USS Ross Departs the Black Sea

first_img USS Ross Departs the Black Sea View post tag: europe View post tag: americas Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Ross Departs the Black Sea View post tag: USS Ross The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) transited the Bosphorus Strait departing the Black Sea, Sept. 12, after conducting a series of engagements designed to promote peace and stability in the region. September 12, 2014 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Departs View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Black Sea View post tag: Navy Ross’ presence in the Black Sea served to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to strengthening the collective security of NATO allies and regional partners while also working alongside them to enhance interoperability and improve regional security.Ross joined several Black Sea nations to participate in Sea Breeze 2014. Now in its 13th iteration, this multinational maritime exercise involved naval forces from Ukraine, Georgia, Romania, Turkey, Latvia and the U.S., as well as ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 Task Unit 02.“I believe exercise Sea Breeze will be the next step in increasing stability, building relationships and understanding with all of the participating nations and will be the hope for the future,” Vice Adm. Serhiy Hayduk, commander in chief Ukrainian navy, said during the opening ceremony aboard Ross.The goal of the exercise was to have participating nations work together in order to strengthen interoperability. Focus was on maritime interdiction operations as a primary means to enhance maritime security. Other key components of the exercise focused on communications, search and rescue, force protection and navigation.This is the ship’s first patrol since being forward deployed to Naval Station Rota, Spain.[mappress]Press Release, September 12, 2014; Image: US Navy Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

Trump overperformed the polls twice. Could this be the reason why?

first_imgThere’s nothing “shy” about these people or their support for Trump, yet pollsters aren’t catching them. They turn out for Trump, but they didn’t turn out for Republicans in 2017, 2018, or 2019. Remember, last year Democrats picked up governorships in the blood-red states of Louisiana and Kentucky. xTrump on Nov. 4 in KY, regarding the election of a Dem Gov. “[Y]ou can’t let that happen to me!” per @voxdotcom Result: Dem electedTrump Thursday in Louisiana: “You got to give me a big win, please, O.K.” per @nytimesResult: Dem re-elected#SundayThoughts #VoteBlue— Stay Home or Mask Up (@MnMarches) November 17, 2019No amount of personal begging and pleading from Trump could get Republicans to the polls in those red states, nor did his extensive campaigning help his party during the 2018 Democratic wave year.- Advertisement – From the start, let’s dispense with the notion of a “shy Trump voter.” These people aren’t shy, yet they certainly exist. They’re the assholes trying to run the Biden campaign bus off the road in Texas. They’re the anti-government militias in Michigan. They’re these people: xA Fox News anchor briefly paused mid-segment on Saturday after a sign carried by a demonstrator at the so-called “Million MAGA March” in Washington, D.C. appeared on the screen bearing a racist threat. “Shows their a Bunch of Racists!”#DemVoice1https://t.co/NhGwL0nSmc— Mexi-‘Can’ Marine💪🇺🇸🇲🇽(F🖕U TRUMP!) (@Jay_USMC2) November 15, 2020- Advertisement – The hidden deplorables aren’t Republican. They aren’t even conservative. They’re apolitical, otherwise ignoring politics, because their lives legitimately suck. They live in meth country, with dim job prospects (in fact, those two factors are highly correlated). Institutions have failed them—corporations abandoned them for cheaper labor overseas, government seems and feels distant, and it’s certainly not improving their lives. Cities feel like walled gardens—unattainable, unaffordable, yet that’s where all the jobs are, the culture, the action. These deplorables have been left behind. So their attitude? “Fuck them all.” Trump shows up in 2016 and gives them hope for change, saying the quiet part out loud—that their lives suck not because of their own choices and that of those decamped corporations, but because all that sweet, sweet government money is going to “illegals” and “thugs” in those cities. He puts uppity Black and brown people and women in their place. He offers them hope that, if he can’t improve their lives, that at least he’ll hurt all those others. “I voted for him, and he’s the one who’s doing this,” she said of Mr. Trump. “I thought he was going to do good things. He’s not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.”Their lives suck, but Trump was supposed to be bringing everyone else down to their level. That’s why all that nonsense about “economic uncertainty” was such bullshit. None of these people ever thought Trump would bring back the factories, paying good middle-class wages. They can do the same math that the corporations have. But it would all be worth it if Trump would just hurt the people he needed to be hurt.And then he did. He put brown kids in cages. He sent federal troops against the Black Lives Matter “mobs.” He nominated judges hostile to a woman’s right to have agency over her body.And above else? He destroyed. He tore shit down. Norms, traditions, entire agencies. So 2020 rolled around, and Trump no longer offered hope of economic revival in these economically devastated meth counties. Instead, he was the personification of their rage made real, in the Oval Office itself. We saw this in Georgia, where Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins were locked in a battle to make it to the January runoff in the state’s special election. Loeffler was originally chosen to try and appeal to the very white moderate college-educated suburban women that were abandoning the GOP and endangering the party’s electoral chances. Collins is a right-wing ideologue, a staunch Trump ally, and the clear favorite of the Freedom Caucus wing of the GOP. So how did Loeffler fend him off? By moving to Collins’ right, like this ad that claimed she was “More conservative than Attila the Hun” and had a ”100 per cent Trump voting record.” Loeffler literally said she was worse than a king best known for raping, pillaging, plundering, and extorting the Roman Empire into near insolvency. There are no Hun ruins you can visit today because they built no civilization, created no lasting art or culture. So truly, Loeffler couldn’t have picked a better representative of the modern Trumpian Republican Party—destructive, barbaric, and corrupt. Now given their hatred for institutions like government and the media, is it any wonder that these hidden deplorables wouldn’t answer pollsters’ questions? Any attempt to survey them would likely be met with a middle finger and a “fuck you.” So the last four years have shown us that they only turn out when Donald Trump is in the battle. We’ll have an early test of my Hidden Deplorables theory in January, when the two Senate seats in Georgia are decided. Given the essentially tied result in the presidential race (we won by a sliver), that special election will come down to the party that suffers the last amount of drop-off from their November turnout. Trump got a remarkable 369,000 more votes in the Peach State this year compared to 2016, when he won the state by 5%. That should’ve been enough to seal the deal again. Yet Stacey Abrams, her volunteers, and an army of allied organizations did the near-impossible: Biden got 594,000 more votes than Hillary Clinton did in 2016. That is beyond mind-blowing!If I’m right, Republican turnout among those new Trump voters could very well be catastrophic for the GOP. Now to be clear, no one should expect this. We assume they get every single one of their voters out. We need to out-hustle them, and they’ll be working their assess off to turn those people out. So to be 100% clear, this isn’t a prediction, nor is it even a hope. If Republicans can get these hidden deplorables out, then the political picture the next few cycles will be rough—more closely fought elections, control of Congress and the White House balancing on a razor’s edge. Making progress will be a tough slog. On the other hand, if the hidden deplorables only come out when Trump is on the ballot, then that gives us some breathing room in the next few cycles ahead. That is, until a Trump ends up back on the presidential ballot in 2024. Now this is an evolving theory, and it may be bolstered or undermined as additional data and information emerges (not to mention the Georgia runoff results will reveal a great deal). But regardless, Trump is likely the single greatest campaigner in modern presidential history. Hillary Clinton didn’t lose because she was a terrible candidate, she lost because she faced a political prodigy, someone whose ability to tickle the darkest recesses of the white American’s lizard brain is unparalleled, in a country that doesn’t elect its presidents by popular vote, but by a system that overrepresents white rural states. Joe Biden cobbled together enough of a coalition to defeat Trump, but the damage was deep down-ballot precisely because so many of the House, Senate, and state legislative battles were fought in disproportionately white and rural states and districts—the places most excited by Trump’s candidacy. So take a man who has criminally mismanaged the country, enriching himself at the expense of its people and his donors, killed a quarter million Americans due to negligence, leading to the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression, and didn’t even bother to have a campaign platform because neither he nor his party cares about issues anymore … and he gets 10 million more votes than the last time? That number is a testament to his power as a vote-getter. Let’s hope no other Republicans reverse engineers that formula anytime soon. And let’s pray that these hidden deplorables, seeing their vote cast for a loser (and a loser who claims the vote was stolen!) decide to return to whatever dark crevices they emerged from.  Yet with the national environment only worsened from the COVID-19 pandemic and other Trump self-inflicted wounds (like his failed trade war against China), Republicans stormed back this year, dealing Democrats painful down-ballot losses in the House, Senate, and state legislatures. Not only will those loses hamstring a Biden administration, even if we win both Senate runoffs in Georgia in January, but Republicans will have a free hand to redraw U.S. House and state legislative maps to their enduring, decades-long advantage. All because Trump was at the top of the ballot. So again, who are these people who only vote for Trump, otherwise ignore the Republican Party (despite Trump’s pleading), and don’t talk to pollsters? – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

NBA wrap: Rajon Rondo’s buzzer beater lifts Lakers to road win over Celtics

first_imgA former Celtic gave the Lakers a reason to celebrate in TD Garden on Thursday.Los Angeles guard Rajon Rondo made a 20-foot buzzer beater to lift the Lakers over the Celtics, 129-128. Rondo, who began his career in Boston, finished with 17 points, shooting 7 of 11 from the field and 3 of 4 from 3-point range. He also chipped in 10 assists.  #LeBronJames saves it. #LeBronJames drills it.WATCH on @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/6Grzc3lKhB— NBA (@NBA) February 8, 2019Los Angeles set a franchise record by knocking down 22 3-pointers in the win.🚨 Record Alert 🚨 pic.twitter.com/dIMt3IZkOO— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 8, 2019Kyrie Irving had a team-high 24 points for Boston in the losing effort. Jayson Tatum pitched in 22 points and Daniel Theis had 20 points off the bench.The loss snapped the Celtics’ five-game winning streak.Studs of the NightBojan Bogdanovic helped the Pacers to their fourth straight win. He scored a game-high 29 points in a 116-92 victory over the Clippers.Terrence Ross had another high-scoring game off the bench for the Magic. The sixth-year guard finished with a season-high 32 points in a 122-112 win over the Timberwolves.Russell Westbrook notched his eighth consecutive triple-double for the Thunder. Oklahoma City beat Memphis at home, 117-95, behind Westbrook’s 15 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists.Pascal Siakam again improved on a career best this season. He had 33 points in the Raptors’ 119-101 win over the Hawks. Dud of the NightPatrick Beverley was minus-23 in the Clippers’ fourth loss in six games. He finished with nine points, five rebounds and three assists.HighlightsVince Carter’s still got it.  NBA trade deadline: Magic believe ‘sky’s the limit’ for newly acquired Markelle Fultz Anthony Davis to return to Pelicans’ lineup, will play out rest of seasoncenter_img VINCE spinning and slamming! 👀😮 #TrueToAtlanta💻📱: https://t.co/Bq24jKOTFm pic.twitter.com/fq5xd5XCvF— NBA (@NBA) February 8, 2019You don’t want to be in Karl-Anthony Towns’ way.KAT with authority for the @Timberwolves ! 💥💻📱: https://t.co/Bq24jKOTFm pic.twitter.com/qUCC9j218R— NBA (@NBA) February 8, 2019What’s Next?Nuggets (37-17) at 76ers (34-20), 7 p.m. ET — The Nuggets will travel to Philadelphia hoping to snap a two-game losing streak and inch closer to the top spot in the Western Conference. Denver trails the Warriors by 1 1/2 games while the 76ers are also on a two-game losing skid. Rajon Rondo buries the #TissotBuzzerBeater to win it for the @Lakers in Boston! #ThisIsYourTime #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/SuGZSzrZGE— NBA (@NBA) February 8, 2019The Lakers were trailing by as many as 18 in the first half, but they rallied with 42 third-quarter points. The Celtics came back in the fourth quarter to go toe-to-toe with Los Angeles. LeBron James helped the Lakers catch up to the Celtics in the final minute with an impressive save and ensuing 3-pointer that tied the score at 124. He finished with a game-high 28 points. James also notched his fourth triple-double of the season, adding 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Related Newslast_img read more