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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Tense moment helicopter pilot performs a tricky one-skid 'hot landing' to rescue hiker in need of medical treatment from the edge of a cliff in Utah
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/02/2019 04:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Edge of what cliff? How did all those other people seen in the video egress? IMA tossing the publicity flag on this one.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/02/2019 7:22 Comments || Top||

#2  That was some mighty fine flying - between the wind gusts and one side of the helo being in ground effect and the other not.

Maybe the able-bodied hikers were able to hike down normally.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 10/02/2019 9:53 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm guessing access road nearby and perhaps a bit too much smokey smokey or otherwise.

Lot of green shirts, and nobody looks kitted for a hike like that.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/02/2019 10:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Altitude sickness? Given that the article said they had plenty of water, so dehydration ought not to have been a problem, assuming he actually drank from their supply. After many years of skiing in the Rocky Mountains as well as at lower altitudes, trailing daughter #1 suddenly got altitude sickness one trip and had to be taken down the mountain in an emergency sled. She’s never gotten it since, so we have no idea what was different that time.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/02/2019 11:50 Comments || Top||

#5  That is some tough flying. As the peanut gallery posted, being in and out of ground effect is something that gives you arm pump trying to hold steady. Good job to the pilot.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 10/02/2019 14:08 Comments || Top||

#6  Pretty common maneuver 50 years ago but those pilots are all retired now. Somebody else must've learned how to violate the safety rules...
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/02/2019 15:26 Comments || Top||

Australian fighter jet and cargo plane weave their way between skyscrapers in incredible display of skill for Brisbane festival
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/02/2019 04:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's Ozzieland. Here, the FAA would be livid if the USAF was doing that in an urban area.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/02/2019 7:15 Comments || Top||

#2  It's extremely cool, but nowadays to optics of a plan crashing into a building is very bad PR juju. Hard to understand the risk given the downside...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/02/2019 8:49 Comments || Top||

#3  the optics of a plane crashing. New keyboard time or more caffeine to the phalangic actuators, Scotty!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/02/2019 8:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Nice.

Needed a flare-penis demonstration.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/02/2019 10:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Isn't that what Obama did to New York City? Ozzie copycats!
Posted by: Bobby || 10/02/2019 11:12 Comments || Top||

#6  Suddenly, the media remembers 9/11.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/02/2019 11:50 Comments || Top||

#7  For an interesting read with a not-so-happy ending, saunter down to your local library/ho,eless shelter and pick up 'The Sky is Falling.' a true 1945 story about NYC and a B-25. Involves fog and IFR flight conditions ( I follow Roads was not a joke in that era).
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 10/02/2019 14:31 Comments || Top||

Man gored by bison sees date undergo same fate months later
[BBC] A man who was gored by a bison in June took a date back to the same place - only for her also to be attacked.

Kyler Bourgeous brought Kayleigh Davis to the same trail at a state park in Utah with plans to watch the sunset.

But when Ms Davis ran a little ahead, she ended up alone with a bison who charged and flipped her into the air.

She sustained a broken ankle from the goring and a leg wound. In the earlier attack he had suffered a cracked rib and collapsed lung.

Ms Davis has a cast on her right ankle and received stitches for the wound in her left thigh. She was released from hospital on Monday.

The attack happened on an established trail in Antelope Island State Park.

Witnesses reported seeing a bison strike Ms Davis with its head, "lifting her off the ground".

The 22-year-old was airlifted to hospital in Ogden, Utah.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/02/2019 02:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Darwin hopes they don't marry and procreate.
Posted by: Lex || 10/02/2019 2:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Try again. Third time's the charm.
Posted by: gorb || 10/02/2019 3:42 Comments || Top||

#3  ..you sure this wasn't one of those planned 'last dates'?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/02/2019 8:30 Comments || Top||

Posted by: DarthVader || 10/02/2019 9:46 Comments || Top||

#5  ^ Golden Gate Park in SF?
Explains the "psychoactive substances" reference
Posted by: Clem Flusotch9137 || 10/02/2019 11:18 Comments || Top||

Vegan activist gets punched in face inside pizza joint
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/02/2019 07:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sod off swampy.
Posted by: AlanC || 10/02/2019 8:08 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't try to militantly force my beliefs on anyone. Maybe that's what I'm doing wrong...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/02/2019 8:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Not as satisfying as anticipated, he does get a two for one.

However, the employment of gal's knife hand did make me giggle a bit.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/02/2019 10:35 Comments || Top||

#4  In your face meets in your face.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/02/2019 10:55 Comments || Top||

#5  "Did you want peppers or cheese with that?"
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/02/2019 11:36 Comments || Top||

#6  I love a happy ending!
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/02/2019 12:33 Comments || Top||

#7  How do these maroons suppose domesticated farm animals would survive in the wild?
Posted by: Lex || 10/02/2019 14:56 Comments || Top||

#8  He has a future in the NFL
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 10/02/2019 22:59 Comments || Top||

UK: Gang of 16 knife wielders single-out white victims in Londonistan
[VOA] A gang of sixteen knife-wielding thugs robbed a group of young athletes in London’s Finsbury Park,
...home of Finsbury Park Mosque, whose pulpit was presided over by Ol’ Hook Hand himself, Abu Hamza al-Masri, now gracing the Florence, CO supermax prison. He and the mosque were connected to more planned and executed terror plots and jihadis around the world over the past several decades than you can shake a stick at, some of them Al Qaeda...
threatening to kill the three white people if they didn’t hand over their phones, but telling the black people who were with them "you’re good."

The six victims, reportedly the ’biggest athletes’ from the sports academy, were walking home through the park last Monday at around 8:00 pm when they discovered they were being pursued by a group of 16 males, the Islington Gazette reports.

"They were being tailed by one of them on a bike. Then there were 16 of them. They circled them and picked one off to the side and said: ’Give me your phone or I will stab you ‐ put in your Apple Pay password," Adrian Klemens, a coach of the Dynamic Sports Academy recalled.

"Out of our group three were white and three were black and they said to the black guys: ’You’re good,’ and just attacked the white guys," Klemens continued.
What odds, sociologically speaking, that the gang members are either black or “Asian”, dear Reader, and that this is just a little bit of local jihad? One notes that they are never described...
After the victim put his password in wrong several times since the account wasn’t his own, one of the assailants told him: "If you get this wrong again you’re dead."

Thanks to his athleticism and his nerve, the victim grabbed his phone and made a mad dash out of the situation. The two other white victims in the group ‐ aged 17 and 22 ‐ weren’t so lucky and had their phones stolen.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/02/2019 02:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6508 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm sure escaping is a hate crime.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 10/02/2019 5:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Difficult to find an Englishman in London these days. Most have already fled.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/02/2019 6:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Never thought I'll say it, but what the Brits need is Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/02/2019 6:50 Comments || Top||

#4  1776 is looking better all the time.
Posted by: Tom || 10/02/2019 10:22 Comments || Top||

#5  They got what they voted for. Disarmed and awash in 5th century semi-retarded inbred barbarians.
Posted by: Hellfish || 10/02/2019 12:21 Comments || Top||

#6  Did they remember to tell the attackers that only small men need a knife, and that they are quite possibly in violation of the law?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/02/2019 13:03 Comments || Top||

#7  How long before the Brits fight back?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/02/2019 13:23 Comments || Top||

#8  If only the ever-vigilant authorities had happened upon the scene during this most unusual malefaction!

"It's Sadiq Khan, lads! Away, quick,
Or his grimace may give us a snick!"
"And that little prick
Is as nought to the stick
We could get from Dame Cressida Dick!"
Posted by: Ho Chi Gray7671 || 10/02/2019 14:15 Comments || Top||

#9  IIUC one of BoJo's cabinet recently announced that their government will seek to move Britain to a points-based immigration system immediately upon Brexit.
So there's hope for Britain.
Posted by: Lex || 10/02/2019 18:46 Comments || Top||

#10  Except the Powers won't let Brexit happen. England shall never again be free.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 10/02/2019 21:12 Comments || Top||

#11  ^ Never never never?
Posted by: Ho Chi Gray7671 || 10/02/2019 22:09 Comments || Top||

Brexit: Britain will introduce points-based immigration system - interior minister
[AlAhram] British interior minister Priti Patel will say on Tuesday the government will end free movement and introduce an Australian-style points-based immigration system once the country leaves the Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Union.

In a speech at the Conservative Party's annual conference, Patel will say her Brexit mission is "to end the free movement of people once and for all. Instead we will introduce an Australian-style points-based immigration system."

"One that works in the best interests of Britannia. One that attracts and welcomes the brightest and the best. One that supports brilliant scientists, the finest academics and leading people in their fields. And one that is under the control of the British Government," she will say, according to an advanced copy of her speech.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's why Brexit cannot be allowed.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/02/2019 3:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Ending immigration from those who would earn less than average wages should be a pre-requisite. In order to even consider the applicant's migration request they should have a job offer for an above average wage.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/02/2019 5:50 Comments || Top||

#3  And here we thought immigration control efforts were pointless.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/02/2019 11:37 Comments || Top||

China unveils deadly new military tech at 70th Anniversary Parade (video)
Lengthy video with impressive sound track and choreography.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/02/2019 06:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Are there cute chicks in mini uniforms?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/02/2019 7:01 Comments || Top||

#2  None of this military modernization would have been possible without the assistance of box stores Walmart, Target, soy beans and corn sales, unfettered access to US universities, illegal tech transfer, along with decades of permissive trade imbalances.

A FAILED 40 year experiment in regime change.

But no worries! One day we'll awaken and they'll have become Switzerland on the Pacific.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/02/2019 7:14 Comments || Top||

#3  I think some of that was CGI.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/02/2019 11:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Camera shadow at 0:40 is Sega Genesis level. Haven't seen anything that bad since the 2008 Olympics; needs more Bob Costas.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/02/2019 11:22 Comments || Top||

#5  The girls are awfully cute in their little red uniforms but I think the North Koreans have them beat, especially since the NORKS are more likely to be real girls instead of computer generated images.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/02/2019 13:10 Comments || Top||

#6  Let's all remember this was enabled by our elites admitting China to the WTO. Without this, nothing would have happened. China would still be poor and irrelevant today.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/02/2019 13:17 Comments || Top||

#7  Thank clinkton & oboz0 de zer0 & nixon the criminal. Bushkie too.
Posted by: ranture || 10/02/2019 14:33 Comments || Top||

#8  Clones?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/02/2019 15:18 Comments || Top||

#9  I think some of that was CGI.

The 2 supersonic recce drones had no air intakes.
Posted by: Grutch Cheting3238 || 10/02/2019 19:11 Comments || Top||

#10  #2 None of this military modernization would have been possible without the assistance of box stores Walmart, Target, soy beans and corn sales, unfettered access to US universities, illegal tech transfer, along with decades of permissive trade imbalances. A FAILED 40 year experiment in regime change.

Of all our globalist elites' many unforced errors over the last 30 years, this one has to be the stupidest.
Incompetence alone doesn't explain it. Corruption has to be the major explanatory factor.
Posted by: Lex || 10/02/2019 19:22 Comments || Top||

#11  Corruption has to be the major explanatory factor.

Well, yeah. Just ask Hunter Biden.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/02/2019 19:51 Comments || Top||

#12  Kissinger and his retinue have made a tidy living off of this policy.
Posted by: Lex || 10/02/2019 20:45 Comments || Top||

#13  Sell mom's apple pie to the commies?
Well... blueberry! Why? Uncle Sammy
Sez, "See if they'll copy!
How far? How chop-choppy?
Hell, digicam on their pyjammies?"
Posted by: Ho Chi Gray7671 || 10/02/2019 23:53 Comments || Top||

#14  ^ And that top secret testing program is how -- I tell you this in strictest confidence -- most of the money "wasted" on "building" the LCS and Bush and F-35 and ultrasonic skin incinerators and whatnot came to be discreetly diverted to seizing the high ground of the space age! Moonbases. Asteroid mining. Cars and bars and guitars on Mars, all ours... while back on Earth the plodding Chinese toiled like ants at their "economic miracle" and spent like drunken sailors on cookie-cutter military might, ticky-tacky megalopolises, impressive infrastructure, basements full of gold, and all that useless crap! Boy, will they be pissed when we pull the big reveal: Bugs Bunny on the Moon! Laser social edit system! Gold raining down from heaven for our new $1 coins! Gonna be great.
Posted by: Ho Chi Gray7671 || 10/02/2019 23:59 Comments || Top||

North Korea, US to hold working-level talks on Oct. 5: KCNA
[AlAhram] North Korea
...hereditary Communist monarchy distinguished by its truculence and periodic acts of violence. Distinguishing features include Songun (Army First) policy, which involves feeding the army before anyone but the Dear Leadership, and Juche, which is Kim Jong Il's personal interpretation of Marxism-Leninism, which he told everybody was brilliant. In 1950 the industrialized North invaded agrarian South Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force opposing the invasion, with the United States providing around 90% of the military personnel. Seventy years later the economic results are in and it doesn't look good for Juche...
and the United States have agreed to hold working-level talks on Oct. 5, North Korea's state news agency KCNA said on Tuesday, a development that would break months of stalemate since a failed summit in February.

Talks aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes have been stalled in a holding pattern since the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
and North Korean leader Kim Pudge Jong-un
...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished...
in Vietnam ended without a deal.

The two countries agreed to have preliminary contact on Oct. 4, followed by the working level talks, KCNA said, citing a statement issued under the name of Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui.

"The delegates of the DPRK side are ready to enter into the DPRK-U.S. working-level negotiations," Choe said in the statement, using North Korea's official name, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

"It is my expectation that the working-level negotiations would accelerate the positive development of the DPRK-U.S. relations."

Although North Korea has lately expressed willingness for working-level talks, messages carried by its state media attached a caveat that Washington should show more flexibility. North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator Kim Myong Gil said in a statement last month that the United States should present the "right calculation method at the upcoming talks".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in September that Washington was ready to meet North Korean counterparts and believed it was important to do so, although ousted former U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton warned on Monday that North Korea had no intention of giving up its nuclear weapons.
Likely true
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Police shoot Hong Kong protester in chest during clashes
[AlAhram] A Hong Kong police officer shot a protester in the chest with a live round on Tuesday after his unit was attacked by demonstrators during sustained festivities in the city, a police source said.

"An officer discharged his firearm after coming under attack and a protester was struck in the chest in Tsuen Wan district today," the source said, requesting anonymity.

The maimed protester received initial first aid from officers before paramedics arrived, the source said, adding the victim was then taken to Princess Margaret Hospital.

A Hospital Authority spokeswoman told AFP that 15 people had been admitted to hospitals across the city following Tuesday's festivities, one of whom was in a critical condition at Princess Margaret.

She would not confirm if the critical patient was the man who had been shot.

Two videos posted online showed the shooting and its aftermath, which took place in Tsuen Wan, a district where hardcore protesters had clashed with police throughout the afternoon.

Some half a dozen riot police can be seen clashing with around 12 masked protesters, some of whom were using umbrellas and metal poles to strike the officers.

One officer runs into frame with his sidearm drawn.

He kicks a protester before firing at near point black range into the chest of a demonstrator with a metal pole in his hand.

A gunshot can be heard as the pistol rears upwards.

The protester stumbles backwards and then falls over a police officer who has been knocked to the ground as the rest of the demonstrators run away.

A second video, filmed by Hong Kong University's Campus TV, showed the same incident from a different angle.

A third video posted on Facebook by student news hounds at Hong Kong's City University showed the young man lying on the floor, blood seeping from a wound to the upper left part of his chest.

"Send me to hospital," the young man, who gave his name Tsang Chi-kin, tells news hounds. "My chest is hurting, I need to go to hospital."

Footage filmed shortly afterwards by local broadcaster Stand News showed coppers treating the prone man, who by then had an oxygen mask on his face and his t-shirt cut open.

A dressing used to treat a sucking chest wound had been applied to his torso.

Paramedics later arrived on scene and placed the man, who was still conscious, onto a stretcher.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6511 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  I watched the video of the shooting. The clip was cut short at the beginning. But it was clear the protestor was beating the cop as the cop retreated to the police line. The protestor was hitting the cop on the head, back and neck with a stinger or pipe, when the cop turned and shot him. The shoot was justified in my eyes.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 10/02/2019 11:13 Comments || Top||

#2  The shoot was justified in my eyes.

Yeah but Dude, you'd shoot anyone!
Derka, Derka.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/02/2019 11:39 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Army builds new body armor 14-times stronger in the face of enemy fire
[FoxNews] U.S. Army infantry soldiers prioritize physical fitness, but how much faster could they maneuver wearing new material that is 14-times more effective than current body armor? This goal forms the principal inspiration for a current Army Research Lab effort to engineer a new kind of lightweight armor -- intended to be 64-percent more impact resistant than steel and up to eight times lighter than current armor.

Scientists with the Army Research Laboratory and the University of Buffalo have begun laboratory experiments involved in restructuring microscopic materials to massively increase an ability to “absorb impact” and “dissipate energy,” Dr Evan Runnerstrom, Program Manager, Materials Design, Army Research Office, Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, told Warrior in an interview.

The material now being tested, however, is designed to engineer a new kind of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) that is 10-to-20-times more resistant than off-the-shelf UHMWPE; this is accomplished through an elaborate scientific process designed to create “microscopic structural variations” in the composition and thickness of the material, Runnerstrom said.

These new variations are created, Runnerstrom said, by combining differently configured polymer strands into integrated “hard & soft” material. On one side, polymer strands are both elongated and hardened together -- while the other side is engineered to be softer and amorphous. This is done to generate a specific, high-value impact.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...and up to eight times lighter than current armor.

I'd cheer, but some rimf staffer will just look at this as an excuse to load even more weight back on the mules.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/02/2019 7:21 Comments || Top||

Iran court sentences brother of president Rouhani to five years in prison: Report
[AlAhram] An Iranian court sentenced the brother of President Hassan Rouhani
...Iran's moderate president, which he is, relative to his predecessor, which doesn't mean he's anything but a puppet of the nearest holy man...
to five years in prison, a judiciary front man was quoted as saying on Tuesday by the semi-official Fars news.

In May, Hossein Fereydoun was sentenced to an unspecified jail term in a corruption case that the president’s supporters allege was politically motivated.

Judiciary front man Gholamhossein Esmaili said Freydoun was placed in durance vile
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
for five years but he may face further charges in another case, without giving details, Fars reported.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6506 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  That wouldn't happen in America!
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/02/2019 6:41 Comments || Top||

USN Says Goodbye to the 'Blueberry' Camouflage Uniform
[MIL.com] MANAMA, Bahrain -- Sailors' last day to wear a blue camouflage uniform beloved by some and derided by others is here.

The Type I Navy Working Uniform, dubbed the "blueberry," will no longer be authorized for wear as of Tuesday, according to a timeline sent out by the Navy three years ago.

The eight-point cap is also being updated with the anchor, USS Constitution and eagle emblem stitched into the front-center panel, where sailors were previously allowed to put rank insignia.

Blueberries are being discontinued after an 11-year run. First introduced in 2008 as part of a uniform modernization program based on sailor input, the blue camouflage uniform was intended to be worn by enlisted and officers to "project a unified image/appearance regardless of rank," a Navy spokesman said via email.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/02/2019 08:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I have long said that if I had to wear "camouflage" uniforms aboard ship, they should be day-glo orange. If I fell overboard, I would want to be seen, not blend in with the ocean.
Why the heck are sailors wearing camouflage aboard ship anyway? If they truly wanted to be invisible, they would wear haze gray.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 10/02/2019 8:22 Comments || Top||

#2  ...uniform envy lol

See - military vs militarism. function vs fetish
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/02/2019 8:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Good fucking riddance.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/02/2019 8:59 Comments || Top||

#4  Is this the uniform that melts when exposed to flame?
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/02/2019 12:38 Comments || Top||

#5  Sailors need dungarees and dixie cups; the Air Force needs fashionwear.....
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 10/02/2019 14:33 Comments || Top||

#6  Are they gonna give out the new ones for free or order everyone to buy up, again.

The US military is on track with Star Fleet regarding the number of pointless uniform changes.
Posted by: ruprecht || 10/02/2019 14:46 Comments || Top||

#7  My older brother (USN Vietnam Vet, ret.) told me that his first uniforms could be washed in salt water, rinsed in fresh water, hang dried, rolled up and stored in the tiny cubbies they had back then (when he came back on leave his sailor's duffel bag felt like concrete because he had it packed so tight with stuff!).

Then they issued the "One Uniform for All Services" that needed a locker w' hangers to look presentable. He was not impressed: "Nice uniform for Army and Air Force types with their barracks..."
Posted by: magpie || 10/02/2019 16:33 Comments || Top||

US AMBO to Germany Saves US Taxpayers $20 Million
[Free Beacon] The Trump administration's ambassador to Germany has saved the U.S. taxpayer some $20 million during the last two fiscal years, according to an announcement from the American mission in Berlin.

Under the leadership of U.S. ambassador Richard Grenell, the foreign mission managed to come in $6 million under budget in fiscal year 2018 and $14 million under budget in fiscal year 2019.

By streamlining operations and cutting down on burdensome bureaucracy, Grenell has been able to carry out the Trump administration's agenda abroad with limited wasteful expenditures.

"I believe strongly that American taxpayers expect efficiency and frugality from overseas missions. I am happy to report that after coming $6 million under budget for FY18, Mission Germany came $14 million under budget in FY19," Grenell said in a statement.

"Additionally, we zeroed-out all growth requests for the most recent Mission Resource Review, committing to a static budget through 2021," according to the ambassador. "Through continuous analysis of our operations and goals, we have been able to meet emerging requirements through efficiencies and reprogramming existing resources as needed."
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#1  I bet he did. Nobody is keen to talk to him. So receptions come cheap.
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/02/2019 3:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Must be annoying to be an ambassador of a country with a dodgy past seeing them commit suicide yet again.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/02/2019 5:54 Comments || Top||

#3  Nobody is keen to talk to him

Interesting Wikipedia page — he ticks more boxes than the usual American ambassador: Harvard’s JFK School of Gov’t, UN permanent representative for eight years, highly rated consultant, op-ed contributor for a broad range of very respectable MSM outlets from left of center to center-right, homosexual in a long term relationship, like our ryuge...

But he has been as outspoken about President Trump’s positions as his colleagues were for President Obama in previous years, which understandably ruffles feathers in Germany and elsewhere. Clearly it has not occurred to them to be grateful he has not openly organized, trained, and financed right-leaning opposition parties, unlike what President Obama’s ambassador to Israel did for the opposition to Bibi Netanyahu, and what I suspect the Democratic Party did again this year without waiting for American government sanction.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/02/2019 14:24 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ well done, TW. Very informative - thx.
Posted by: Lex || 10/02/2019 14:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Actually he's not popular because he has acted like a diplomatic elephant in a china shop.
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/02/2019 15:00 Comments || Top||

#6  So, Germans - who fawned on Obama - dislike him?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/02/2019 15:10 Comments || Top||

#7  Yes, because just as the dem idea of bipartisanship is "bend over and assume the dem position," the Cherman idea of diplomacy is "bend over and assume the Merkel position." Nothing else is seemly.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/02/2019 17:21 Comments || Top||

#8  "I get it. I gotta act nice in
Dis place," sez Ambassador Tyson,
But, sadly, at lunch
Someone throws the first punch
In that porcelain factory in Meissen.
Posted by: Ho Chi Gray7671 || 10/02/2019 23:56 Comments || Top||

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