Actually, those sailors have a very good reason for getting drunk and beating each other up. Well, "good" in the naval tradition sense.
But before we get to that, a few details:
Watering holes everywhere in the vicinity of Naval Station Mayport experienced a major boon in business this week after British sailors from the Royal Navy’s prized new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in the northeast Florida port of Jacksonville Beach.
Hundreds of sailors rambled off the ship Wednesday following a weeks-long journey that marked the 65,000-ton vessel’s first transatlantic voyage. And as is tradition with navies around the world, a pressing matter had to be attended to immediately upon exiting the hulking ship — the ancient mariner rite of drinking to the point of annihilation.
With only a few days on land before heading back to sea, the Queen Elizabeth’s occupants stormed the beaches of Jacksonville ready to declare war and conquer any and all alcoholic beverages that stood in their way.
There's nothing new here for sailors on leave, except perhaps for the extra ...exuberance... on display here from our Royal Navy allies.
And you know what? They've earned it.
The HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest warship ever commissioned by the Royal Navy, and the first serious, dedicated, fixed-wing aircraft carrier in the fleet since the HMS Hermes (commissioned in 1959) was sold to India to become the INS Viraat way back in 1986. The RN operated three Invincible-class baby carriers (really, anti-sub helicopter carriers dragooned into carrying Harrier jump-jets) from 1980 on, but the last of those was sold for scrap in 2016.
Just how big a step up is this new carrier? If you took an Hermes and an Invincible and smooshed them both together, you'd still end up with a ship smaller than the Queen Elizabeth.
Oh, and the Royal Navy is getting not one but two of these beauts -- sister ship HMS Prince of Wales launched last year, and is expected to enter service in 2020.
But the best part? Both ships will operate F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters. That means the RN will be back in the power projection business in a way they haven't been in more than three decades, and flying their very first stealth jets.
This might just be the Royal Navy's proudest moment since the HMS Invincible and Hermes performed so admirably against long odds in the 1982 Falklands War.
Clearly, some revelry is called for. So have at it, mates.
This leaked Google video is a must watch:
Co-founder Sergey Brin can be heard comparing Trump supporters to fascists and extremists. Brin argues that like other extremists, Trump voters were motivated by “boredom,” which he says in the past led to fascism and communism.
The Google co-founder then asks his company to consider what it can do to ensure a “better quality of governance and decision-making.”
VP for Global Affairs Kent Walker argues that supporters of populist causes like the Trump campaign are motivated by “fear, xenophobia, hatred, and a desire for answers that may or may not be there.”
Later, Walker says that Google should fight to ensure the populist movement – not just in the U.S. but around the world – is merely a “blip” and a “hiccup” in a historical arc that “bends toward progress.”
CEO Sundar Pichai states that the company will develop machine learning and A.I. to combat what an employee described as “misinformation” shared by “low-information voters.”
Nate Silver posted his latest election forecast for the Senate and he gives the GOP a two in three chance of maintaining control.
Election probabilities after all 35 races are decided. (Dems have 23 seats at risk, GOP has 12)
GOP and Dems end up with 50 seats (VP tiebreaker) - 17.1%
GOP ends up with 51 seats - 15.7%
GOP ends up with 52 seats - 12.3%
All other scenarios where GOP maintains control are less than 10% probability.
Dems take control with 51 seats - 15.6%
Dems end up with 52 seats - 11.0%
All other scenarios where Dems take control are 5% or less
There are so many close races it is likely that we will have surprises on both sides election night. The problem for Democrats is that a loss of just one or two of those 23 seats will make their longshot bid for control even longer.
Say what you want about Silver's prognostication skills, but if you're a serious political junkie, he's got some fascinating graphics.
Griffith blocked me forever ago which is just fine, because screencaps like this get shared all 'round.
Can you say "Logan Act" ???
Kerry, in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt to promote his new book, said that he has met with Iranian Former Minister Javad Zarif—the former secretary's onetime negotiating partner—three or four times in recent months behind the Trump administration's back.
"I think I've seen him three or four times," Kerry said, adding that he has been conducting sensitive diplomacy without the current administration's authorization. Kerry said he has criticized the current administration in these discussions, chiding it for not pursuing negotiations from Iran, despite the country's fevered rhetoric about the U.S. president.
Republican nominee for the the U.S. Senate Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) weighed in on Twitter: