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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thunderbirds: Refueling

USAFADS Thunderbirds refueling with the 79th Air Refueling Squadron from Travis Air Force Base.

The Joint Civilian Orientation Course 2018

The Joint Civilian Orientation Course (JCOC) is the oldest and most prestigious public liaison program in the Department of Defense, and is the only outreach program sponsored by the Secretary of Defense. The mission of JCOC is to increase public understanding of national defense by enabling American business and community leaders to directly observe and engage with the U.S. military. Participants are guests of the Secretary of Defense and attend briefings by senior military and civilian officials at the Pentagon. They also gain firsthand experiences through operations and interactions with troops and military leaders stationed throughout the United States. The program currently runs once a year and is managed by the Office of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs).

Garlin Conner: 'Called artillery on his own position'

First Lt. Garlin M. Conner was a Kentucky farmer and World War II veteran that held a war record so compelling that it rivals the accolades of the more famous veteran Audie Murphy. He'll posthumously receive the Medal of Honor June 26, 2018.


(Cosmopolitan) These little clues hint that your date's more than a charmer with all the right moves he's also a quality guy at heart.

He notices your moods
Instead of avoiding you or acting attention hungry when you're stressed, a keeper steps in to make things better say by rubbing your shoulders or running interference between you and an ex-pal at a party.

He picks up on little things
Asking for details about things you'd forgotten even mentioning to him means he's a great listener. A catch also remembers your schedule and suggests plans when he knows you're free not just when he is.

Your friends approve
Your buds can bring up specific things he said because a solid prospect makes sure not just to meet but actually to interact with your pals and win them over.

You don't worry if he'll call
A simple but important piece of the trust puzzle: When he says he'll be in touch, he is. That helps you make the leap that he'll follow through to other things down the line.


29 percent of us are late for work at least once a month, while 16 percent admit it's a weekly occurrence. With that kind of track record for tardiness, we have to think up new and better excuses besides the tried-and-true ones. Somehow getting stuck in traffic is just so overused. The Harris Poll and surveyed more than 2,600 hiring and human resource managers and more than 3,400 employees across industries to find out the most outrageous excuses for being late.

The top most bizarre -- but real -- excuses for being late to work: 

I forgot it wasn't the weekend.
I put petroleum jelly in my eyes.
The wind blew the deck off my house.
I overslept because my kids changed all the clocks in the house.
I was cornered by a moose.
My mother-in-law wouldn't stop talking.
My mother locked me in a closet.
The sunrise was so beautiful that I had to stop and take it in.
My dad offered to make me a grilled cheese sandwich, and I just couldn't say no.

The five most common excuses for being late to work: 

Traffic: 49 percent
Oversleeping: 32 percent
Bad weather: 26 percent
Too tired to get out of bed: 25 percent
Procrastination: 17 percent


( Do you want to be romantic? Do you want to get those butterfly feelings in your stomach just like you had on your first date long ago? To help you keep that flame burning, here's a list of 8 things couples need to do every single day.

Complement each other
Whether it's the way they calm the kids down or fix the DVD player or decorate the house, take a moment to praise your significant other for something they've done.

Nobody should ever go a complete day without laughing. It truly is the best medicine all around. Share a laugh with your partner at least once a day (and hopefully lots more), even on the worst, most depressing days. Actually, especially on those days.

Say those three words
No, not "pass the salt." Regardless of the fact that you should be watching your sodium intake, what I mean, of course, is "I love you." Go on -- say it to your wife (or husband) every single day. It's a must. Even if you're beyond furious with them for leaving the toilet seat up for the 99th time, you still love them. So say it.

Notice the little things
Could be your wife's new haircut or outfit. Or simply the way your husband takes his coffee. Noticing and remembering the little details in life show your spouse that you really do pay attention to them. More than they think.

Put things in perspective
Whatever you may be upset about or just feeling lukewarm about in terms of your relationship, take a step back. So you need to move; at least you have a loving wife and kids. Maybe money's super tight; at least you're all healthy. In the end, no matter what troubles you're dealing with, just remember you're not in it alone and your family is all that truly matters.

Dream big
The most powerful emotion in the entire universe is hope. Nothing is impossible. (The Cubs will eventually win another World Series. One day.) So dream big and share those dreams with your spouse. Even if they never come true, it's still something worth hoping for.

Share something new
Remember when you first started dating and EVERYTHING was fresh and new -- from details of family history right down to favorite pizza toppings? But after being married for years (or gasp... decades) you may feel there's nothing left to uncover. That's just bull. There's always something new you can share with your spouse. Could be a movie you just watched, a fantastic article you just read (like this one!), or some favorite childhood memories. Share and share alike.

Lock lips
It goes without saying but you should start and end each day exactly the same way. With a gentle kiss on the lips.


If you're in your 40s, you should be sleeping between seven and nine hours every night, but the chances are fairly good that you don't. How much sleep we need so we function at the top of our game varies by age. Obviously, a toddler needs more sleep than his 30-something parents. But how much more? The National Sleep Foundation tapped the wisdom of six sleep experts, as well as 12 experts from several medical associations, including the American Neurological Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Physiological Society, to update its guidelines on how much sleep we need based on our age.

This is how much sleep we need by age:
Newborn (0-3 months): 14-17 hours (previously: 12-18 hours)
Infant (4-11 months): 12-15 hours (previously: 14-15 hours)
Toddler (1-2 years): 11-14 hours (previously: 12-14 hours)
Pre-school (3-5 years): 10-13 hours (previously: 11-13 hours)
School age (6-13 years): 9-11 hours (previously: 10-11 hours)
Teen (14-17 years): 8-10 hours (previously: 8.5-9.5 hours)
Young adult (18-25 years): 7-9 hours (new category)
Adult (26-64 years): 7-9 hours (no change)
Older adult (65+ years): 7-8 hours (new category)

Lane restrictions continue on Interstate 10 between Dragoon and Johnson roads east of Benson

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for continued restrictions on Interstate 10 between Dragoon and Johnson roads east of Benson at the Texas Canyon Rest Areas.

The right lane of westbound I-10 near milepost 318 is scheduled to close each day between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.from Monday, June 25, to Thursday, June 28. All traffic must merge into the left lane.

Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

For more information please visit the project website.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT's Traveler Information Site at, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except when driving.


All-You-Can-Eat Promotion Puts Restaurant Out of Business

Jiamener was the name of a new hotpot restaurant in Chengdu, China, but it wasn't doing so well. In hopes of drawing in and keeping new customers, the owners decided to try a month-long all-you-can-eat promotion. It was very successful. So successful it rand the place out of business in under two weeks. On June 1st, patrons were offered the chance to fill their bellies for just 120 yuan ($19) per day, for a whole month. The two owners had anticipated that they would suffer a financial loss during this period, but they hoped that the promotion would pay off in the long run, with some visitors becoming loyal customers. They couldn't have been more wrong. The soon found themselves serving 500 customers per day with many lining up at the door several hours before the restaurant opened, and refusing to leave until midnight. Su Zhe, one of the owners, told reporters that in the 11 days that the offer remained active, he only got 2-3 hours of sleep per night, and the staff had to work 10-hour shifts to keep up with demand. It seems management didn't put a lot of thought into how the promotion. They just issued simple membership cards that featured no photo and no way of limiting people's access into the restaurant. And it didn't take long for patrons to figure out that they could exploit these faults to the extreme. Some of them visited Jiamener several times per day and even took food to go, and others just passed the card to their family and friends. As Su Zhe eloquently puts it, "it was insane." (Oddity Central)

This Ain't No Ordinary 12-Year-Old

Up in Canada, Oliver Rioux is only 12-years-old, but he already stands at 6-foot-11 which makes him one heck of an asset for his basketball team. Not only can he shoot the ball without any of his opponents even coming close to a block, but he can literally slam dunk on the 8-foot-tall basket without his feet leaving the ground. So yeah, he's pretty dominant on the courts, thanks in part to his skill, but mostly to the fact that all of the other players' heads only come up to his bellybutton. Videos of Olivier completely obliterating the competition and leading his team, the Frenchy Phenoms, to victory have recently gone viral on YouTube and Facebook, and the unusually tall 12-year-old has been getting a lot of negative feedback. A lot of people seem to think that his impressive height is an unfair advantage as all the other kids, regardless of talent, are pretty much powerless against him. Some publications have gone as far as to mock Rioux and the Frenchy Phenoms supporters for celebrating after he scores, as if it were some great achievement. Others are less judgmental like Pete Blackburn of CBS Sports who wrote: "Things might not come as easy for Rioux when he graduates to taller rims and taller, more skilled competition, but that doesn't matter right now. All that matters is that we have these highlights for our entertainment, and that Rioux is living the dream - or at least my dream - for the time being." Interestingly, Olivier has an older brother, Emile, who also plays basketball. He was just 6-foot-4 at age 12, and now, at 15-years-old, he is only 6-foot-9, which makes him shorter than his kid brother, but still considerably taller than most teens his age. (Oddity Central)

Pants Definitely On Fire!

Howard "Gordy" Clewell would often about his experiences serving in Vietnam with the U.S. Special Forces. He wore a Special Forces pin, a Ranger tab, Combat Infantryman Badge and a Special Forces unit patch along with Master Parachutist Wings. Too bad it was all a lie. Clewell has resigned from his position as historian of the Wisconsin American Legion after his ruse was discovered. He was married to Laurel Clewell, the state commander of the Legion, who said she is devastated. She added, "He has dishonored so many veterans. To me, that's just despicable." She's also filed a formal complaint to the FBI, which is investigating her estranged husband for falsely claiming military honors. A 2015 law passed in Wisconsin, called the Stolen Valor Act, makes it a misdemeanor to claim military service or honors for personal gain. The federal Stolen Valor Act, which passed in 2013, makes it a federal crime to fraudulently claim receiving a valor award. Laurel Clewell said her husband moved out of their home and she plans to initiate divorce proceedings. (JS Online)

Worst Store Greeter Ever?

In Mokena, Illinois, 40-year-old Zachary Monahan was working as the store greeter at Meijer on Lincoln Highway. Suddenly, a 35-year-old man leaving the store was allegedly attacked by Monahan who punched the customer in the head a few times. Monahan was arrested and charged with battery after the incident. Mokena Police Chief Steve Vaccaro said Monahan "believed he recognized" the victim as someone who previously battered him in an incident that occurred two years ago in New Lenox. In that incident, Monahan was slashed several times in a knife attack by someone described as a white man in a ponytail in an apparent case of road rage. (

Meth. Just Meth.

In DeFuniak Springs, Florida, 39-year-old Michelle Brock called 911 and claimed her two children had been kidnapped from her car and she believed they were in a semi-truck that had just departed the area. The call triggered a response from multiple law enforcement units including FHP, Cottondale Police, the Bay County Sheriff's Office and Houston County Sheriff's Office as a BOLO (Be on the Lookout) was issued for the semi-truck. However, during the course of the investigation, deputies noted that Brock displayed several signs of being under the influence of an illegal substance and she was unable to provide consistent information about her travel itinerary or even what her children were wearing. The children were later found safe at their father's home, where they had been all day. When deputies tried to relay this information to Miss Brock she stated those children were impostors. During the investigation, several items of paraphernalia were allegedly found in Brock's purse, along with five grams of "high grade" methamphetamine. As she was being transported to the jail, Brock reportedly claimed to see her children under vehicles. (NWF Daily News)

Almost Another Selfie Death

Just in case you're curious, the country that has racked up the most death-by-selfie deaths is India. And they almost had another in the city of Jalpaiguri where forest ranger Sanjoy Duttawas showing a crowd the 18-foot python he had just rescued, wrapping it around his neck and letting admirers take pictures of him and the animal. Except the snake wasn't really into the photo session and became agitated and started to writhe, getting to the point where it actually started to strangle Dutta. A video shows Dutta repeatedly pushing the snake's body away from his throat, but at one point, as he walks away from the crowd, the snake gets even more serious about its efforts and starts to wrap around Dutta's torso. Among screams from bystanders, others quickly helped unravel the snake from around Dutta and frankly, saved his life. Video of the incident hasn't been well received online where one person wrote: "What a stupid show off. His job is to safeguard wild animals including snakes." (Gulf News)

What the What?

In Racine, Wisconsin, 25-year-old Daniel Blair has been arrested after climbing a balcony and telling a 12-year-old girl he was looking for a party. According to the criminal complaint, the girl's mother saw the suspect pulling himself up over the balcony and yelled for him to leave which allegedly caused him to fall. The mother told police that she's never seen the suspect before and that she feared for her family's safety. Officers made contact with Blair who said he was looking to "party" in the area and that a lady made him fall off of a balcony. Blair also allegedly told police that he would not be pressing charges against the woman for making him fall. How very nice of him. (CBS 58)


  • The average woman colors her hair twice a year. 
  • Peanut butter is the food that causes people to choke more than any other. 
  • The average age for a woman to have an affair is 45. 
  • According to The Great Male Survey, 60% of men are nostalgic for the days when a handshake in business meant something. 
  • 9 out of 10 women over 30 years old won't exercise outside. 
  • 30 percent of U.S. adults have sleepwalked at least once in their lives. 
  • A recent study says more attractive people get more sleep.


  • The world's oldest orangutan living at the Perth Zoo in Australia has died at the age of 62. 
  • The son of Dallas Cowboys legend Erik Williams has been charged with two murders. 
  • A new study says that CEOs average 9.7 hours a day and 62.5 hours a week on the job. 
  • Eva Longoria and her husband Jose Baston welcomed Santiago Enrique into the world on Tuesday. He's their first. 
  • Gwyneth Paltrow is going to marry Hollywood producer Brad Falchuk at her Hamptons Estate at the end of summer, probably Labor Day weekend. 
  • A new musical on the life of Michael Jackson is going to hit Broadway in 2020. 
  • The Post Office began selling the first scratch ‘n stiff postage stamps yesterday. 
  • Sears is experimenting with a store in New York, where they're creating a K-Mart section within the Sears store. 
  • A new Facebook photo tool fixes closed eyes in your pictures. 
  • Howard Bender, who was one of the last living Pearl Harbor survivors, has died at the age of 96. 
  • Starbucks is doing 50% off Frappuccino's today starting at 3pm to celebrate the arrival of summer. 
  • AMC movie theaters is starting up their own version of Movie Pass. For $19.95 a month, you can take in up to 3 movies a week! 
  • There's was a billboard up in Texas that says: "Liberals-Please continue on I-40 until you have left our great state of Texas!" Public outcry made them take it down. 
  • Paul Manafort has been placed in solitary confinement in a Virginia jail. 
  • Apparently, the beer supply is running low at the World Cup in Moscow. 
  • WWE legend Vader has died at the age of 63, from pneumonia complications.

Thunderbirds: Refueling

USAFADS Thunderbirds refueling with the 79th Air Refueling Squadron from Travis Air Force Base.