Ernest Borgnine (born Ermes Effron Borgnino) was an American film and television actor whose career spanned more than six decades. He was an unconventional lead in many films of the 1950s, winning an Oscar in 1955 for Marty. On television, he played Quinton McHale in the 1962–1966 series McHale's Navy and co-starred in the mid-1980s action series Airwolf, in addition to a wide variety of other roles. Borgnine joined the United States Navy in 1935, after graduation from James Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Connecticut. He was discharged in 1941, re-enlisted when the United States entered World War II, and served until 1945 (a total of ten years), reaching the rate of gunner's mate 1st class. He served aboard the destroyer USS Lamberton. His military decorations include the Navy Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Borgnine received the honorary rating of chief petty officer in October 2004 from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Terry D. Scott for Borgnine's support of the Navy and naval families worldwide. Borgnine died of renal failure on July 8th, 2012, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. His wife and children were at his side. He was 95 years old.
I've mentioned my fondness for the A-10 in several posts over the last few years. Sure, lots of people are drawn to the sleek new F-22 with its delta wings and streamlined airframe stealth technology and hypoxic pilots, but not me. Nah, somehow I've always been drawn to less graceful planes such as the A-10 and -- what I consider to be a scaled up model -- the AC-130. I vaguely remember writing a post about an encounter I had while stationed at Hanscom, where one of the Program Offices wanted to enhance the accuracy of the 105mm Howitzer; I tried to find it but no luck. Anyway, the AC-130's first came to the public eye right after the war in Afghanistan started when this video went viral. Now most of the small explosions you see are the 40mm cannon with a few big blammo's from the Howitzer. If you pay attention to the voices on that video, you'll hear there are a few times when they've got a target in the sights of the 40mm gun, but aren't prepared to fire; at 300 rounds per minute the Bofors 40 mm needs to be hand fed its ammunition so gaps in the loading sequence result in gaps of fire. What's the solution? The engineers at ATK are taking five Mk44 Bushmaster II/30 mm chain guns, stuffing them all inside a gatling gun much like the GAU-8 Avenger from an A-10, and designating the new GAU-23 30mm Automatic Cannon for use on AC-130W gunships. Clubber Lang had this prediction for anyone its aimed at.
Israeli special forces commandos infiltrated Beirut in 1973 to kill three leaders of the PLO. To not arouse suspicion, they took several hulking special forces guys and dressed them up as women, complete with wigs, high heels and fake boobs. Pairing up with men dressed as men, they walked along in each other's arms like they were on dates. They walked right past police, bodyguards, etc. without raising any questions, such as why that woman had a five o'clock shadow and an Adam's apple, or what that lump was that looked like an Uzi hidden under their clothes. When they got to the Palestinian leaders' bedrooms, they kicked in the doors, whipped out their guns and killed everyone. Oh, and lest you think this was a bad career move, one of the "women" was Ehud Barak, who later became Prime Minister of Israel and is currently Defense Minister.
Ernie, Just one of those headlines that you can't help but laugh at, and you know instantly that the comments following the story are gonna be great. Also, I got a former MEDEVAC buddy of mine who volunteers as a pilot for this Huey organization. Definitely worth a look. - Bret
A triangle choke is a type of figure-four chokehold which strangles the opponent by encircling the opponent's neck and one arm with the legs in a configuration similar to the shape of a triangle. The technique is a type of lateral vascular restraint that constricts the blood flow from the carotid arteries to the brain. The triangle choke was seen in early Kosen judo competition. Tsunetane Oda, a judo groundwork specialist who died in 1955, had demonstrated the triangle choke on video. The move is often used in grappling and mixed martial arts, usually by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or sometimes Judo practitioners.
It sure is easier to update your Facebook status at a baseball game, than it is to making new Facebook friends.
Speaking of sports, England has contributed a lot to the world of sports. They've given us soccer. They've given us rugby. They've (indirectly) given us American football. And they've given us tennis—or at least the modern version. Oh, right, and they've given us sports streaking. Yes, while streaking in North America was pretty much confined to college campuses and hippy drum circles, the Brits brought the 1970s fad into the world of sports, with the first known instance occurring at a rugby game in 1974. Since then, there have been hundreds of cases of people ditching their clothes and interrupting pro sports events.
Hey Ernie, I know how you like zombies, check this out. Lots of freaks and geeks with comic-con in town. Scott
The American Cowboy hat and the Australian Outback hat share a similar history. This may be why the outback hat is often called the Australian version of the Cowboy hat. Earlier Australians experienced the need to protect themselves from the heat and rain, and so did American cowboys. It's at this point that all similarities cease. The Australian Outback hat is smaller in design and turned down in the front and back. It is also not as dramatically turned up on the sides. Aussie hats are made from fur felt, straw, canvas, leather, wool felt, kangaroo and sometimes mesh. As with American Cowboy hats, the Aussie Outback hats captures the life of the Australian in it's design and use.
Move along, nothing to see here, just Jackie Chan breaking cement blocks while holding an egg inside his fist -- and this kid was thoroughly impressed.
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