Vacationing along the Gulf of Mexico? Don’t let that Russian jet scare you: Thursday’s Wake Up Call

Seeing a military airplane fly over when you’re sitting on the beaches of Gulf Shores isn’t that unusual. Seeing a Russian military plane above you? Now that’s something that could get your attention.

Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-160

Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-160 long-range bomber

Military officials said they’re seeing an increased number of Russian long-range bombers near the U.S., something Admiral Bill Gortney said is akin to “sending a message” about Moscow’s military strength.

When asked about reports that Russia will soon start sending aircraft to patrol the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, Gortney would only say “it wouldn’t surprise me if they do that.”

The chances of seeing a Russian airplane while you’re actually at the beach are slim – they tend to stay just outside the U.S. territorial waters. And the U.S. military itself said it wasn’t too concerned.

“If you have long-range aircraft, you want to exercise them. In order to exercise them you need to fly long-range missions,” Gortney told Military Times. “We are prepared to intercept them should we need to, should we choose to.”

Now that would make for interesting summer viewing.

Welcome to Thursday’s Wake Up Call.

Another call for term limits

A Pennsylvania Republican has introduced a bill proposing term limits for members of the U.S. House and Senate. Rep. Tom Marino’s proposal would limit House members to up to six two-year terms while senators would be limited to two six-year terms.

Marino told The Hill the bill would provide incentive for lawmakers to make “meaningful change” or step aside.

Let’s put Rosa Parks on the $20

Rosa Parks has been identified as one of four finalists that the group Women on 20s would like to see replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

You can go here to vote. And I’m urging you to do so – if we’re going to have a change on the $20, let’s make it a change that honors an Alabama native and civil rights icon.

Don’t ask Dick Cheney what he thinks about Obama

Because if you do, he will tell you.

The former Republican Vice President said he thinks President Obama is the worst commander in chief the U.S. has ever had.

“I vacillate between the various theories I’ve heard, but you know, if you had somebody as president who wanted to take America down, who wanted to fundamentally weaken our position in the world and reduce our capacity to influence events, turn our back on our allies and encourage our adversaries, it would look exactly like what Barack Obama’s doing,” Cheney said during a radio interview this week.

“I think his actions are constituted in my mind those of the worst president we’ve ever had,” he added.

The truth is out there

One of NASA’s top scientists said she believes we will finds signs of alien life by 2025 with definitive proof within the next 30 years.

“We know where to look. We know how to look,” NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said this week. “In most cases we have the technology, and we’re on a path to implementing it. And so I think we’re definitely on the road.”

Don’t get too excited, though. Stofan said we shouldn’t expect little green men but maybe some microbes as proof of extraterrestrial life.

Oh well.

And today’s news of the weird

It’s not Friday yet, but I thought we might want a little levity today, at least if you’re not a goldfish.

A lake on Colorado has found itself overrun with the small fish. As many as 4,000 of them have populated the 12-acre lake in recent years.

Wildlife officials said they believe the fish came from four or five abandoned pets that were left in the lake two or three years ago. Officials said they will either have to drain the entire lake or utilize something called “electrofishing” in which the fish are stunned by electrical current to be removed from the lake while paralyzed.

Either way it’s not a good end for the fish. Officials said they will likely end up as food for a local raptor rehabilitation program.

Source: By Leada Gore, / April 09, 2015 

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