Thanksgiving Greetings from Around the Military

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As you sit down for dinner tomorrow, give thanks for the men and women stationed around the globe who are defending their country and preserving the liberty of all Americans back home in the States. They can’t be with their loved ones on this holiday but, in the video below, several of them send Thanksgiving greetings to the folks back home. Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers and all the men and women who serve.

5 Great Military Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood

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Clint Eastwood’s latest film is American Sniper, which is based on Chris Kyle’s memoir about his service in Iraq. Bradley Cooper stars as the Navy SEAL. The movie will open December 25th in select major cities and January 16th all over the USA.

Most folks think about Clint as an actor but American Sniper represents his 34th feature film as a director. As we count down the days until Sniper hits theaters, here are five great military films directed by Eastwood. +Continue Reading

A Special Forces Classic Gets an Update

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Since its first publication in 1986, the SAS Survival Handbook has sold millions of copies and become a worldwide classic. Sort of a special forces version of a Boy Scout manual, the book was written by John “Lofty” Wiseman, who served in the British Special Air Service as Chief Survival Instructor at the SAS Training School in Hereford, England.  Brits well tell you that the SAS boys are tougher than Navy SEALS. While that may not be exactly true, it’s safe to agree that the SAS are one of the most elite fighting units in the world. +Continue Reading

Old Guys With Guns, Again

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Pierce Brosnan went out and secured the rights to Bill Granger’s Peter Devereaux spy novels and he’s attempted to launch a new movie franchise for himself with The November Man (out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD). You know the drill: Devereaux’s an aging CIA agent who’s called the November man because everything’s dead after he comes to call. He wants out of the game but they pull him back in to extract his (secret) wife from a Russian mission gone wrong. +Continue Reading

Protect Your Vehicle From the Elements

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EmpireCovers makes protective covers for just about vehicle you’d want to shield from the elements: cars, trucks. SUVs , boats and motorcycles are all featured on their website. All of the covers they sell are fitted to a specific make and model. That gives them a superior fit but that level of specialization also makes them pricier than the discount covers you might find down at the discount store. Are they worth the extra cost?

I tested out an American Armor model cover for a Mazda Miata. That’s the top end of the Empire line and they seem to be available for around $300 for most cars once you apply the available discounts.  +Continue Reading

5 ‘I Don’t Get Paid Enough for This’ Military Experiences

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Anyone who signed up because “it’s not just a job, it’s an adventure” has probably suffered a few moments that were a little too heavy on the “adventure” and thought, “I don’t get paid enough to do this.” It might have been a harrowing maneuver around a Chinook or shoveling a thick layer of sheep poop, but the feeling of disdain and frustration is the same. Check out what a few soldiers from the /r/Army subreddit say was the moment they realized they didn’t get paid enough for what they put up with. +Continue Reading

Watch President Reagan Explain the Soviet Nuclear Threat

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Merv Griffin started off as a big band singer and ended up one of the wealthiest men in Hollywood after his company created both Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, but he spent most of his career as the host of a talk show that somehow managed to combine light entertainment with some serious discussion of the issues of the day. The Merv Griffin Show — 1962–1986 is a new 12-disc DVD box set that presents 44 classic episodes and a wealth of bonus material. +Continue Reading

Share Memories of Earth With the ‘Interstellar’ Time Capsule

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Are we allowed to talk about the plot of Interstellar yet or is the ending still supposed to be a secret? The direct Christopher Nolan has partnered up with Google Play and Paramount Pictures to curate a time capsule short film that will chronicle life on earth as we live now. Made and produced by David Brodie and Angus Wall,  the film will compile photos, videos, songs, diary entries or anything else that might represent people of the world today into the modern version of a cave painting to represent our era to future generations. +Continue Reading

‘Company of Heroes’ Adds the Battle of the Bulge

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Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault

Finally, fans of Company of Heroes 2 can depict one of the most famous engagements in World War II: the Battle of the Bulge. The latest expansion, “Ardennes Assault” adds new content to single and multiplayer. Players will be able to watch the Battle of the Bulge take place through the perspective of three unique officers as they vie for the crucial region of Ardennes.

“Ardennes Assault” includes Monte Durante, Captain of Fox Company. This fourth company features special abilities like M83 Cluster Bombs, Pinpoint Accurate Artillery, and elite Fox Company Rangers. Each company featured in “Ardennes Assault” has their own unique units, upgradeable abilities, specializations, and play styles.

Fans should enjoy the expansion as it further explores the Western European front of World War II. While “The Western Front Armies” was only a multiplayer expansion to Company of Heroes 2, “Ardennes Assault” brings home one of the most critical and lauded engagements of the war. Check out the trailer below. +Continue Reading

Review: Kinivo Bluetooth Speakers

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Kinivo aims to make reasonably-priced alternatives to more expensive wireless audio products. The pocket-sized Kinivo BTX270 Wireless Speaker and the Kinivo BTX450 desktop speaker continue their string of well-reviewed audio devices:  their bluetooth headphones are a steal at $25 and these two offer their own solid level of value. +Continue Reading