeking a “person of interest,” described as a balding, white male in his 40s driving an older-model pick-up truck. A container of gasoline was left near the bomb, apparently with the intent to cause an even bigger explosion, but that part of the plot failed. The result was minor damage and no casualties.

In the current context of national protests about police brutality and racial justice, the effect of such an attack can’t be understated. But only after #NAACPBombing became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter did the incident start to become a national news story late Tuesday night.

Heroic Military Dog Gets Animal Victoria Cross After Losing Her Leg In Afghanistan

Lucca the military dog has been awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross after saving thousands of lives during active service. 

The retired 12-year-old German Shepherd and her owner, Gunnery Sergeant Christopher Willingham, served in the U.S. Marines and are in London to receive the PDSA Dickin Medal at a special ceremony. 

As a search and explosives dog, Lucca was on duty in Afghanistan for six years, seeking out hidden explosives on over 400 missions. She was so good at her job that there were no human casualties on any one of those outings. 

Lucca with owner Gunnery Sergeant Willingham and Corporal Rodriguez, who saved her life [PDSA]

But on her final mission in 2012, Lucca was checking for hidden dangers around a 30lb improvised explosive device (IED) when a second IED went off. 

The blast took Lucca’s front leg clean off, and also left the dog with severe burns to her chest. Thankfully Lucca’s handler, Corporal Juan Rodriguez, was on hand to administer the emergency first aid that saved her life. 

Cpl Rodriguez didn’t leave the dog’s side throughout her treatment [PDSA] 

Lucca and Cpl Rodriguez after Lucca’s surgery [PDSA]

Now fully recovered and adjusted to live with three legs, Lucca is enjoying a happy retirement in the U.S. with Gunner Sergeant Willingham. 

He explained what a special dog she is, saying, “Lucca is very intelligent, loyal and had an amazing drive for work as a search dog.  She is the only reason I made it home to my family and I am fortunate to have served with her. 

“In addition to her incredible detection capabilities, Lucca was instrumental in increasing moral for the troops we supported. 

“In between missions, I took the searching harness off and let her play and interact with the troops.  Due to her personality, demeanor and proficiency as a search dog, Lucca made friends wherever she went. 

“Today, I do my best to keep her spoiled in her well-deserved retirement.”

Lucca enjoying her new life of leisure [PDSA]

The PDSA has only handed out 65 Dickin Medals (Lucca’s is the 66th), the majority of which went to messenger pigeons in WW2 (32). 

The other recipients have been 30 dogs, three horses and one cat - come on, cats. Up your game. 

AFGHANISTAN. Helmand Province. Southern Marja. September 15, 2010. United States Marine, Lance Cpl. Stephanie Robertson, 20, a member of a Female Engagement Team attached to Second Batallian, 6th Marine Regiment, watches ‘Finding Nemo’ on her laptop at a forward operating base for Fox company. Though the overall mission of the FET teams is to engage Afghan women, the female marines are increasingly exposed to small arms fire and improvised explosive attacks while on their patrols to access villages.

Photograph: Lynsey Addario for The New York Times


Please pray for Davao, Philippines.

An improvised explosive device exploded in the city’s night market in Roxas Avenue. The night market is segregates in three categories. The Food Area, The Clothing Area and The Massage Area. The explosion happened in the Massage area. Current reports say that there are 10 confirmed deaths and 24 injured civilians.

Students and Faculty members of Ateneo de Davao University, a university just across the avenue, have been placed on lockdown.

The police have assumed this as a work of a terrorist group battled by the Philippine Government.

Whether if you’re from the Philippines or in another part of the world, please pray for us.

Fellow Davaoeños and Filipinos, mag-ingat tayo at maging mapagmatiyag!


Photos uploaded are from numerous witnesses and bystanders.

anonymous asked:

So I have a character who's good at making homemade explosives and stuff. I want to write it realistically, so I have to look up how to make this stuff, but I don't want the feds to come knocking at my door. I know it's not 'illegal' to look this stuff up, but will I be put on a watch list or something? I swear I'm a nice person I'm just a writer.

I’m not going to go into a discussion on surveillance overreach, but “watch lists” don’t mean what they used to.

Anyway, The Anarchist Cookbook, is the classic primer on improvised explosives. The US Army also publishes a handbook on IEDs. Or, because it’s a government document, and not subject to copyright, you can just dig up a copy online. I’d worry more about letting this information out into the wild if the DoD hadn’t literally published a how to guide on the subject.

The big takeaway is that explosives are just basic chemistry. People are reliably shocked by how easily available the information is, but at the same time, this is basically stuff you learned in high school, slightly re-purposed.

If you’re uncomfortable with actually turning out live recipes, you can fudge them. This was actually the case with Fight Club, the novel uses live recipes from The Anarchist Cookbook, but the film swaps out various ingredients to produce duds. On almost any other subject, I discourage messing with details like this, but explosives are a somewhat unique case. So, I’ll leave that one to you.

It’s worth remembering is that law enforcement takes a very dim view of someone using explosives. If your character is actually using these against people, expect a federal task force to start crawling down around their ears.


Sgt. 1st Class Kristoffer B. Domeij, 29, was killed during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan when the assault force triggered an improvised explosive device.

Domeij was a Ranger Joint Terminal Attack Controller assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

He was on his 14th combat deployment to Afghanistan in support of the War on Terror.

Domeij was born October 5, 1982 in Santa Ana, Calif. After graduating from Rancho Bernardo High School in 2000, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in July, 2001 from San Diego, Calif.

Domeij completed Basic Combat Training and Fire Support Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Okla. After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course, he was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program at Fort Benning.

Following graduation from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, Domeij was assigned to Co. C, 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment in 2002 where he served as a Forward Observer. He also served in Headquarters and Headquarters Co. (HHC), as a Reconnaissance Joint Terminal Attack Controller, Co., B as the Fire Support Noncommissioned Officer, and again in HHC as the Battalion Fires Support Noncommissioned Officer.

Domeij was also a Joint Terminal Attack Controller - Evaluator and was one of the first Army qualified JTAC’s, training which is usually reserved for members of the Air Force.

Domeij’s military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, the Warrior Leader’s Course, the Advanced Leader’s Course, the Senior Leader’s Course, U.S. Army Ranger School, Jumpmaster School, Pathfinder School, Joint Firepower Control Course, and Joint Fires Observer Course.
His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, the Pathfinder Badge and the U.S. Army Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge.

He has also been awarded the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal with three loops, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral three, Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Ribbon with numeral four.

He will be posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah and daughters Mikajsa and Aaliyah of Lacey, Wash.; his mother Scoti Domeij of Colorado Springs, Colo., and his brother Kyle Domeij of San Diego, California.

Pvt. 1st Class Christopher Alexander Horns, 20, was killed during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan when the assault force triggered an improvised explosive device.

Horns was a Ranger automatic rifleman assigned to Co. C, 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. He was on his first deployment to Afghanistan in support of the War on Terror.

Horns was born Nov. 10, 1990 in Sumter, S.C. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in July, 2010 from his hometown of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Horns completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., as an infantryman. After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course, he was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program also at Fort Benning. Following graduation from Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, Horns was assigned to Co. C, where he served as an assistant machine gunner and automatic rifleman.

His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program.

His awards and decorations include the Parachutist Badge and the U.S. Army Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge. He has also been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon. Horns will be posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal for Combat Service, the Army Commendation Medal for Peacetime Service, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge.

He is survived by his parents Larry and Tamara Horns, and his sister Tiffany of Colorado Springs, Colo.

As Rangers, Domeij and Horns selflessly lived their lives for others and distinguished themselves as members of the Army’s premier direct action raid force and fought valiantly as they served their fellow Rangers and our great Nation.

A Wounded Army Dog Has Been Awarded The UK's Highest Animal Medal
Lucca, who served alongside US marines in Afghanistan and Iraq, was honoured with the Dickin medal in a ceremony in London.
By Rose Troup Buchanan

Lucca is a specialised search dog trained to sniff out explosives and munitions for the US Marines, saving hundreds of lives in the process.

She has completed more than 400 missions over a six-year active service, but was seriously injured during her last patrol in 2012 when an improvised explosive device detonated.