News of the Force: Friday, January 26, 2018 - Page 2

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Jan 26, 2018, 9:55:31 PM1/26/18
                                           NEWS OF THE FORCE: Friday, January 26, 2018 - Page 2

US Navy and Marine Corps
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     US Navy shipboard weapons experts needed embedded computing for upgrading the Aegis weapon system for Navy cruisers and destroyers. They found their solution from Artesyn Embedded Technologies in Tempe, Ariz.
     Military electro-optics experts at L-3 KEO in Northampton, Mass., will provide shipboard sights to enable US Navy and Coast Guard warships to hit enemy ships and aircraft with naval gun fire under terms of a $30.8 million order.
In a remarkably blunt assessment, the head of the US Marine Corps has warned that a conflict with North Korea could involve an exceptionally bloody ground war. Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps, did not pull any punches.
     Missile experts at Orbital ATK will upgrade embedded computing components of the radar-killing AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) that equips the US Navy's carrier-based fighter-bombers and electronic warfare jets.
     And Watauga High School's Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps recently took home several honors at the annual Daniel Boone High School MCJROTC Invitation Drill Meet in Gray, Tenn. WHS cadets placed first in three of four events, including armed and unarmed drill.

Report shows Hillary Clinton protected campaign adviser accused of sexual assault
A bombshell report in The New York Times today alleged that Hillary Clinton shielded an adviser on her 2008 presidential campaign after it was discovered that he’d allegedly sexually harassed another staffer.
     According to four people with reported knowledge of the situation, a young female staffer accused Burns Strider - who served as a faith-based adviser to Clinton - of repeated sexual harassment in 2008. Strider is also the co-founder of the American Values Network.
     According to the report, Clinton’s then-campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle recommended that Clinton fire Strider, but instead, Clinton reportedly docked Strider’s pay and requested that he attend counseling sessions. The woman was reportedly made to sign a non-disclosure agreement and was moved to another job. The accusations contained in the report allege that Strider - who was reportedly married at the time - sent the unnamed woman suggestive emails, and engaged in inappropriate physical contact that included shoulder-rubbing and forehead-kissing. As Clinton’s faith adviser, Strider sent Clinton daily emails containing Scripture.
     Clinton was once again affiliated with Strider during her 2016 presidential campaign. Strider was appointed to lead an independent group - Correct the Record - which supported Clinton’s campaign. According to the report, Strider was fired several months later after taking the position when allegations of sexual harassment on the job surfaced.
     A law firm that represented Clinton during the 2008 campaign told The New York Times that the alleged incident was handled by the campaign, and "appropriate action was taken."
    "To ensure a safe working environment, the campaign had a process to address complaints of misconduct or harassment," a statement from Utrecht, Kleinfeld, Fiori, Partners read. "When matters arose, they were reviewed in accordance with these policies, and appropriate action was taken. This complaint was no exception."

The parting shots
     American fighter planes in WW II had machine guns that were fed by a belt of cartridges. The average plane held belts that were nine yards, or 27 feet, long. If the pilot used up all his ammo, he was said to have given it "the whole nine yards."
     Actors Hugh Grant and Viggo Mortensen are among more than 25 celebrities and public figures expressing "horror" over US President Donald Trump's decision to cut funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, an advocacy group said yesterday.
     Billionaire investor George Soros has called for greater regulations on tech companies such as Google and Facebook.
     As the European Union presents its plan for the UK's Brexit transition, many governments are willing to push the expiration date beyond the December 2020 deadline they'll set out as their official stance.
     British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was “appalled” by disclosures of an all-male charity party that saw drunken British businessmen and others groping young women hired as "hostesses."
     NCIS: New Orleans was shooting on Central Avenue in Jefferson Parish, La., today.
     And a viral video reportedly shows a private security officer shooting two suspects who attempted to rob a California convenience store with a fake gun. The incident occurred at a Gardenia 7-Eleven on Dec. 30th. When the security officer was told they had fake guns, he replied, "Oh, well....mine's real."

                                     Mallard Fillmore 1/26/2018

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