Trivia Tuesday: US Navy UPDATE! Answers below


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In the 1830s while in drydock, the USS Constitution received a controversial figurehead under the bowsprit by the commander of the Boston Navy yard, Capt. Jesse Elliott.

Who was depicted in the figurehead?

Bonus: What became of the said figurehead?

ANSWERS:  new figurehead of President Jackson under the bowsprit, which became a subject of much controversy due to Jackson’s political unpopularity in Boston at the time. Elliot, a Jacksonian Democrat, received death threats.

Rumors circulated about the citizens of Boston storming the navy yard to remove the figurehead themselves.

A merchant captain named Samuel Dewey accepted a small wager as to whether he could complete the task of removal. Elliot posted guards on Constitution to ensure safety of the figurehead, but—using the noise of thunderstorms to mask his movements—Dewey crossed the Charles River in a small boat and managed to saw off most of Jackson’s head. 

Source  USS Constitution

The U.S. Navy originally posted this on Google plus this evening. View their page here.

To be or not to be?


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Originally posted by Mr. M. On Google plus.

To be or, not to be? is the question for some at a relatively early age, would they take up arms for fellow countryman and run into battle, all the while screaming at the top of their lungs through blood-stained teeth, while leaping face first through a plate glass window just to save another’s life. Read more

An Iranian Ambassador and a Marine Corps General walk into a bar…


 
The Iranian Ambassador to the UN had just finished giving a speech, and walked out into the lobby of the convention center where he was introduced to a United States Marine Corps General.  As they talked, the Iranian said, “I have just one question about what I have seen in America.” Read more

USS Constitution’s Birthday 🎂


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#TriviaTuesday: Happy Birthday to the USS Constitution! Still sailing after 217 years, it is by far the oldest commissioned ship in the world! What year was the last time her guns were fired in combat?
1. 1815
2. 1800
3. 1775 

Special Operations


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Multinational troops and U.S. Soldiers assigned to Special Operations Command Europe participate in a skills demonstration during exercise Jackal Stone 2014 in Baumholder, Germany, Sept. 12, 2014. Jackal Stone is an annual joint special operations exercise designed to enhance capabilities and interoperability amongst the participating special operations forces as well as to build mutual respect while sharing doctrinal concepts, training concepts and various tactics, techniques and procedures. (U.S. Army photo by Erich Backes/Released)

The Pentagon/CIA Cover-up of Gulf War Syndrome


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Spot the Sniper 3


Here’s another set of images of “Spot the Sniper.” These all represent  military snipers except for the first (3) I believe. I’ve also added the images that show where they are in the photos, unfortunately I was unable to change the order in my Dropbox so they were in some sort of sensible order. I will continue to try to fix them.  (I’ve enabled the folder to be downloaded.)  ENJOY!  Click the  image to get started. 

Ladies!


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In honor of International Women’s Day I’d like to give a shout out to all the ladies whom have or still are serving in the Military. Nice work ladies! Thank you for all you’ve done for our country.

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Crusty Old Man In The Pentagon Hopes Cold War Just Got Hot


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WASHINGTON – According to sources, that sputtering relic from Basement Level 2B in the Pentagon has been completely beside himself this week, ever since the crisis in Ukraine and the subsequent Russian occupation of Crimea reminded leaders that Russia has a military and that the United States apparently employs people to know about it. Read more

Advice Column: Ask Top, Your Non-Friendly Neighborhood First Sergeant


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By  | July 2, 2012   DUFFEL BLOG:

“Ask Top” is your semi-monthly advice column where you can get the answers to the burning questions you always wished you could ask. Our resident First Sergeant has been in every infantry battle since Vietnam and has banged more quiff than all of you numb-nuts put together.

His hobbies include chewing ass, laughing at Second Lieutenants, killing people with his bare hands, and telling soldiers to get their damn hands out of their pockets. Read more

A-10 Warthog Seen Crying On Sidelines After Being Cut From Defense Team


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THE PENTAGON — A U.S. Air Force A-10 Warthog ground attack plane was seen sulking and sobbing on the sidelines of the Pentagon’s sporting complex, after it was completely cut from the national defense team on Monday. Read more

Clay knocks out Liston: 1964


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On February 25, 1964, 22-year-old Cassius Clay shocks the odds-makers by dethroning world heavyweight boxing champ Sonny Liston in a seventh-round technical knockout. The dreaded Liston, who had twice demolished former champ Floyd Patterson in one round, was an 8-to-1 favorite. However, Clay predicted victory, boasting that he would “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” and knock out Liston in the eighth round. Read more

Space Marine: Oh, You Think My Job Is Cool? Try Police Calling In Zero Gravity


DUFFEL BLOG:

The following is a transcription of an unauthorized audio file embedded in a command chronology burst sent via retrans comm drone.  The file was recorded by Lance Cpl. Bei Ming Ken of Orbital Drop Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines aboard USS Dakota Meyer IVO Algol Binary System. Read more

EOD: We Take Too Long To Respond Because Fuck You


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Dick Scuttlebutt is an Army EOD officer.

I’m going to do you a favor and not make the usual EOD excuses. “There are other units in front of you.” “There was a suicide bombing at the front gate.” “We were on another call.” “QRF was late to escort us to you.” Those things are all sometimes true, but you know the real reason EOD often takes way too long to respond to an IED, while you sit on the road waiting to get shot at? Because fuck you, that’s why.

I don’t know if you know this, but we’re kind of a big deal. People know us. I’m not just quoting Burgundy: That shit is real. When is the last time a movie about your job won Best Picture? Fucking never, that’s when.

And who would make a movie about your boring job anyway? What would an article about your job be called? Infantry: “Walk Six Hours Up a Mountain And Get Shot.” Artillery:  “Premature Utter Deafness.” Admin: “The Award Locker.” Cook: “Dude, Where’s My Coffee?”

Nobody makes movies about you because frankly, you’re not as amazing as us. So recognize. We will take our time getting to you because Reasons, and just you shut up about it.

We will also do the following. We will three-quarter roll our sleeves, wear our hair way too long, put our hands in our pockets, cock sunglasses up on top of our heads indoors, and refuse to blouse our pants into our boots. We will laugh until our non-regulation undershirts are soaked with drool as your first sergeant has an aneurysm about our uniforms and our hands being permanently in our pockets. We will tell your commander when he’s being a fucking idiot, whether he far outranks us or not. And we will weasel, barter or outright steal our way into the best living quarters, best unit HQ buildings, and first pick of the best food and toiletries.

We will also bang the hottest chicks in your unit and never call them after the deployment is over.

This is no guilty confession: I’m completely unapologetic. And rightly so. On my arm I have a hundred and thirty hashmarks and twelve names. Number of IEDs, number of close friends killed. What’s on your arm? The name of some kid from the next company over, whom you barely knew? A CAB from that one time you heard shots fired in anger? Fucking barbed wire? Well, each of my hashmarks marks is a time I should have died, and each name is a buddy who didn’t make the walk back uprange. Those marks and names mean I’ve earned the right.

So I may take my time getting to you. Don’t worry, I got your 9-Line. I know exactly what route you’re on, and can probably even tell you who planted the IED and what type of setup he uses. I’ll get there when I get there. But first I’m going to finish my cigarette, take a shit, and make sure I’ve got the new Cytherea video downloading while I’m out so I can crank it when I get back.

Because fuck you.

via EOD: We Take Too Long To Respond Because Fuck You.

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