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Watch A Pair Of 'Redneck' Monster Trucks Rescue A Military Vehicle Swamped By Harvey
There are currently around 30,000 National Guard service-members working their asses off to assist in search and rescue and relief efforts across Texas and Louisiana in the aftermath of the unprecedented flooding wrought by Hurricane Harvey. And though the Guard, bolstered by some 6,000 active-duty troops and an armada of "Cajun Navy" civilian and veteran volunteers, perform dutifully and honorably as the federal government's first line of defense against natural disasters, sometimes even guardsmen need a helping hand from the very folks they've been sent to rescue.
Case in point: this amusing video of two trucks rescuing a Guard vehicle from floodwaters. One, a Cadillac Escalade body with massive monster truck-style wheels, is driven by self-described "rednecks." It tows what appears to be a submerged Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) out of the rising waters, to the bemusement of onlookers:
— Michael Keyes (@michaelkeyes) August 31, 2017
It's not totally clear what's going on in this video. The swamped vehicle in question appears to be an M1078 LMTV light utility truck, a favorite of both the U.S. Army and National Guard (neither branch returned requests for comment from Task & Purpose). And Michael Keyes, an Army veteran of the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, posted the video on Aug. 31 with a simple, delightful message: "Redneck Army saves National Guard."
According to Jalopnik, the occupants of this jacked-up ride are members of the Texas group Rednecks With Paychecks, which took credit for the rescue captured by Keyes, writing on Facebook that "The Rednecks with Paychecks Houston Relief Convoy made the Weather Channel helping out the National Guard."
Here's another angle on the rescue posted to the group's Facebook page:
Rednecks With Paychecks rolled into Houston on Aug. 29 to assist with search and rescue operations. The group's page is teeming with videos of its members traversing Houston's suffocating new waterways — including the two lifted trucks captured above:
Keyes' celebration of the "Redneck Army" is awesome, but we sort of prefer the caption offered by the anonymous JoeDuo when he posted the video to Reddit: "Only in Texas does the National Guard get bailed out by a bunch of rednecks with lifted trucks."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to "act quickly" to reach a deal with the United States, in a tweet weighing in on North Korea's criticism of his political rival former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump, who has met Kim three times since 2018 over ending the North's missile and nuclear programs, addressed Kim directly, referring to the one-party state's ruler as "Mr. Chairman".
In his tweet, Trump told Kim, "You should act quickly, get the deal done," and hinted at a further meeting, signing off "See you soon!"
It is impossible to tune out news about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump now that the hearings have become public. And this means that cable news networks and Congress are happier than pigs in manure: this story will dominate the news for the foreseeable future unless Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt get back together.
But the wall-to-wall coverage of impeachment mania has also created a news desert. To those of you who would rather emigrate to North Korea than watch one more lawmaker grandstand for the cameras, I humbly offer you an oasis of news that has absolutely nothing to do with Washington intrigue.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday and is moving them to a handover location agreed with Kiev, Crimea's border guard service was cited as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday.
A Reuters reporter in Crimea, which Russian annexed from Ukraine in 2014, earlier on Sunday saw coastguard boats pulling the three vessels through the Kerch Strait toward the Black Sea where they could potentially be handed over to Ukraine.
Nine years after losing both legs in Afghanistan, he's found purpose in family, friends and inspiring others
There's a joke that Joey Jones likes to use when he feels the need to ease the tension in a room or in his own head.
To calm himself down, he uses it to remind himself of the obstacles he's had to overcome. When he faces challenges today — big or small — it brings him back to a time when the stakes were higher.
Jones will feel out a room before using the line. For nearly a decade, Jones, 33, has told his story to thousands of people, given motivational speeches to NFL teams and acted alongside a three-time Academy Award-winning actor.
On Tuesday afternoon, he stood at the front of a classroom at his alma mater, Southeast Whitfield High School in Georgia. The room was crowded with about 30 honor students.
It took about 20 minutes, but Jones started to get more comfortable as the room warmed up to him. A student asked about how he deals with post-traumatic stress disorder.
"I believe in post-traumatic growth," Jones said. "That means you go through tough and difficult situations and on the back end through recovery, you learn strength."
It didn't take long for a central theme to emerge at the funeral of U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Livermore, an event attended by hundreds of area residents Friday at Union Cemetery in Bakersfield.
It's a theme that stems from a widespread local belief that the men and women who have served in the nation's armed forces are held in particularly high esteem here in the southern valley.
"In Bakersfield and Kern County, we celebrate our veterans like no place else on Earth," Bakersfield Chief of Police Lyle Martin told the gathering of mourners.