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R.I.P. Mickey Rooney – dead at the age of 93


Mickey Rooney, born Joseph Yule, Jr., has died at the age of 93. The above photo is one I took of Mr. Rooney at the 2008 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington.

Rooney served in World War II:

In 1944, Rooney entered military service. He served more than 21 months, until shortly after the end of World War II. During and after the war he helped entertain the troops in America and Europe, and spent part of the time as a radio personality on the American Forces Network and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for entertaining troops in combat zones. In addition to the Bronze Star Medal, Rooney also received the Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal for his military service.

Report: Bin Laden shot more than 100 times


Daily Mail

A new report from a website known within the intelligence and armed services community claims that the sheer number of times that Osama bin Laden was shot is the reason why the government has never released photos of his dead body.

Citing two confidential sources, The Special Operations Forces Situation Report tells how ‘operator after operator took turns dumping magazines-worth of ammunition into Bin Laden’s body’.


At the time of the assassination, President Obama and his administration argued that they were justified in never releasing the photos of the dead body or the burial at sea because they could be used as propaganda for al Qaeda.

The new theories, however, suggest that they are just trying to avoid retribution for allegedly being excessive.

If this story is true, not releasing photos makes more sense now.

Russians claim to have downed U.S. drone over Crimea


A Russian-owned arms and technology company claims that an American surveillance drone was disabled and captured while flying over Crimea. Reports are a little sketchy so-far, but this is what we know. Rostec, a state-owned Russian arms company, says a U.S. surveillance drone was essentially hacked electronically, on Friday using technology they developed, then crashed to the ground virtually intact.

AFP has more details. If true, welcome to the new face of warfare. It is probably good to be skeptical of the claims right now. I wouldn’t be surprised if we were flying drones over the region, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if one accidentally crashed or was brought down by gunfire too.

Air Force bases prepare for emergency landing of transport plane with 25 passengers


UPDATE: The UPI reports that a “U.S. military transport plane landed safely at Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass., where officials said fears of an in-flight emergency had been unfounded.”

There were no injuries or in-flight emergency despite the loss of cabin pressure.

Read more:

Several sources have reported on this breaking news story.

Here’s the UPI version:

Crews at three U.S. air bases were preparing Saturday for an emergency involving a military transport plane, officials said.

Crews were staging at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H., and Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass, because passengers onboard the C-5A Bravo transport plane traveling from Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany may require medical attention following an in-flight emergency, CBS News reported.

Master Sgt. Exanderton at Hanscom Air Force Base told CBS about 25 people — including two children — were onboard when the plane experienced sudden decompression in its cabin.

More than two dozen ambulances were being deployed at Hanscom, CBS said.


Report: Charge to be dropped against Naval Academy sex assault suspect


A lawyer for a woman at the center of a sexual assault case involving two U.S Naval Academy midshipmen says military prosecutors plan to recommend dropping a charge against one of the men.

Ryan Guilds, a lawyer for the woman, also a midshipman, said prosecutors told her and her lawyers Thursday they intend to recommend dropping a charge of abusive sexual contact against Midshipman Eric Graham of Eight Mile, Ala. Guilds called the news “extremely disappointing.”

He said the prosecutors’ reason for wanting the charge dropped has to do with the fact that a judge recently decided to exclude from a military trial a statement Graham made to investigators that he had sexual contact with the woman. The statement was excluded because investigators didn’t read Graham his rights, he said.

Graham still faces a charge of making a false statement. Charges were already dropped against a third defendant and a judge in a pretrial hearing complained about how sloppily the investigation had been handled. The superintendent of the academy ordered the courts-martial to move forward despite a recommendation from a judge that none of the cases move forward.