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Manitoba Images   Leave a comment


 

Crystal City

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They sure built bridges solid back in the day

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Assiniboine River in downtown Winnipeg, another meter or so and the Riverwalk will surface

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Canoeing on the Seine River in south Winnipeg

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The Tunnel

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Sheet lightning over Winnipeg

Posted June 26, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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They totally look-a-like   Leave a comment


 

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Posted June 25, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Incredible long exposure photos show intense firepower unleashed during the Vietnam War   Leave a comment


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James Speed Hensinger, a Vietnam War veteran, has released a set of incredible night-time photographs he took of American troops opening fire on a lone Viet Cong sniper who had been firing down on the US soldiers in their huts with an automatic AK47 rifle. For more than four decades, Mr Hensinger kept these photographs to himself until now, choosing to release them to the public in celebration of this year’s Memorial Day in the US.

Hensinger was a 22-year-old paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, nine months into duty fighting for the US in Vietnam, in April 1970. Around that time, the US army camp had been receiving sporadic night-time gunfire from what appears to be a lone Viet Cong gunman. The guerilla fighter would spend his nights climbing up to a concealed cliff where he could shoot through the thin roofs of the soldier’s bunks instead of the sandbag walls.

“We were pissed off at taking Viet Cong sniper fire from the mountain above us several nights in a row,” Hensinger, now 66 and living outside Denver, Colorado, recalls.

“The guy would stand up from behind a rock and blow off a clip from his AK47 on full-auto. The sniper was shooting at such a high angle that most of his rounds came through the sheet metal roofs of our hooches. We decided to use a “heavy” response the next time the sniper hit us.”

The next night, James set himself up in a guard tower near the perimeter of the camp. Using a 35mm Nikon FTN camera, a camera release and some sand bags for a tripod, he waited.

Sure enough, when darkness fell the lone sniper opened fire. And the US army responded with a fury. From the left and right, two 7.62mm M60 machine guns showered the hills with rounds, shooting one red tracer for every four normal bullets. Down in front of James an M42 Duster open turret tank fired its twin 40mm anti-aircraft guns, with its huge white tracers followed by large explosions. Another M2 Browning .50 caliber machine gun shot high explosive shells creating white bursts without tracers.

Hensinger captured the action using long exposures between 15 seconds and one minute. He had no idea what they would look like when he mailed them home to be developed, and was amazed when he returned from his 12-month tour to find what he captured was nothing short of spectacular.

Hensinger never considered himself a professional photographer, but has always loved shooting pictures.

As for the Viet Cong sniper, he was never found. “We sent out patrols during the day,” James says, “and found a blood trail one morning. Otherwise, we never found him.”

“The rocks on the slope were as big as Volkswagens. It took a very stupid officer to put a pin in the map and say, “Build it [the camp] here.”

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Posted June 25, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Tasty Rounds: Pork infused bullets to send Muslim Jihadists straight to hell   Leave a comment


 

Posted by Richard Metzger

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Wrap your brain around “Jihawg Ammo,” the “bacon on everything” munitions product of some gun nuts in Dalton Gardens, Idaho, who claim it to be a “defensive deterrent to those who violently act in the name of Islam.”

The Jihawg Ammo brand bullets are coated in “pork-infused” paint, which according to South Fork Industries makes the ammunition “unclean” or “haram.” The manufacturer claims via press release that their product is a “peaceful and natural deterrent to radical Islam” and will keep a Muslim who is hit with one of the bullets from entering paradise:

“With Jihawg Ammo, you don’t just kill an Islamist terrorist, you also send him to hell. That should give would-be martyrs something to think about before they launch an attack. If it ever becomes necessary to defend yourself and those around you our ammo works on two levels.”

The company’s website admonishes their obviously gung-ho customers not to use Jihawg Ammo to kill just any Muslin, but specifically only jihadis:

“The nullifying principle of our product is only effective if you are attacked by an Islamist in Jihad. Otherwise, our ammo functions just like any other ammunition, so we obviously insist upon defensive use of our ammo only-not offensive.”

As The Firsesign Theatre once said “Good lord, a stiff idiot is the worst kind.”

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Posted June 25, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Chicago celebrates as Blackhawks win Stanley Cup   Leave a comment


 

One of these years I hope and pray Winnipeg fans get to indulge in a championship celebration.  It will likely have to be a curling championship.

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Jim Belushi is a huge Blackhawks fan

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Posted June 25, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Michael Douglas protects his Consumer Rights at a corner store   Leave a comment


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Posted June 24, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

“A lot of people would like to see him crash and burn, but not me.”   Leave a comment


Robbie Knievel at King’s Island, Ohio.

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Posted June 23, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Seven Men catch child falling from fifth story window   Leave a comment


Incredible footage from Ninghai, China of seven men catching a two-year-old girl falling out of a five-story building. Two of the men sustained injuries—as you can see in the video—from the catch, and the little girl suffered a minor wound on the face.

Apparently the toddler’s parents left her home alone while she slept, the little girl woke up and then climbed out the window.

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Posted June 23, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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How Many Nazis Are Left?   1 comment


 

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The discovery this past week of war criminals in Hungary and Minnesota has given new life to Nazi-hunters who continue despite the advancing age of their prey. In fact, changes in German law may actually lead to the prosecution of more young Nazis who stood guard at death camps during World War II.

“There are at least hundreds if not thousands of them out there,” said Efraim Zuroff, chief Nazi hunter for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. “The question is what are the chances of bringing them to justice.”

Last week, the Associated Press reported that a 94-year-old Michael Karkoc of Minnesota lied to U.S. authorities about his activities during the war, and that he was an SS commander in the Ukraine. The Weisenthal Center has asked the Department of Justice to open an investigation.

Zuroff has been hunting Nazis for the past 30 years. He relies on tips from the general public about their neighbors or relatives who may be hiding a secret past.

Zuroff noted that an 18 year old at the end of the war in 1945 would now be 86 years old, but people are living longer. He points to Hungary charging 98-year-old Laszlo Csatary with assisting in the deaths of 15,700 Jews while working for the Nazi police in Slovakia.

Csatary fled Europe after the war and worked as an art dealer in Canada before being expelled in 2007. Zuroff got a tip that Csatary was living quietly in Budapest, where he tracked him down in 2011. Csatary was the No. 1 most wanted criminal of the Wiesenthal Center in 2012.

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While there were an estimated 10 million members of the Nazi party in Germany during the war, not all of them committed crimes, according to Peter Black, senior historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

The work of Zuroff and others will likely continue even after the last Nazi is caught.

“The sad fact of human behavior is that even after the last Nazi offender dies,” Black said, “we have more recent generations of participants in mass murder and genocide that are still young enough to prosecute.”

 

Posted June 22, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Rolling down the number 3 highway   Leave a comment


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Posted June 22, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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