Email Address* Full Name* Message* Share via Shortlink Photo illustration of 27112 Malibu Cove Colony Drive in Malibu (Photos via Realtor)Two very peeved vacationers are suing a luxury rental property service alleging that shabby Malibu accommodations ruined their glitzy Covid staycation.Los Angeles residents Barry and Rena Plost expected a pampered “getaway” in Malibu, paying Luxury Vacation Homes more than $160,000 to deliver a beautiful home, a butler, daily maid service, and a champagne welcome for their two-week stay.But according to a federal lawsuit filed in New York’s Eastern District Court, LVH instead defrauded the Plosts, renting them a 3,400-square-foot problem-plagued home at 27112 Malibu Cove Colony Drive the company did not own.Expectation and reality of 27112 Malibu Cove Colony Drive in MalibuOverlooking the Pacific Ocean, Malibu has some of the priciest real estate in Los Angeles. Because the rental market was tight at the time of the Plost’s early September stay, LVH was unable to find a suitable property in its own portfolio, the suit alleges.So, the New York-based company “performed inadequate diligence” and allowed for “multiple layers of middlemen” between itself and the owners, according to the suit. The complaint alleges LVH seized on the Plost’s desire to escape the stress of the coronavirus, overcharging the would-be vacationers to the tune of $80,000.The couple seeks $164,400, along with damages to be determined by the court. Their attorneys declined to comment. LVH did not return a request to comment.When the couple arrived at the Malibu home on Sept. 1, they were met with overflowing trash containers, lights that didn’t function properly, and dead plants in the window planters, the suit alleges. The refrigerator hadn’t been cleaned out, the cabinets were scuffed, and rust covered the metal furniture, patio railing, electrical outlets and floor vents, according to the suit.Things continued to deteriorate, according to court papers. LVH sent a handyman to address some of the issues, but by 4 a.m. the next morning, the couple awoke to the sound of an “incessant chirping” from the smoke alarm’s low battery signal.In the days that followed, as the weather forecast predicted 100-degree temperatures, the air conditioning in the home was “temporary, inadequate and an eye sore,” the filing states. Adding insult to injury, the home’s TV programming was “limited,” the lawsuit alleges.LVH took responsibility for the “unsafe and uninhabitable” condition of the vacation rental, according to the suit, and promised to promptly return the couple’s money. That refund never arrived.The couple investigated LVH on its own, and claims the firm does not own the home it had rented, according to the suit. The property typically rented for $20,000 a week, the lawsuit alleges, though Zillow pegs the monthly rent for the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home at $33,000. The property last sold in 2016 for $6.7 million, and was listed for $7.7 million last February.Read moreThe 1% are shelling out $400K on Hamptons rentals as NYC shuts downMarriott Jumps into Hamptons rental marketAirbnb Luxe launch could impact the luxury rental business Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Contact Georgia Kromrei TagsLA Luxury MarketLuxury Real EstateReal Estate Lawsuitsshort term rentals
Image captured from surveillance camera shows one of the suspects in the Dec. 29 robbery at a Wawa store in Ocean City. By Donald WittkowskiTwo suspects captured on video surveillance cameras during an armed robbery at a Wawa store in Ocean City have been arrested after police circulated their photos to local hotels and on social mediaTariq Jackson, 18, and Joseph Lee, 19, both of Hummelstown, Pa., have been charged with robbery and weapons offenses. Jackson was also charged with aggravated assault, Ocean City police said Tuesday while announcing the arrests.Jackson and Lee allegedly robbed the Wawa store at 12th Street and West Avenue at around 12:20 a.m. on Dec. 29.They were arrested Dec. 30 at the Caesars casino hotel in Atlantic City.Ocean City police detectives were able to identify the suspects after circulating their photos to local hotels. Police also reached out to the public for help by posting the photos on social media.Capt. Steve Ang, a police spokesman, said Jackson and Lee were staying at Watson’s Regency Suites in Ocean City. With help from police in Hummelstown, authorities were able to learn their identities, he said.Cooperation between the Ocean City, Atlantic City and Hummelstown police departments was key in the arrest of the suspects within 24 hours of the robbery, according to Ang.Two Wawa employees told police that the suspects, believed to have been armed, approached them and demanded money. No customers were in the store during the robbery.Police did not release the amount of money that was stolen. Ang said a search continues for the weapon used in the robbery.The robbers had their faces covered and were wearing hooded-type sweatshirts during the holdup, police said in a news release. Photos of the suspects captured by surveillance cameras inside and outside the store before the robbery aided police in their arrest.Ang said the widespread use of social media and video surveillance cameras has made it easier for police departments to do their job.“Police departments are using social media outlets to identify the bad guys,” he said.A photo distributed by the Ocean City Police Department shows the second suspect in the Wawa robbery.
A parcel was detained and subsequently seized at the Border Force, East Midlands Airport, Castle Donnington, Derby. This parcel was addressed to a residential premise in the UK and contained; 2 Folic Acid B12 Injection 1 Iron Explosion Injection 1 DMG 1 L-Arginine Injection 1 Clenbuterol Gold Oral Syrup 2 No pain explosion 4 Horse power injection These products intended for the use in horses are not authorised products in the UK.The medicines were seized under Regulation 25 (Importation of unauthorised veterinary medicinal products) of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013.
Scottish Bakers has named Alasdair Smith as its new chief executive officer.Smith takes up the role on Monday 8 January and replaces Alan Clarke who left the association in June 2017 after seven years in the role.Craig McPhie, president of Scottish Bakers, said Smith “comes with experience in skills and education, lifelong learning and the media sector”.Smith previously worked as Scotland director of Creative Skillset (the sector skills council), before which he spent nine years with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and the Scottish Vocational Education Council (SCOTVEC). He achieved his Masters in Business Administration at Strathclyde Graduate Business School.Smith has “a wealth of experience in bringing industry together in partnership with further and higher education institutions in Scotland as well as having established links with SQA, SDS, the Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Government”, McPhie added.“Our board of directors look forward to working closely with Alasdair in helping him to continue building our association, along with all our current activities. We sincerely wish Alasdair every success in his position as our new CEO.”
Widespread Panic Busts Out Beatles’ “Come Together”, Imbues Themes Of Unity & Freedom In D.C. Opener
On Thursday night, Widespread Panic took the stage to commence the first of three nights at The Theater at the MGM National Harbor Hotel and Casino, which opened in the nation’s capital in 2016. The band took complete advantage of the state-of-the-art venue’s visual and audio capabilities in an intimate space with a capacity of only 3,000 people. After the political message branded into the setlists of Birmingham, Widespread Panic was poised to inject a call for unity directly into the heart of America.To kick off the night, the band opened with an appetizing “Wondering” before segueing into “Hope in a Hopeless World” which Everyday Companion accredits to Pops Staples and first appears on Panic’s Bombs & Butterflies (1997). The moral undertones of the lyrics reminded the attentive listeners to remain steadfast while “trying to find love in these hateful times. Try to stay strong but my mind is weak, looking for hope in a hopeless world.” John Bell continued his vocal domination as the band delved into a supernatural version of “Steven’s Cat” from their most recent album, Street Dogs for Breakfast (2015).However, the fire began to erupt when the boys delved into the crowd favorite “Rebirtha”, which the entire band musically annihilated and the audience responded to accordingly. A heavy jam segued into an outstanding version of “You Should Be Glad” from the album appropriately titled Earth to America (2006). Dave Schools thumped away on his bass while his hair billowed behind him, having found some sort of draft in the indoor venue. Jimmy Herring, who was especially on point all night, shredded the unholy hell out of this song, making its culminating jam one of the many highlights of the night.A rare bust-out emerged in the form of “Travelin’ Man”, the lone Michael Houser-penned song on Ball (2003), the band’s first LP with former guitarist George McConnell. The song had not been played since 2014, and this marked the first rendition with Duane Trucks on the drums. Jimmy Herring kicked off the next song with an early lightning storm solo before settling into the melodic grooves of “The Take Out”, an instrumental jam from the band’s 1988 debut album, Space Wrangler.Widespread Panic continued to add fuel to the musical fire with back-to-back covers of The Band. First, Panic played “The Shape I’m In”, once again touching upon themes of rising up over the dog-eat-dog mentality that remains omnipresent these days: “Save your neck or save your brother, it looks like it’s one or the other, Oh, you don’t know the shape I’m in..” The boys followed with a raucous version of “Ophelia” to which the crowd responded enthusiastically, stomping 6,000 feet to test the structural integrity of the venue’s foundations. To conclude an epic first set, Panic delivered a pristine version of “Porch Song” complete with an unselfish movement of solos and JB nailing the spaced-out lunar lyrics.After set break, the band returned to the stage to rip through a bass-heavy “Old Neighborhood”, a song which seems to have an affinity for D.C. Next, JoJo Hermann took lead vocals for a cutting rendition of “Visiting Day”, which posits the question, “Why can’t we just take a look around us and only see the things that make you smile?”A cover of Bloodkin’s “Can’t Get High” followed, accurately describing the feelings of heartbreak and lost love with all the Jimmy Herring guitar shreds in between. John Bell hoisted himself on a metaphysical petard to capture the emotionally distraught tone that completes this song. A mellow version of “Airplane” came next, featuring an electrically charged guitar solo by Jimmy Herring. As per usual, this song gave the band wings to fly to a higher plateau as they continued to add to the scorching conflagration on stage.The musicians teased a hint of “Pusherman”, reminiscent of their shows in Mexico, before demolishing a “Jaded Tourist” led by Hermann on vocals. Widespread Panic had not played this song since 2011 aside from 3 performances in 2017, and has only played it 27 times total–they don’t perform this song often, but when they do, they always bring the heat.Jerry Joseph’s cover “North” provided Widespread Panic an opportunity to showcase their unparalleled musicianship as well as gave directional perspective of the band’s Georgian grassroots. “North” brought the stompin’ intensity that is characteristic of a Widespread Panic show, and also provided more Playa nostalgia with lyrics “Haul you back to Mexico! Send me back to School[s]”.The entire band (except for Duane Trucks) then left the stage and gave the drummer ample “alone time” to beat the shit out of his drum kit. After nearly ten minutes of unaccompanied drumming, Schools returned to his position, followed by Sunny, then JoJo and, finally, Jimmy and JB. The boys returned to their theme of unity with a cover of the classic Beatles’ song “Come Together”. Like true professionals, Panic imbued the classic with their own rock and roll flavor, making it their own. They hadn’t played this cover in 819 shows–since 2005–and the crowd went bonkers. JB aced the vocals and Jimmy Herring introduced the Beatles to light speed.To finish the second set, Widespread Panic segued into a wholesome rendition of “Surprise Valley”. The incredible visual display depicted a soaring bald eagle in the background added credence to the underlying theme of unity. With this song used in so many crazy combinations, it was a pleasant change of pace to hear it played straight through, no sammies.The band returned to encore the original “Radio Child” from Bombs & Butterflies. The White Wizard “turned the dial, and electrified” while JoJo’s flurry of fingers matched his hasty tempo. The “Radio Child” jam was undoubtedly electrical, but the boys nearly burned the brand-new casino down when they played the opening licks to “For What It’s Worth.” This song, written by Stephen Stills and performed by Buffalo Springfield, was the very first tune Widespread Panic ever played together and is the quintessential evidence to the show’s underlying messages of abolishing paranoia, fear, and hateful tactics to unite as brothers and sisters. Even though the song was written in the 1960’s, there are several blaring comparisons between our modern age and the civil rights era. Our great country is in political turmoil, and the need to unify under a common cause is more important than ever. Under the banner of Widespread Panic, the good people prevailed and eagerly await night two.Setlist: Widespread Panic | The Theater At MGM National Harbor | Washington, D.C. | 3/15/18Set 1: Wondering, Hope In A Hopeless World, Steven’s Cat, Rebirtha > Jam, You Should Be Glad, Travelin’ Man^, The Take Out, The Shape I’m In^^, Ophelia, Porch Song (67 mins)Set 2: Old Neighborhood, Visiting Day, Can’t Get High, Airplane > Jaded Tourist, North > Drums > Come Together^^^ > Surprise Valley (78 mins)Encore: Radio Child, For What It’s Worth (14 mins)Notes: ^ Last time played 6/25/14 Kansas City (221 shows); FTP for Duane^^ Last time played 10/22/16 Milwaukee (47 shows)^^^ Last time played 11/04/05 Denver (819 shows!)
By Dialogo August 02, 2010 Comic book heroes, from Green Lantern to Wolverine, perform superhuman feats in order to save lives. While they may not be gifted with supernatural powers, the extraordinary efforts of the Honduran government, Joint Task Force-Bravo and the Ruth Paz Foundation recently saved the life of a 16-year-old Honduran boy. Eli Arevalo was doing construction work on his house June 18 when he stepped on a high voltage cable. He suffered electrical burns over 100 percent of his body surface, the worst being the third-degree burns on his right leg. According to doctors at the Medical Element here, patients with 60 percent surface burns rarely live through it. The teenager was taken to Hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa, Honduras’ capital, to get treatment for his wounds. While the hospital staff there did all they could for him, including saving his leg, Eli was in such a condition that he had to have a pediatrician bedside 24 hours a day, said Dr. Ricardo Avilés, a medical liaison officer with the MEDEL here. He needed a transfer. Enter Dr. Omar Mejia, the chief of plastic surgery for Hospital Escuela and the president of the Foundation for Burnt Children. He saw that Eli needed more significant treatment, Dr. Avilés said, and contacted the Permanent Contingency Committee of Honduras, or COPECO, which is the equivalent of the U.S.‘s Federal Emergency Management Agency. From there, Iris Moncada, of COPECO, coordinated with JTF-Bravo to move Eli from his hospital in Tegucigalpa. While all of this was going on, the Ruth Paz Foundation worked on getting donors to fund a medical evacuation for Eli from San Pedro Sula, which is 107 miles from Tegucigalpa, to the Shriners Hospital in Boston, Mass., which had agreed to receive the teen. Due to weather and sometimes the time at which the air ambulance has to land, the pilots prefer coming to San Pedro Sula, said Peggy Kipps, the executive director of the Ruth Paz Foundation. “We have been helping burned children (in Honduras) since Mrs. Paz, a U.S. citizen, started this about 40 years ago from her home,” said Ms. Kipps. “Last year we sent 56 children to the USA to receive medical treatment.” As the evacuation to Boston was being finalized, COPECO sent a request June 23 to JTF-Bravo civil affairs to evacuate Eli via helicopter so he could safely and quickly make it to San Pedro Sula. That’s when Dr. Avilés took charge. “This would not have been possible without Dr. Avilés and his coordination,” said Maj. Patricia Jaeckel, the former MEDEL operations officer. “He put all the organizations involved in synch. It blows my mind.” Dr. Avilés coordinated efforts between the JTF-Bravo leadership, 1-228th Aviation Regiment, COPECO, Ruth Paz Foundation and Hospital Escuela to ensure the safe evacuation of Eli. But, just as in any good superhero story, it wasn’t easy. First, once the request was put in for the helicopter support, Dr. Avilés had to verify that Eli’s condition warranted using JTF-Bravo resources. “If the life, limbs or eyes are at risk, JTF-Bravo can launch a helicopter,” the doctor said. “For Eli, his limb was definitely at risk and his life might have been at risk in 48 hours.” By June 24, the helicopter evacuation was approved by JTF-Bravo leadership and the 1-228th was put on stand-by to launch June 26. The second challenge came, however, with the arrival of Tropical Storm Alex. At 10 a.m. June 25, the notice came down that the 1-228th had a five hour window in which to move Eli. They had to beat the bad weather, which moved in like a villain trying to thwart the heroes’ plans. The aviation regiment was ready by noon. “The 1-228th was phenomenal,” said Major Jaeckel. While the 1-228th worked with the Honduran Air Force to land at the airport in Tegucigalpa, the third challenge came in the form of the World Cup, said Dr. Avilés. Vehicles and people filled the streets, slowing down the ambulance bringing Eli from Hospital Escuela to the airport. A drive that should have been less than 20 minutes now took almost an hour. Eli was kept in stable condition, though, and made it to the evacuation point without incident. Once en route to San Pedro Sula, Dr. Avilés and the JTF-Bravo team coordinated with the Honduran Army’s 105th Infantry Brigade to allow them to land the helicopter at a soccer field around the corner from the National Public Hospital. A landing at the San Pedro Sula airfield would have meant more traffic and a 30 minute drive. Even though the evacuation team now had Eli in place for his move to Boston, the weather continued to be a factor they had to contend with. The plane which was to transport Eli to the U.S. was supposed to be in place by 2 p.m., but was delayed until 10 p.m. And though Eli remained stable and everyone was ready to get him aboard, the rain was coming down too hard to move the teen from the airport to the plane. “We brought in a bunch of umbrellas,” Dr. Avilés said. “That was enough to cover him until we got to the plane.” By 11 p.m. June 25, Eli was on his way to Boston and the specialists of the Shriners Hospital. He is still in very critical condition, Ms. Kipps said. “(The doctors are) trying to save his leg,” she said. “(The burns have) destroyed all his muscle on the leg … they are trying really hard to save it.” Eli’s story is not yet over, and neither is the mission of medical personnel here. Working hand-in-hand with Honduran government and medical agencies, as well as local and international non-profit organizations, the Medical Element, 1-228th Aviation Regiment and all of Team Bravo are sowing the seeds of friendship and reaping the benefits of good relationships, Major Jaeckel said. “That’s why we’re here,” she said. “People give their time and talents to benefit others. “It’s exciting,” she added. Just like any good superhero story.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Freshman Nassau County Legis. Ellen Birnbaum (D-Great Neck) has been expelled from the Democratic caucus after allegations surfaced that she made racially insensitive remarks about a minority community within earshot of a black fellow lawmaker’s aide last month.Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) said that learned from three aides that Birnbaum purportedly made “derogatory statements in reference to black people,” though no racial slurs were used. The comments, which he called “insensitive, [and] do not reflect the position not just of the Democratic caucus and party but the people of Nassau County,” were directed at the New Cassel community.“Let’s make this very clear and very concise,” Abrahams told reporters during a press conference Friday in Mineola. “Legislator Birnbaum is banned from the minority caucus and the Democratic caucus.”Birnbaum allegedly implied that the hamlet is “bad neighborhood” because African Americans live there, Abrahams said. After “hours and hours” of investigating the remarks, Abrahams said he felt comfortable with his decision. No recording of the remarks exist, Abrahams noted.Abrahams, who is also running for Congress, said that he decided to isolate her from the rest of the party after she refused to resign following a caucus meeting Thursday night.When asked if Birnbaum denies making inappropriate comments toward African Americans, Abrahams responded, “I couldn’t tell you.”“I’ve had many conversations with Legislator Birnbaum,” he added. “Obviously her recollection is different than what the three people have represented to me. However, last night we had a legislative caucus meeting and gave her the opportunity to again make her case…but I truly believe after speaking to these staff members that again it is very clear on what was implied.”The comments were purportedly made on April 30, after Newsday reported three days earlier that revenue at the Yes We Can Community Center in Westbury came in below expectations.Abrahams, who has the authority to appoint legislators to specific committees, also stripped Birnbaum of all committee assignments. Birnbaum, who was elected in November and officially took office in January, served on several committees, including: Gov’t Services & Operations, Finance, Veterans & Senior Affairs, Towns, Villages and Cities, and Planning Development & the Environment.Birnbaum’s expulsion essentially makes her an outsider in her own party.She will neither be able to attend any committee or caucus meetings, nor will she have access to senior staff members or the party’s communications office. She can, however, participate in the monthly meetings of the legislature, though it’s unclear if she will attend the next one scheduled for Monday.Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) during a press conference on Friday, May 16, in which announced his decision to expel Legis. Elln Birnbaum (D-Great Neck) following allegations of racially-insensitive remarks. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Abrahams also noted that one of Birnbaum’s aides has requested to be relocated to another office, which he obliged. One aide will still work in her office to handle constituency services, which is obligated by the county charter.Her district includes Great Neck, Herricks, North Hills, North New Hyde Park and Searingtown/Albertson.Birnbaum was not available for comment. She has since apologized, Abrahams said.Abrahams also announced that he has invited Syosset-based ERASE Racism, a nonprofit racial equality advocacy group, to visit the legislature to conduct sensitivity training.Although he attended the press conference alone, Abrahams appears to have the backing of all six of his fellow Democrats in the Legislature, except for one, according to Nassau Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs, who did not identify who that may be. Republicans hold an 11-8 edge in the Legislature.Jacobs first learned about the remarks Wednesday and on Thursday he called for Birnbaum to resign. Some Democrats expressed hesitation with the prospect of publicly calling for her ouster, he added.Jacobs called Birnbaum Thursday morning and said he “came away with the sense that there was enough there.”Still, he said, “I don’t believe they are reflective of her views.”If the mounting pressure does, indeed, prove too much for Birnbaum, and she does resign, then either Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano would have to set a date for a special election or the seat could remain vacant until November’s general election.
12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com/partner/nafcu Details How many emails does your organization send out automatically? Probably quite a few.Usually, the emails try to be informative. Clear.Often they are a bit boring. And fail to share any personality.I listened to Derek Sivers recently chatting about the best email he ever wrote. He was the founder of CD Baby, which sold CDs. His personal goal in life was to make people happy. And he felt the emails from his company didn’t match this goal. So he got busy. And this is what he came up with to respond to every customer who purchased a CD.Your CD has been gently taken from our CD Baby shelves with sterilized contamination-free gloves and placed onto a satin pillow.A team of 50 employees inspected your CD and polished it to make sure it was in the best possible condition before mailing.Our packing specialist from Japan lit a candle and a hush fell over the crowd as he put your CD into the finest gold-lined box that money can buy.We all had a wonderful celebration afterwards and the whole party marched down the street to the post office where the entire town of Portland waved “Bon Voyage!” to your package, on its way to you, in our private CD Baby jet on this day, Friday, June 6th.I hope you had a wonderful time shopping at CD Baby. We sure did. Your picture is on our wall as “Customer of the Year.” We’re all exhausted but can’t wait for you to come back to CDBABY.COM!!You can read more about it here.So it got me thinking…How many of us have at least one automated email that we could try to liven up?Does your credit union have its own personality? Does your writing match it?PS: And it doesn’t have to be an email. I know a credit union CEO who serves a FOM related to the beer industry. She ends each and every message with a bold, CHEERS! And I think it is brilliant!
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » CUNA, Leagues and credit unions achieved their third victory at the appellate level Tuesday as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a frivolous lawsuit alleging website noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). CUNA and the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) filed an amicus brief in support of the two credit unions in the lawsuit, Aeroquip CU and Belle River Community CU.Credit unions around the country have been hit with similar suits alleging violations of the ADA, however the statute does not contain specific website accessibility guidelines.“We’re grateful that another appellate-level court has dismissed this latest lawsuit designed to exploit a law that protects disabled Americans,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “These outcomes in the courts are encouraging, and CUNA will continue its engagement with policymakers and regulators to secure much-needed clarity on how credit unions can protect themselves from similar legal actions while ensuring website accessibility.”The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of an Illinois credit union in July, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals made a similar ruling in January. These decisions set precedent in their respective circuits.
– Advertisement – What matters most now is that the Democratic Party capitalize on this success. Organizations like VoteVets and National Security Leaders for Biden have played a crucial role in this transformation, but Democrats can’t declare “mission accomplished” and move on. Veterans, according to the exit polling, made up 15% of the electorate this year. They’re a group too large and too important to only court every four years.Politically, Democrats will benefit if more and more members of the armed forces and their families trust the party. But the country would benefit, too, if our military also reflected our nation’s political diversity, which is why this work must continue. Trump’s animosity toward those who’ve served in uniform, of course, is longstanding. From obtaining a bogus draft deferment for alleged “bone spurs” to calling his effort to avoid sexually transmitted diseases “my personal Vietnam” to smearing the late Sen. John McCain by saying “I like people who weren’t captured,” he has never tried to hide his disgust for those who would sacrifice for this country. That he’s engendered a hostile response is no surprise.But it’s not only about Trump. Our military is more ethnically and racially diverse than ever before—more diverse, in fact, than the country as a whole—and the share of women serving has soared. Service members are all too often stereotyped and misunderstood as uniformly hawkish and conservative, but this election should shatter those preconceptions.- Advertisement –