July 20, 1990 |
The geopolitical sophistication that the producers of Navy Seals - a movie that should in all honesty be called Top Water Pistol - expect from their audience is revealed in a caption before the rousing finish. It discloses that Beirut is in Lebanon. The location ensures another round of spirited Arab-bashing - a pastime Hollywood is threatening to qualify as an Olympic event by the time the athletes gather in Barcelona in 1992. Navy Seals may be a silly saber-rattler and it may rip off dialogue from Star Wars and that recruiting poster masquerading as a motion picture, Top Gun. But in the shameless exploitation of American frustration with the Byzantine complexities of the Middle East, its humble competition is the likes of The Delta Force, Iron Eagle and Death Before Dishonor.
October 3, 2004 |
After two years as commander of the East Coast SEALs - the Navy's most elite warriors - Ridley Township native Capt. Dave Morrison has stepped into a new role, leading a joint forces special operations command. In his new leadership position, Morrison will not only work with Navy officers but with all of the armed forces to train commanders and their staffs on how to employ special operation forces. "It's an exciting time to be in special operations," said Morrison in a phone interview from Virginia.
July 20, 1990 |
If I'm a hostage in Beirut, I'm pretty sure that I don't want my rescue team to prepare for its transcontinental, surgical midnight strike with an all-night drinking binge in a bar outside Norfolk, Va. That, however, is how the title commandos operate in the movie "Navy SEALs. " They put a contemporary Beastie Boys spin on the old concept of manifest destiny - you gotta fight for your right to party, even in the farthest corners of the world. Michael Biehn and Charlie Sheen star as members of the elite commando unit known as the SEALs (apparently, Shoot Everybody And Leave)
October 19, 2001 |
The Navy SEALS were told to cancel their plans to have eight paratroopers drop into Florida A & M's stadium to deliver the game ball and an American flag during tomorrow's homecoming festivities. The SEALS tried to convince school officials not to stop the flyover, but agreed yesterday to cancel the event. Authorities were concerned that fear of terrorism could cause some of the fans at the 25,500-seat stadium to panic if they didn't realize why the SEALS were landing on the field during the national anthem.
August 8, 2011 |
WHAT A DAMN unfair world it is when someone so courageous - and so physically and mentally fit to take on an incredibly daunting task that 99.9 percent of us couldn't even perform - gets killed in a faraway land at such a young age, away from the people who love him. Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Strange, 25, a 2004 graduate of North Catholic High School, was one of the 22 Navy SEALs killed in a helicopter crash in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan...
February 27, 2012 |
Blue Ivy Carter made her public debut Saturday when Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z took their 7-week-old daughter to lunch at Sant Ambroeus in Manhattan's West Village. The "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" singer, 30, held her newborn close in a blue BabyBjorn. Moving on Mary Jo Buttafuoco , who was shot in the face by her husband's teenage lover nearly 20 years ago, remarried in Las Vegas on Saturday. TMZ.com reports she used her maiden name, Connery , when she exchanged vows with Stu Tendler , said to manage a Vegas print shop.
October 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A new book says President Obama hoped to put Osama bin Laden on trial, showing the U.S. commitment to due process under law, if the al-Qaeda leader had surrendered during a U.S. raid in Pakistan last year. In The Finish, Mark Bowden, a former Inquirer reporter, quotes Obama as saying he thought he would be in a strong political position to argue in favor of giving bin Laden the full rights of a criminal defendant if bin Laden went on trial for the Sept. 11 attacks. But Bowden says Obama expected bin Laden to go down fighting.
June 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Women may be able to start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later under plans set to be announced by the Pentagon that would slowly bring women into thousands of combat jobs, including those in elite special operations forces. Details of the plans were obtained by the Associated Press. They call for requiring women and men to meet the same physical and mental standards to quality for certain infantry, armor, commando, and other front-line positions across the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.
June 13, 2012 |
William Ignatius McCloskey, 83, formerly of Devon, a builder and stockbroker, died Wednesday, June 6, of a heart attack at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. Mr. McCloskey grew up with five siblings in Overbrook. His father, Matthew H. McCloskey Jr., owned McCloskey Construction Co. and was ambassador to Ireland during the Kennedy administration. During World War II, as a young teen, Mr. McCloskey worked one summer at the shipyard his father owned in Tampa, Fla., where he helped build concrete ships used in the invasion of Normandy.
August 4, 2013 |
He started coaching at the Martin's Dam swim club in Wayne in the 1960s, not long after leaving the Navy SEALs. Soon, no one could imagine summers without him. The 20th century gave way to the 21st, the kids left the program when they turned 18, and now he was teaching their kids, turning out championship teams and life lessons with equal facility. One of his grads became an Olympian at 15. No one knows exactly when Dan Reichert became a legend but everyone agrees he did. He seemed indestructible: The sharp blasts of his whistle echoing through the dense woods around the club, the Brooklyn accent shouting encouragement, the fist bumps and nicknames for everyone who passed him at poolside.