Disney World’s Magic Kingdom continues to be the top amusement park in the world with 20.5 million visitors in 2015, according to a report released Wednesday from engineering firm AECOM and the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). Disneyland in Anaheim, California, was No. 2 with an estimated 18.3 million visitors, followed by Tokyo Disneyland, which had an estimated 16 million. Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando all saw a jump in attendance in 2015 over the previous year. Though with just a 2 percent increase, SeaWorld had relatively modest gains. Despite rising ticket prices, theme park attendance has been boosted by high profile new attractions—like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood– and signature seasonal events. “Over the last couple years, the aggregate increase of the 20 top performing theme parks in North America was between 2 percent and 3.5 percent — good, steady, moderate growth. But it positively leapt beyond that in 2015 to an impressive 5.9 percent,” Brian Sands, a vice president with AECOM, told the LA Times. Epcot was sixth in the world in attendance with 11.8 million, a 5 percent increase from 2014. Disney’s Animal Kingdom drew 10.8 million, also a 5 percent increase, and Universal Orlando saw the biggest increase, with a 16 percent jump to 9.9 million visitors. “Last year we said everything was looking good in the Americas and poised for moderate growth — but 2015 blew the roof off moderate,” explained Sands. Disney Hollywood Studios attendance increased to 10.8 million, which was a 5 percent jump and Island of Adventure at Universal had 8.8 visitors, which was an 8 percent improvement.
At a time when our air force is reduced to a shell of its former self, U.S. Air Force commanders are worried over the rising threat from Russian and Chinese aircraft around the world. The threat to the U.S. homeland is especially worrisome. The Obama administration’s decision to truncate the F-22 production line and reduce fighter wings to an unsustainable level is having predictable consequences. This is at the same time that the White House is ramping up operations in the South China Sea and elsewhere. “Our concern is a resurgent Russia and a very, very aggressive China,” said Air Force Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, who leads Air Combat Command, reported USA Today. The South China Sea and other overseas contingencies are also a major concern. “Their intent is to get us not to be there,” Carlisle said. “So that the influence in those international spaces is controlled only by them. My belief is that we cannot allow that to happen. We have to continue to operate legally in international airspace and international waterways. We have to continue to call them out when they are being aggressive and unsafe.” American commanders have seen a ramp up of aggressive actions near the U.S. mainland. “We have seen an increase,” Carlisle said. “All the way down to the California coast. The number and frequency has increased.”
Exactly.. But, our limp-wristed, metro-sexual, man-child of a President doesn’t understand this. That, or he doesn’t care..because if he did, he’d have to actually rethink his stubborn, anti-military, anti-America, liberal agenda which drives every decision he makes.
The ugly protest scenes outside Donald Trump’s rallies are doing more damage to the protesters than to Mr. Trump’s political chances, according to analysts who say the violence and anti-American sentiments are backfiring. Protesters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, last week toted Mexican flags, burned American flags and clashed with police, racking up $50,000 in damage to the neighborhood. Perhaps even worse for the rioters, they are likely chasing undecided voters toward the side of the man they are protesting. “When people show up throwing bottles and waving the Mexican flag, you have had a lot of people who may have not been willing to support Trump who see this and say the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” said former Rep. Tom Davis, who ran House Republicans’ campaign committee for two cycles a decade ago. “There is no question these are helping Trump, and Democrats know that.” The billionaire businessman’s stern calls to tighten border controls, his vow to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and his declaration that Mexican society is sending “rapists” and other bad elements to the U.S. have angered Hispanic activists, who view Mr. Trump’s campaign as a tipping point in politics. Likewise, his call for a ban on Muslim visitors and some of his comments about women leave many voters wary and some of them angry enough to take action beyond the ballot box. Attempts to disrupt his rallies from the inside have drawn stiff rebukes from the 69-year-old candidate, who has talked about punching protesters and described others as undatable goobers, diaper-wearing morons and fat blowhards. “Go home to mommy,” he told a protester at rally last week in Albuquerque. Outside of the Albuquerque rally, things were even worse. Six city police officers sustained “significant injuries” and another was treated for smoke inhalation from fires that protesters set. Every officer who responded was pelted with rocks and other debris by the anti-Trump swarm, the department said. Two juveniles were arrested and released to their parents, and a 30-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. The department signaled that more arrests are likely but could not confirm reports that Mexican gangs were involved in stirring up the fracas. Television news, already eager to cover Mr. Trump, has been filled with images of lines of officers preparing for violence and reporters documenting every rock-throwing incident. Patrick Buchanan, a two-time presidential candidate, said the scenes could alarm moderate Republicans already wary of Mr. Trump, and there is a danger the protests could feed into a media narrative that he is inciting the violence. For now, though, Mr. Buchanan said “on balance Mr. Trump wins” because the protesters appear to be backing up the candidate’s claims. “Cop-battlers and rock-throwers desecrating American flags and waving Mexican flags are a perfect foil for Trump,” he said. “They solidify and harden his base and reinforce his case against the illegals from across the border.”
San Francisco police are looking for numerous people, mostly teenagers, who attacked a man in the South of Market district. Authorities told local media that the assailants drove up in cars early Friday morning and beat the man and hit him with bottles. He was in a coma in critical condition. “Glass bottles were used, but it was mostly punching and kicking that led to his brain injuries,” San Francisco Police spokesman Carlos Manfredi told KPIX-TV. “It’s just cold. It’s heartless. You know, we’re raised better than that. At the very least, call 911. Because he’s got severe head trauma from the blows to his head.” The man, described by a 29-year-old from Hayward, was attacked in an industrial area near Harrison and Harriet streets that’s lined by auto shops and big parking lots. The motive for the attack was unclear.
Who cares what the “motive” was? It was wrong, and evil. Curiously, what was left out of this LA Times article was the racial component. The victim was a white male. And, the aggressors were black male and female teenagers/young adults. Just fathom if the racial makeup had been reversed.. We’d be hearing about this non-stop for weeks, if not months. There would be riots. Black Lives Matter would be out marching with Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and the rest of the black race-baiters, and race hustlers. The New Black Panther Party would be issuing “wanted” posters, kinda like they did in Ferguson. And, like Ferguson, Obama would send his AG Loretta Lynch and an army of FBI agents to see if civil rights were being violated, and another southern state would remove it’s confederate symbol from its state flag…and on and on. You get the picture. But, not here. Why? Simple. It was a white man being beat into a coma by black thugs…and that doesn’t fit the liberal media racial template/narrative. Soo.. They didn’t even mention the racial makeup. Heck, the story barely made the news, because the media didn’t want to have to go into detail about what happened, and who did it. Again, we see the brazen hypocrisy, and double standard of the dominantly liberal mainstream media, of which the LA Times is a member of, on display. Here at The Daily Buzz we had to do some serious Googling to even find out what all had happened. A more appropriate news release should have said something like: “”A mob of up to 30 or 40 black men and women brutally attacked a man with glass bottles in San Francisco’s South of Market district early Friday, leaving him clinging to life, police said. The man, described as being 29 years old and white, was attacked in an industrial area near Harrison and Harriet streets that’s lined by auto shops and big parking lots. Police citing witnesses said that between 15 and 30 men and women “were seen kicking and punching the victim in the face and body, knocking the victim unconscious” about 2:40 a.m. Others described the group as using glass bottles.” But, the media wasn’t even honest enough to do that. Typical…
Monday in an appearance to promote his new memoir “The Long Game” on “CBS This Morning,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) addressed the possibility that some in the Republican Party will buck the party to go with a presidential candidate other than the party’s presumptive nominee Donald Trump. McConnell described doing as “disrespectful” of the party’s electorate and said he would be a better choice than the Democratic option, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “Let me put it this way,” McConnell said. “We know what we get with Hillary Clinton — four more years just like the last eight. We know the average American is $3,000 a year worse off now than they were when President Obama came to office. The country is yearning for a change. And my view is four more years like the last eight is not good for the country. He won the nomination fair and square. He went out there and competed like everybody else. He got the most votes. And I think it’s disrespectful of the Republican electorate to say, ‘I’m smarter than you are, and I’m not going to support your choice.’” Later in the segment, McConnell urged Trump to take a different approach than his usual off-script speeches. “I’d like to see a more studious approach,” McConnell added.
Agreed..and well said, Senator! These self-righteous, sanctimonious, holier-than-thou, inside-the-beltway, so-called Republicans who are still fighting the nomination of Donald Trump, are giving the finger to the voters who elected him as their nominee. Shame on Bill Kristol, Mitt Romney, George Will, and the rest of them for violating Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment. And, kudos to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for saying what needed to be said. 🙂
Few holidays illustrate America’s civilian/military divide quite like Memorial Day. It’s a cliché to note, but true nevertheless — that for millions of Americans, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer and the opening of swimming pools more than it does the immense loss of ultimate sacrifice. For a smaller population, however, Memorial Day provides the kind of stop-you-your-tracks moments that remind you of days of grief and pain. I remember years ago watching a Memorial Day weekend race on NASCAR. During the pre-race festivities, a man played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes to honor those who paid the ultimate price. I had to leave the room. The memories — of hearing that same song played the same for men whom I knew — were simply too fresh. For families of the fallen and for modern veterans, there is a reality that often deepens our grief. Our wars since World War II have often been inconclusive, at best. Battlefield victories have been squandered, a nation that we defended — South Vietnam — is now extinct, and in Iraq thousands of men are right back where Americans were ten years ago, fighting the same enemy. Against that backdrop, I’ve heard people say that American sacrifices have been in vain, even that lives were “wasted.” I understand. I truly do. When I watched ISIS surge across the Syrian border, retaking towns and cities that Americans fought for at great cost, it was difficult to describe the sense of frustration. I can only imagine how the generation before me felt when they saw the last helicopter take off from the roof in Saigon. But I also know that courage is never truly wasted. It returns incalculable value to brothers-in-arms, to the military, and to the nation. We’ve seen throughout history that cowardice is contagious — but so are honor and courage, even (and sometimes especially) honor and courage displayed in a “losing” cause. Some of the greatest moments in American military history have occurred when members of the most powerful military in the world found themselves in hopeless circumstances, surrounded and cut off. They’ve occurred in the jungles of Vietnam and in the dusty streets of Diyala. We rightly lionize that valor, and it inspires present and future generations to live up to that legacy. As I’ve written before, throughout history men and women have gone into battle knowing — in the immortal words of “The Charge of the Light Brigade” — that “someone had blunder’d.” Yet that bond of shared sacrifice, of the willingness to die for your brother, sustains our nation and our culture. That’s not to say that there shouldn’t be accountability for errors — that politicians and generals shouldn’t pay a high price for their failures — but rather to note that every life given honorable service to our nation leaves behind an enduring and powerful legacy. Sometimes it seems as if we live in the age of blunders. The quality of our political leaders diminishes, and their decisions are striking in their short-sightedness and naked pandering. But we also still live in an age of courage — an age of courage that persisted throughout our nation’s existence. Think about this remarkable fact: In spite of almost 15 years of continual combat since 9/11, most of it far from the headlines and waged in circumstances that frustrate even our most idealistic soldiers, our nation has sustained an all-volunteer military — with hundreds of thousands signing up not just to fight, but to fight again and again. This Memorial Day I’ll remember the men whom I knew — men who died fighting in a war that is the subject of renewed, ferocious debate and in a country that is the focus of renewed, ferocious combat overseas — and I’ll draw strength from the courage. They were our best, they gave their all, and their sacrifice sustains our nation far beyond its battlefields. They have made our nation. They make it still. — David French is an attorney, and Army Reserve officer (Major) who was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq
A warning siren bellowed through the concrete bunker of a top-secret Naval facility where U.S. military engineers prepared to demonstrate a weapon for which there is little defense. Officials huddled at a video screen for a first look at a deadly new supergun that can fire a 25-pound projectile through seven steel plates and leave a 5-inch hole. The weapon is called a railgun and requires neither gunpowder nor explosive. It is powered by electromagnetic rails that accelerate a hardened projectile to staggering velocity—a battlefield meteorite with the power to one day transform military strategy, say supporters, and keep the U.S. ahead of advancing Russian and Chinese weaponry. In conventional guns, a bullet loses velocity from the moment the gunpowder ignites and sends it flying. The railgun projectile instead gains speed as it travels the length of a 32-foot barrel, exiting the muzzle at 4,500 miles an hour, or more than a mile a second. “This is going to change the way we fight,” said U.S. Navy Adm. Mat Winter, the head of the Office of Naval Research. The Navy developed the railgun as a potent offensive weapon to blow holes in enemy ships, destroy tanks and level terrorist camps. The weapon system has the attention of top Pentagon officials also interested in its potential to knock enemy missiles out of the sky more inexpensively and in greater numbers than current missile-defense systems—perhaps within a decade. The future challenge for the U.S. military, in broad terms, is maintaining a global reach with declining numbers of Navy ships and land forces. Growing expenses and fixed budgets make it more difficult to maintain large forces in the right places to deter aggression. “I can’t conceive of a future where we would replicate Cold War forces in Europe,” said Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, one of the weapon’s chief boosters. “But I could conceive of a set of railguns that would be inexpensive but would have enormous deterrent value. They would have value against airplanes, missiles, tanks, almost anything.”
Very cool!! To read the rest of this article, and see a video of this beast, click on the text above. 🙂
A flesh-eating tropical disease is ravaging the war-torn Middle East, after Islamic State destruction created the ideal breeding conditions. The parasitic disease called Cutaneous leishmaniasis is caused by bites from tiny infected sand flies which thriving in the squalid conditions left in the wake of Islamic State terror and conflict. Thousands of cases have now been reported. Previous, it was contained in Syria but has spread to Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan after more than four million Syrians fled there. With the same migrants now heading on to Europe in their millions, it could be just a matter of times before it reaches the West. The disease can kill if left untreated, and creates open sores on the skin, nosebleeds and difficulties breathing and swallowing. Survivors are often left with horrific scars. A lack of medical facilities and doctors, coupled with serious water shortages, in the war-torn Middles East have allowed to condition to take hold, and spread. The Kurdish Red Crescent had previously claimed that rotting corpses dumped on the streets by Islamic State fighters were contributing to the spread of the disease. Scientists at the School of Tropical Medicine have disputed this claim. The number of cases has shot up from just six in 2012, to thousands just a year later. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the disease has recently begun to flourish in Syria’s neighbouring countries. Dr Waleed Al-Salem, of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, told MailOnline: “It’s a very bad situation. The disease has spread dramatically in Syria, but also into countries like Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and even into southern Europe with refugees coming in. “There are thousands of cases in the region but it is still underestimated because no one can count the exact number of people affected. “When people are bitten by sand flies – which are tiny and smaller than a mosquito – it can take anything between two to six months to have the infection. “Someone might have picked it up in Syria but then they may have fled into Lebanon or Turkey, or even into Europe as they seek refuge. “Prior to the outbreak of war there was good control of diseases, parasites and sand flies but when the conflict started no one cared, conditions worsened and the health system broke down, which has created an ideal environment for disease outbreaks.” Peter Hotez, dean of the US National School of Tropical Medicine, added: “We need to ring fence them or risk another situation like Ebola out of the conflict zones in West Africa in 2014. “We are only getting glimpses of the situation from refugees fleeing the conflict zones and going to camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.”
And just think.. Thanks to Obama, we’re importing this potential health risk by the thousands. How dumb is that?!? To see photos of people affected by this dreadful disease, click on the text above. Unreal…
Master Sgt. Kelly L. Hornbeck passed away on January 18, 2004 — two days after an improvised explosive device detonated during a combat patrol in northern Iraq and decimated the frontal lobes of his brain. I will be wearing Kelly’s memorial bracelet this Memorial Day, as I do every day, and praying for his daughters and other family members he left behind. As the fifteenth anniversary of September 11 draws near, hundreds of Special Forces operators still find themselves in Afghanistan, Syria, or one of the 90 other countries in which Green Berets are deployed at any given time. These members of the Special Forces Regiment, America’s only Unconventional Warfare force, will be carrying out lengthy training missions and living in austere conditions, often with no or limited electrical power and running water. Hot showers are a rare luxury. Life during deployment can be perpetual boredom interspersed by moments of sheer terror and carnage. Many Americans may be tired of armed conflict, but less than one percent of them will ever find themselves in remote proximity to a combat zone. This war is not going away. Extremism is not going away. We have already been fighting radical Islamic terrorism for decades. Our children and grandchildren will be fighting radical Islamic terrorism for decades to come. Maintaining a persistent presence and persistent engagement with our allies abroad is the only way to protect our way of life and contain those who threaten it. This is where the Green Berets make a difference. A twelve-man force is often responsible for training 1,000 or more foreign allied combatants. While Special Operations forces use their multilingualism, intimate understanding of other cultures, exceptional intelligence, and adaptability to prepare allied forces for battle, Green Berets serve as much more than a force-multiplier. Often having to accompany the foreign fighter trainees on missions, Green Berets are deployed and exposed to live combat at higher rates than any other branch of the military. As a result, the Green Beret community’s rate of injury and death toll continue to mount year by year, because Green Berets are trained to refuse surrender until they complete the mission. Until they annihilate the enemy’s threat. Yet so few Americans understand the immense sacrifice undertaken by one of the most elite, rigorously trained, and patriotic group of men in the world. This Memorial Day, the Green Berets deployed overseas will not have time to sit and remember the sacrifices of war’s past. Sacrifices that allowed America to withstand German and Japanese domination during World War II; sacrifices that kept Communist forces at bay in the 1960s; sacrifices that are still necessary to stymie the spread of radicalism and caliphate desired by the Islamic State. Memorial Day does not exist for active Green Berets, because America’s past struggle for freedom is their present. If you enjoy being able to speak your mind publicly and practice (or abstain from practicing) the religion of your choice, please think of this Memorial Day as more than a beachside, grill-side day off from work. Attend a local ceremony; thank a veteran; reach out to the family of a deployed or wounded service member. Above all, educate your children, friends and neighbors about the significance of the day and its honorees. Remember the Green Berets who died defending our freedom, but also keep in mind those who return to the United States, rejoin their families, and transition to become leaders in whatever career field they choose to pursue. It is time to engage with those who continue to engage, defend, and sacrifice. Memory is not sufficient this Memorial Day. Take action. -Major General (Ret.) David A. Morris is the chairman of the Green Beret Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides immediate financial assistance to Green Berets who are injured in the line of duty, to their families, and to the families of our fallen brothers. Gen. Morris served for over 36 years of active and reserve duty, with multiple deployments in Latin America and the Middle East. He is a highly decorated veteran of the Global War on Terror, having served in various capacities in Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and as a civilian in several roles within the intelligence community.
Well said, General. MSG Kelly L. Hornbeck, whom MG Morris just talked about, was with the 10th Special Forces Group here in Colorado at Ft. Carson; a place I’ve spent a lot of time at. As someone who has been deployed to a combat theater myself, I share MG Hornbeck’s sentiments. Please take a moment today and maybe visit a national cemetery, talk to someone who has served in combat…or even a family who has lost someone in any combat theater. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for grilling.. But, that’s not why this federal holiday exists. Remember that..and, again, thank some combat vet, or his/her family that they left behind, for being able to have this day off to grill and go to the pool. Happy Memorial Day! 🙂
Is it or isn’t it? Video of a strange object in the sky near a military base in Dayton, Ohio, had the internet buzzing Sunday over whether it was a UFO, “Fox & Friends” reported. “It looks like it’s moving with the clouds,” a woman is heard saying on the video. The 13-minute YouTube video appears to show an object hovering and disappearing into the clouds near the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which housed an Air Force project that documented alleged UFO and extraterrestrial sightings from 1947 to 1969. A couple spotted the object as they were watching the sunset from their home, London’s Daily Mirror reported Saturday. They sent the video to Tyler Glockner at Secure Team 10, which describes itself on Twitter as “bringing exposure of the alien phenomenon and those trying to hide it back to the masses,” the paper reported. Glockner claims the same object has been seen two other times in the skies over Dayton, according to the Mirror.
Things that make ya go, “hmmm…” Click on the text above to see the video, and you be the judge. 🙂