April 8, 2017

Interesting 400 MPH VTOL Variant

Under development at DARPA:

Story here.

To Cruise Or Not To Cruise

Here's an interesting take on the use of cruise missiles to take out damage the Syrian airbase.

From Navy Matters:
By now, you all know that the US launched a cruise missile attack against a Syrian airfield in retaliation for a chemical weapon attack by Syrian forces. I’m not going to address the quality of the evidence for the chemical weapon usage or the geopolitical aspects of the retaliation. What I’m going to address is the military lessons that can be gleaned from the open source information about the cruise missile attack itself.

[...]Airfield Weapon Density. The US launched 60 Tomahawks at a single, relatively small airfield. That seems like a lot of missiles especially when the runways were deliberately not targeted and other structures were deliberately avoided that would likely have been targeted in an all out attack. Still, this gives us some idea of the weapon density the US believes necessary to destroy a single, small base.

[...]Had this been an all out attack to totally destroy the airfield, presumably many more missiles would have been used. This gives us some insight into the Tomahawk weapon density needed to take out a facility. It’s higher than I would have thought. Given that our total Tomahawk inventory is somewhere around 4000 missiles, that should tell us something about our ability to wage an all out war and how long our inventory would last. This has to be worrisome given that Tomahawks cannot be quickly replaced from the manufacturer.
Apparently the writer is a retired Navy Commander. Apparently he is not impressed with the prowess of the Tomahawk cruise missile. These missiles cost about a million dollars a pop. Other estimates place our Tomahawk inventory at about 3500 missiles.

Trump: I'd Hit It Again

The Drudge Report had this to say about the recent US response to Syrian chemical warfare: TRUMP: I'D HIT ASSAD AGAIN...

Now that's pushing it a bit. I'm sure President Trump doesn't stray from Melania and I'm sure Assad wouldn't welcome it either.  Well, pretty sure... those lines in the sand Obama drew for Assad might have been directions.

All joking Assad, err , aside, Russia has vowed to assist Syria by upping it's air defense game against further American attacks and has sent a cruise missile frigate into the area of the Mediterranean where the two American destroyers are stationed. No word on how long the air defense changes will take or the proposed enhancements.

It is also reported that after the gas attacks last Tuesday, there were additional air strikes in the Syrian city of Khan Sheikhoun on Saturday

Remember the Baltimore Six, Mosby Will

April 12, 2015. Remember the looting and rioting in Baltimore and the six sacrificial cops that were prosecuted for the death of Freddie Gray? Three of the officers were exonerated after trial and the rest had all charges dropped. But that didn't end the nightmare that Baltimore City Prosecutor Mosby started. Not by a long shot. But now it's her nightmare.
Baltimore Police LEGALLY BRUTALIZE Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby
The Baltimore Six exonerated. However, things didn’t go so well for Marilyn Mosby. For her, the public humiliation continues in the courts.

The race-baiting attorney general became famous for prosecuting six police officers for the alleged manslaughter of drug-dealer Freddie Gray. She received a metaphorical beatdown of Rodney King proportions.

When Freddie Gray died in Baltimore two years ago, the city’s chief prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby went on an anti-cop rampage. Within two weeks of the purported crime and without grand jury indictments, Mosby charged the six officers involved in Gray’s arrest. In her stunning over-reach, she charged some of the officers with murder.
The cops filed lawsuits against Mosby, the Sheriff and City of Baltimore. A judge just ruled that the lawsuits can continue and that Mosby must surrender all her emails and be deposed under oath.

This gonna be good. I hope the cop's attorney's rip her apart.

Story here.

She's Out Of The Woods

She may be out of the woods, but Trump is still in her head.

April 7, 2017

Lies and Damned Lies

Q: When is One Hundred Percent Not One Hundred Percent?
A: Whenever the Obama Administration says one hundred percent.

Once again history shows that the Obama administration was corrupt and incompetent. What is surprising though, is that the veneer is cracking and falling away so quickly.

I really want former SecState John Kerry to be dragged before a Senate committee to explain how Sarin managed to show up again in Syria after he got rid of it.
Fact-checking website PolitiFact on Wednesday retracted a 2014 article that found it "Mostly True" the Obama administration helped broker a deal that successfully removed "100 percent" of chemical weapons from Syria.

"We struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out," then-Secretary of State John Kerry said on NBC's "Meet the Press" in July 2014. Kerry was referring to a deal the U.S. and Russia struck in September 2013 in which the Russians agreed to help confiscate and then destroy Syria's entire chemical weapons stockpile.
Story here.

April 6, 2017

In The News

Today I Also Found Out That Stinky Cheese Stinks
Twenty-five years ago I looked up the word "gay" in the dictionary and his picture was there.
Barry Manilow has spoken about his sexuality for the first time and come out as gay, confirming he is married to manager Garry Kief, his partner of nearly 40 years.

The famously private pop icon confirmed his relationship to People, explaining that he feared fans would be disappointed if they knew he was gay.
♫At the Copa, Copacabana, I got a place to hide your banana.♪

Opioids In Action
With all the talk abut the cost of lethal chemical cocktails needed to put convicted murderers closer to God and the protesters protestulating about the awfulness of these chemicals, how's about using about five bucks worth of pharmaceutical horse to send our nasties to Jesus? 
Part of the problem in addressing the opioid crisis is that the terminology can be confusing or misleading. People hear “opioid” or “prescription opioid” or “fentanyl” and begin to lump the problems all together as a crisis driven by legitimately prescribed drugs. No doubt, that is a part of the problem, but it is nowhere near the biggest part of it. Take a look at the best statistics available (taken from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the CDC):

  • In 2015, there were 33,091 opioid overdose deaths.
  • Heroin deaths constituted 12,990 of those deaths.
  • Synthetic opioids (mostly illegal fentanyl) constitute another 9,580 deaths.
No one seems to be unduly excited about the 13,000 souls doing that every year, hmmm?

Poo Flinging Girl Now A Registered Democrat
A Chicago democratic ward chairman has just registered her to vote.
Bahraich: The police in Uttar Pradesh rescued a girl from a forest in Katarniaghat of Bahraich who can neither speak nor behave like human being. The girl was rescued from troops of monkeys in the forest.

According to sub-inspector Suresh Yadav, the girl was spotted in the Motipur range of Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary. During the rescue, the monkeys and the girl screeched at Yadav. However, after a few attempts, the police shifted the girl to a district hospital.
The monkeys are next on the ward chairman's to do list as they appear to have more on the ball than the average Chicago democrat.

Obama's Gold Mines

Obama scrams to a remote tropical island while his administration's nasty bits are being exposed.
MSM SILENT: Ben Carson Finds $500 BILLION in Fraud-Mismanagement in HUD Audit

HUD Director Dr. Ben Carson found a big economic pitfall by the Obama administration.

The mainstream media has neglected to report on a BIG find by Dr. Ben Carson. The Trump cabinet is a winning cabinet.

Dr. Carson dug into the agencies records in a sweeping audit wherein he found substantial bookkeeping “errors”, which only prove either the incompetence or the corrupt nature of the previous administration led by former-president, Barack Obama.
A half trillion dollars stolen? And this is just after a few weeks of the Trump Administration digging into a single cabinet-level agency. After Trump hires another 15,000 Border Patrol officers he'll need to start hiring a zillion forensic auditors to find out how much looting Obama and his cronies carried out.

More here.

April 5, 2017

Spy vs Spy

In my wasted youth I loved Mad Magazine. One of my favorite cartoons were the Spy vs. Spy series. Although the way these two characters plotted against each other is funny in a comic strip, it definitely is not humorous in practice.

It is imperative that our intelligence operatives do not pick sides. They're all supposed to be on our side.
The U.S. intelligence community is in the midst of a severe crisis. It has been used, or perhaps allowed itself to be used, as a tool of political destruction, against some of the same U.S. citizens it was created to protect.

What I am talking about is the continuing “Wiretapgate” debacle. We are seeing the widespread abuse of intelligence by an incumbent administration to target political opposition. Long a technique in the developing world — a tactic I often witnessed as a CIA station chief working abroad — the Third World has come to roost in the United States. It is a tragedy of the first order.

The danger of politicization is widely accepted throughout the intelligence community as the greatest hazard, in theory, to the intelligence profession. If an intel service cannot be accepted as an unbiased arbiter, it loses the trust of its people, and risks becoming irrelevant and unheeded. History is littered with intel failures; one need only look to the invasion of Iraq to see how politicization can lead to costly failure and a “trust gap” that can take years to bridge and resolve.
More here.

April 4, 2017

Bring Up A Child The Right Way

Scripture informs us of this:
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6
My wife and I will be having a conversation with our girls and one of them invariably looks at me and says, "Gee Dad, I sound just like you." This doesn't happen by accident.
The future is uncertain. That is an undeniable fact. No one can accurately predict all variables of any situation. For many of us parents, one of the biggest questions is: “Am I raising a child who will be a contributing member of society?”

As a child becomes a teenager, our influence over our child steadily decreases. I’m not saying that is right, nor am I saying it is a bad thing. Our children must experience things outside of our household to become their own selves.

Yet there are two ideals that we must teach our children if we want them to succeed and thrive as well-adjusted members of society. These two concepts are responsibility and consequences.
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April 3, 2017

Now He Knows

Story here.

Loyce Edward Deen

November 5, 1944
A WWII Navy gunner is buried at sea in the plane he was killed in.

A Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bomber of VT-15 Torpedo Air Group, approaches and lands on the deck of the USS Essex (CV-9) during the Battle of Manila Bay, in World War II.

Upon landing, Lt. Robert Cosgrove (Pilot) and Sailor Digby Denzek (Radioman) can be seen in their respective forward and middle crew positions.

But the rear gunner position, occupied by Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class, Loyce Edward Deen (Gunner) has been completely destroyed by enemy 40mm shell fire. AMM 2C Deen was decapitated as a result.

As the aircraft is parked amongst others, with wings folded, sailors of the Essex take fingerprints and cut dog tags from the body of AMM2C Loyce Deen in the gunner position.

Captain Carlos W. Wieber, Commanding Officer of the Essex, and her crew, participate in funeral services on the deck. A chaplain conducts the services from beside the aircraft, where Loyce Deen’s remains in the gunner’s position have been shrouded.
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April 2, 2017

Clown Guns

I hate these NYS complaint AR15 rifles. It's a travesty.

No Surprise

It is not a mystery and it certainly isn't news.
New York is losing the people it can least afford to lose.
More people are leaving the New York region than any other major metropolitan area in the country.

More than 1 million people moved out of the New York area to another part of the country since 2010, a rate of 4.4 percent — the highest negative net migration rate among the nation’s large population centers, US Census records show.

The number of people leaving the region — which includes parts of New Jersey, Connecticut, the lower Hudson Valley and Long Island — in one year swelled from 187,034 in 2015 to 223,423 in 2016, while the number of international immigrants settling in the tri-state area dwindled from 181,551 to 160,324 over the same period, records show.
More here.