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  • Publix wouldn't write Summa Cum Laude on graduation cake due to profanity, SC family says

    05/22/2018 1:46:37 PM PDT · 74 of 89
    ExNewsExSpook to Skywise

    Apparently, employment in the Publix bakery department requires only a room-temperature IQ.

  • ROGER STONE: "John Brennan Should Pop the Glass Capsule and Take the Cyanide Now"

    05/22/2018 1:40:20 PM PDT · 37 of 121
    ExNewsExSpook to Billthedrill

    In the words of Webb Hubbell, it’s a matter of who is “willing to roll over” again (and again) to protect Barry. There a plenty of Kool-Aid drinkers who would do anything for Zero, but there are also those who don’t want to destroy themselves—and their families—while Barack and Michelle make millions off the books and their Netflix deals.

    The biggest problem is we don’t have an attorney general. I keep looking on milk cartons for Jeff Sessions’ picture and expect to see it soon. Sessions has totally abdicated his responsibilities, unless he has somehow empaneled a secret grand jury and has competent, aggressive prosecutors digging into the mess and presenting evidence. Instead, I picture Sessions as AG-in-name-only, sitting in his big office at Justice and doing very little, while Rosenstein keeps pulling the strings.

    Sessions needs to announce his resignation as AG (after firing Rosenstein) and announce plans to run for his old Senate seat in Alabama. But before that happens, Trump needs to have a recess appointment AG nominee lined up; someone who can get in there and do the job that Little Jeff was supposed to do. If the Department was left rudderless, the shredders would be working overtime and Mueller would run wild.

    Wonder if Judge Ellis is interested in being AG?

  • ROGER STONE: "John Brennan Should Pop the Glass Capsule and Take the Cyanide Now"

    05/22/2018 1:31:52 PM PDT · 17 of 121
    ExNewsExSpook to jospehm20

    Heard the comment on Breitbart Radio (Sirius/XM) this morning and almost drove off the road. Stone doesn’t mince words, and certainly knows how to turn a phrase. And he’s 100% accurate on Brennan. And Clapper. And Comey, just to name a few.

  • Report: Trump, Rosenstein, Wray Meet at White House over 2016 Spying (post mtg statement)

    05/21/2018 3:31:18 PM PDT · 40 of 52
    ExNewsExSpook to abb

    Trump should have emerged from the meeting with their heads on a platter, and carrying a large sword.

  • Memphis Belle is saved from the scrapheap (TR)

    05/17/2018 1:31:38 PM PDT · 54 of 72
    ExNewsExSpook to bk1000

    It wasn’t the original Memphis Belle. After returning from England, it was featured (along with its crew) in a nationwide war bond tour. After the war, it was discovered sitting in a “boneyard” in Oklahoma, to be sold for scrap. To his credit, the Mayor of Memphis bought the aircraft, saved it from destruction and brought it back to the city for display.

    Unfortunately, the leaders of Memphis neglected the famed bomber. It was displayed outdoors, exposed to the elements. And vandals soon made their way inside, stealing virtually anything they could from the aircraft. Eventually, the B-17 was moved to a new exhibit area on Mud Island, in the Mississippi River, but it was still (partly) exposed to the weather and the city made no effort to restore the aircraft.

    The Air Force Museum in Dayton finally took possession of the aircraft in 2005. It has taken 13 years—and over 55,000 hours of volunteer work—to restore the “Belle” to something approaching its original condition. Many of the cockpit gauges had to be built from scratch, using original schematics.

    Very few flyable B-17s still around. Commemorative Air Force has one, based in the Houston area. Nicknamed “Texas Raider,” it rolled off the assembly line in July 1945, just before the war ended. Collings Foundation has another late-production bird that is also a regular on the air show circuit. The foundation’s bird is nicknamed “Nine O Nine,” in honor of a legendary B-17 that completed 140 combat missions without an abort or loss of a single crewman.

    You might have seen one of those B-17s at the Atlanta air show. It was definintely not the original “Memphis Belle”

  • Saving Private Ryan in 4K: easily the best way to watch Spielberg's war epic

    05/17/2018 10:42:31 AM PDT · 20 of 38
    ExNewsExSpook to Buffalo Head

    The age factor has always been an issue in Hollywood war films. Simply stated, it’s easier to go with more established actors than take a chance on younger performers in their late teens/early 20s, even if they’re the right age for the part.

    Another example of this: the classic war and legal drama, the Caine Mutiny. The parts of Maryk (Van Johnson); Keefer (Fred MacMurray), Greenwald (Jose Ferrer) and Keith (Robert Francis) were junior officers—typically men in their early 20s. Of the three, only Francis was in that age range (he was 24 at the time the film was released). Even Capt Queeg was described as a “1936 Annapolis graduate” in the book, placing the character somewhere in his early 30s. On the screen, he was portrayed by Humphrey Bogart, who was 54 at time.

  • Amazon cuts Whole Foods prices in new grocery showdown

    05/16/2018 2:44:00 PM PDT · 47 of 58
    ExNewsExSpook to Slyfox

    Still amazed that Amazon has a staggering market valuation for a company that turns very little in the way of profit, at least in comparison to its tech rivals. A headline from earlier this week said it all: Apple generated more profit in the March quarter than Amazon has in its entire existence.

    Sooner or later, the bubble has to burst.

  • Tom Wolfe: “You’re Either On the Bus… Or Off the Bus”

    05/16/2018 8:30:51 AM PDT · 17 of 19
    ExNewsExSpook to MHT

    If you haven’t read “The Right Stuff,” I highly recommend it. History of the early days of the manned space program, against the parallel track of USAF test pilots at Edwards AFB, CA. Wolfe does a marvelous job at chronicling the confidence, ambition, fears, tragedies and triumph that accompanied our entry into space. Chuck Yeager owes his second career (as the living embodiment of the “right stuff” to Tom Wolfe.

    BTW, the film adaptation of “Bonfire” was terrible. Philip Kaufman did a much better job with “The Right Stuff.” Interestingly, the first draft of the script (by noted screen writer Bo Goldman) focused only on the Mercury astronauts and ignored Yeager altogether. Kaufman rejected Goldman’s effort, rewrote the script himself, and included the Yeager element as well. Great film, based on an unforgettable book.

  • Taco Bell Beat Out Chipotle As America's Favorite Mexican Restaurant

    05/15/2018 6:16:54 AM PDT · 42 of 76
    ExNewsExSpook to dead

    I see your cat food and raise the ante. Too bad the choices in the survey were limited, because coming off the culinary top turnbuckle—with a folding chair—is the ultimate non-Mexican/Mexican offering that no one can resist, the Jack-in-the-Box deep fried taco.

    The chain sells over 500 million tacos a year. No one is quite sure what’s in them, but once you take a bite, you can’t put them down.

  • Former senator Harry Reid undergoes surgery for pancreatic cancer

    05/14/2018 2:42:55 PM PDT · 33 of 94
    ExNewsExSpook to LongWayHome

    Jobs prolonged his life by undergoing a liver transplant, after his pancreas was removed.

    There was considerable controversy as to how Jobs jumped to the top of the transplant list. He received a liver at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, shortly after going on the list. The hospital received a $40 million dollar anonymous donation after Jobs underwent his transplant, and it was later reporter that his surgeon bought the Memphis mansion (where Jobs recuperated) at a bargain price. He also lived there rent-free for two years before purchasing the house, and an Apple attorney paid his utilities during the period.

    If I had Jobs’ resources, I would have done the same thing. Ironically, many cancer specialists believe Jobs would have lived even longer if he had placed less faith in natural remedies, and opted for more traditional treatment sooner. As it was, Jobs lived over seven years with the disease; most patients don’t last 12 months.


    05/13/2018 6:14:59 PM PDT · 82 of 82
    ExNewsExSpook to Captain Peter Blood

    Cannell was very prolific—and successful—but you can’t compare his talent as a TV writer to that of Rod Serling.

    BTW, Cannell cut his teeth as a writer working for Jack Webb on “Dragnet.” Webb was another producer who knew a thing or two about cranking out episodic television, on a very tight schedule. When Jack was directing an episode, he would often finish the day’s shooting by noon, and spend the rest of the day in his office with selected members of the cast and crew, drinking swapping stories and listening to jazz. Webb knew what he wanted and hired actors, writers and production techs who could deliver.


    05/11/2018 1:06:10 PM PDT · 30 of 82
    ExNewsExSpook to nopardons

    The quality of “Twilight Zone” is even more impressive when you consider that Rod Serling wrote or adapted 99 of the 156 episodes. That is a prodigious output, in an era when series averaged 39 new episodes a year, compared to just 22 today.

    Got to wonder if that strain—coupled with the smoking—contributed to Serling’s untimely death in 1975. There are a number of very good writers working in TV today, but none will every match the output—or the quality—of Rod Serling. It is simply staggering that most of his best work was produced over an eight-year period, beginning in 1956 (with the breakthrough live drama “Patterns”) and ending with cancellation of “The Twilight Zone” in 1964.

  • Special Operators Predict AC-130J Will Be 'Most Requested' Aircraft

    05/10/2018 9:39:20 AM PDT · 38 of 44
    ExNewsExSpook to MarchonDC09122009

    AC-130s won’t be sent (knowingly) into the S-300/S-400 SAM envelope. They carry a very good ECM suite, but you don’t want something with the RCS of a gunship in the heart of an advanced SAM threat. ECM should be effective against an old threat like the S-200/SA-5. Obviously, the gunship is most effective in a “permissive” air defense environment where light/medium AAA and MANPAD SAMs are the primary threat.

    Worth remembering we lost an AC-130 in first Gulf War; aircraft commander was relatively new and very aggressive; elected to remain on station after sunrise (very rare for a gunship) and keep pounding the enemy. An SA-14 (MANPAD) brought down the aircraft; entire crew was lost.

    Also recall an AC-130 operating over Bosnia during the Balkan operation in the ‘90s that got quite a scare, and wound up with aircraft being grounded for months. The scare came from an SA-6 lock; the mobile SAM system was the biggest concern for most of us flying overland. Not that the SA-6 was a world-beater; by that time, it’s capabilities were well known and various ECM programs were effective against it. But as a mobile system, could pop up literally anywhere and take a shot in its optical mode. Radar warnings would be very late, making it tougher to defeat the threat.

    On the night in question, the AC-130 was flying over northern Bosnia when its radar warning receiver (RWR) lit up like a Christmas tree. Indications suggested the gunship had been locked up by an SA-6 Straight Flush target tracking radar (not sure if they received missile launch signals). While the ECM pod did its magic, the AC began maneuvering the aircraft in an attempt to break radar lock. In the process, he over-G’ed the AC-130. The plane made it back to its base in Italy, but it required a lengthy inspection and repair effort to get it back into the air.

  • House Republicans had a bad night – can they prevent a bad November?

    05/10/2018 7:19:47 AM PDT · 30 of 48
    ExNewsExSpook to Salvavida

    Pergram is FNC’s producer on Capitol Hill. I’ve seen a few of his on-camera appearances, and it’s evident he’d be much more at home on CNN. Apparently, Chad didn’t get the memo that the Dims lead on the generic Congressional ballot has evaporated, and it’s game on for November.

  • He had $55,000 in student loans, now he owes $330,000 ... Here's how it happened

    05/07/2018 6:34:20 AM PDT · 32 of 47
    ExNewsExSpook to JoSixChip

    Your case illustrates needed reforms in the student loan business. Obviously, you pursued—and completed—a demanding degree with high value in the marketplace. Yet, you paid the same interest rates as future barristas earning worthless degrees in gender studies, sociology, and art history.

    My proposal is to cut—or even eliminate—interest on student loans being used to fund degrees in high-demand fields, assuming the student maintains at least a 3.0 GPA (I’d be willing to go a bit lower for fields like Double-E). And, I’d also be willing to forgive the balance after a specified number of years for engineers working for firms that hold government contractors, or those employed with federal agencies.

    At the other end of the spectrum, I’d charge interest (at used car loan/bad credit score rates) to students using loans to finance worthless degrees. Yes, you can still get that diploma in women’s studies, but you’ll be paying 15-25% interest. So, you can keep paying for your mistake for years to come after graduation. And who knows? Living in mom and dad’s basement into your 50s might inspire you to go back to school and learn a new skill like plumbing, HVAC repair or being an electrician, something that will help you get a real job and actually contribute to society—other than that scintillating thesis on “Queer Traditions in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

  • 2 reported dead in Savannah cargo plane crash

    05/03/2018 2:46:37 PM PDT · 25 of 25
    ExNewsExSpook to Old Forester

    I was a crew dog in the 7th ACCS at Keesler back in the mid-90s, before the unit moved to Davis-Monthan and was re-designated the 42nd ACCS. We shared an ops building at Keesler with the weather guys, and I’m sure I passed that weather bird many times on the ramp, enroute to one of our aircraft.

    The Herk that went down in Savannah rolled off the Lockheed assembly line in 1965. When I was with the 7th/42nd, most of our “tails” were assembled in 62, and all had flown with the squadron when it was in Vietnam. During a sortie over Bosnia, I was part of a crew that took one of our airframes past the 30,000 flying hour mark—and that was 24 years ago. Of course, flying a racetrack orbit at altitude didn’t put much stress on the airframe, but 30,000 hours is still a lot of flying time.

    Amazingly, several of our “vintage” Herks were converted to HC-130s after the 42nd was inactivated in 2002 and soldiered on for many more years after that.

  • ‘I can’t afford an apartment’: Congressmen sleeping in offices cry poverty

    05/02/2018 11:45:09 AM PDT · 109 of 132
    ExNewsExSpook to Ace's Dad

    Retired Air Force here; the last place we want Congressional critters bunking is a VOQ. First, it will have to undergo “remodeling” to meet their standards. And you’ll have to add amenities (gym, commissary, clinic, etc) because we can’t expect our elected leaders to use base facilities alongside military members. Next, they will want on-base housing for their staff members and God-knows-what-else.

    Ask any base commander in the D.C. area if they’d like to have members of Congress in their VOQ, or see a Congressional housing compound on their installation. Their answer will be not only “no,” but “hell, no.”

  • ‘I can’t afford an apartment’: Congressmen sleeping in offices cry poverty

    05/02/2018 11:38:51 AM PDT · 106 of 132
    ExNewsExSpook to marron

    I’m less concerned about a Congressmen sleeping in their office than someone like Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell or Barack Obama, who began their political lives with modest means, and become multi-millionaires while “working for the government.”

  • 2 reported dead in Savannah cargo plane crash

    05/02/2018 11:34:07 AM PDT · 18 of 25
    ExNewsExSpook to Squantos

    If the aircraft was headed for the Boneyard (and retirement from active service), that only compounds the tragedy. Prayers for those airmen and their loved ones, from someone who flew aging Herks back in the day.

    Various databases indicate the aircraft was a weather recce bird for much of its career, assigned to the famous “Hurricane Hunters” of the 53rd WRS at Keesler AFB, MS. When that squadron upgraded to the newer J model, some of the older WC-13oH’s were transferred to the Puerto Rico ANG. Reportedly, the PR unit has some of the oldest Herks in the inventory, and it’s quite likely the 53-year-old bird was heading to D-M for final disposal in the Boneyard.

  • Sources: Kim agrees to meet Trump at DMZ

    05/01/2018 3:27:46 PM PDT · 67 of 72
    ExNewsExSpook to fishtank

    Agree; DMZ is practically KJU’s backyard, with trappings of his regime visible all around. We should make Rocketman get on an airplane and fly to a neutral site, whether it’s Singapore or Mongolia. KJU, like his father and grandfather, is deathly afraid of flying due to assassination concerns. And his “newest” airliners are old Soviet models that would underscore the “state” of Kim’s regime when it pulled up next to Air Force One.

    The “Peace Village” was fine for the KJU-Moon summit, but the wrong place for a meeting with Trump. Singapore would have been an ideal location, in my view, since it is a) a close US ally and b) underscores what has been achieved in Asia by following the model of democracy and free market economics.