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-Short Attention Span Theater-
CO, 3 officers sacked after Russian port visit
Looks like party time in Vladivostok!
SAN DIEGO — The commanding officer of the frigate USS Vandegrift was fired and three key officers were removed from the ship after an investigation found drunken behavior and inappropriate misconduct during a September port visit in Russia, the Navy announced late Friday.

Cmdr. Joseph R. Darlak, who has commanded the San Diego-based frigate since July 27, was relieved of command Friday by Capt. John L. Schultz “due to a loss of confidence after displaying poor leadership and failure to ensure the conduct of his wardroom officers” while visiting the Russian port of Vladivostok, said Cmdr. Tamsen Reese, a Naval Surface Force-Pacific spokeswoman in Coronado, Calif. Schultz, who commands Destroyer Squadron 15, also fired the ship’s executive officer, Cmdr. Ivan Jimenez, and he also detached the ship’s operations officer and chief engineer “for personal conduct and use of alcohol,” Reese said.

During the visit, Vandegrift sailors visited a local children’s rehabilitation center, where they brought puzzles, toys and balloons, according to a news release by the U.S. consulate in Vladivostok. Sailors hosted children the following day in a tour of the frigate, where they dined on cake and snacks.

But some officers got out of hand while in Vladivostok.

The investigation, which is completed but not yet adjudicated, found misconduct happened during that port visit, “including some officers being drunk, disorderly and not adhering to established liberty policies,” Reese said.
Posted by: tu3031 || 11/05/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It used to be fun to go on a port visit.
Posted by: Penguin || 11/05/2012 9:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Drunken revelry on a length cruise as reported by our Russina friends is severly frowned upon, but sodomy is now good to go.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/05/2012 9:16 Comments || Top||

#3  ...actually it isn't. They didn't repeal Art. 125 of the UCMJ. So far though it appears to only apply to heteros - Fox News
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/05/2012 10:12 Comments || Top||

#4  Our Republic and her institutions are coming apart at the seams. Thank You, Leftists.

Time to hoist the Black Flag, spit on our hands and slit some throats. H.L. Mencken (paraphrased)
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 11/05/2012 10:19 Comments || Top||

#5  "Apparently, he had a very good time."
-- The Mummy
Posted by: mojo || 11/05/2012 13:57 Comments || Top||

#6  Well, it actually is proper decorum to drink them under the table.
Posted by: newc || 11/05/2012 17:50 Comments || Top||

Navy bids farewell to storied warship USS Enterprise
After half a century on the high seas, the oldest warship in the American fleet, the USS Enterprise, will return to port Sunday for the last time.

From the Cuban Missile Crisis to the war in Afghanistan, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier has played a part in every conflict involving the United States since she was commissioned in 1961.

But when the massive vessel glides into the US naval base in Norfolk, Virginia on Sunday morning, with sailors in white uniforms standing on deck, it will mark the end of her 25th and final deployment after an eight month tour in the Mediterranean and the Gulf, the Navy said.

"Homecoming will no doubt be a bittersweet day," said Captain William Hamilton, the ship's commanding officer. "We are pleased to be returning to our families after a very successful deployment, but to know that it is the last time Enterprise will be underway through her own power makes our return very sentimental."

The ship will be formally retired at a ceremony on December 1 but the vessel known as the "Big E" already relinquished its ammunition and ordnance last week at sea, with helicopters ferrying more than 1,500 tonnes of missiles and bombs to cargo ships nearby.

With a length of 342 meters (1,123 feet), the Enterprise is the longest naval ship in the world, and has a displacement of nearly 95,000 tonnes. The floating base can accommodate 4,500 sailors and aviators, as well as 72 planes and helicopters.

With its distinctive design and four rudders instead of two, the supercarrier occupies a special place in American maritime history and is the eighth ship that bears the name. The first Enterprise was a British vessel captured during the American war of Independence.

The ship features in the 1986 hit film "Top Gun," as well as in "The Hunt for Red October," and served as inspiration for Captain Kirk's spaceship in the Star Trek television series.

On 20 February 1962, the Enterprise operated as a tracking station for the Project Mercury space capsule that saw astronaut John Glenn make the first American orbital spaceflight.

Later that year, the ship was ordered on its first military mission, taking part in a blockade of Cuba during the missile crisis that nearly triggered a nuclear conflagration.

Two years later, the carrier took a global tour in a show of US naval power and later saw action in the Vietnam war, culminating in the US evacuation out of Saigon in 1975.

In the 1980s, the Enterprise sailed in the Gulf in confrontations with Iran, while in the 1990s its aircraft helped impose no-fly zones on Iraq and Bosnia.

After the attacks of September 11, 2001, the Navy turned to the supercarrier to launch bombing runs, first in Afghanistan and later in the Iraq war.

On its final deployment, the ship's warplanes carried out 8,000 sorties for the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, officers said.

With the Enterprise sailing into retirement and a new aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, not due to be completed until 2015, the US naval fleet will be reduced temporarily from 11 to ten carriers
Posted by: Au Auric || 11/05/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Big E" already relinquished its ammunition and ordnance
I'm thinkin they should be loadin er up!
Posted by: Skidmark || 11/05/2012 0:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Aging Navy. Big expense to maintain. Sorry to see this happen but not much you can do. Compromise for sure. When you get old it is a series of compromises.
Posted by: Dale || 11/05/2012 7:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Second oldest commissioned warship in the navy. The oldest is the Constitution, which has a few years lead on her.
Posted by: tu3031 || 11/05/2012 9:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Very Metaphoric retiring Enterprise so near the election...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 11/05/2012 10:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Send her to NYC loaded with supplies.
Posted by: anny || 11/05/2012 10:22 Comments || Top||

#6  Bet O's already accepting bids...
Posted by: Skidmark || 11/05/2012 10:43 Comments || Top||

#7  I'll offer $100 on EBay.
This would make a great backyard ornament. :-)
Posted by: Raider || 11/05/2012 12:30 Comments || Top||

#8  Neighbor: "What the heck is THAT?"
You: "It's the USS Enterprise. I bought it on Ebay!"
Neighbor: "Want to get it out of my driveway? I gotta go to work!"
Posted by: mojo || 11/05/2012 14:02 Comments || Top||

#9  as long as EBay pays for the shipping costs - I'm good :-)
Posted by: Raider || 11/05/2012 14:23 Comments || Top||

#10  Relinquished its ammo and ordnance last week at sea?

Gimme Back My Bullets!
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 11/05/2012 15:20 Comments || Top||

#11  I still say give it to the Brits - IIRC, in histoire' the very first USS Enterprise was a captured British vessel, originally already famous or notorious? in Amer eyes under the Brits, later to be so again under American control.

The Brits = NATO-EU need a CV until the "Queen Liz" CVFS come online, preferably one whose propellers won't keep falling off in righteous French resistance.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/05/2012 19:17 Comments || Top||

#12  Send her to Australia, mate
Posted by: USN,ret. || 11/05/2012 21:17 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
And so it begins, Jersey City on total lockdown due to crime
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/05/2012 12:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336070 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Help is on the way, New York. Just ask our guys in Benghazi.

Posted by: tipper || 11/05/2012 21:50 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Bishop Tawadros is Egypt's new Coptic pope
[Dawn] Bishop Tawadros was chosen as new pope of Egypt’s Coptic Christians Sunday when a blindfolded altar boy picked his name from a chalice in a ceremony invoking divine guidance for the beleaguered minority.

Acting head of the church Bishop Pachomius took the ballot from the boy’s hand and, showing it to the throng inside St Mark’s Cathedral, announced: “Bishop Tawadros.”

The crowd erupted in cheers and applause as church bells tolled in celebration across the country.

The new Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of All Africa in the Holy See of St Mark the Apostle succeeds pope Shenuda III, who died in March leaving behind a community anxious about its future under an Islamist-led government.

Tawadros, 60, a bishop in the Nile Delta province of Beheira, was among three candidates, the other two being Bishop Rafael, 54, a medical doctor and current assistant bishop for central Cairo, and Father Rafael Ava Mina, 70.

On November 18, Tawadros will assume his new position as spiritual head of the largest Christian minority in the Middle East, becoming the 118th pope in a line dating back to the origins of Christianity and to Saint Mark, the apostle and author of one of the four Gospels, who brought the new faith to Egypt.

“The pope is a servant,” Tawadros told Egyptian state television after his appointment, adding that he bore “the responsibility of love and peace.”
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Britain to honor WW2 ‘spy princess’
Posted by: ryuge || 11/05/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nice, but whatzabout the Pigeon???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/05/2012 19:21 Comments || Top||

Down Under
Australian Military Recruiting US Veterans
Interesting. Australia's economy is in relatively good shape, and they know they live in a somewhat dodgy neighborhood with a really big mook a few doors down who keeps pit bulls in his front yard. So what to do when you have a small population but need folks NOW who have technical training and experience? Get resourceful and hang out the "Help Wanted" sign, of course...
U.S. servicemembers looking at career options in this era of shrinking military budgets and force drawdowns might want to take a look Down Under.

The Australian government is recruiting experienced U.S. enlisted personnel and officers to fill a range of positions -- from submariners to doctors -- in its military, according to a posting on the Australian Defence Force website.

"The Australian Defence Force looks to overseas candidates to fill gaps in our Services, which can't currently be satisfied by standard recruitment," reads the intro for overseas applicants on the Defence Force's recruitment website. "We recognise that these candidates can bring skills and attributes to the Navy, Army and Air Force that will strengthen their overall operation and success rate."

The job offers could be tempting for U.S. troops as the Afghan War winds down and the Department of Defense looks to trim billions of dollars and more than 100,000 uniformed personnel from its books.

At a time when other Western countries have slashed spending, the prosperous Australians have been growing their military. In the past five years, the Australian military has recruited more than 500 personnel from the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Applicants have to meet certain minimum rank levels, as well as medical and interview requirements, Australian defense officials said in an email this week.

The U.S. Air Force website lists the annual base pay for an E-5, staff sergeant, with six-years' service at $31,946. An O-3, captain, with six years' service makes $63,263.

By comparison, a newly promoted E-5, corporal, in the Australian air force makes $57,277, when converted to U.S. dollars, while newly promoted O-3, flight lieutenant, takes home $66,417.
Posted by: Threling Unimp8298 || 11/05/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under:

#1  An E-5 is a corporal? Okey dokey...
Posted by: gromky || 11/05/2012 0:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Depends on what Tuesday brings.
Posted by: Skidmark || 11/05/2012 0:49 Comments || Top||

#3  The gendor and demographics of the 500 who have departed the US for OZ might make an interesting study. I am old enough to remember a day when men from all over the world came to the United States to enlist in our armed forces. Nothing against the Australians, thank God they've made a place for our poeple. But it is a sad day indeed.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/05/2012 3:57 Comments || Top||

#4  ...better than ending up in some cheap gin joint in Casablanca after running guns in Spain, a Mr. Blaine?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/05/2012 8:52 Comments || Top||

#5  Just down the road is a Crippled Eagle and retired US Army Command Sergeant Major still serving our nation.

Klik hier
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/05/2012 9:14 Comments || Top||

#6  "better than ending up in some cheap gin joint in Casablanca after running guns in Spain, a Mr. Blaine? "

Really? With the economy the way it is now, I was thinkin' that the whole "Rick's Place" operation is lookin' kinda sweet. Know any good piano players??? HAHAHA!!!
Posted by: Raider || 11/05/2012 10:59 Comments || Top||

Woman minister 'enjoyed 8 lovers'
The story doesn't work without the pic...
FRANCE'S first woman justice minister had up to EIGHT lovers on the go, it was claimed yesterday.

Rachida Dati is in a legal battle to try to force tycoon Dominique Desseigne to say he fathered her daughter Zohra, three.

Desseigne, 68, who is refusing to take a DNA test, insists he is one of many who had an "adventure" with Ms Dati, 47 -- which will further the philandering reputation of French politicians.

And his lawyers have claimed she was involved in up to eight relationships at the time.

It is claimed her boyfriends included a TV host, a Spanish PM, a Qatari politician and a brother of ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Those previously suspected of being Zohra's father include Mr Sarkozy himself.

Ms Dati, who has a reputation as a self-publicist, is said to have encouraged the speculation during interviews.

Posted by: tipper || 11/05/2012 09:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sounds like she's qualified to work at DHS.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/05/2012 10:06 Comments || Top||

#2  The Lady is a Tramp - Frank Sinatra
Posted by: Au Auric || 11/05/2012 10:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Good for her.
Posted by: Skidmark || 11/05/2012 10:41 Comments || Top||

#4  "FRANCE'S first woman justice minister had up to EIGHT lovers on the go"

Yeah ... but were any of them French???
Posted by: Raider || 11/05/2012 12:25 Comments || Top||

#5  And they might have enjoyed her too--active libido. Is that a requirement for government?
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/05/2012 13:12 Comments || Top||

#6  At once?
Posted by: tu3031 || 11/05/2012 13:54 Comments || Top||

#7  Let's face it, we're all part French and jealous.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/05/2012 15:23 Comments || Top||

#8  OctoMom?
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/05/2012 16:49 Comments || Top||

#9  You'd think one of them would have noticed the rug burns.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 11/05/2012 16:59 Comments || Top||

#10  even Sandra Fluke says: "that's a whore"
Posted by: Frank G || 11/05/2012 18:56 Comments || Top||

#11  This just in, Bill Clinton is planning to buy a summer-house in France after the election.
Posted by: Charles || 11/05/2012 19:15 Comments || Top||

#12  Looks like she hasn't changed that much, physically or behaviorally, since Milwaukee back in the day.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/05/2012 19:20 Comments || Top||

#13  S'what we used to call 'lean and hungry'.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/05/2012 20:17 Comments || Top||

#14  Rug burns? Spewed coffee, i did!
Posted by: USN,ret. || 11/05/2012 21:16 Comments || Top||

#15  She better stay out of Morocco. Just sayin'.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/05/2012 21:47 Comments || Top||

Wilders alliance hurt Dutch reputation abroad
Civil service documents show the previous coalition government, which involved Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam PVV in a supporting role, had an image problem abroad.

Ministers said foreign governments understood that Wilders was not officially part of government. However, official papers show that ‘time after time’ diplomats wanted instructions on ‘how to avoid reputation damage as much as possible’ – for example, when Wilders published a new book. Often this did not work, the documents state.

Rob de Wijk, director of research institute HCCS and an expert on international relations, said this should be no surprise. He said, "Wilders’ position was impossible to explain abroad."

All the problems have not been solved now that Wilders is no longer part of the alliance. "He was a symbol of the way the Netherlands had turned in on itself," added de Wijk.

Former Dutch foreign minister Ben Bot told a television show last month The Netherlands can regain its previous influence in the world if the new government ditches its current ‘surly’ image. He said that over the past few years, the Netherlands has become known as the country which opposes everything. "Diplomacy with a smile and a soft voice" will put the Netherlands back on the map, Bot stated.
Posted by: ryuge || 11/05/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh, boo fucking hoo. Who pays attention to the Dutch internationally, anyway?
Posted by: gromky || 11/05/2012 0:07 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
In Ohio, Obamacare to Increase Individual Insurance Premiums by 55-85%
With the Presidential election days (one week) away, it’s worth reviewing how Obamacare will impact the residents of key swing states. In Ohio, as elsewhere, Obamacare will drive up the cost of private health coverage, especially for those who buy insurance on their own. A non-partisan study found that, by 2017, individual premiums in Ohio will increase by as much as 85 percent. In addition, Obamacare will deeply cut Medicare Advantage for more than 700,000 Ohio seniors enrolled in the program. And more than 30 percent of Ohio physicians say that they will place new or additional limits on accepting Medicare patients.
Posted by: Au Auric || 11/05/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yes, but they'll get free phones!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/05/2012 7:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Looks like Obama is trying to make Medicare look like Medicaid and both like Obamacare plus boost premiums. People who are getting others to pay for their stuff don't care that the premiums are going up, someone else will foot the bill.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/05/2012 8:00 Comments || Top||

#3  The 741 billion had to come from somewhere to finance Obamacare. Look for hospitals and doctors to refuse to take Medicare patients because of significantly reduced reimbursement rates. It's that social justice and redistribution thing that "O" believes in--the legalized stealing thingee.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/05/2012 8:25 Comments || Top||

Pakistan acid attack parents 'feared dishonour'
Mother: "It was her destiny to die this way"

A couple arrested in Pakistan on suspicion of killing their 15-year-old daughter with acid say they carried out the attack because she looked at a boy. The girl's father told the BBC that they feared she would bring dishonour on their family. Her mother said it was her "destiny" to die that way.

The couple were arrested in Pakistani-administered Kashmir last week.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reported 943 women were killed in honour killings last year. That represented an increase of more than 100 from 2010.
The question, and remember death is not an option: are Pakistani families becoming bolder, are the Pakistani police being more incompetent, or is Pakistani society becoming more perverted? Discuss...
Police say that the incident took place in a remote village in the southern district of Kotli. They say that the case was brought to their attention by the couple's eldest daughter.

The girl, known only as Anusha, was found to have burns over 60% of her body. Her father Muhammad Zafar told the BBC what happened:

"There was a boy who came by on a motorcycle. She (Anusha) turned to look at him twice. I told her before not to do that, it's wrong. People talk about us because our older daughter was the same way," he said.

Her mother Zaheen described the aftermath: "She said 'I didn't do it on purpose. I won't look again.' By then I had already thrown the acid. It was her destiny to die this way."

Anusha's father is reported to have taken his daughter inside, beaten her and then acid was poured over her with the help of his wife. Officials say that the couple did not take their daughter to hospital until the following morning. The couple say that an older daughter had already disgraced the family and they did not want to be dishonoured again.
Posted by: tipper || 11/05/2012 11:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Animals! They should suffer the same fate....let it be their destiny to die the same way!
Posted by: Throluter Spolung4537 || 11/05/2012 17:49 Comments || Top||

Crocodile roams Gaza sewer network
A crocodile has been roaming the pipes of the sewer network in the besieged Gaza Strip and all attempts to capture him have failed, according to residents.
Mahmoud! Bring the flaming hoops!!!
"The crocodile most likely escaped from one of the nearby zoos and sought refuge in the sewers," said Rajab al-Ankah, head of the Northern Gaza Sewage Station.
...or the Mossad put him there.
Ankah added that the crocodile, whose length is estimated at 1.7 meters, escaped capture several times. "The nets were set up to capture the crocodile, but it managed to escape. The slippery ground in the area around the swamps near Beit Lahia in northern Gaza made the escape easier and the crocodile disappeared once more."
According to local residents, the crocodile comes out of the sewage basins to look for food then disappears quickly for fear of being captured.
It's like he's got a mind of his own!
According to Ankah, the crocodile has been living in the sewage network for two whole years. "It came as a baby and now it is huge and the more it grows the more dangerous it becomes for the residents of the area and their livestock."
Soon, our weapons will be useless against it...
One of the farmers in Beit Lahia had already reported that the crocodile ate two of his goats when they were grazing near one of the sewage basins.
Right over there. It was baaaaaad...
This raised concerns about the possibility of the crocodile attacking human beings in the future if it is not captured shortly.
Yeah, we've all seen that movie...
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#1  This comes from one of the 'Funnier than Sh*t' video shows, right?
Posted by: Skidmark || 11/05/2012 0:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Actually it escaped from Lake Placid
Posted by: lord garth || 11/05/2012 5:39 Comments || Top||

#3  No, they emigrated from the New York City sewer system. It must be a Zionist plot.
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 11/05/2012 8:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Damn croc feets are tiny and hard to hit.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/05/2012 11:31 Comments || Top||

#5  No, no - NYC has albino alligators, not crocodiles.

Posted by: mojo || 11/05/2012 13:59 Comments || Top||

#6  Crocs in Gaza use the Jooooooo salt-water-dark-mist camo.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/05/2012 15:24 Comments || Top||

#7  They have a sewer network? I thought they dis-assembled it to make rockets.
Posted by: newc || 11/05/2012 17:14 Comments || Top||

#8  The slippery ground in the area around the swamps near Beit Lahia in northern Gaza made the escape easier and the crocodile disappeared once more

Wait, Gaza has swamps? I didn't think Sewage Lakes counted.
Posted by: Charles || 11/05/2012 19:16 Comments || Top||


gut nuthin.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/05/2012 20:10 Comments || Top||

#10  Allah be praised:
Crocodile captured in Gaza sewer: Hamas
Posted by: tipper || 11/05/2012 21:21 Comments || Top||

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