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Zero Coasties Were Paid To Create These Memes About The Government Shutdown
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.
Often shared along with the hashtag #PayOurCoastGuard, the Facebook page Coast Guard Memes has been doing its part to lift the spirits of the Coast Guard's roughly 42,000 active duty members and about 8,000 civilians affected by the shutdown, among many others across the federal government.
Despite the lapse in CG funding — which comes from DHS instead of DoD, which is not affected by the shutdown — Coast Guardsman have been doing what they've been doing, rescuing fishermen, interdicting drug smugglers, and conducting patrols in the Arctic.
And, well, creating memes.
Like this one, which makes it pretty clear that the bills don't stop when the paycheck doesn't come.
And no one in the Coast Guard really cares who is to blame... as long as they get paid again.
Might want to hang onto that one.
This is a not so subtle dig at the letter shared on Tuesday from the Coast Guard Commandant, who said he was working to fix the problem (though he doesn't have much power here) while asking his people to "stay the course" and "serve with pride."
Although many of the Coast Guard memes are lighthearted and funny ...
... Some offer less-than-stellar advice for getting by.
This is in reference to a memo released by the Coast Guard Support Center telling families that they might want to try holding garage sales, walking the neighbor's dogs, or becoming a mystery shopper to earn a little extra income. Not surprisingly, that letter was taken down after The Washington Post reported on it.
But clearly, there are plenty of Coast Guardsmen who are not happy right now.
And many are sharing this serious image on Facebook and Instagram instead of memes.
Two Air Force pararescue Airmen were awarded the Silver Star Medal on Friday for saving dozens of lives during separate Afghan battles in 2018 and 2019.
Tech Sgt. Gavin Fisher and Staff Sgt. Daniel Swensen both received the third highest military award for their bravery. Fisher also received the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government covertly moved to expel two officials from the Chinese embassy earlier this year, after they drove onto a military base, the New York Times reported, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter.
The newspaper reported on Sunday that one of the two Chinese officials is believed to be an intelligence officer operating under diplomatic cover.
The Chinese officials breached security at a base in Virginia this fall, and only stopped driving after fire trucks were used to block their path, the Times said.
Trump set to announce he's withdrawing 4,000 troops from Afghanistan amid troubled peace talks with Taliban
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
President Donald Trump is set to announce the withdrawal of roughly 4,000 US troops from Afghanistan as early as next week, NBC News reported on Saturday based on conversations with three current and former officials.
This would come as the US is engaged in ongoing, troubled peace talks with the Taliban. The talks resumed in early December after Trump abruptly scrapped negotiations with the Taliban in September, only to be paused again this week after an attack near Bagram Airfield on Wednesday.
Thomas Hoke can still recall the weather in December 1944, and the long days that followed.
The battle started on Dec. 16, but his company arrived Dec. 27 and would stay there until the battle's end, nearly a month later. By the time he arrived, snow had blanketed Germany in what was one of the biggest storms the country had seen in years.
"It was 20 below and a heavy fog encompassed the whole area," Hoke, 96, recalled from his Emmitsburg home.
The fog was to Germany's advantage because Allied aircraft were grounded, including recognizance flights, allowing the Nazis to slip in.
West Point is investigating a hand gesture made by several cadets and midshipmen during an ESPN pre-game broadcast at the Army-Navy game Saturday after clips of the signals went viral because of their association with white power.
"West Point is looking into the matter," a spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "At this time we do not know the intent of the cadets."