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Marine Families Need Our Prayers Right Now As Tragedy Strikes Over Mississippi

Investigators are at a loss as to how this could have happened.

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Tragedy struck the Marine Corps and all of America last night as a loaded KC-130 Hercules refueling aircraft exploded in midair and crashed into a field in Mississippi. All 16 aboard are reported to have perished.

Update: The latest news today is that 7 of those killed in the crash were with special ops from the Camp Lejeune-based 2nd Marine Raider Battalion. Of those seven, 6 were Marines, and one was a sailor. The death toll now stands at 15 Marines, and one Navy sailor. We have also ascertained that the plane that exploded was an older version KC-130 (see below for the update).

Despite President Trump’s best efforts to replace aging military equipment that fell into severe disrepair over the last decade, especially under the last administration, it takes time to do it. Unfortunately, last night we found out that we don’t always have “time.”

The Marine Corps KC-130 left Memphis, TN on Monday with 16 on board, exploded in midair and crashed into a soybean field in Mississippi.

Via MS News Now:

LEFLORE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) – Sixteen people are dead following a military airplane crash in Mississippi, according to LeFlore County EMA Director Fred Randal

First responders said the military C-130 left Memphis on Monday.

The plane crashed in Leflore County just off Highway 82 on Monday afternoon.

The plane is believed to have exploded in mid-air. Investigators said they found debris on both sides of the highway, leading them to believe an explosion happened prior to the crash.

A Mississippi State Trooper said the plane is loaded with ammunition, causing emergency workers to have to keep their distance.

“There’s a lot of ammo in the plane. That’s why we are keeping so far back. We just don’t know what it’ll do. It burns a bit then goes out, burns a little more then dies down,” the trooper told WMC Action News 5 crews.

The United States Marine Corps confirmed the aircraft was a Marine aircraft.

The Marine Corps ordered 79 new variants of the KC-130 from Lockheed Martin years ago, but only 48 of them have been delivered. It’s unknown if the aircraft that exploded was a newer version or one that was slated for retirement.

Update: We’ve found out that the KC-130 was, in fact, an older variant of the plane. It was a KC-130T that exploded. The first of those models were delivered in ’94-95. The newest models are KC-130Js.

Via Global Security:

In December 1994 Lockheed Corporation, Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company, Marietta, Georgia, was awarded a $20,022,944 face value increase to a firm-fixed-price contract for two C-130T aircraft for the Navy Reserve and two KC-130T aircraft for the Marine Corps Reserve. The contract was expected to be completed April 1995. The newest KC-130T was accepted into the Marine Corps Reserve inventory in October 1995.

As of 2001 a top priority Marine Corps priority was the KC-130T Avionics modernization and standardization initiative. The current Reserve aircraft configuration is not fully compliant with emerging Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management or mandated Navigation/Safety requirements.

The Marine Corps tweeted out that a “mishap” had taken place.

Ammunition inside of the plane was going off due to the fire which hampered rescue efforts. Local news caught footage of the tragedy as it unfolded.

The FBI is investigating, and more victims may be found according to Fox News.

The FBI has reportedly joined local and state agencies to investigate what caused a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 to corkscrew out of the sky and into a soybean field in Mississippi, killing at least 16.

The search for additional victims is continuing. The Marine Corps said the aircraft “experienced a mishap.” The plane spiraled down at about 4 p.m. in a field about 85 miles north of Jackson. The plane’s debris were scattered in a radius of about five miles.

Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks told The Associated Press that officials were still searching for bodies after nightfall.

“We’re still searching the area,” Banks said. “It’s hard to find bodies in the dark.”

Banks earlier told the Greenwood Commonwealth that 16 people were believed to be on board but would not confirm that information to the AP.

The Marine Corps says it operated the plane but has provided no information on where the flight originated or where it was going.

Alan Hammons, an official at Greenwood Airport, told WNCN that the aircraft suffered a “structural failure” at 20,000 feet. The Clarion Ledger reported that the plane departed from Naval Support Activity Mid-South Base in Millington, Tenn.

An intense fire fed by jet fuel hampered firefighters, causing them to turn to unmanned devices in an attempt to control the flames, authorities said. There were several high-intensity explosions.

Investigators on the ground said that the debris field was spread out which led them to believe the plane exploded in midair.

Investigators said they found debris on both sides of Highway 82 in LeFlore County, which has led them to believe that an explosion caused the crash, WLBT reported.

However, nothing has been determined as the investigation into what happened is just beginning.

LeFlore County deputy coroner Will Gnemi told the Clarion-Ledger that the crash site is a very rural area, and that they are searching in a field with tall vegetation for more bodies.

Initial reports indicate that the Lockheed KC-130 refueling tanker may have come from the Naval Support Activity Mid-South Base located in Millington, the Clarion Ledger reported.

More than 4,000 gallons of foam were used by firefighters in an effort to put out the blaze, Greenwood Fire Chief Marcus Banks told The Greenwood Commonwealth.

He said that the call about the crash came in around 4pm, and that firefighters were driven away by ‘several high-intensity explosions.’

A Mississippi State Trooper told WMC: ‘There’s a lot of ammo in the plane.

‘That’s why we are keeping so far back. We just don’t know what it’ll do.
‘It burns a bit then goes out, burns a little more then dies down.’

Marcus Banks also said that the debris field is roughly five miles in radius.

He added that a helicopter is looking for the bodies of the remaining victims.

Aerial pictures taken by WLBT showed the skeleton of the plane burning strongly, producing plumes of black smoke visible for miles across the flat landscape of the delta.

Resident Austin Jones, who owns a neighboring farm, said the fire continued after sunset.

‘It’s burning worse now than it was early in the afternoon,’ said Jones.

He said his son watched the plane go down while working on the farm and said it was smoking as it descended.

Resident Andy Jones said he was working on his family’s catfish farm when he heard a boom and looked up and saw the plane corkscrewing down to the ground.

‘You looked up and you saw the plane twirling around,’ he said. ‘It was spinning down.’

With the loss of life so high and news that more Marines may have died in the horrific crash, calls for prayer began springing up all over the internet.

The Governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, posted to his Facebook: “Please join Deborah and me in praying for those hurting after this tragedy. Our men and women in uniform risk themselves every day to secure our freedom.”

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, who became famous by riding a horse on his first day on the job, posted to his Twitter:

“Please join me in praying for or sending good thoughts to the families and unit of the Marines we lost tonight in the C 130 crash #SemperFi”

Many others chimed in, also. Some Devil Dogs themselves.

When President Trump was informed of the tragedy he Tweeted out condolences:

“Marine Plane crash in Mississippi is heartbreaking. Melania and I send our deepest condolences to all.”

We all have friends or family who have served or are serving. Many of us have served, some in combat, some on the homefront. Some of us have been wounded in battle, some know those who paid the ultimate sacrifice as these brave men & women did.

That said, let us offer up a prayer for the families of those who have fallen in this most tragic of accidents, as it is the families and those who live on who now shoulder a severe grief. Semper Fi, Marines.

By Jeff Rainforth
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Jeff was the national rally organizer to free Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi from the Mexican prison, chairman emeritus of Ross Perot's Reform Party of California, and a former candidate for governor. Jeff is editor-in-chief at Freedom Daily. He wrote for former Hollywood talent agent & Breitbart contributor, Pat Dollard, and headed up his 30 person research team. Mr. Rainforth also wrote for the Wayne Dupree Show. Jeff is single & says he is not gay.

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11 Cleveland Browns Players Protest After Coach Warned Them – Got What They Deserved 12Hrs Later

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The largest sideline protest among professional players took place at the Monday night preseason game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants. Nearly a dozen Browns players dropped to a knee the second the National Anthem came on, not long after their coach had warned them.

Now, 12 hours later, the players got exactly what they deserved when they didn’t think they needed to listen.

The anti-American trend started by Colin Kaepernick has always included one, maybe two players at any given game sitting out or kneeling for the anthem. This show of protest against the perceived injustice of black Americans in this country has become more popular this football season. It just reached a milestone on Monday night when 11 Browns players opted out of the anthem.

Prior to this demonstration, Head Coach Hue Jackson had warned that there could be fallout for the players who used their rights this was to make this statement. Although he was misquoted as saying that he did not want his players to protest the National Anthem, he later clarified what he really meant by that.

Jackson said that he respected his players’ “right for peaceful protest; a right afforded to every American.” “We’ve always made it clear to our players that they should embrace the platform they have as an NFL player to improve our community and use their platform in a positive, thoughtful and respectful manner,” he explained.

Although he feels players can and should use their platform to make public statements they feel are important, he acknowledged that in doing so, it does not absolve them of any negative consequences.

Jackson warned that players could come under what he thinks is “unfair scrutiny” for protesting the anthem, but the players protested anyway. He was right that there would be fallout since NFL fans were disgusted at what all 11 of these players did at once, and have strengthened their resolve to boycott the game. However, it’s not “unfair” as the coach alleges.

Jackson explained that the problem with these protests is that spectators have made the focus on “whether or not a player is being disrespectful to the flag or military.” That’s absolutely the truth of what they are doing and it’s not something that can be ignored, even though the coach claims in his players’ defense that there is a different “issue and cause attempting to be addressed by the protest,” 247 Sports reports.

Sitting out for the anthem shows a disrespect for the flag that actual brave men and women have fought and died for, regardless if anyone wants to say that on the surface that’s not their intent. The players know that they are getting attention for this and feel power in doing so.

If there’s a problem that professional sports players have with issues they disagree with in our country, then there are more productive ways to address it without disrespecting real heroes and our nation.

A Seahawks player who was among the first to pick up where Kaepernick left off called for white players to get involved in the protests. That simple request seemed to work on Monday night as some of the 11 were white.

This isn’t a conquest for the cause, it’s a mockery of the sport and the people who pay to watch it. Those people don’t need football and definitely don’t care about it enough to not protests against it themselves by not watching the sport.

Droves of sports-loving spectators stopped watching the NFL last season with Kaepernick’s constant sideline antics. Although he got what he deserved in that he can’t get a job on any team, his “legacy” in this regard has become a cancer in the league that’s killing off a lot ratings with spectators who are refusing to watch.

With far more protesting athletes this season, the fans are responding ten times more. There may be more kneeling, fist raising, and anti-American antics this season, but there will also be a lot less fans around to see it.

If the people you want to see your protest and be enraged by it aren’t around to watch it, will the players’ message still remain the same? It’s all fun and games when people give you attention, but to take the power away isn’t a benefit to your cause or your multi-million dollar paycheck.

 

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Racist NFL Player Just Started SICK New Trend With What He’s Doing After Tackling ANY White Player

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As the 2018 football season is now officially underway, it’s been a rough couple of weeks for the NFL. Over the past week, fed up fans have proven they are sick and tired of witnessing these anti-American protests, and empty stadiums at several games over the weekend spelled disaster for the NFL of things to come. As NFL officials are frantically trying to do damage control as their protesting athletes are turning fans away in droves, they now have a new nightmare on their hands after a brand new version of nasty anti-American protests just started, led by a Seahawks player who’s now doing an unthinkable act of racism towards white players on the field.

49’ers stadium during the second half kickoff where large sections were completely empty (left) Across the nation in Los Angles, similar fan-inspired protests were taking place, as there were more empty seats than filled ones during the Colts and Rams game on September 10 (right)

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was the first NFL player to protest this season, where he’s been vocally leading nasty anti-American protests ever since.  Shortly after signing a $30 million dollar contract with the Seahawks, Bennett still somehow felt “oppressed” as a black man living in America, and decided to sit on his ungrateful behind during the game against the Los Angeles Chargers back in August.

While it’s these players’ First Amendment right to be ungrateful and disrespect every American Soldier who has fought, bled, and died to preserve their freedoms, now Bennett is taking his antics to a startling new level.

Not satisfied with quietly sitting on the sideline while the National Anthem plays, Bennett is now raising the black power salute every time he sacks a white player on the field, a disgusting racist symbol that black supremacists have used for decades to display their supremacy over the white race. 

During the second quarter of the game against the 49ers over the weekend, Bennett celebrated tacking white quarterback Brian Hoyer by flashing the black power fist into the air. This gesture was a head nod to black supremacists around the country, where the All Black Media confirmed Bennett’s actions were a pro-Black Power gesture in the following tweet.

It’s one thing to kneel or to sit quietly by yourself on the bench while the National Anthem plays. It’s another thing entirely to disrupt the game with your protests, and then display your anti-white sentiments by flashing a black power salute. Could you imagine the backlash if a white player was flashing Nazi salutes on the field every time they sacked a black player? Not only would the white player be receiving death threats by every liberal in America, but they’d be permanently suspended and have their multi-million dollar contracts revoked!

The black power fist is an infamous symbol of racism that black hate groups have used for decades. The Black Panther Party uses this gesture frequently, whose leader Khalid Muhammad called on his followers back in 2012 to kill all white babies, in a disgusting terroristic tirade that you can read in its entirety here.

Players protesting their perceived “injustices” towards blacks is one thing, but Bennett’s defiant act of racism towards white players on the field is absolutely startling. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has a complete nightmare on his hands, as he had the opportunity during the pre-season to condemn these protesters’ actions, but disgustingly, put the problem back on the fans, demanding that fans be “more understanding of the protests.” Now these protests have metastasized from players simply protesting the National Anthem to all out defiant acts of racism towards white players on the field.  

Not only does Bennett apparently hate white people, he hates police officers too. Several weeks ago he tried to push the ridiculous nonsense that he was a victim of “racial profiling” by Las Vegas police, after his suspicious activity of hiding under a game at a casino while authorities were looking for a black shooter led police to arresting him for a short period of time.

“Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Undersheriff Kevin McMahill remembered the incident a little differently, saying that officers were searching for a possible active shooter at the Cromwell casino when they located Bennett crouched down behind a gaming machine,” Conservative Tribune reported.

It looks like empty stadiums will now become more of an issue for the NFL as outraged fans are now sending the clear message that they have better things to do with their time other than being bombarded by these disgusting acts of disrespect and racism on the football field every time they turn on the television or go to a game.

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Badass Texans Player Just Shut Down Every Whiny Protester On His Field With What He Brought To Game

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As tens of thousands of Texans and Floridians battle the aftermath of the hurricane that ripped through their communities, we’re beginning to glimpse into the heart and soul of what makes America, America. While loudmouths like “oppressed” millionaire football stars like Colin Kaepernick could easily use his social media presence to rally his base and organize relief efforts, he’s obviously too self-absorbed with plotting his next bout of anti-American antics to give flying crap about suffering Americans. Now a lesser-known NFL player is putting every kneeling player to shame after the incredible thing he brought onto the football field Sunday night that’s making these ungrateful players look like even bigger jackasses than they already were, while proving that the spirit of America is alive in well.

As “oppressed” millionaire NFL players continue to make a mockery of our country while insulting ever single soldier who fought, bled, and died for this country by protesting our National Anthem, other NFL players like Justin James “J. J.” Watt have been working tirelessly to organize hurricane relief efforts for the past several weeks. Watt, who is defensive end for the Houston Texans, raised a whopping $30 million dollars just in the last week and a half alone, putting every kneeling douchebag in the NFL to massive shame.

Rather than taking a knee or using his time in the spotlight to act like a gigantic jackass, Watt ran onto the football field for his first game since Hurricane Harvey with a gigantic flag, symbolizing the incredible spirit of Americans uniting after the catastrophe, a patriotic gesture that anti-American morons like Colin Kaepernick can’t even comprehend.

The stadium went absolutely nuts, giving the man who has raised $30 million to rebuild their destroyed communities an incredible rock star welcome, rightfully stealing the spotlight from the anti-American clowns whose disgusting antics continue to make headlines at every single NFL game as of late.

If morons like Colin Kaepernick truly cared about America and wanted to be a positive force for “change” like they claim, they’d be first in line to help pass out boxes of food and supplies to these suffering victims. We as Americans need to stop allowing these kneeling idiots to hijack our favorite sport and give players like Watt the attention and praise he deserves, as he truly cares for Americans and is choosing to use his platform in such an incredible way.

J.J. reported over twitter that the physical donations pouring in so fast, that the money that was raised hasn’t even been tapped into yet. Pictures of supplies overflowing from storage spaces and trucks could be seen, where these supplies were donated in a massive distribution event over the weekend to the suffering Houston community.

What’s even more amazing is that after raising all this money and coordinating the relief efforts, J.J. has been hands-on and involved ever step of the way, even physically going to the distribution centers and handing out supplies. Keep in mind Watt is a professional athlete who is taking time away from his vigorous training to help his fellow Texans.

In a recent interview with James Palmer, J.J. was asked about how many hours a day he’s spending on relief efforts, and his answer was remarkable:

“I asked Watt how many hours he’s spent on his fundraiser and planning this event since he arrived in Houston with the rest of his teammates on Wednesday. “All of them,” he said, smiling. Outside of a two to three hour workout each day, Watt has spent every second working with either Houston mayor Sylvester Turner, people from the Justin J. Watt Foundation, or volunteers to make this massive project a success in just a few short days. There is no question there were also a few prayers Saturday night that things would go off without a hitch.

Many professionals — let alone professional football players — struggle to lead groups during a time of crisis. Watt has done it brilliantly. I asked someone close to Watt, who has been with him during every step of the planning and preparation, how much of this he’s actually been hands-on for. She responded, “All of it.”

As for the tens of millions of dollars he’s raised, J.J. says, “I’m going to take my time, make sure that I work with local organizations that we do it right here in the city so that money goes straight to the people here of Houston who need it the most so that we can help rebuild them.”

What an incredible man! Rather than using his platform to whine about America and our country’s “injustices,” Watt is showing is leading by example and truly being the “change” that our country needs, showing these ungrateful protesting morons throughout the NFL what it really means to be an American.

 

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