On August 2, the Indiana National Guard flew Pruitt, Holcomb, and several aides in a Black Hawk helicopter from Indianapolis to the Liberty coal mine in Boonville, according to schedules and emails published in a 24,000-page trove of EPA documents recently obtained by the Sierra Club. What happened once they got there is unclear; the trip was closed to press. According to an EPA press release after the fact, Pruitt discussed “methods to improve environmental conditions, while also safeguarding critical coal mining jobs.” It did not mention the Black Hawk.
Now, the drive from Indianapolis' airport to the Boonville mine is longish, but not hard: You take I-69 to New Harmony Road, turn left, and you're there. But when everything else about your leadership and spending habits screams Mugatu, you want to ride in fuckin' style. You want a damn Black Hawk.
In fairness to Pruitt, the Indiana Guard seems to do this sort of thing now and then. Their PAO, Maj. Charles Wimp, told the New Republic's Emily Atkin Tuesday that "military-owned helicopters are never used for frivolous purposes"; Atkin then recounted how Vice President Mike Pence was spirited to the Indy 500 last year in a formation of six Black Hawks.
Sure, a Hoosier vice president headed home for his state's biggest sporting event is maybe a little more significant than a secretive mine visit from an EPA administrator with corruption problems — the former sounds like just another day in America, while the latter sounds like a SPECTRE subplot — but anything that keeps Guard pilots' logbooks and training fresh is cool, I guess.
Besides, Pruitt missed out on serving in the military in his youth to set up a "Christian Legal Services" firm — presumably built around the core values of integrity, transparency, and thrift that he's brought to his not-at-all contentious tenure at the EPA. Who knows? Maybe he can find a CH-53 to take him on his final ride out of Washington when he's finally shitcanned. Or rather, if he's ever shitcanned.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.