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Cocksure Marine Aviators Can Keep Flying After Grounding Over Sky Penis
The tale of Marine aviators who flew a phallic pattern over California has what can best be described in massage parlor terminology as a “happy ending": the two aviators will keep their wings and remain “valued members” of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing after being disciplined administratively, a Marine Corps spokesman told Task & Purpose.
- The Marines had been grounded after using their T-34C from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 to fly in a penis-shaped pattern over the Salton Sea.
- 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing spokesman Maj. Josef Patterson said he was unable to elaborate what kind of administrative punishment the two Marines received due to Privacy Act restrictions.
- The Oct. 23 incident is the second confirmed military “sky penis” since two Navy aviators in an EA-18G Growler drew such an image with their contrails in the skies over Washington state on Nov. 16, 2017.
- As in the most recent sky penis case, those Navy aviators received administrative punishment but were allowed to keep flying. But they were also ordered to brief their comrades about how the lack of professionalism that they had displayed and the potential “strategic effects” of their actions.
- More recently, a B-52 commander was fired for not doing more to stop his airmen from drawing a plethora of penises during the unit’s deployment to Qatar.
- Former Marine Lance Cpl. Max Uriarte, creator of the “Terminal Lance” comic strip and author of the graphic novel “White Donkey,” recently told Task & Purpose why service members in general and Marines in particular frequently draw or make other artistic representations of the male member.
- “Somehow, d**ks are always funny,” Uriarte said.
Police arrest suspected terrorist for 1985 hijacking in which Navy diver Robert D. Stethem was murdered
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police have arrested a 65-year-old Lebanese man suspected of involvement in the 1985 hijacking of a Trans World Airlines (TWA) plane in which a U.S. navy diver was killed.
A Greek police official said on Saturday the suspect had disembarked from a cruise ship on the island of Mykonos on Thursday and that his name came up as being wanted by German authorities.
The last time the world saw Marine veteran Austin Tice, he had been taken prisoner by armed men. It was unclear whether his captors were jihadists or allies of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who were disguised as Islamic radicals.
Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."
That was from a video posted on YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, several weeks after Tice went missing near Damascus, Syria, while working as a freelance journalist for McClatchy and the Washington Post.
Now that Tice has been held in captivity for more than seven years, reporters who have regular access to President Donald Trump need to start asking him how he is going to bring Tice home.
SAN DIEGO — John Timothy Earnest didn't hide his smirks as he sat in a San Diego courtroom on Thursday, watching surveillance video of Lori Gilbert-Kaye being shot down inside the lobby of a Poway synagogue.
Earnest also smiled as a synagogue congregant testified about running toward the shooter, screaming "I'm going to kill you!" and seeing the gunman "with a look of astonishment or fear" turn and run.
Earnest, 20, is facing one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder in the shootings at Chabad of Poway on April 27. He also faces an arson charge related to an Escondido mosque fire in March, when several people who were sleeping inside escaped unharmed.
Sometimes a joke just doesn't work.
For example, the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service tweeted and subsequently deleted a Gilbert Gottfried-esque misfire about the "Storm Area 51" movement.
On Friday DVIDSHUB tweeted a picture of a B-2 bomber on the flight line with a formation of airmen in front of it along with the caption: "The last thing #Millenials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today."
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey is ready to act on its southern border with Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said, after warning that it could take unilateral steps if the U.S. does not establish a "safe zone" in northeast Syria this month.
"Our preparations along our borders are complete," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul on Saturday before departing to attend a U.N. General Assembly meeting.