"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks." -- Thomas Jefferson

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Watch: Turkey's Fifth-Gen Fighter-Jet Conducts Maiden Flight MikeRivero

Since Washington imposed sanctions on NATO member Turkey's defense sector in 2020 due to its purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems and excluded Ankara from the F-35 'friends circle,' the country that bridges Europe and Asia has been accelerating the development of its own fifth-generation fighter jet. 

Turkey launched its TF-X project to produce a national combat aircraft in 2016. By 2017, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) signed a deal with Britain's BAE Systems, worth up to $125 million, to develop the next-generation fighter known as "KAAN." 

Palestinian Red Crescent: Israeli occupation arrests 12 of our crews MikeRivero

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said on Saturday that the Israeli occupation continues to arrest 12 of the society’s staff, including seven from inside Al-Amal Hospital a week ago.

The society added in a statement, “We express our deep concern for the safety of the detained members of our crews, whose fate remains unknown.”

What is the rationale behind US promises to supply Greece and Turkey with the latest fighter jets? MikeRivero

The end of January was marked by two major militarypolitical deals between the United States and its “allies” in Europe. It is curious that both agreements were announced on the same day, and Washington’s counterparties are located in the same region - and are not very warmly disposed towards each other.

Shipping Faces Lengthy Disruptions As Middle East Fallout Worsens Ladylove


The Red Sea crisis — and the Middle East situation in general — is worsening. There’s growing conviction that shipping diversions around the Cape of Good Hope will increase in scope and last much longer than initially expected. That should be good news for shipping stocks over time, due to durably longer voyage distances.

Nuland issues ultimatum to Trkiye MikeRivero

The US will only allow Türkiye to return to the F-35 fighter jet program if it agrees to ditch Russia’s S-400 missile defense system, Acting Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has said. The American official also suggested that Washington may even lift sanctions on its NATO ally if Ankara is more amenable.


Claire's Observations:  folks, this is utter insanity, writ large.  Biden and his handlers just don't know what to do, so bombing targets in Iran;l Syria, and Iraq, just HAS to be the thing to do, by cracky!!

War on Gaza: Heres what Israeli officials say should happen to Gaza Ladylove

Several Israeli ministers spoke at a conference promoting resettling Gaza while attendees chanted 'death to Arabs'

 Thousands of Israeli ministers, rabbis, public figures and parliament members attended a conference on Sunday in Jerusalem, calling for the resettlement of Gaza and making statements widely deemed to be genocidal.

Last week President Biden was asked by a reporter about US attacks on Yemen:

Reporter: “Are the airstrikes in Yemen working?”

Biden: “Well, when you say working, are they stopping the Houthis? No. Are they gonna continue? Yes.”

The exchange perfectly defines the Biden Administration’s foreign policy: “Is our policy working? No. But keep it up, man!”

What is that old saying about the definition of insanity?

US approves sale of F-16 warplanes to Turkey after Ankara ratifies Sweden's entry into NATO Ladylove

As required by US law, the State Department notified Congress of the agreement, as well as a separate $8.6 billion sale of 40 F-35s to Greece.

Turkey will get 40 new F-16s and upgrades to 79 of the jets in its existing fleet, the State Department said in a news release.

As Israel’s war on Gaza pushes on in its fourth month, fears of regional escalation are growing, with multiple nations and armed groups targeting each other’s territories and common waters, and the United States boosting its military assets in the region.