US Navy Ships Delivering Food and Water to Irma Victims
Positioned off the coast of Florida, helicopters from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) are now delivering food and water to Florida as part of the Hurricane Irma relief effort. As part of the ongoing recovery in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Navy and Coast Guard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and USS New York (LPD 21) are expected to join the relief effort Tuesday. As part of the ongoing recovery in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Navy and Coast Guard helicopters and ships are continuing to evacuate people and shuttle food, water, and supplies to the U.S. Virgin Islands and south Florida. Near Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Military Sealift Command’s dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) started providing supplies to the USS Wasp (LHD-1), USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and USS Oak Hill (LSD-51), along with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Federal Emergency Management Agency staff, which started providing humanitarian aid and medical airlifts Friday. William McLean pumped 620,000 gallons of diesel fuel, 40,000 gallons of jet fuel, and delivered 40 pallets of supplies to Navy units, according to the Navy. USNS Wright (T-AVB 3), aviation logistics support ship, is expected to leave Philadelphia Tuesday to support relief efforts in near the Virgin Islands. Wright is assigned to the Military Sealift Command Prepositioning Program and carries aviation maintenance equipment to support U.S. Marine Corps fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
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ISIS Potential Dirty Bomb Story Published by The Washington Post
When the city Mosul, Iraq fell to ISIS back in 2014, they laid claim to a huge stockpile of weapons including small arms, bombs, rockets and some additional heavy weapons such as artillery pieces and even tanks. Banks were overrun and millions of dollars in hard currency were lost. Mosel’s college was also overrun during that same time frame. The college supported two radiotherapy machines used to kill cancer cells. And contained within the heavy shielding of the radiotherapy machines is cobalt-60, a metallic substance with high levels of radiation and which is highly lethal. One of the goals of Isis leaders in the field has been to develop a dirty bomb or Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD). An RDD is a radiological weapon that combines radioactive material with conventional explosives. The purpose of the weapon is to contaminate the area around the dispersal agent/conventional explosion with radioactive material, serving primarily as an area denial device against civilians. It is however not to be confused with a nuclear explosion, such as a fission bomb, which by releasing nuclear energy produces blast effects far in excess of what is achievable by the use of conventional explosives. Dirty bombs are admittedly difficult to construct as the radioactive material must be sufficiently radioactive so as create radiological damage. It must also be transportable with enough shielding to protect those transporting the device but not so heavy as to make it unmaneuverable. And then of course the radioactive material must be dispersible over a large area so as to contaminate the area around the explosion. If you had highly radioactive material and the ability to disperse it you could create an incident comparable to the Chernobyl disaster . In any event you would create a psychological event, mass panic and terror requiring considerable time and expense to clean up rendering areas of a city perhaps unusable. Western intelligence agencies were aware of the cobalt-60’s presence and watched to see if the militants would attempt to use it. The obligatory studies were conducted and our troops and Iraqi military commanders were appraised of the potential threat. When the Mosel campus was retaken (above right) by Iraqi forces, the radiotherapy were found to be intact. Good news, except the fact The Washington Post has now published a story on the entire incident. Whether the Islamic State has a subscription to The Washington Post is unknown, but they have provided the enemy with knowledge of a source of radioactive materials available in hundreds of cities around the world, some of which ISIS has control over. Additionally there is the potential for US troops or our allies to be directly harmed by this information. The Washington Post’s tagline is “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” but they should remember another line from an earlier conflict, “Loose lips sink ships.”
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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Resigns
Sean Spicer, one of the best-known faces of the Trump administration has submitted his resignation as Press Secretary. His departure came shortly before President Donald Trump named Anthony Scaramucci, a transition official in the Trump campaign and longtime Wall Street financier, as named White House communications director. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has been promoted to press secretary. Scaramucci (left) is not a communications or media professional, but rather a Wall Street businessman. The real question is will Saturday Night Live be able to put together a Spicy skit with Melissa McCarthy.
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Fireball to Become Jeter’s Angel
The group led by Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush to purchase the Miami Marlins for an estimated $1.3 billion have lost an investor. Bloomberg reported today that an investor who had been in talks to contribute $150 million to the $1.3 billion bid was unable to reconcile the terms of his investment. When news of their accepted bid was first reported last month, it was said the ownership group included at least five investors. I have decided to step up to the plate and bail Jeter and Jeb out of their predicament. I have communicated my offer of $1000.00 to make the deal go through. And while I’ll share it with only Friends of FOD; because Jeter’s number 2 was just retired, I’m willing to go as high as $222.22 over that $1000.00 offer. I’m only asking for 2.22% ownership, plus two seats in a really good box forever and I’ll also generously agree to be the bat guy when the Yankees come to town. I’m expecting a reply very soon. So I’m keeping my phone next to me all night, because I know these kinds of deals require personal involvement to make them happen.
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