US fighter jet intercepts aircraft near Trump rally, deploying signal flares

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/28/politics/trump-rally-fighter-jet-arizona/index.html?utm_term=image&utm_source=twCNNp&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2020-10-28T22%3A49%3A03

 

 

An aircraft entered restricted air space over President Donald Trump’s rally in Bullhead City, Arizona, on Wednesday, leading to a fighter jet being scrambled to intercept it.

John Cornelio, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), said in a statement to CNN that an F-16 aircraft was sent Wednesday afternoon to investigate a small airplane that had entered the air space above the President’s rally.
 
“The violating aircraft was non-responsive to initial intercept procedures, but established radio communications after NORAD aircraft deployed signal flares,” Cornelio said. “The violating aircraft was escorted out of the restricted area by the NORAD aircraft without further incident.”
 
 
 
The smaller aircraft was not visible to CNN reporters on the ground in Arizona but the fighter jet could be heard overhead, leading to a reaction from the rally crowd and the President himself.
 
Trump, apparently caught off-guard by jet above, said that the plane was “about four days old” and touted his funding for the military.
 
“I love that sound, I love it,” Trump said at the sound of aircraft engines. “You don’t know what I went through to get those suckers up there — I had to get that money from the Democrats.”
 
He said the jet was “trying to show off” for him and called the flares being deployed “a little display” for the President.
 
US Secret Service agents also reacted to the jet’s unexpected presence during the rally, with some moving quickly toward the President, though they never actually stepped onto the stage.
 
The crowd cheered loudly as the jet could be heard overhead, with chants of “U-S-A” and one man yelling, “That’s the sound of freedom!”
 
 
More at the link above.   Please note how full of shit tRump is, and how the cultist eat it up.     Hugs 

 

Pentagon Funneled $1B Meant For COVID Supplies To Defense Contractors, Bought Armor, Dress Uniforms

Pentagon Funneled $1B Meant For COVID Supplies To Defense Contractors, Bought Armor, Dress Uniforms

The Washington Post reports:

A $1 billion fund Congress gave the Pentagon in March to build up the country’s supplies of medical equipment has instead been mostly funneled to defense contractors and used for making things such as jet engine parts, body armor and dress uniforms.

The change illustrates how one taxpayer-backed effort to battle the novel coronavirus, which has killed roughly 200,000 Americans, was instead diverted toward patching up long-standing perceived gaps in military supplies.

The Cares Act, which Congress passed earlier this year, gave the Pentagon money to “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.” But a few weeks later, the Defense Department began reshaping how it would award the money in a way that represented a major departure from Congress’s original intent.

Read the full article.

Trump steps off the golf course and takes a swing at John McCain, as Losergate continues

Again the professional victim.   It must be horrible to go through life thinking everyone has it out for you.    Hugs

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/9/5/1975263/-After-steps-off-the-golf-course-and-takes-a-swing-at-John-McCain-as-Losergate-continues

With the news cycle exploding over reports that Donald Trump called American soldiers who died to stop a German attack on Paris “losers” and “sucker,” it’s obvious that Trump had only one choice: Spend the day honoring America’s military by chasing a little white ball around his private golf course in Virginia.

But if Trump’s scheduled for Saturday seemed incredibly callous and tone deaf, his continuing reaction to the scandal is just as predictable as the way he shaves off just a few strokes on his scorecard. Trump’s most recent tweets starts off with a series of lies about all the great things he’s done for the military. A list that for some reason doesn’t include stealing the money that was meant to be used for housing, schools, and hospitals to be used for his nonexistent and useless “Wall.” Then Trump declared that The Atlantic author Jeffrey Goldberg was a “slimeball reporter” who was ruining all his hard work in doing things like the Veteran’s Choice bill that President Obama actually signed.

Trump also accused Goldberg of “making up a horrible charge” and said that he was “maybe working with disgruntled people.” Disgruntled people apparently covers any White House official because the statements first reported by Goldberg have been confirmed by The Washington Post, and the Associated Press, and Fox News. Not only that, Losergate is perfectly in line with everything Trump has said since before he was elected. Oh, and Trump couldn’t even make it two tweets without taking a swing at John McCain.

Trump has always claimed superior military knowledge, apparently conferred on him by years of wearing a very fancy uniform and being abusive to other students at his preppy academy. And, of course, by his ability to bribe a doctor into writing him an excuse to get out of serving in Vietnam, proving that he’s not “a sucker.” This superior knowledge allowed him to declare that he knew “more about ISIS than all the generals do” in 2015.
Six months into his time in the White House, Trump attacked military leaders for defending the benefits of the NATO alliance. Trump declared it “crazy” and “stupid” to fund bases designed to protect allies and prevent wars from being fought in the United States. When generals and historians tried to explain, Trump snarled at the whole room. “I wouldn’t go to war with you people. You’re a bunch of dopes and babies.”
There is more at the link above.    Hugs