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  • Star Player in Algeria Dies; Hit by Object at Game

    08/28/2014 2:03:48 PM PDT · 13 of 15
    ExNewsExSpook to nickcarraway

    Civility ends at the stadium entrance, at least in Baton Rouge and Tuscaloosa. There’s a long-running debate in the SEC as to which fans are the most obnoxious: LSU’s or Alabama’s.

  • Who really took more vacation days: Bush or Obama?

    08/28/2014 12:30:03 PM PDT · 38 of 65
    ExNewsExSpook to Phillyred

    According to the Obama Golf Counter, Barry has played 192 rounds since taking office, when you add that to his “official” vacation days, he’s at 317 days off since taking office, and he has almost 2 1/2 years left in the White House. By the time he leaves, his golf and vacation days will far surpass George W. Bush.

  • Who really took more vacation days: Bush or Obama?

    08/28/2014 12:24:25 PM PDT · 34 of 65
    ExNewsExSpook to Phillyred

    Here’s a comparison the media won’t make (for obvious reasons). Add Obama’s vacation days AND all those rounds of golf. We know that Barry is lazy (he reportedly doesn’t arrive at the Oval Office until 10 am, and his official schedule is the lightest of any modern president). So, any day on links is a day of no work.

    A century ago, Theodore Roosevelt had a White House staff that was a fraction of what it was today. He handled his own correspondence and did much of the staff work as well. Roosevelt typically finished his work day at noon and spent the afternoons playing with his kids. It’s not how long you work, it’s a matter of working smart, except Zero never works, in the White House or anywhere else.

    Put another way, Obama is the first commander-in-chief on permanent vacation since the day he took office.

  • Star Player in Algeria Dies; Hit by Object at Game

    08/28/2014 12:13:15 PM PDT · 4 of 15
    ExNewsExSpook to nickcarraway

    Sounds like a crowd for a night game at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. A few years back, a ref was knocked cold by a whiskey bottle thrown out of the stands during an LSU game, and players from the opposing teams were told to wear their helmets on the sidelines—even if there was no chance they would get in the game. All sorts of things were known to come flying out of the stands at LSU.

  • F-15C Crash in Western Virginia. Pilot's Fate Unknown.

    08/27/2014 11:40:44 AM PDT · 9 of 28
    ExNewsExSpook to Pentagon Leatherneck
    AP said there was a brief emergency call from the pilot before contact was lost. Whatever happened, it happened very quickly.

    Brings to mind the longeron failure that caused the crash of a Missouri ANG F-15 back in 2007 and grounded much of the Eagle fleet around the world for several months. That pilot managed to eject, but he suffered a broken arm, a broken shoulder and other injuries. Here's a video simulation of what it looked like when that F-15 broke apart.

    Too early to say what caused today's crash (with any certainty) but the early information suggests some sort of catastrophic failure that incapacitated the pilot.

  • BREAKING Officials: Military aircraft crashed in Augusta County

    08/27/2014 7:41:12 AM PDT · 7 of 26
    ExNewsExSpook to HossB86

    Would have to be an F-15; there is a single squadron “Eagles” based at Langley AFB in Hampton, along with two squadrons of F-22s. The fighter unit they belong to is a blended organization of the 1st Fighter Wing (active duty) and the 192nd Fighter Wing (Virginia Air National Guard).

    Other possibility is an F-15E Strike Eagle from Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina.

  • bloodbath at cnn, hln: axing of 550 jobs 'imminent'

    08/25/2014 2:55:23 PM PDT · 58 of 84
    ExNewsExSpook to Interesting Times

    It was reported earlier today that Time-Warner was in talks with Glenn Beck about selling HLN to him, or distributing his network over what is now HLN. The talks were serious, but apparently ended when Beck wouldn’t pay what Time-Warner was asking.

    If a MSM outlet is on the verge of selling out to a conservative, you know times are tough.

  • At Brown’s impoverished high school, students try to make gains against odds

    08/25/2014 2:45:45 PM PDT · 74 of 75
    ExNewsExSpook to Above My Pay Grade

    There are several reasons. First, principals, superintendents and school boards live in abject fear of lawyers, the NAACP, the ACLU and anybody else willing to go to bat for the thugs. Let them run wild in school, but avoid the lawsuit at all costs.

    Secondly, there’s a little dirty secret in school funding that administrators don’t like to talk about. Much of the federal funds that make their way to the local district are based on the number of kids participating in the school lunch program. The more kids eating free or reduced meals, the more federal dollars you receive. If you began mass expulsions to restore order—and it’s needed in many districts—the schools would lose money because the gangstas and gangsta-wannabes (of all races) are no longer in school.

    Lastly (as we saw with that principal in NYC last year), too many teachers and administrators are just punching the clock and pulling time until they can collect their pensions. Absentee princpals like the one in New York are still a minority (in the sense that she rarely showed up for work), but there are plenty that hide in their offices and tell the teachers to deal with it. There are also thousands of teachers who gave up teaching and let the kids do as they please. They’ve got tenure (and they’re in tight with the principal), so there’s no reason to fear for their jobs.

    In fairness, there are still public schools that work—one of my grandkids goes to a school that was ranked among the top 250 in the nation. The key is parental involvment and accountability. My granddaughter’s district has overflow PTA meetings and a waiting list of teachers who want to work there. When you have involved parents, excellent teachers and responsible administrators, schools can do their job. Unfortunately, those systems are becoming increasingly rare, particularly in urban areas (with parochial schools being the exception).

  • At Brown’s impoverished high school, students try to make gains against odds

    08/25/2014 9:58:00 AM PDT · 10 of 75
    ExNewsExSpook to Second Amendment First

    Voucher programs are tailor-made for Ms. Clemons’s sons. Instead, they are sentenced to failing schools and all the pathologies that come with it.

    I taught in a school system similar to Normandy for three years after retiring from the military. I still remember the students who tried to get an education against all odds.

    I wonder what Michael Brown’s academic school disciplinary records looked like? I’m sure the “gentle giant” and aspiring strong-arm robber was a model student and a role model for the other “yuts.”

    The only way to “fix” schools like the ones in Ferguson is with rigid discipline and liberal expulsions of the young thugs—most of them on a permanent basis. Get rid of the hoodlums and schools will improve overnight. Roughly 6% of the students are responsible for almost 70% of the serious disciplinary problems at school. Most federal judges would disagree, but those thugs do not have a right to a “free” education on the taxpayer’s dime.

  • First Openly Gay NFL Draftee Michael Sam May Not Make the Team

    08/25/2014 9:20:51 AM PDT · 75 of 93
    ExNewsExSpook to TangledUpInBlue

    Kudos to the Rams for (apparently) making the decision on Sam’s football skills, not political correctness. As others have observed, Sam just doesn’t have the physical tools to be a DL in the NFL; too small to play inside; too short for a DE and too slow to play OLB. Absolutely no reason to keep a player like that on your roster.

    Having said all that, the Rams could easily put Sam on the practice squad and avoid all the negative press that will come with cutting the NFL’s first openly gay player. Of course, that makes no football sense; the practice squad is for players who show promise and could make the active roster with a little more development. Unfortunately for Michael Sam, he’s not going to get any taller or faster and if he adds weight, he’ll never make it as a DE—and get manhandled by bigger OL if he tried to play as a DT or nose tackle.

    However, don’t discount the possibility of Roger Goodell intervening if Sam is cut by the Rams. The commissioner may lean on some owner or GM who owes him a favor and get them to take Sam as a back-up DL.

  • Inside the Democrats' Plan to save Arkansas - And the Senate

    08/25/2014 6:48:04 AM PDT · 17 of 38
    ExNewsExSpook to Din Maker

    Straight out of the Obama playbook...after the 2008 campaign, Obama’s handlers maintained full-time staff in battleground states like Ohio, Florida and Virginia, while the GOP shuttered its offices and waited until 2012. Of course, that gave the Dims a huge advantage four years later, while Republicans were playing catch-up (again).

    I’m not sure how much of a permanent presence the Democrats have had in Arkansas since 2008 or 2012. But when you have a permanent campaign organization, it’s easier to mobilize the required foot soldiers and get them to the next contest.

    Having spent a part of my life in the Land of Opportunity, I’ll make a little prediction. Those field offices are concentrated in Little Rock, Pine Bluff and the Delta counties. The Obama/Pryor machine knows everyone in those areas who are registered Democrats, or have voted for the Dims in past elections, dead or alive. And they will turn out to vote in record numbers in November, probably surpassing the 100% turnout we saw in some Obama precincts two years ago.

    The GOP better put some money in this race and mobilize their own voters for the fall. Tom Cotton should have a much wider lead, and if he’s only 2-3 points ahead on election day, he may very well lose, since that puts the race in the “MOF” or margin of fraud.

  • Singapore probably has up to 40 F-15SGs

    08/25/2014 5:39:13 AM PDT · 14 of 23
    ExNewsExSpook to SunkenCiv

    A friend of mine from my Air Force days was an F-5 instructor at Williams AFB, AZ, back in the days when “Willie” was still open, and we trained foreign F-5 pilots at that installation.

    He told me the pilots from Singapore were far and away the best students in every class. Their flying skills were top-notch and when they weren’t in the cockpit, they were in the books, far more than any other group of pilots. He also told me the Jordanians were very good, largely because King Hussein personally managed his nation’s Air Force and hand-picked the pilots who trained in the U.S.

    At the other end of the spectrum, he said Saudi and Mexican pilots ranged from borderline competent to downright dangerous. Most viewed the Williams training program as little more than a high-speed flying club, and that his how they approached their flight training and academics. Said it was a real adventure getting some of those “students” through the course.

  • Why Is It So Hard for Employers to Fill These Jobs?

    08/24/2014 9:57:50 AM PDT · 101 of 179
    ExNewsExSpook to COBOL2Java

    Just another example of political correctness and misplaced priorities in our “government schools.”

    In my current job, I’m actively involved in workforce development and employee training. All of the figures cited in the article are true; there are more than 500,000 high-tech manufacturing jobs that can’t be filled because most American workers lack the education and skills. And they can’t be filled by illegals coming across the southern border, though you can find some qualified candidates through legal immigration and targeted recruitment.

    This problem has been building for a generation. First, we took shop and vocational classes out of our schools in favor of self-esteem training and other worthless subjects. Then we de-emphasized math and science in middle and high schools.

    I taught seventh grade for three years after retiring from the military; my subjects were history and career studies, but I helped tutor in math. In our school (a poor district in the south), we had scores of students who couldn’t do three-column addition and subtraction, let alone multiply or divide. If you haven’t mastered those basic skills by middle school (where I taught), you will never learn algebra and geometry, which are required for many of the high-tech manufacturing training programs. And with the dumbing-down of science curricula, very few high school grads have the basic knowledge of electricity and physics required for advanced manufacturing.

    And it gets even worse; many of the young skulls full of mush lack basic “work” skills, i.e., no one has ever taught them you’re supposed to show up for work on time, properly dressed and follow the instructions from your boss. So, various community colleges are charging employers to train their entry-level workers on basic work skills.

    There was an interesting article in “The New York Times” (oddly enough) about various government programs to train workers for vocational and industrial jobs. The Times found a couple of reports that determined many of the programs are missing the mark, because they are not focused on the needs of industry, or have low completion and placement rates.

    There are a few good programs that produce trained workers with the right skills. Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia has operated an apprentice school for almost 100 years. The school trains young people in the various trades associated with building naval vessels; the apprentices get classroom training and on-the-job experience and they’re paid while they are in school. After two years, graduates are qualified for entry-level jobs and they are not required to go to work for Newport News Shipbuilding. Most do, however, and the company has a 10-year retention rate (among grads) of roughly 80%.

  • Ret USAF General Warns of Possible 9/11/14 Coming

    08/23/2014 1:24:43 PM PDT · 65 of 125
    ExNewsExSpook to Innovative
    Forget about the general’s comments for a moment; in recent days, we've had an “unnamed” U.S. intelligence official tell CNN that ISIS cells are now operational in Europe, and may be used to attack U.S. interests in that region. Additionally, former CIA officer Bob Baer says he has been told “with no uncertainty” that ISIS sleeper cells have already arrived in the U.S.

    When the southern border is wide open—and our ICE agents have been relegated to baby-sitting duty—infiltrating the U.S. is a piece of cake. Of course, Barry Zero told us that ISIS is nothing more than the terrorist jayvee squad. They have thousands of new recruits; they've overrrun much of eastern Syria and northern Iraq; they have over $500 million in the bank and earn millions more a day by selling oil on the world market.

    If those guys are the “B” team, I would hate to see the terror varsity squad.

    As my handle implies, I am a former intel analyst. Been out of the game for several years, but I've never seen a threat metastasize as quickly as ISIS--and our national leadership is asleep at the switch, by choice.

  • Divers identify sunken vessel as World War II wreck of USS Houston where 700 troops perished

    08/23/2014 12:26:06 PM PDT · 25 of 26
    ExNewsExSpook to BenLurkin

    When I read the story, I thought about the various Islamic terrorist groups that have a presence throughout Indonesia. When the Houston went down, her #3 turret was out of commission after being damaged in an earlier air attack. During the last two battles, crew members manhandled 8-inch shells from the rear turret to the front turrets that were still in commission.

    Raising 8-inch shells from the ocean floor would be difficult, but not impossible. Of course, seven decades in salt water doesn’t make ordnance more stable, but the Islamists might be willing to try to get their hands on large-caliber shells.

    There was a wreath-laying at the site last year, involving senior Navy and Marine officers, but the location was not acknowledged as the resting place of the Houston until this week. Quite possible that EOD crews and divers have spent the last year on the site to remove ordnance and prevent future access to the ship’s magazines.

  • Linda Stasi: Robin Williams’ $30M alimony to ex-wives contributed to death [What did he owe them?]

    08/21/2014 9:02:40 AM PDT · 56 of 102
    ExNewsExSpook to SeekAndFind

    Mr. Williams deserves a good chunk of the blame, for hiring bad attorneys and accepting crummy legal advice. Apparently, he was willing to keep ex-wives 1 and 2 attached to his bank account forever, so they kept getting a check every month. I believe he dumped his first wife in 1988 (because she caught him having an affair with the baby sitter, who became wife #2). And I’m sure those monthly checks were sufficient to keep her in a comfortable lifestyle. Plus, he was on the hook for child support to both wives as well.

    You’d think someone would have suggested a pre-nup agreement after the first marriage, or trying to impose some sort of time limit on alimony payments. Maybe Williams just wanted to move on and was willing to do whatever it took. Back in the 80s, he probably thought he’d be a movie star forever, with the income to match. But by the time of his second divorce, his career was already on the downhill slope. At that point, with his kids grown and assets to protect, you’d think he would have hired a legal shark and gone to war.

    From what I’ve heard, Robin Williams blew through money like s-— through a goose. He had a massive estate in the Napa Valley that has been on the market for years; 600 acres of land (including vineyards) and a huge house. The mortgage and upkeep on that place must have been astounding.

    He also freely gave money to friends in trouble. After Christopher Reeve and his wife died, Williams paid most of the bills for their son, despite the fact that his friends were still had significant assets, despite Reeve’s paralyzing injury and his wife’s sudden death from lung cancer.

    At the time of his death, Williams was living in a house he inherited from his mother. That alone speaks volumes about his financial position. I’m guessing long-term alimony payments were just one of the financial straws that helped push him over the edge.

    A lawyer friend of mine told me “there is no such thing as am amicable divorce. You’re going to war and be prepared to fight for everything you have, including your kids and your assets.” Luckily, I’ve been married to the same woman for more than 30 years, and I’ve never had to follow that advice.

  • Don Pardo, the Voice of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Dies at 96

    08/19/2014 11:57:05 AM PDT · 32 of 37
    ExNewsExSpook to JennysCool

    Groucho Marx called him the “second-wittiest man on TV”
    Cullen still holds the record for hosting the most game shows—23 in all. He was also a long-time pilot who served as a civilian aviation instructor during World War II.

  • Don Pardo, the Voice of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Dies at 96

    08/19/2014 11:53:11 AM PDT · 31 of 37
    ExNewsExSpook to fella

    Pardo began working at NBC in a staff announcer, his duties included reading various newscasts and war updates. He was never sent overseas to cover the war. Most of his newscasts were in the evening; as a junior announcer on the staff, he typically worked the sign-off shift.

  • Don Pardo, the Voice of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Dies at 96

    08/19/2014 11:49:41 AM PDT · 29 of 37
    ExNewsExSpook to beaversmom

    Originally, it was believed there were no copies of Pardo reading the first bulletins of the JFK assassination. NBC didn’t have the capability (back in those days) to go live from their newsroom, so an editor grabbed some AP copy and ran to Pardo in the announce booth and told him to read it while an NBC News title card appeared on the air.

    Pardo actually read two bulletins on the air before NBC could get Chet Huntley, Frank McGee and Bill Ryan into a small studio and move their cameras to that location.

    As someone who spent part of his career slaving over a hot microphone, Pardo’s “read” is very impressive. Imagine being told you’ve got to break a major news story and keep providing updates until the network can get their “journalists” on the air. Pardo delivered the bulletins without so much as being able to preview the copy, and did it in a very straight-forward, professional style.

    Imagine if you gave the same AP flash to someone like Shepard Smith or one of the talking heads on CNN or MSNBC. The results would have been much different—and far from professional.

  • Sympathizer Ron Johnson Put in Charge of Restraining Ferguson Mob

    08/18/2014 6:28:23 PM PDT · 29 of 49
    ExNewsExSpook to GeronL

    Nuclear face palm, indeed. I grew up in Missouri, though I’m proud to say it was far from the St. Louis area. This is about what you’d expect from a Democrat administration in Jefferson City, dealing with a crisis in a city that holds the mother lode of Dim votes in a general election.

    When events in Ferguson spun out of control, Governor Nixon (D) had a simple choice: mobilize the national guard, and use an overwhelming presence of armed troops to restore order. Instead, he sent in a Missouri Highway Patrol affirmative action hire who spent most of his time “hanging” with the rioters and under-cutting the local police department. In fact, the highway patrol was so “successful” their presence led to some of the worst rioting so far.

    And the media were willing conspirators. KSDK-TV aired the location of the officer’s house and it was quickly picked up by CNN. Incidentally, KSDK is owned by Gannett, not NBC, but the station’s news managers seemed to have learned their journalistic values from the network. I’ve heard that Channel 5 has apologized (after the damage was done) but CNN has declined.

    Of course, that’s small potatoes compared to Al Sharpton’s dual presence as activist and commentator on MSNBC.

  • Ebola is ‘vastly’ worse than anyone first thought...

    08/15/2014 7:22:52 AM PDT · 11 of 25
    ExNewsExSpook to jpsb

    I’m not a biomedical researcher, or a contagious disease specialist, but the numbers you quote are well known to the WHO, the White House, the Pentagon and other government organizations.

    And that brings me to a little connection that many people failed to make. When it was announced that the two American medical missionaries would receive the experimental treatment drug, someone asked Barry if it would be shared with various Africa countries. He hemmed and hawed for a bit, then said said something to the effect that the countries ravaged by Ebola don’t have the ability to properly utilize the drug. That produced a mini-uproar among various African leaders and health officials, and the subject was quickly dropped.

    I rather doubt the San Diego firm that developed the treatment drug can produce it in large quantities. The two missionaries were brought back to the states to serve as guinea pigs, to see if it works (and in Dr. Brantley’s case, the results appear promising). The U.S. government plans to buy up the entire output of the San Diego company and reserve the medication for senior government officials and selected family members.

    Barry’s little faux pas confirms what everyone knows: with our refusal to quarrantine and impose travel restrictions and take other, essential precautions, the spread of Ebola to the U.S. is inevitable, and “our government” is gearing up for expected outbreaks by protecting the elites.

  • NBC News’ David Gregory Renews Contract As Host Of Meet The Press (Flashback 2013)

    08/14/2014 2:38:03 PM PDT · 8 of 11
    ExNewsExSpook to jimbo123

    Yeah, Ann Curry had a long-term deal with NBC when they dumped her from the Today show. She’s still on the payroll, but I can’t remember the last time I saw her on an NBC News broadcast. If Gregory’s ratings continue to crater, he will also be placed in the broadcast news equivalent of the witness protection program.

    One more thing: Gregory ought to give his agent a bonus. It’s quite a feat to get a long-term deal for a TV personality who has taken an iconic franchise from first to worst in only four years. The Brit now running NBC News must be an absolute idiot if she thinks any other network was about to “steal” Gregory away.

    Interestingly enough, “Meet the Press” is still #1 (most Sundays) in Washington, D.C. market, followed by Fox News Sunday. But that’s largely because the local NBC-owned station (WRC) usually wins the local ratings battles, and not because Gregory has legions of fans who faithfully tune in. Nationwide, MTP is getting killed, and NBC won’t keep Gregory in the anchor chair indefinitely, even if he has a long-term deal.

  • US: Airstrikes Worked, Iraqi Rescue Unnecessary

    08/14/2014 5:31:13 AM PDT · 23 of 36
    ExNewsExSpook to edpc

    Nail, meet hammer. If most of the refugees have left the mountain, where did they go? ISIS still controls the area around the mountain, so Christians and Yazidis who leave the high ground will face the same deprivations that forced them to flee in the first place.

    In fact, their departure is (yet) another stinging rebuke of Hobama. They had been waiting for the U.S. to take the lead and get them from the mountain to a safe haven (probably in Kurdish territory), but all we did was drop humanitarian aid. The Yazidis and Christians, like many around the world, have discovered that the U.S. in a completely unreliable partner and you may be better off facing the terrorists on your own, rather than waiting for Uncle Sam.

    Also, the “report” from our SOF teams on conditions among the refugees seems devoid of one salient fact: how many have died on that mountain, and how many more may soon pass away due to exposure, starvation, thirst, etc.

    I have no doubt the SF personnel who conducted the survey did a professional job. But I also get the feeling their report got “massaged” as it moved up the chain of command, to build a case against wider military effort.

  • Navy: Deployed CO Retreated to Cabin for Weeks

    08/13/2014 5:06:53 PM PDT · 105 of 119
    ExNewsExSpook to PapaBear3625

    The Cowpens must be an unlucky ship; one of the previous CO’s was no other than “horrible” Holly Graf who was fired for physically and verbally abusing the crew, and falsifying the ship’s log.

    After Horrible Holly, an absentee skipper might have been a welcome reprieve. Still, that doesn’t excuse his conduct as a CO. One thing I admire the Navy for: unlike my old branch (the USAF), the naval service is quick to get rid of COs, XOs and CMCs who don’t measure up.

  • Hamas Detonates IDF Dud, Kills Italian AP Reporter

    08/13/2014 9:51:59 AM PDT · 20 of 32
    ExNewsExSpook to DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

    I’ve got a caption for your photo: “The Moment Before Pink Mist.”

  • Hamas Detonates IDF Dud, Kills Italian AP Reporter

    08/13/2014 9:49:58 AM PDT · 18 of 32
    ExNewsExSpook to elhombrelibre

    I was never an EOD tech, but I’ve worked with enough to know some of the basic rules of the game. Upon finding unexploded ordnance:

    1) Establish a perimeter around the device; put security in place

    2) Evacuate all unnecessary personnel (including civilians)

    3) Ensure everyone except EOD stays outside the perimeter (including pesky reporters)

    4) EOD takes required steps to render the device safe, while taking all necessary safety precautions

    5) Remove the disarmed device or blow in place, as the situation warrants

    6) Once the area is cleared, remove the perimeter and allow other military personnel and/or civilians back into the zone

    Compare that to the “dud” in Gaza. The “experts” probably stumbled across a 500 or 2,000 pound bomb and figured they had the explosives for their next IED or car bomb. No perimeter around the weapon and I wouldn’t be surprised if they invited the AP videographer to document their work. I’m also guessing the AP staffer was sympathetic to the Palestinian cause, so he agreed. If the “journalist” accepted such an invitation, he was an absolute fool, and paid for it with his life.

  • How Richard Nixon Helped Save Israel (EXCERPT)

    08/13/2014 8:59:01 AM PDT · 21 of 23
    ExNewsExSpook to Ancesthntr

    It has been well documented that Israel was on the verge of using nukes at the darkest moments of the Yom Kippur War.

    With the Syrians advancing on the Golan and the Egypt’s successful push across the Suez Canal, the Israeli position was dire; the IDF had lost a significant number of aircraft due to the SA-6 missile system which had been supplied to Egypt, and armor units took heavy losses from anti-tank missiles.

    There are two versions of the story; the first says that Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, fresh from a visit to the Golan front, was badly shaken by Israeli setbacks and urged Golda Meir to ready the nuclear option, but she refused.!

    This version slightly contradicts earlier accounts, which suggested that PM Meir had ordered the assembly of some air-delivered weapons. At least one former U.S. official has also reported that Israeli Jericho missiles were placed on heightened alert; they were also capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.

    The unsung heroes in all of this were the aircrews, maintainers and support personnel of the USAF’s Military Airlift Command (MAC) and the SAC tankers that provided in-flight refueling. After President Nixon gave the order, M-60s were pulled out of our armored battalions, loaded on C-5s and sent to Israel. F-4s were pulled out of Air Force squadrons at Seymour Johnson, Eglin and Nellis and flown to Lod Airport in Israel. They arrived with USAF markings and most flew in combat with the Star of David over the American camouflage paint scheme.

    The airlift saved Israel, and made the nuclear option unnecessary. It also highlighted the value of the much-maligned C-5A Galaxy; no other airlifter could carry tanks and other out-sized cargo such long distances.

  • Farmer may hold UFO clue to 36-year Valentich plane mystery

    08/12/2014 10:59:15 AM PDT · 24 of 34
    ExNewsExSpook to Theoria

    Paging Art Bell and George Noory....

  • Food fight: Military leaders deploying to save Michelle O’s school lunch overhaul

    08/12/2014 9:27:10 AM PDT · 25 of 37
    ExNewsExSpook to Parmy
    Sadly, you are correct. This “group” came out of the woodwork shortly after Zero took office and they've been willing shills for “education reform” and Moochelle’s school lunch program.

    To be fair, many of the problems they crusade against are very real. It's hard to have a world-class military when barely 25% of the “yuts” in the prime recruiting cohort (18-25 year olds) qualify for military service. Many have past criminal records that prevent them from enlisting; others have been on psychotropic medications for ADD/HD for years, they are chronically obese, or they simply can't score high enough on the ASVAB to enter the service (BTW, minimum composite scores for entering the Army and Marine Corps are 30 and 31, respectively; slightly higher for the other branches).

    The problem with these former flag officers is their “solutions” are more of the same: just pile on more layers of big government programs and everything will be fine. Let's implement common core and let Michelle Obama set the lunch room menu—that's the ticket.

    If this group was truly interested in reform, they would be campaigning for education vouchers, more charter schools, an end to teachers’ unions, mandatory, five-day-a-week physical education and a return of technical and vocational programs in all middle and high schools. As for nutrition, one balanced meal for lunch, and if the kids don't like it, let them bring something from home. One reason kids are fat is that some school systems feed them three times a day (on the taxpayer dime) and they eat again when they go home.

    One more note about these retired generals and admirals: as with politicians, follow the money. You'd be surprised at the number who work for companies, non-profits or consulting firms that will profit handsomely from Common Core and similar programs. In many cases, that altruistic streak runs right through their bank account.

  • Rest in peace, and thank you, Robin Williams

    08/12/2014 5:33:39 AM PDT · 29 of 33
    ExNewsExSpook to Doctor 2Brains

    Apparently, his second divorce cleaned him out; Williams put a huge estate in Napa Valley on the market earlier this year, but I don’t think he ever found a buyer. Asking price was just under $30 million.

    At the same time, he was getting fewer movie roles—and much smaller paychecks—than in his heyday. When he had signed on (and already completed his role) in “Night at the Museum #3,” I knew he was less worried about the work and more concerned about cash flow. It’s been reported that the main reason he took his last TV series (”The Crazy Ones”) was for the paycheck. But when you’re in that kind of financial hole, even $200-300,000 a week won’t make much of a dent.

    Sadly, this happens all the time in Hollywood. Someone hits it really big and they acquire the lifestyle to goes with being a star. Unfortunately, they don’t save enough money and when their career takes a downturn, the former star refuses to down-size their lifestyle. Most wind up in bankruptcy court; a few decide to cash in their chips.

  • Reality TV star and mother sentenced to 10 years behind bars for raping a boy, 13

    08/11/2014 3:01:17 PM PDT · 35 of 39
    ExNewsExSpook to boycott

    I hear orange is the new black....

  • Here's Chucky! Politico Reports Chuck Todd Likely to Replace David Gregory as MTP Host

    08/11/2014 2:58:50 PM PDT · 34 of 36
    ExNewsExSpook to Oratam

    Tom was an original. His monologues were highly entertaining and completely spontaneous.

    I worked in broadcasting before embarking on a military career and knew a few folks who wre on the production at NBC in Burbank. Snyder always knew what he wanted to say in his monologue and how he planned to cover it. But there was never any script, cue cards or anything on the teleprompter, other than a reminder of who the first guest would be.

    The rest was pure Snyder. He would hold forth on whatever caught his attention, just him in a chair talking into the camera. One of my college professors used a Snyder monologue as an example of how to communicate and there was no disputing his skill. Even Carson had his jokes on cue cards, and some of his famous bits were well-planned. Remember how the baby elephants Jim Fowler brought on the show would try to smell Johnny’s crotch? That’s because he stuffed his pants pockets with peanuts before the segment.

    Snyder didn’t do that. All he needed was the camera, a guest and maybe a note card with an introductory question, or the title of the guest’s latest book or movie. He could handle serious topics, or be wildly funny; I remember a young Chicago DJ named Steve Dahl came on the show one night with a tank of helium. Dahl began taking puffs before his answers, so all the responses were delivered in a helium voice. Soon Snyder joined in, so everyone was talking “under the influence.”

    At the other end of the spectrum, I’ve watched Snyder’s interview with Charles Manson on a couple of occasions. Still riveting TV, even though it was taped over 30 years ago. You can argue about the wisdom of giving a psycho like Manson a national forum, but Snyder’s interview was the best ever done with that madman, largely because Tom knew how to listen and didn’t let Manson wander off into that psycho-babble he usually engages in. Compare Snyder’s conversation with the interview Manson did with “noted” journalist Charlie Rose in ‘86 and tell me who did the better job.

    Snyder was one helluva talent. Even today, I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves.

  • Here's Chucky! Politico Reports Chuck Todd Likely to Replace David Gregory as MTP Host

    08/11/2014 12:47:15 PM PDT · 32 of 36
    ExNewsExSpook to garyb

    Tom was certainly earning his paycheck back in those days. However, it’s interesting to look back at how he was viewed by NBC management in those days; as a local anchor, he was invaluable—Snyder took WNBC from an asterisk to #1 at 6 pm in only a year, generating millions for the company. Tomorrow was also a nice little profit center for the network as well.

    But Snyder was never a serious contender for the anchor chair on “Today” or “Nightly News.” He was one of several NBC correspondents who were auditioned for the Today slot after Frank McGee’s death, and (as you point out) he anchored the Sunday version of Nightly News for a time in the mid-70s. Unfortunately, the suits at NBC viewed him as more of an entertainer than an anchor, so Tom Brokaw (who had been sucking up to John Chancellor and David Brinkley since his days at KNBC) was groomed for those jobs and got them.

    Snyder could be a pain, but he was also incredibly talented—one of the best anchors I ever saw, network or local. But when you’re pegged as an “entertainer,” or “a local guy,” it’s difficult to reach the top rung on the network news ladder. And if you piss off the brass during your run, you’ll find few friends on the way down. NBC was happy to cut him loose after they brought on Rona Barrett and destroyed “Tomorrow,” and Snyder spent the next decade bouncing around until he got that final gig on “The Late, Late Show.”

  • Here's Chucky! Politico Reports Chuck Todd Likely to Replace David Gregory as MTP Host

    08/11/2014 10:52:47 AM PDT · 17 of 36
    ExNewsExSpook to Red Badger

    And with F. Chuck Todd in the anchor chair, they will reach that goal.

    Incidentally, it is possible to achieve a “zero” rating with something other than the test pattern on the air. Back in the mid-1970s, WNBC-TV was struggling mightily to attract viewers for its local newscasts—that’s one reason that Tom Snyder and the old “Tomorrow” show moved from Burbank to New York, so Snyder could anchor the 6 pm news on Channel 4, in addition to hosting his talk show.

    Just before Snyder arrived, WNBC’s early evening newscast pulled an asterisk in the Nielsen ratings, which equated to “no measurable audience.” Wonder how long it will take Chuck Todd to pull the same feat with “Meet the Press.”

  • Mosul MPs: Peshmerga Will Liberate The City Soon

    08/11/2014 10:03:16 AM PDT · 12 of 13
    ExNewsExSpook to GonzoII

    Exactly. The Peshmerga are tough, competent fighters but they have suffered from the U.S. withdrawal (and a lack of recent training with our forces) and the trickle of equipment and supplies that are routed through Baghdad.

    Use airpower to keep ISIS in check, and turn on the aid pipeline to the Kurds. I’m guessing that many of the 500 or so SOF that Barry sent to Iraq were routed to Kurdistan to serve as trainers and advisers. Give the SF guys some time to train up the Kurds and ensure they’re properly equipped, then turn them loose—with the full weight of U.S. airpower behind them. ISIS will melt like a snowball in the desert.

    Of course, even that modest approach would require a commander-in-chief with a set, and that description doesn’t fit the current occupant of the Oval Office.

  • Maids reveal Michael Jackson’s filth and perversion

    08/11/2014 9:40:37 AM PDT · 36 of 76
    ExNewsExSpook to Wuli

    Yeah, and throw in the pressure that came with being the family’s meal ticket from the age of 12 onward. The guy was a Freudian delight and of course, he was never treated for his various problems (outside of drugs). Too many people depending on The Perv for the livelihood. So, drug him up and shove him out there on the stage and if he molested young boys in his spare time, hire the right lawyers to hush it up and negotiate the settlements. There was money to be made and the hell with the consequences.

  • With fewest canceled flights, Delta wins best airline title

    08/11/2014 8:36:10 AM PDT · 31 of 34
    ExNewsExSpook to driftdiver

    Call it the “best of the worst” award. With consolidation, the “big three” U.S. airlines are essentially the same and offer mediocre service on their best days.

    I was on Delta three times in the past two weeks and was unimpressed. I did get upgrades to first class on two flights, but on short hops (less than 90 minutes), you don’t gain much by sitting in the first class section, except more leg room.

    Really hoping the recently re-launched “People Express” can make a go of it. They’re trying to fill some of the markets previously served by AirTran (and abandoned by Southwest after their merger). Strictly no frills, but their fares are way below what the big three are charging. My wife and I paid almost $900 for two coach tickets from Virginia to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and we booked three weeks in advance. People Express will start service from Virginia to New Orleans later this month, with base fares of $124. Even with bag fees and other incidentals, we could have flown to the same area for about 1/3 of what we paid on Delta.

  • Iraq crisis: 'It is death valley. Up to 70 per cent of them are dead'

    08/11/2014 8:17:11 AM PDT · 24 of 35
    ExNewsExSpook to Hojczyk

    Rather telling that a British journalist (UK Telegraph) was the first to reach Mount Sinjar...not an American in sight, though the Iraqis and Kurds have been flying missions there for several days. No one in the MSM wants to see hundreds, perhaps thousands of dead bodies decomposing in the sun, the latest victims of Zero’s foreign policy.

    General Jack Keane summed it up well during a brief presentation on FNC: these “airstrikes” are a political move and nothing more. So far, we’ve destroyed one artillery piece, a couple of mortar tubes, and a few pick-up trucks. ISIS remains free to move about, reposition its forces, reinforce and prepare for new battles.

    There’s a simple solution: Turn all ISIS-controlled territory into a giant kill box and turn airpower loose. Hit anything that looks like an ISIS position with everything we’ve got, from attack helicopters all the way to B-52s and B-2s, and do it around the clock for the next month. Then, we’ll see if ISIS is ready to march on Baghdad, or head back to Syria. The potential for collateral damage is low, because anyone who isn’t aligned with the terror group is now cowering inside their homes, or hiding in the hills.

    I’d also give the Kurds everything they need in terms of military equipment—and then some. Imbed SF and JTAC with the Peshmerga to make airpower even more effective and when the Kurds are ready, put them on the offensive, with the caveat that you get to keep what you take (in terms of territory) and kill all the ISIS prisoners you capture. I’d also grant diplomatic recognition to an independent Kurdistan and provide long-term security guarantees.

    Of course, doing all that requires a commander-in-chief with a backbone, and all we’ve got is a gutless wonder who’s more worried about his golf score than the humanitarian disaster unfolding on that Iraqi mountain top.

  • The Bizarre Life (and Death) of "Mr. Organic"

    08/09/2014 12:44:12 PM PDT · 21 of 38
    ExNewsExSpook to Calvin Locke

    I can understand why they didn’t air that episode, though one could argue that Cavett “died” many times on that stage.

    On a (slightly) related note, there seems to be a certain danger for performers who pretend to be having a heart attack on stage. Dick Shawn (remember him?) occasionally subbed for Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show until one night he faked a heart attack as part of a comedy bit. He turned over the desk as he flailed around, and that was enough for Carson. I don’t think Shawn ever appeared on the show again-—he certainly never hosted again. Years later, Shawn died of a heart attack on stage.

    And Redd Foxx, famous for his “this is the big one” line from Sanford and Son, suffered a fatal heart attack while rehearsing for a CBS sitcom in the early 90s. His fellow actors initially paid no attention to Foxx’s actions, believing it was just part of his schtick.

  • US military to begin questioning of ex-POW Bergdahl

    08/06/2014 11:47:56 AM PDT · 17 of 20
    ExNewsExSpook to 2ndDivisionVet

    I agree with everything you said except the promotion part. After the furor over the exchange that gave Bergdahl his freedom, the White House wants a pro forma investigation, a quick determination that he didn’t aid the enemy, and a equally-speedy discharge. Probably a general discharge, but he’ll still get 100% disability and a lifetime pension.

  • Police say teacher found intoxicated, without pants in empty classroom

    08/06/2014 11:34:35 AM PDT · 101 of 116
    ExNewsExSpook to rightwingintelligentsia

    Next time someone asks why you homeschool your kids, show them Lorie’s picture.

    Recently hired? The HR director of that school system is as sharp as a tack, obviously. Makes you wonder what Lorie did before she became an “educator.” I’m guessing “Victoria’s Secret model” was not one of her previous gigs.

  • Jess Marlow dies at 84; L.A. news anchor was no-nonsense journalist

    08/05/2014 2:40:16 PM PDT · 9 of 18
    ExNewsExSpook to chrisinoc

    Marlow was definitely old school; I’d forgotten about his questioning of the “facts” and the rush to judgment in the McMartin preschool case. He was virtually alone in the SoCal media establishment in challenging the information provided by police and prosecutors.

    Meanwhile, a reporter for KABC-TV (the late Wayne Satz) was romantically involved with a therapist who elicited stories of horrific sexual abuse from children who attended the McMartin pre-school. And if I’m not mistaken, an editor at the LA Times was also involved with a female prosecutor who led efforts to railroad the family that ran the school. Both claimed there was never any conflict of interest.

    It took almost a decade for Peggy McMartin, her son and other employees at the school to clear their names, but their lives were ruined. Satz was never sanctioned by Channel 7 and was later hired by KTTV in Los Angeles as a talk show host. Ditto for the “journalists” at the LA Times, which pursued the story with the same zeal—and blatant disregard for the truth.

    The fact that Jess Marlow was the only well-known reporter to question the case as it unfolded speaks volumes about the state of American journalism—and he made those comments almost 30 years ago. Today, the media is infinitely worse, and you won’t find an anchor with the credibility of Jess Marlow who will speak up when the facts don’t conform the pre-conceived media template.

  • CBS's Gayle King: Unless Illegal Immigrants Are Doing Something 'Illegal,' Leave Them Alone

    08/05/2014 2:13:56 PM PDT · 42 of 61
    ExNewsExSpook to 2ndDivisionVet

    Ms. King is lucky to have a “sugar mama” in Oprah, who reportedly played a major role in helping her get the morning show gig. In fact, if you follow her career trajectory, most of her big breaks came after she became Oprah’s best friend. Otherwise, her only claim to fame would be a couple of anchoring stints in Kansas City and Hartford. She is definitely not network material, but then again, no one watches CBS in the morning, continuing that 60-year tradition.

  • Ebola outbreak: US experts to head to West Africa (VIDEO)

    08/03/2014 2:08:36 PM PDT · 13 of 20
    ExNewsExSpook to MichaelCorleone

    I saw a report on their return earlier today..there was no information on how many have been working in or near the hot zone, and what type of medical screening they received before being allowed to return home (apparently, no screening at all).

    Too many “unusual events” accompanying this outbreak. First, the decision to bring two infected American medical missionaries back to the U.S. for treatment—has that happened in the past? And our decision to bring home peace corps volunteers from the area and allow them to enter the general population without a complete health screening. But we’re told not to worry.

    Meanwhile, we’re told the epidemic can be contained, but the health care system in West Africa is said to be in collapse. We’re sending 50 public health officials to the area and air travel to places like Monrovia continues.

    And no one is asking how many illegals from Ebola-infected areas have been caught crossing our southern border in the last month or so.

  • Man pays $79K for ride on one of only two remaining Second World War Lancaster bombers

    08/02/2014 2:53:42 PM PDT · 31 of 68
    ExNewsExSpook to mosesdapoet

    The “Lanc” was easily the best heavy bomber produced by Great Britain in WWII—clearly superior to its predecessors, the Wellington, Stirling and Manchester. In fact, it incorporated lessons learned from those earlier designs; the Lancaster had more power than the Manchester (as a four-engine bomber) and a higher service ceiling than the Stirling.

    Contrasting the Lanc to the B-17 and B-24 is really an apples-and-oranges comparison. Both of the American bombers were built around the doctrine of daylight precision bombing, so they were more heavily armored (and armed) than their RAF counterparts, and both the Fort and Liberator were equipped with the Norden bombsight.

    By the time the Lancaster entered service, the RAF had long abandoned daylight raids, settling for area attacks at night. So accuracy was less important and the Lancaster didn’t carry as many machine guns to fend off enemy attack.

    In fact, the great vulnerability of the Lancaster was that it lacked a ball turret, found on the B-17 and B-24. As a result, Germany began fitting its night fighters with upward firing guns; the standard tactic was to fly beneath the bomber stream and when the fighter was under a Lanc, the pilot would loose a deadly stream of fire that sent many an RAF bomber plunging to the ground. That’s one reason the rear turret gunner was (perhaps) the most important man on the crew; his job was to look for any sign a night fighter was over-taking the Lancaster and tell the pilot to maneuver. More than a few rear gunners asked that the Perspex glass of their eye-level panels be removed from the turret to maximize their visibility.

    Despite its deficiencies, the Lancaster was a great bomber. Along with the famous dam buster raid, Lancs were also quite successful delivering Tall Boy and Grand Slam bombs against such targets as the U-boat pens in France and sinking the battleship Tirpitz in Norway. A magnificent plane, piloted by brave men; as I recall, Bomber Command had more than 55,000 casualties in WWII; the odds of a crew member completing an operational tour was somewhere between 30 and 40%.

  • Ebola has spread across the globe: ...officials try to trace 30,000 linked to death of US victim

    07/30/2014 1:07:47 PM PDT · 47 of 102
    ExNewsExSpook to EBH

    The vaccine sounds promising, but tens of thousands may die waiting for the test results and for the manufacturer to produce enough doses.

    Here’s are a few ideas that don’t require drugs (or waiting). First, indefinitely suspend all air service between the affected areas and destinations in the rest of the world. Secondly, place anyone arriving from those areas in medical quarrantine until it can be determined they are not carrying the disease. Third, round up anyone who has arrived from those countries in the last month or so and put them in quarrantine, too. Then, start monitoring anyone they have come in contact with since coming to the U.S. and consider quarrantining them as well.

    Such measures sound draconian, but if they don’t get ahead of it now, you’ll see scenes reminiscent of the great plague in cities around the world. Centuries ago, millions died because doctors didn’t know what to do. This time around, we know how to limit the spread of the disease, but we refuse, because of political correctness.

    One last thing, which I saw on another thread (but bears repeating): wonder how many people from the hot zone have crossed our southern border in recent weeks?

  • 3 IDF soldiers killed in booby-trapped UNRWA clinic

    07/30/2014 12:58:23 PM PDT · 10 of 21
    ExNewsExSpook to Nachum

    I can only imagine the number of IEDs that have been removed by Israeli EOD before they could kill or maim soldiers. Unfortunately, not even the EOD teams can find all of them.

  • Israeli Shells Said to Hit School in Gaza, Killing at Least 20

    07/30/2014 7:21:18 AM PDT · 25 of 27
    ExNewsExSpook to dfwgator

    You beat me to the punch...the IDF should release video, still imagery or other information showing the military activity that has eminated from that school.

    One fact conveniently ignored by the MSM: when a “protected” site is used for military purposes, it is no longer immune to attack. Hamas’s flagrant disregard for the rules of warfare—and the safety of its civilian population—is on display every day in Gaza, but the media won’t touch that one, for fear they will be expelled, or even killed by terrorist thugs. Instead, it’s much easier to go after the Israelis and their “murder” of innocent civilians.

  • Body of child found in wheel well of US military plane

    07/29/2014 6:17:27 PM PDT · 31 of 34
    ExNewsExSpook to bgill

    This blogger has some interesting insights....

    USAF military transports typically carry a small security team with them while on missions in known threat areas, or regions where security may be problematic. The Pentagon won’t say if a “Phoenix Raven” team was on board the C-130 in question, but some “Herk” crews have a low opinion of them.

  • (Non-existent) Stealth destroyers, (broken) littoral combat ships headed to Pacific

    07/29/2014 10:23:43 AM PDT · 23 of 26
    ExNewsExSpook to pabianice

    I’m not disputing your points...DDG-1000 should have been used in the same manner as the Seawolf attack sub; as a limited production technology testbed. We built three of the class, and a lot of the lessons learned/perfected on Seawolf have been integrated into the Virginia-class, making them a much better boat, at a lower per-unit cost.

    Same thing for LCS..I’d stop production now, unless the Naval Special Warfare community can show a compelling reason they need more for a SEAL platform. Take whatever “positives” there are from the design, and start working on a new generation gunboat or light amphibious craft—or better yet, a more stealthy frigate that can perform many of the LCS roles and defend itself against a variety of threats. And some of the technology from DDG-1000 could be integrated in that platform as well.