In 2007 the CIA was given an oil painting commemorating one of the strangest air combat missions in the agency’s history.

The CIA described the event on their website,

Known as “Site 85,” the US radar facility perched atop a 5,800-foot mountain in northeast Laos—less than 150 miles from Hanoi—was providing critical and otherwise unavailable all-weather guidance to American F-105 fighter-bombers flying strike missions against Communist supply depots, airfields, and railroad yards in North Vietnam. CIA proprietary Air America provided critical air support to the US Air Force technicians (working under civilian cover), several CIA case officers, and the CIA-directed Hmong and Thai security forces at the isolated site.

Recognizing the threat posed by this facility, the People’s Army of Vietnam vowed to destroy it. On 12 January 1968, four North Vietnamese AN-2 Colt biplanes—painted dark green and modified to drop “bombs” improvised from 122-mm mortars and 57-mm rockets—headed for Site 85.

At about 1:30 pm, as they approached their target, the four Colts split into two equal formations—one pair began low-level bombing and strafing passes while the other pair circled nearby. Coincidently, Air America pilot Ted Moore was flying an ammunition-supply run to the site in his unarmed UH-1D “Huey” helicopter when he saw the biplanes attacking. Moore and his flight mechanic Glenn Woods took chase of the first Colt. Woods pulled out his AK-47 rifle and began firing at the lumbering biplane. The pursuit was relentless, continuing for more than 20 minutes until the second Colt (hit by ground fire) joined the first in an attempt to escape back into North Vietnam. Both attacking Colts suffered severe bullet damage and crashed before reaching the border. Fearing a similar fate, the two unengaged Colts retreated unharmed.

The painting captures one North Vietnamese Colt fleeing and the other being pursued by the Air America Huey piloted by Moore as mechanic Woods fires his AK-47 at the cockpit. This daring action by Moore and Woods gained them—and Air America—the distinction of having shot down an enemy fixed-wing aircraft from a helicopter—a singular aerial victory in the entire history of the Vietnam War.

Two months later in a night raid, North Vietnamese commandos overran Site 85 in the deadliest single ground loss of US Air Force personnel during the Vietnam War. A year later, Glenn Woods was killed in action in Laos.

On 27 July 2007, CIA officially received the painting in an event attended by members of the Air America Board; pilot Ted Moore; Sawang Reed, the wife of flight mechanic Glenn Woods; CIA paramilitary legend Bill Lair; and the donors of the painting, former Air America officers Marius Burke and Boyd D. Mesecher.


Many of us dream of being able to live in our own cozy cabin in the woods. One man was able to build his own tiny retreat for only $500.

This adorable home was built in the northern woods of Canada on a piece of private property. Because the house is such a small size, no permits were required, which kept building costs and time constraints low. He was able to recruit friends and members of his church to help build the cabin over the course of eight months.


Do-It-Yourself projects are a cultural trend that has been around for a long time. There’s something about creating things with your hands that appeals to a lot of people. And in recent years, some have taken to building their own houses from scratch. The Internet is a great resource in that people can find guides and how-to videos to inform them on each stage of the process. It’s not rocket science, but it’s also not something you’d think a 13-year-old boy would be interested in doing.

Luke Thill is a 13-year-old from Dubuque, Iowa. Like any other teenage boy, he has lots of energy and is easily bored. But here’s where he sets himself apart: to cope with his boredom one summer, he decided to build a house in his parents’ backyard. The end result of this endeavor became so much more than he originally expected.

Luke set out to find the money and materials to complete his project, and first went to his parents for help. Though they approved of his efforts, they decided to let him do most of the work by himself. “It was a chance for a kid to do something more than play video games or sports,” said his dad Greg. “It teaches life lessons.” So how did Luke manage to get it done?

The teen cut neighbors’ lawns, raised funds online, and ran errands for people in his community as a trade-in for work or supplies. For example, a family friend who was an electrician helped him install the wiring in exchange for cleaning out his garage. Finally, he was able to gather enough money and materials to start building. Though it took him a lot longer than he anticipated…

One year later, Luke had raised $1,500 and collected enough stuff to begin building. He ended up using reclaimed or recycled materials for 75% of the house. In the process, he helped friends and neighbors get rid of unwanted things, like his uncle’s friend’s front door and many leftover items from his grandmother’s garage. Once building was firmly underway, he realized something that caught him by surprise.

Word of mouth had spread around town about the teen’s little venture. People were eager to know how he was doing so he decided to create a YouTube channel, where he kept viewers updated on his progress and also answered questions about the process. Before long, everyone in school knew his name, which might not have been the best thing for Luke at the time.

As his commitment and skill became clear to everyone, Luke was turning heads everywhere he went. Then, out of the blue, his principal called him into his office one day. “I don’t go there very often,” Luke said in one of his videos. “I’ve never gone there for anything bad.”

As it turned out, the principal was friends with a newspaper reporter from Indianapolis, who wanted to talk to the teen for a story. Despite the attention, Luke had to focus on finishing the project, and he still had obstacles to face before construction was done.

When creating the kitchen area for his tiny house, the teen decided to make a homemade countertop, using pieces of stained glass and liquid glaze. He researched the technique and studied YouTube videos of the process. But when time came to do it himself, the glaze leaked all through the mold. Though his idea failed, Luke did not let this deter him, and soon his perseverance paid off as he got an unexpected invitation.

The teen was contacted by a representative of TinyFest Midwest, a festival celebrating tiny houses and small living. They not only wanted Luke to attend, they also asked him to speak about the experience of building his tiny house. He was excited about preparing his speech since he’d recently earned a public speaking merit badge. And with the house almost finished, he’d soon be able to move in… except for one small detail.

Luke’s tiny house was finally done, as it had everything he would need to sleep, eat, and go about his day. Still, no house is complete without a few homely touches. After ensuring that his house was fully operational, he made sure the place looked warm and inviting. It had to look flawless. Afterall, now was the time to expose a year of hard work, not only to his family but to his entire fanbase and beyond.

Except he had one problem: the house had no toilet. The teen realized that installing plumbing was more than he could manage, but in the end he didn’t mind. “I liked the minimalism,” he told the Des Moines Register. Once the house was ready, he made a video tour that wowed everyone.


A wino from Murmansk was so desperate for another drink that he stole a Soviet-era M-1970 multi-purpose amphibious auxiliary armored track vehicle and drove it through the glass window of his local supermarket.

Before reaching the supermarket, the drunk man crashed into an unattended Daewoo parked nearby.

After shattering the windows, the man climbed out of the armored vehicle and walked into the store. The Daily Mail reports he stole a bottle of red wine from Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula annexed by Vladimir Putin in 2014.

He fled the scene on foot, but was quickly apprehended by police. The M-1970 was later returned to the local military training depot.

Footage of the tank’s removal was recorded and shared online yesterday along with photographs from the scene.


Gripshot Inc. has built a SERPA holster that mounts to the side of your rifle. The entire concept is based on the premise that it’s better to have your sidearm in your field of view, and that it will allow a faster draw than a traditional side holster.

Almost any handgun or taser holster can be mounted to a rifle or shotgun with this method. How useful is it really? That’s up for debate.

It definitely adds a little weight to your primary weapon and it definitely makes the whole system bulkier. They’ve made a couple videos showing the benefit of having either a lethal or non-lethal weapon aimed at the target.

They’ve also shown how it could be helpful if an assailant tries to pull your primary weapon from your hands. Our only question is, why did you let them get so close to you in the first place?

Almost any handgun or taser holster can be mounted to a rifle or shotgun with this method. How useful is it really? That’s up for debate.

It definitely adds a little weight to your primary weapon and it definitely makes the whole system bulkier. They’ve made a couple videos showing the benefit of having either a lethal or non-lethal weapon aimed at the target.

They’ve also shown how it could be helpful if an assailant tries to pull your primary weapon from your hands. Our only question is, why did you let them get so close to you in the first place?


It seems like every time there is a video of a dumb criminal with a gun there is always a good guy with a gun waiting to save the day. Video of one man who stopped an armed robbery at a convenience store has gone viral. Check out his great one-liners that these would-be criminals won’t soon forget.

Suvalliance footage at a 7-Eleven in Hamilton, New Jersey, showed two men with hoodies covering their faces walking around the store. After checking things out, one of the crooks decides now is the time to rob the store.

It’s immediately apparent that these aren’t the smartest or most athletic robbers in the world as the video shows the man in the blue hoodie trying to hop over the counter only to lose his balance.

As he jumps over the counter, the robber’s accomplice brandishes his firearm and demands the cashier open the drawer.

As the cashier puts his hands up to show he is cooperating with the crooks, the robber on the other side of the counter opens his backpack for the money. Unfortunately for the robbers, a security guard who was passing by noticed what was happening inside the store and sprung into action.

The security guard rushes into the store and shoots one of the robbers in the arm. As the guard approaches the other would-be robber, the suspect yells, “They’re fake,” indicating their guns. Without missing a beat, the security guard hits the thieves with a perfectly timed one-liner, “Oh well,” he replied. “Mine is real” as he shoots the second suspect.

When the robber questioned in seeming disbelief whether the guard had actually shot him, the security officer nonchalantly replied: “Oh f**k yeah.”

After handling the robbery effortlessly, the security guard instructed the employee to call 911. That is one cool dude.

In all seriousness though, the unknown security guard sprung into action and gave those would-be criminals a lesson they will never forget. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.


Simon Laprise had a plan, some snow and a couple hours to spare.

The result? A delightful picture of a lone police officer, staring skeptically at a car parked in a snow removal zone, ticket book in hand. Little did the officer know, however, that it was all a trick.

The 33-year-old machinist and artist from Montreal was hoping to prank snow removal crews in his neighborhood with a fake car he made after a storm Monday, modeled after the Delorean DMC-12 of Back to the Future fame.

Laprise’s coup de gras was a real windshield wiper he had found across the street while working on the project, placed inconspicuously as if it were the only exposed part of the car.

muhahaha 😛

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The police soon came to investigate because it was parked was in a snow removal zone, only to discover after some time that the car was made entirely of snow.

Officers did end up writing Laprise a ticket–one that said, “You made our night hahahahaha :)”

All good things must come to an end, however, and snowplows destroyed Laprise’s creation the next morning.


Behold the Trump 45, the Rolls-Royce of firearms made for Donald Trump supporters and Second Amendment fans.

It’s finished in 24 karat gold, made with real meteorite, and has the blessing of the NRA.

Could this limited-edition 1911 pistol engraved “TRUMP 45” make presidential firearms great again?

That’s what Cabot Gun Company, a Sarver, Pennsylvania-based specialty firearms manufacturer, is aiming to find out.

Rob Bianchin, Cabot Guns’ founder and CEO, reveals the golden gun has a production run limited to 45.

Only a lucky few — ostensibly, those with thick wallets — can afford to get their hands on the 45th President of the United States-inspired pistol.

Prices for the Trump series range from $15,000 to $35,000, and premium models are expected to fetch in excess of $50,000.

Each made-in-America firearm is denoted by a presidential-themed serial number. The George Washington model bears serial number WASHINGTON01. The Trump model is TRUMP45.

Of course, this is no ordinary gun.

In addition to its gold finish, the Trump 45 has its name engraved on one side and “45th President of the United States on the other and is made of steel “to aerospace tolerances and with artisan finishes.”

The grips are made from the American holly tree, and the trigger and front sight are made from 4-billion-year-old meteorite that, according to a statement released by Cabot Guns, symbolizes the “meteoric focus of the Trump Presidency and commitment to America.”

If a gun made with meteorite sounds familiar, you may remember a pair of Cabot Guns 1911 pistols touted as the most expensive gun in the world, the Big Bang Pistol Set, made with meteorite and priced at $4.5 million.

The company expects the Trump 45 series to attract Trump fans who are keen on protecting their Second Amendment rights.

According to Cabot Guns:

“The company has been privileged to have crafted pistols for Kings, Royalty, Heads of State, as well as numerous celebrities and captains of industry. Yet, as Bianchin noted, it is with particularly distinct honor that Cabot is producing this tribute to President Trump. ‘The election of President Trump was critical to those of us who value upholding the constitution, especially the Second Amendment.’”

So how do you get your hands on a Trump 45? Only 44 will be sold to the public, some directly and some at auction.

Owners of the Trump 45 may be more interested in showing it off than, say, shooting it.

For firearms collectors eager to display their latest acquisition, the Trump model comes in a glass case with a wood base containing “wood inlays from the U.S.S. Constitution, the wooden-hulled Naval vessel named by George Washington.”

Your Trump 45 also has the approval of the National Rifle Association.

The promotional materials for the presidential pistol include a blessing from Chris W. Cox, the executive director of the NRA Institute for Legal Action.

“President Trump’s election was of historic importance to all of us who cherish and value the Second Amendment,” says Cox. “We’re proud to stand with President Trump and Cabot Guns in defense of our right to keep and bear arms.”

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The Mossberg 590M shotgun features a double-stack magazine ranging in capacity from 5 to 20 rounds. Double-stack shotgun magazines were first reported as “in development” back in 2012 when MD Arms’ Michael Davidson filed a patent for the innovative shotgun accessory.

Built on a classic scattergun, the new 590M is perfect for home defense, tactical training, and competition purposes. The pump-action shotgun is available in 12 gauge 2 3/4″ and comes standard with a pair of 10-round double-stack magazines.

The 5, 15, and 20 round magazines can be purchased seperately. For reference, the 5-round magazine is just 5.375″ tall while the 20-round mags are 12.65″ tall. Each mag is designed for 2 3/4″ shells only and feature a self-lubricating plastic body with steel feed lips and stabilizing ribs. The 5-round magazine weighs just under 1 lb.

Mossberg described their new weapon in their company blog,

Innovation is at the core of the 590M with the detachable magazine’s uniquely-designed, integral stabilizing ribs which engage the magazine directly to notches engineered into the receiver, ensuring a positive lock-up. The all-steel, heated-treated magazine release button and housing are optimally-positioned in front of the trigger guard for quick, ambidextrous access for unloading and reloading the 590M. The location of the mag release does not interfere with cycling of the action. The well-executed design allows for proper balance, better swing and controlled-manipulation with a full-magazine located at the center of gravity point.

Gauge: 12
Capacity: 5, 10, 15, or 20 +1
Barrel: 18.5″ Heavy-Walled
Weight: 7.75 lbs
Overall Length: 39.5″
Sight: Bead
MSRP: $721 – $801
Take a closer look at the new Mossberg 590M on the range in the video below.

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A Texas father who discovered a man raping his five-year-old daughter and beat him to death with his bare hands will not be charged with homicide under state law.

A Lavaca County grand jury decided not to press charges against the 23-year-old father in the June 9th death of Jesus Mora Flores, 47, who was killed inside a remote shack after he was caught molesting the young girl.

Under Texas state law, deadly force is authorized and indeed, justified in order to stop an aggravated sexual assault and coupled with the fact that the harrowing 911 calls made by the father back claims he even tried to save the pedophile’s life led to the grand jury’s decision.

Lavaca County sheriff’s deputies said that the father, whose name has not been released to protect the little girl’s identity, sent her and her brother to feed the family’s chickens.

The boy rushed back to tell his dad that someone had grabbed his sister and taken her to a small secluded shack and the father rushed towards his daughter’s screams and arrived to find them both with their underwear off.

No Charges: 25th Judicial District Attorney Heather McMinn, left, and Lavaca County Sheriff Mica Harmon appear at a news conference in Halletsville, Texas on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 in the aftermath of the killing

Flying into a rage, the father beat Flores unconscious, but attempted to call 911 for the rapist after he had made sure his daughter was safe.

Sheriff Micah Harmon had said in June that he was not willing to press charges against the father, rather the case would be presented to a grand jury.

At the time, Harmon said that the man was ‘very remorseful’ and didn’t know at the time he had killed Flores.

‘You have a right to defend your daughter,’ Harmon told CNN at the time. ‘The girl’s father acted in defense of his third person. Once the investigation is completed we will submit it to the district attorney who then submits it to the grand jury, who will decide if they will indict him.’

Indeed, the father is heard profanely screaming at a dispatcher who couldn’t locate the property.

Becoming increasingly frazzled, the father at one point tells the dispatcher he’s going to put the man in his truck and drive him to a hospital before sheriff’s deputies finally arrive.

V’Anne Huser, the father’s attorney, sternly told reporters several times during a news conference at the Lavaca County courthouse that neither the father nor the family will ever give interviews.

‘He’s a peaceable soul,’ Huser said. ‘He had no intention to kill anybody that day.’

The attack happened on the family’s ranch off a quiet, two-lane county road between the farming towns of Shiner and Yoakum.

Authorities say a witness saw Flores ‘forcibly carrying’ the girl into a secluded area and then scrambled to find the father. Running toward his daughter’s screams, investigators said, the father pulled Flores off his child and ‘inflicted several blows to the man’s head and neck area.’

Emergency crews found Flores’ pants and underwear pulled down on his lifeless body by the time they responded to the 911 call.

The girl was taken to a hospital and examined, and authorities say forensic evidence and witness accounts corroborated the father’s story that his daughter was being sexually molested.

‘Under the law in the state of Texas deadly force is authorized and justified in order to stop an aggravated sexual assault or sexual assault,’ District Attorney Heather McMinn told reporters in June.

‘All the evidence provided by the sheriff’s department and the Texas Rangers indicated that’s what was occurring when the victim’s father arrived at the scene,’ she said.

Authorities said he expressed regret at the killing at the time, and no evidence so far has led them to doubt his story. The girl’s grandfather agreed it had been an accident.

‘My son. Sorry,’ the grandfather told the Victoria Advocate in broken English. ‘It was an accident.’

Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon added: ‘He was very remorseful. I don’t think it was his intent for the man to die.’

Residents of the small Lavaca County town were largely in support of the father, saying the victim deserved it.

Sonny Jaehne, a Shiner native, told the Victoria Advocate: ‘He got what he deserved, big time.

Friend Mark Harabis reiterated this: ‘I agree with him totally. I would probably do worse.

‘The family will have to deal with that the rest of their lives, no matter what happens to the father. Even if they let him go, he and his child will have to deal with that the rest of their lives.’