Life of a Door Gunner

The U.S. Navy hasn’t fared well recently, judging by news stories. In short order, it faced a major controversy when a U.S. Navy SEAL team operator was charged with war crimes. Taking a rare step, President Trump intervened in the matter. Most charges were dropped, and the accused was allowed to retire with his pension. This resulted in the resignation of the secretary of the Navy. Next, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, deployed in the Pacific, suffered an outbreak of COVID-19. Its captain broke the chain of command and appealed directly for assistance, fearing contamination of his entire crew. That matter remains under review by the secretary of defense in the aftermath of its handling by the then–acting secretary of the Navy, who also resigned. Third, the Navy is also at the front of the current COVID pandemic with two hospital ships engaged in support of the effort, and a new acting secretary, James McPherson, has been appointed. The Navy has its third leader in less than a year — not ideal for any large organization.

The Navy faces challenging times, although McPherson, with impressive credentials and experience, certainly seems up to the task.

If all this isn’t enough, the Navy has now decided to go after a dog — a wounded combat hero at that. Last month, a new book, No Ordinary Dog, by Will Chesney, was released. Chesney, a retired Navy SEAL teams member, was a military dog-handler who, with his dog Cairo, took part in hundreds of missions, including the 2011 secret Operation Neptune Spear against Osama bin Laden. The book describes the incredible bonding of handler and dog, and Cairo’s integral role in the bin Laden mission and others. The book was vetted for classified material and cleared, and redactions appear in the text.

History is an incredible predictor of future events, but it is generally unknown or more often misunderstood. Cinco de Mayo is indicative of this misunderstanding. A lot of Americans think it is the Mexican independence day, but it’s not. Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the victory over the French Navy that arrived to collect the money owed to France, Britain and Spain. The French troops fought a battle in the city of Puebla, where they lost, providing Mexico a cause for celebration, if short-lived.

Today, we hear of the U.S. and China arguing over money owed in one way or another, to one or the other. A lot of things can start a war, most often it is money. The rise of Hitler was due to the demand for reparations for World War I, when Germany was broke, suffering from a depression and still those owed would not give a reprieve. The resentment caused by this allowed Hitler to build an army.

WASHINGTON – Joe Biden has longed to win the White House for more than three decades. If he finally makes it there after November’s election, he’s already talking about leaving.

In an effort to ease concerns about his age, the 77-year-old presumptive Democratic nominee has said he wouldn’t seek reelection if his mental or physical health declined. He has also referred to himself as a “transition candidate,” acting as a bridge to a younger generation of leadership.

EDENVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Rapidly rising water overtook dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in central Michigan, where the governor said one downtown could be “under approximately 9 feet of water” by Wednesday.

For the second time in less than 24 hours, families living along the Tittabawassee River and connected lakes in Midland County were ordered to leave home.

On the morning of May 18, 1980, an earthquake shook Mt. St. Helens and the mountain’s north face collapsed in one of the largest debris avalanches ever recorded.

The slide uncorked the volcano, baring magma that exploded with 500 times the force of the Hiroshima bomb in the most destructive eruption in U.S. history.

The cataclysmic chain of events killed 57 people and thousands of animals, took out 250 homes, 47 bridges and 185 miles of highway, clogged rivers with sediment, flooded valleys and blocked the Columbia River shipping channel.

Forty years later, the destruction may not be over.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing to significantly shrink the footprint of California’s prison system, partly because of massive budget cuts prompted by the pandemic but also because of philosophy.

The revised budget he sent to state lawmakers this week envisions closing two state prisons in the coming years; cutting nearly one in five of the 43 inmate firefighter camps; and eventually closing all three state-run juvenile prisons.

Just when you thought the Coronavirus snitching outbreak couldn’t get any worse, the societal virus continues to spread. Austin Mayor Steve Adler decided to channel his inner Kim Jong Un on Monday when he announced an extension of the city’s shelter-in-place orders.

But it was the decision to urge Austinites to rat out their neighbors that raised eyebrows. As you might imagine, the Karens of the city took Adler’s exhortation to heart.