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Afghanistan War update 9/18/17….More American Boot’s going there….

Donald Trump’s general’s are restarting the war Presodent Obama had worked on shutting down….

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced on September 18 that the US will send more than 3,000 troops to Afghanistan in an effort to win America’s 16-year war there — the longest in US history. It’s also a reversal for President Trump, who entered office promising to minimize America’s involvement abroad.

They will add to the approximately 11,000 US troops already serving in Afghanistan, bringing the total to at least 14,000. These new service members will help Afghan forces in their effort to defeat the nearly 20 terrorist groups in the country — especially the Taliban, ISIS, and al-Qaeda — by advising them and providing artillery and air support.

The announcement comes less than a month after Trump outlined his war strategy in a high-profile August 21 speech in front of around 2,000 troops at Fort Myer, Virginia. Trump said the US would win the war but didn’t disclose when US troops would come home. “Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on,” he said in his remarks, which were heavy on harsh rhetoric but strikingly light on details…..


image….A member of the United States Air Force keeps watch over the runway on September 9, 2017 at Kandahar Air Field in Kandahar, Afghanistan.Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images

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US Senate green lights Defense Bill….

The US Senate has agreed on a preliminary $692 billion Defense spending bill joining the US House….

The next step is for members of both legislative bodies to sit down and work out the differences between both bodies bills…..

The spending is above the sequester cap that Congress had set during  President Obama’s terms …..

The Senate sidestepped controversy Monday and overwhelmingly passed a sweeping $692 billion defense policy bill for the new fiscal year.

Scrapped without votes were a handful of contentious proposals to prevent transgender troops from being kicked out of the military, eliminate across-the-board budget cuts, bar indefinite detention of U.S. citizens and launch a new round of military base realignments and closures.

The annual National Defense Authorization Act was passed 89-8, setting up what could be contentious negotiations with the House over a series of key policy differences on the must-pass legislation.

The House passed its version of the bill in July. And the two chambers are expected to soon form a joint conference committee to hammer out their differences and negotiate a final compromise.

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, who managed the bill on the Senate floor, while undergoing treatment for brain cancer, had been pushing for votes on four key amendments dealing with defense spending, indefinite detention, Buy America requirements and restrictions on defense medical research. But with the chamber deadlocked on the issue, Senate leaders instead moved to finish the bill quickly……


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Trump tells the UN he would have no choice but to ‘Totally Destroy North Korea’ to defend itself or allies….

…from the NY Times…..

If the United States is forced to defend itself or its allies, “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” President Trump told the gathering.

In his address to the General Assembly on Tuesday, Mr. Trump denounced North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong-un, saying the nation “threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of life” as a result of its nuclear weapons program.

“If the righteous many don’t confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph,” he said.

Mr. Trump emphasized that it was against the interest of the entire world for North Korea — which he called a “band of criminals” — to obtain missiles and nuclear weapons.

“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself,” he said of Mr. Kim.

But the president also said America would act alone if needed. He emphasized an “America first” agenda, and said that while the United States would “forever be a great friend to the world and especially to its allies,” his primary responsibility was to Americans…..


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Defense Sec Mattis again tries to calm Mexico’s political nerves….

While his boss Donald Trump keeps talking about ‘walls’?

Defenese Sec James Mattis continues his travel’s around the world playing down his bosses media comments…

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis meets Mexican senior officers in Mexico City.

As political daggers fly back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis used words like “trust,” “respect,” and “support” to describe the relationship between the neighbors’ militaries.

Mattis and other high-level American military officials are south of the border today [ 9/15/17] to meet with their counterparts and take part in Mexico’s Independence Day festivities.

“In our military-to-military relationship, we maintain a very steady relationship — a growing relationship built on trust and respect,” the secretary told reporters Friday on a flight to the Mexican capital.

The visit comes amid increased political tension between President Donald Trump — who wants to build a wall on the southern border of the U.S.— and Mexican politicians. Mattis played down the political rhetoric, but alluded to shared concerns over the drug trade, human trafficking, and corruption.

“We have shared security concerns,” he said. “There’s partnerships, military-to-military exchanges that are based on trust and respect.”

“The people are keenly aware of their crime problems,” Mattis added. “They’re dealing with them. The drug trafficking going into America, we’re working together on it. Every nation has its challenges it deals with. Mexico is keenly aware of these and I’m there to support them in dealing with them.”

Some of Mattis’ civilian aides were spotted wearing lapel pins depicting intersecting American and Mexican flags. Mattis said that the only full-honors military parades he’s held at the Pentagon were for visits by the Mexican and Canadian defense ministers….


image…Marcus Weisgerber/Defense One

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Bill would cut American aid to the Palestinian Authority until they stop supporting terrorists…

The Bill , which could pass in Congress would have America move to stop the  Palestinian Authority from paying what seems to be protection money to keep terrorists working instead of taking money to go back to doing terrorist acts for money from other sources /states?….

Things aren’t THAT simple….

The Taylor Force Act is gathering momentum in Congress. Named for a West Point graduate who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian during a 2016 trip to Israel, the bill would cut American aid to the Palestinian Authority until it takes “credible steps to end acts of violence” and stops paying stipends to convicted terrorists. The legislation recently passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with rare bipartisan support, and last week Sen. Lindsey Graham attached it to the 2018 Foreign Operations budget, all but guaranteeing it will go into effect next year.

That means the clock is now ticking for the Palestinian Authority, which receives around $350 million from the U.S. each year. The Taylor Force Act wouldn’t block humanitarian or security aid, meaning U.S. funds wouldn’t be zeroed out, but our sources say the total could fall as low as $120 million, depending on how far Congress and the Trump administration want to go. At the same time the PA’s support from other donors is dropping, putting further strain already on the government in Ramallah.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his coterie say they cannot roll back the practice of paying convicted terrorists, which dates to 1964. They say failing to pay the salaries—estimated at around $350 million a year—would create an opening for the terror group Hamas or even Iran. They further argue that pulling the funding would deprive thousands of families of their livelihoods, which could spark protests and threaten the Palestinian Authority’s rule….



This is a gamble by Republicans to help Israel thru a back door….

It is also against the domestic good of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who must do a balancing act between the arab history of fighting Israel and controlling the various terrorist factions in the Middle East…

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Irma aftermath…A Mess but little loss of American life…

Things where bad…

But NOT as bad as it could have been…


Florida emerged from Hurricane Irma on Monday as a landscape of blacked-out cities, shuttered gas stations, shattered trees and flooded streets, while the now-weakened storm kept sweeping northward.

Major streets remained underwater in cities from Miami to Jacksonville, with even more roads snarled by debris. As many as nine million Floridians lost electricity at some point during the storm, and the chief executive of a major utility, Florida Power & Light, said that it could take weeks to restore full service.

Officials were still assessing Irma’s impact in the Florida Keys, which may have borne the worst of the storm. After a survey of the islands, Gov. Rick Scott told reporters that he had seen crippling damage there, including countless overturned trailers and many boats washed ashore. Recovery in the Keys would be a “long road,” he said.

“I just hope everybody survived,” Mr. Scott said. “It’s horrible, what we saw.”

Later on Monday, the Defense Department said that damage to the Keys was so extensive that it might be necessary to evacuate the 10,000 residents who rode out the storm on the islands.

Three other states — Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama — issued storm and tornado warnings as they prepared for their own brush with Irma, which was downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday as its winds slowed. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency alerted residents to “historic levels of flooding” on the Atlantic Coast and urged people to take shelter, if they had not already evacuated. By Monday afternoon, about a million people in Georgia and South Carolina had lost power….


Things are much worst on those islands that would normally be tourists paradises …

To most Americans nervously watching the path of Hurricane Irma, the United States Virgin Islands were little more than marks on a map as the storm churned its way to the mainland. But on Monday, as Irma dropped below hurricane strength and most Floridians counted themselves lucky, it became clear that the country had a humanitarian crisis on its hands in one of its tropical paradises.

Residents on St. John, which suffered even greater damage than St. Thomas, estimated that 80 percent of its structures had been extensively damaged, and those who had not evacuated were huddling together in groups of up to 50 in buildings that had no roofs. With many roads impassible, some had to walk for miles to food pantries to pick up ready-to-eat-meals and bottled water dropped by American military helicopters….


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UN agree’s to tougher North Korean sanctions while some Russian’s take up the slack…

The U.N. Security Council on Monday agreed on its toughest-ever sanctions against North Korea that passed unanimously after the United States softened its initial demands to win support from China and Russia.

The sanctions set limits on North Korea’s oil imports and banned its textile exports in an effort to deprive the reclusive nation of the income it needs to maintain its nuclear and ballistic missile program and increase the pressure to negotiate a way out of punishing sanctions.

“Today, we are attempting to take the future of the North Korean nuclear program out of the hands of its outlaw regime,” said Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

“Today, we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea,” she added. “And today the Security Council is saying if North Korea does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves.”

The new sanctions come on top of previous ones that cut into North Korea’s exports of coal, iron ore and seafood. Haley said that more than 90 percent of North Korea’s reported exports are now fully banned by sanctions….


But, there is this also…

Russian smugglers are scurrying to the aid of North Korea with shipments of petroleum and other vital supplies that could help that country weather harsh new economic sanctions, U.S. officials say in an assessment that casts further doubt on whether financial measures alone can force dictator Kim Jong Un to abandon his nuclear weapons program.

The spike in Russian exports is occurring as China — by far North Korea’s biggest trading partner — is beginning to dramatically ratchet up the economic pressure on its troublesome neighbor in the face of provocative behavior such as last week’s test of a powerful nuclear bomb.

Official documents and interviews point to a rise in tanker traffic this spring between North Korean ports and Vladivostok, the far-eastern Russian city near the small land border shared by the two countries. With international trade with North Korea increasingly constrained by U.N. sanctions, Russian entrepreneurs are seizing opportunities to make a quick profit, setting up a maze of front companies to conceal ­transactions and launder payments, according to U.S. law enforcement officials who monitor sanction-busting activity….


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The US takes over fighter air patrols over the Baltic countries…

Remember all the handwringing over Donald Trump’s comments about NATO and the East European state’s bordering Russia?

Remember all the worrying about Trump giving away the store to Putin?

Some of us did  NOT believe that bulls shit for one moment…

The American general’s that Trump has surrounded himself with simply will NOT allow certain thing to happen….

Another Ukraine type grab is one of them…

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The US will take over the Baltic air policing mission next month in an effort to guard airspace over Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, U.S. European Command said Wednesday.

Air Force F-15C Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, will lead the next NATO Baltic Air Policing rotation at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, EUCOM said.

The F-15s, acting as a quick reactionary force, will surveil the air until the end of the year.

The US last was part of the Baltic Air Policing mission in 2014, the same time Russia annexed Crimea.

The Air Force’s obligations to the Baltic countries — which lack capable air forces — came under scrutiny last year after then-President-elect Donald Trump criticized the U.S. for acting as the backbone to the NATO alliance, and left the door open on whether he would defend countries he deemed as not properly contributing….



Donald Trump has been locked out of his efforts to ‘dance’ with the Russian President by the American Intelligence l Community, Congress and his generals….

Image of US Air Force F-15’s ‘escorting’ a Russian Long Range Bomber…The Aviationist….

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The Kurds will probable get their own country..

ISIS is all but gone from Iraq….

The Obama pledge to fight for this has been continued by the Trump military…(The US has trained and equipped the Kurd military)

The people who helped achieve this was the Kurds….

They want their payback now…

(They vote on this on the 25th of the month…)

There own long held dream of their own state….

Even if others in the region ain’t happy….

“How could the international community expect us to be part of Iraq after these crimes?” said Khalat Barzani, who is in charge of the museum that memorializes the deportation and killings of thousands of Kurds in 1983.

Even if the outcome is a forgone conclusion — nearly every Kurd holds dear the dream of statehood — the vote in Iraqi Kurdistan represents a historic moment in the Kurds’ generations-long struggle for political independence.

Numbering about 30 million people spread across four countries – Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran – the Kurds are often described as the world’s largest ethnic group without their own homeland. Iraqi Kurdistan, an oil-rich enclave in northern Iraq, may be their best hope yet.

The referendum’s approval would start the process of turning the autonomous region into an independent state.

But outside of Kurdistan, every major player in the neighborhood opposes the vote, which could break up Iraq and further destabilize a volatile, war-torn region.

Baghdad has indicated that it would not recognize the results.

Across the border in Turkey, officials worry that Kurds declaring independence in Iraq would inflame the separatist sentiments of Kurds in Turkey. Turkey has opposed the referendum and warned that it could lead to a new civil war in Iraq.

American officials, concerned that it would hobble the fight against the Islamic State, have urged the Kurds to delay the vote. An open rift between Baghdad and Kurdistan could end the cooperation between Iraqi and Kurdish forces, which is seen as critical in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State. Kurdish secession would also deprive the United States of one of its primary goals since it invaded this country: keeping Iraq intact.

Kurdish pesh merga soldiers last month at a front-line position along the eastern edge of territory still held by the Islamic State, near the city of Hawija. CreditIvor Prickett for The New Times

Iran, the pre-eminent foreign power in Iraq, with its close ties to the Shiite-led government in Baghdad and Iraqi Shiite militias under its control, has emphasized that its priority is maintaining the unity of Iraq.

Without the support of neighboring countries, the vote could backfire, failing to achieve independence and becoming another in a long history of lost opportunities for a long-suffering people.

It also could set off violence in disputed areas like Kirkuk, a multiethnic city under Kurdish control that has long been contested between the central government and Kurdish authorities.

“Having a referendum on such a fast timeline, particularly in disputed areas, would be, we think, significantly destabilizing,” Brett H. McGurk, President Trump’s envoy to the international coalition battling the Islamic State, said last month.

But the Kurdistan Regional Government says the vote will go forward as scheduled on Sept. 25, and will be binding. Assuming it passes, Kurdish officials say, it will set in motion a formal breakaway process, including negotiations with the Iraqi government and a diplomatic push to win the support of regional powers….


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An argument against Trump JUST playing to his base….

Social scientists have long been familiar with the important concept of the reference group — a group individuals use as the standard against which to compare their own behavior and self-perceptions, whether a part of that group or not.

President Donald Trump has, in recent months, given evidence that his reference group is shifting to the minority of the U.S. population he characterizes as his “base.” In a series of tweets in August, he opined, “Hard to believe that with 24/7 #Fake News … the Trump base is getting stronger!” and, “… Supreme Court pick, economic enthusiasm, deregulation & so much more have driven the Trump base even closer together,” and, “The Trump base is far bigger & stronger than ever before …”

A selective focus on only a portion of the population as one’s reference group is an attractive and tempting alternative for any politician. It reduces the cognitive dissonance that accompanies attempting to deal with the fact that the entire population is more negative than positive (Trump’s current overall job approval rating is 37%), and it produces a stream of positive feedback from that base (as was the case in President Trump’s recent speeches in Phoenix and Springfield, Missouri).

At the same time, a selective choice of a relatively narrow reference group for a president has significant implications. The main consequence stems from the finding that the public, taken as a whole, wants less partisanship, less polarization, and is ultimately not in favor of a strict position of sticking to principles at the cost of getting things done.

Keep in mind that government and the way it operates today is, in the public’s mind, one of the most important problems facing the nation. Although this concern has multiple causes, a good deal of it comes from the belief that government — mainly Congress — is too focused on infighting, bickering, adherence to intransigent partisan allegiances, enslavement to special interests and those with money, and a general lack of willingness to compromise in order to get things done for the public good.

In this sense, Trump’s explicit announcement of the use of his base as the reference group governing his behavior (rather than using the nation as a whole) runs the danger of exacerbating, rather than ameliorating, the public’s concerns…..


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The US Air Force REALLY isn’t interetsed in a slow piston engine attack aircraft for the troops…

Up til a few monthes ago the Air Force thought they could get rid of the ugly , but effective A-10….

But Congress has held on to the ole warhog giving it support and money…..

Now those who would like to see a propeller driven close air support  light attack platform for the Special Ops people and grunts in a jam are watching the Air Force try agin to deep six an effort generate that type aircraft from the OA-X program….

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Aviation Week is out witha piece that reveals that the OA-X program ain’t even a legit pathway for picking a aircraft….The program is set up to steal technolgy ‘concepts’ from the light attack aircraft that people THOUGHT where in the running?

I KNOW it isn’t gonna happen…

But Congress REALLY needs to give the close combat operation  to Army Aviation where it belongs…..

With so much hype surrounding the U.S. Air Force’s OA-X experiment at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, one could be forgiven for thinking the service is seriously planning to buy a fleet of light-attack aircraft.

But OA-X is not an aircraft-procurement program, and neither is a new initiative announced back in July, called Light Attack Support for Special Operations (LASSO).

It turns out the partnership between U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s (AFLCMC) Fighters and Bombers Directorate is exclusively focused on technologies and subsystems that could someday be adapted to future light-attack platforms for the regular force or special units.

The directorate confirms in a statement to Aviation Week that LASSO seeks concepts from industry relating to “munitions, sensors and mission systems” that could be assimilated onto light-attack platforms, not a specific platform. There are no flight demonstrations planned, although bidders could propose one.

Despite alluding to a “potential future Special Operations Forces light-attack mission and/or emerging light-attack platforms” in its pre-solicitation notice July 28, the directorate has no active programs of record for the procurement of a light-attack aircraft….



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North Korea does NOT have the ability to attack America…

So CNN is leading its 6:00 pm newscast with breathless coverage of the North Korean threat to erase the US?


This is small country that does NOT,at this time, have a rocket that can reach North America
When they do have ONE?
They don’t a functioning weapon….

While North Korea did explode a nuclear weapon underground, and it has this summer tested what experts believe are ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US mainland, it hasn’t shown it can put the two together in a system that works.
“A successful test means they can build a weapon, not that they have any ready for immediate use,” said Carl Schuster, a former director of operations at the US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center….

Yet the talking heads on CNN are acting like little old North Korea has a whole ARSENAL of missiles with warheads NOW….

The media needs to stop  doing this shit to the American public….

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North Korea has tested a high yield atomic bomb….

Sources in Japan have confirmed that North Korea set off a nuclear blast underground…

The action is in the face of American warnings for the country to cease it’s efforts to produce the capability to put on line a ballistic missile system with the ability to reach America and elevate itself to membership in the exclusive nuclear able club of countries …(The country has continued to test out ballistic missiles..)

Efforts by China to stop the North Korean’s have also fallen on deaf ears…

The US and other Asia countries are holding their annual military drills in South Korea and THAT has the North Korea’s nervous….

Trump is meeting with his National Security staff, which cautions against  a military response to the taunts from the  North Korea’s….

They are showing that absent whatever they want in talks?

They will press ahead to assure that military intervention in their plans will coast the US and South Korea grave consequences….

The Trump admin is between a rock and hard place on this….

North Korea carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in an extraordinary show of defiance against President Trump on Sunday, saying it had detonated a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The test, which the North called a “complete success,” was the first to clearly surpass the destructive power of the bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II.

Mr. Trump threatened last month to bring “fire and fury” to North Korea if it continued to threaten the United States with nuclear missiles, but the country and its leader, Kim Jong-un, has appeared unmoved, with the test on Sunday preceded by the launch last week of a ballistic missile over Japaninto the north Pacific.

“North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test,” Mr. Trump said in an early-morning post on Twitter. “Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.”

Mr. Trump described the North as a “rogue nation” that has become “a great threat and embarrassment to China,” its main ally. He also scolded the government in Seoul, saying “South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!”

The announcement from North Korea came hours after the country declared that it had developed a hydrogen bomb that could fit into the warhead of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Still, it was unclear whether the North had in fact detonated such a weapon, a far more powerful type of nuclear device than the atomic bombs it has tested in the past. And analysts were skeptical that Pyongyang had really developed the capability to mount one on an ICBM…..



The action by the North Korea’s has been widely condemned by other countries , not just the US…

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A Coast Guard ‘Helo’ driver tells his story….

Coast Guard pilot Jason Brownlee, at right, is seen with commander John Egan, left, and flight mechanic Eric Cybulski, center.

ELLINGTON FIELD JOINT RESERVE BASE, Texas ― At 3 a.m. on Sunday, Jason Brownlee, a pilot with the U.S. Coast Guard, woke with a start. His phone was ringing.

While he was asleep, Hurricane Harvey had slammed into the greater Houston area, bringing extreme winds and heavy rainfall. His bosses wanted him back at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Houston ― ASAP.

There was one problem, though. Brownlee, 34, was already flooded in.

“Every road that I could take to get in was impassible,” he said. So his team pulled the maneuver they knew best: They scrambled a rescue aircraft and picked him up in an elementary school parking lot near his house.

“I came in, put my uniform on, grabbed my gear, a crew, a helicopter,” and took off, he said, flying the first of what would be many rescue missions in the days to come.

Flying over Port Arthur and Beaumont revealed widespread flooding and devastation from Hurricane Harvey.

The full extent of Harvey’s devastation is still unknown. More than 32,000 residents have sought refuge in shelters after being displaced from their homes, and at least 38 people have died. But many more were saved ― including by pilots like Brownlee. So far, more than 72,000 people have been rescued. According to a U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson, at least 744 aerial rescues in the greater Houston area have taken place since the storm began.

On Friday, one week after Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, Brownlee’s unit took HuffPost reporters on a reconnaissance mission to survey flooding around Port Arthur and Beaumont, two cities among those hit hardest. Much of the area surrounding these towns is still underwater, and rescue efforts are ongoing.

A lot of industry and infrastructure sustained damage during Hurricane Harvey, including railroads, roadways and various industrial plants.

The sky was sunny and clear as the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter took off ― a far cry from the flying conditions that Brownlee battled during the storm. On Monday, he flew a search and rescue mission through a torrential downpour, the worst weather he’d ever witnessed as a pilot. He couldn’t see anything except the ground directly below the nose of the aircraft.

“We were using Google Maps to fly above highways, because we know that there are no towers over the highways,” he said. “I don’t think I’m ever going to forget that experience.”

Seen from the sky, the destruction caused by Harvey was on full display. Mile after mile brought scenes of dramatic flooding, with entire fields and neighborhoods swallowed up by water.

Cows congregated on tiny sections of dry land, surrounded by water. Interstate 10, a major connecting highway, was a river. Tractor-trailer trucks stood abandoned along the road.

Eric Cybulski, a flight mechanic who has been with the Coast Guard for 19 years, kept his eyes trained on the ground, looking for anyone in need of rescue.

The destruction, he said, reminded him of the 11 days he spent responding to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, in 2005….


US Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

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X-37B Space Plane to Launch Next Week…

America’s only ‘spaceship’ will be back a work soon….

The X-37B has flown four times before

The U.S. Air Force’s covert X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle is scheduled to launch Sept. 7.

For the first time, the experimental space plane will hitch a ride aboard Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the service announced Thursday.

Marking the fifth mission for the X-37B, the OTV “will also be launched into, and landed from, a higher inclination orbit than prior missions to further expand the X-37B’s orbital envelope,” the Air Force said in a release.

The Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, which is responsible for the X-37B’s experimental operations, has been working to advance the aircraft’s performance and flexibility “as a space technology demonstrator and host platform for experimental payloads,” the release states….


image…US Air Force….

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Trump’s ex-General Chief of Staff reins in his boss….

There is no doubt of Donald J.Trump’s admiration of military types….

He has surrounded himself with general’s….

Over the last month his newly installed chief-of-staff has been busy doing what no other peroson has been able to do since the beginning of the campaign….

Add some order to Trumpworld….

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Trump being his own worst enemy , has followed the road laid out for him John Kelly, cutting back his access to rightwing nuts, and tempering his outburst ‘s in the media (trump STILL has acess to twitter and uses it, but less so)…

Kelly has sent most of the Trump campaign people packing…Moving them to the outside looking in and now acts a gatekeeper on his boss, who is increasingly running out of friends and support in the government, where President must have them….

It is unknown how long Trump will agree to have Kelly managing him…But then it is also unknown how long Donald Trump will have his present job, eh?

President Trump was in an especially ornery mood after staff members gently suggested he refrain from injecting politics into day-to-day issues of governing after last month’s raucous rally in Arizona, and he responded by lashing out at the most senior aide in his presence.

It happened to be his new chief of staff, John F. Kelly.

Mr. Kelly, the former Marine general brought in five weeks ago as the successor to Reince Priebus, reacted calmly, but he later told other White House staff members that he had never been spoken to like that during 35 years of serving his country. In the future, he said, he would not abide such treatment, according to three people familiar with the exchange.

While Mr. Kelly has quickly brought some order to a disorganized and demoralized staff, he is fully aware of the president’s volcanic resentment about being managed, according to a dozen people close to Mr. Trump, and has treaded gingerly through the minefield of Mr. Trump’s psyche. But the president has still bridled at what he perceives as being told what to do.

Like every other new sheriff in town Mr. Trump has hired to turn things around at the White House or in his presidential campaign, Mr. Kelly has gradually diminished in his appeal to his restless boss. What is different this time is that Mr. Trump, mired in self-destructive controversies and record-low approval ratings, needs Mr. Kelly more than Mr. Kelly needs him. Unlike many of the men and women eager to work for Mr. Trump over the years, the new chief of staff signed on reluctantly, more out of a sense of duty than a need for affirmation, personal enrichment or fame….



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