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calendar   Thursday - March 31, 2016

Army’s latest idea is 143 years old

Defense Department To Build “Buntline” Howitzer




In 1873 Sam Colt built a few dozen of his pistols with crazy long barrels. The idea was to give the rather anemic .45 Colt cartridge a bit of extra range. Or maybe he was just against any kind of concealed carry. Somehow the ungainly pistol became known as a Buntline Special.

The pistols looked about like this:

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modern reproduction 1873 Buntline Special by Uberti

In 2016 the Defense Department announced that multiple subcontractors are working on several projects with silly sounding acronym names, spending huge amounts of money, to reinvent the wheel and stick a double length barrel on the M777, our current lightweight towable 155mm Howitzer.

It artillery piece looks pretty much like this:

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modern pre-production 2016 Buntline Special 155mm Cannon by BAE Systems

While the general idea is to build a field gun with extra long range, the new gun will also have several other benefits, such as adding 1000 pounds to the idea of “lightweight”, making a gun just a tad heavier than can be safely carried by the 1947 design Chinook helicopters that the M777 was designed for, which in turn will really complicate things for our Marines and soldiers in the field, and eventually force the services to spend billions developing a new helicopter system with all sorts of cost overruns. The new extra long barrel makes the cannon a towing nightmare, taxing the ability of the standard trucks to haul the thing around and to be able to turn corners and negotiate uneven ground, which in turn will really complicate things for our Marines and soldiers in the field, and eventually force the services to spend billions developing a new truck and towing system with all sorts of cost overruns. Let’s not forget the further added cost and logistical benefits of carrying a grossly larger spare parts inventory to replace all the barrels that will get bent or broken, since the M777 is wisely designed to be pulled along by the end of the barrel, protecting that nice chassis and pretty wheels at the other end of the gun, where anyone with half a brain would hook up a towing hitch to. Sure, just stress the hell out of the barrel, because goodness, who cares if that stays straight or not?

Right. And don’t mention that South Africa already has a robust extra long range 155mm gun system, with autoloading no less, that we could simply just go and purchase.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J.—Picatinny Arsenal engineers have been working to create a longer, newly modified M777A2 howitzer that has the potential to double the system’s current artillery range.

The modification adds six feet to the cannon and less than 1,000 pounds to the overall system. A mobility demonstration is the first step to determine if the howitzer can be modified for extended range, or if a new system is required.

“Their [user] concern is that when the self-propelled program is done they will be left with a towed cannon variant that they can’t tow around, which is its number one mode of transportation,” said David Bound, M777ER Lead, Artillery Concepts and Design Branch, which is part of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, or ARDEC.

The Extended Range Cannon Artillery, or ERCA, project is funded by ARDEC’s science and technology office and charged with developing technology to extend the range of all 155mm artillery.

The ERCA program develops not only the XM907 cannon but also products, such as the XM1113 rocket assisted projectile, the XM654 supercharge, an autoloader, and new fire control system.

Program Manager Towed Artillery Systems, or PM-TAS, which leads the M777ER program, is taking the ERCA cannon design and adapting it to the M777 to determine if it can be a cross-platform solution.

This PM-TAS effort is a dual-funded program by the Army and the Marines.

PM-TAS is part of the Program Executive Office for Ammunition at Picatinny Arsenal.

“Right now (the M777) can shoot about 30 kilometers, but once all of the upgrades are complete it will be able to shoot about 70 kilometers,” said Bound.

“So, it will be able to reach out and hit targets well in excess before the targets can reach them. It will also give a lot of operational over match so the warfighter won’t have to worry about coming into a situation where they are under fire before they can return fire,” said Bound.

After the ERCA program, the M777ER program is engaged in making sure that ERCA’s system is suitable for the M777 system.

The final ERCA system will be demonstrated with an M109A7 system, which is the Paladin self-propelled howitzer.

Well ... except that the M777 has kind of had a 40km range for 9 years now, but that was pretty much only with the magnificent M982 Excalibur shell, a guided munition - I made a huge post about it and a few other boom toys back during the fighting phase of Gulf War II - that cost a mere $150,000 a shot. But double good news there! Not only has mass production lowered the cost to a bargain basement $70,000 per shot, a new, really inexpensive ($15,000 or less), replacement fuse with steering fins has been developed that works 99.5% as well (12m accuracy at 40km vs 5m at 40km, attached to an exploding shell that can destroy everything within a 50m radius of where it goes off), that will fit on any standard shell in the arsenal. This is the XM1156 Precision Guidance Kit:

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A base canard? Nay nay, a fuse-ed one; the base is well blooded!

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a base bleed artillery shell utilizing a thrustless rocket engine

So, 40km range with a couple types of shell. The base bleed design is pretty cool; a solid fuel rocket with no nozzle is built into the boat-tail base of the VLD projectile. Firing the gun ignites the propellant, which does nothing more than produce a lot of hot air. But this air fills the vacuum vortex behind the moving shell, and thus eliminates nearly all the base drag. The result is much higher retained velocity which means much longer range. And it makes a great tracer too! Just hanging a rocket engine back there doesn’t really help, as the thrust has to be absolutely perfectly even and aligned or else it will cause an imbalance and destroy accuracy, if not destroy the shell itself as it yaws sideways while spinning a couple hundred thousand RPM. Nope, neat idea but it don’t work.

I couldn’t find anything on the “supercharge” gun powder. But any slower powder will work better in a longer barrel, and if the barrel is long enough there’s no reason not to do a “supergun” style series of secondary powder charges. Just make sure your burn through bags are well tested first!

So, long barrel, bigger charge of slower powder, drag reducing Ultra Low Drag (ULD) projectiles ... add it all up and it very well could work out to 70km ranges. Hey, when you care enough to kill your enemies an extra long way away, and not harm anyone near them ... all it takes is buckets of tax money. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/31/2016 at 11:50 PM   
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Spring At Last ?

As one of those lucky folks who is up and outside before dawn, I greet each day at it’s coldest point.

And while you’re all colorful and trendy out in the afternoon sun, I’m still wearing my winter parka, heavy wool socks, and those 10 ton Polartec™ lined jeans.

Today was the first day that there was no ice crust on the water in the rain barrel. Which means that the temperature didn’t drop below freezing last night. Huzzah!! Forecast is calling for a sunny day in the high 60’s to low 70’s. Awesome. Break out the sandals and the beach sun screen.

Right. And to work I go.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/31/2016 at 05:50 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - March 30, 2016

Pray For Peiper

I got a phone call today.

“Hello, is this Drew? This is Jen, Jay’s wife. In England.”

And the bottom dropped out of my world. At a certain point in life, there are phone calls you just do not want to get.

Well, poor old Peiper has had himself a major heart problem. He’s lucky to live barely more than around the corner from one of the better cardiac centers on that verdant island, and they got him right in.

Six hours of surgery later, and he’s in an induced coma until the situation stabilizes.

It’s something to do with one or more of the layers in his aorta. And bleeding. And that’s all I really know for sure. Updates when I get them, which I might not get very often.

03/31/16 UPDATE: None. I haven’t heard a word, but I’m not really expecting to. I’m sure she’s got plenty enough to worry about. Lyndon, did you get my email?? Thank you, everyone, for your kind words of support. Keep the prayers coming. 

04/01/16 UPDATE: HE’S ALIVE! ALIVE I TELL YOU!! I got another call from Jen. Jay is alive, awake, no longer bleeding from the heart or from the brain, and does not seem to have suffered any brain damage. Awesome news, but Say What?? Bleeding brains? OMFG.  Crivens and a half, there’s a story here for him to tell when he is up to it. Which might be quite a while. And he wasn’t in the local hospital, they took him to South Hampton which is a better care center. Well, fine. Fine.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/30/2016 at 05:37 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - March 29, 2016

A job well done

It isn’t often when a product on the market gets a new and improved version that is actually new and improved. Usually “n & i” is code for “we took shortcuts, downsized the product, and now use cheap ingredients”, because the only thing really improved is the profit margin. And, of course, the ad men have to blat it about everywhere. New!! Newer than new!!! More improved than the previous improvements!!

Cynic. Jaded. Who, me?

Right. So I own one of these “tactical” flashlights. Not really sure what that means, but my Fenix TK40 powers one of theses CREE LEDs from a fat handful of 8 AA batteries, and gives me an amazing bright white light in a package the size of a bastard sword grip (hand and a half). And it worked great ... until the cheap soft plastic internal battery cage fell apart. It just wasn’t up to the bonks and dinks a tough life flashlight is exposed to.

Right. So about half a year ago I started trying to figure out how to get the thing fixed. It was a damned expensive flashlight; no way I’m just going to toss it away and buy another. So around Thanksgiving I was finally able to find a warranty service center (to be fair I really hadn’t been looking that hard) and the guy said he’d order me a part. And I never heard from him again. The other day I found my expensive flashlight gathering dust in a corner. Eff this, I’m calling. So I pick up the phone and make the call, and I got my guy on the second ring, and (wouldn’t you know??) hey, my part just came in, let me get your address and I’ll ship it right out. Well ... fine, great, let’s do that.

And today it came, and it works perfectly, and everything is wonderful ... and it’s a completely different part. The old “french plastic” battery cage has been replaced with something I’d have to call mil-spec. Steel rods, stainless steel nuts and bolts, hefty acrylic end caps, gold plated springs and contact points all over the place ... wow. This is what the battery carrier cage on a $150 flashlight is supposed to be like. Bulletproof. And beautiful. And it didn’t cost me a dime either.

And Fenix never even mentioned it. No “new and improved”. No fanfare. Heck, they don’t even make the TK40 model any more. It’s been superseded by their TK41 and TK41C, and those are the only models they have that use the 8 AA battery cage. Who cares? This is a first class part. And you almost never see that kind of silent upgrade.

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old vs new, cheap vs deluxe, weak vs robust: 8 AA battery cages for Fenix flashlights


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/29/2016 at 10:20 AM   
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calendar   Monday - March 28, 2016

This was never part of Richard E. Nixon’s vision

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/28/2016 at 03:30 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - March 27, 2016

Abomiations on a Happy Day

BECAUSE TERRORIST BARBARIANS DO NOT REST!

You know, I really didn’t want to cover any heavy topics today. I even planned to “roll over” this post I’ve been working for regarding Obama’s shameful behavior regarding the Castros and Brussels to the next week. The heaviest thing I wanted to deal with was doubts about whether it was apropos for me to commemorate the Resurrection of Jesus by committing one of the deadly sins on as many candies as I can get. Because this day is supposed to be one of JOY and happiness, commemorating eternal life in a world that is too leaden down with death, and while there is a time for that I hoped it wouldn’t be today.

But lo and behold, what do I get but a bunch of GOD DAMNED SAVAGES. coming out of the woodwork to say that Yes, this is a time to focus on death, and that makes me OBLIGED by Honor to do it.

First though, I’d like it to Never be said that there are no genuine Moderate Muslims, or that the idea of backlash against Muslims is a myth, Because the first sad story to come down the tube features Both! (On the other hand, the inquiries I have made about an interview with the Easter Bunny- on the other hand?- Those haven’t been as successful but something purporting to be it has offered to send his cousin, Karl).

Unfortunately, in this case the anti-Muslim backlash was caused by Jihadis, for Jihadis, against the moderate Muslim, which is why barring a miracle or post death interview I can thank these savages for our chances of interviewing him being even less than talking to the Easter Bunny. In this case, the Moderate Muslim was named Asad Shah. Mark Steyn has the details here. So please go read there and give Mr. Steyn your support. http://www.steynonline.com/7498/happy-easter-from-the-religion-of-peace I’ll limit myself to pointing out this man existed and some of the basic details of the case.

So what did this devout Muslim Mr. Shah do?

In the spirit of the season, Asad Shah, a Glasgow newsagent and a “devout Muslim"*[see update at the foot of the page], decided to send out an Easter greeting on his Facebook page:

GOOD FRIDAY AND VERY HAPPY EASTER, ESPECIALLY TO MY BELOVED CHRISTIAN NATION X! BISMILLAH…

Let’s Follow The Real Footstep Of Beloved Holy Jesus Christ (PBUH) And Get The Real Success In Both Worlds xxxx


And for this heinous crime- of calling for “unconditional real love for all mankind"- he was murdered, almost certainly by the usual Dirka Dirka Suspects doing the usual Dirka Dirka crime. These savages did it by knocking him down, and having one of them stomp on his head until not even an emergency rush to the hospital was enough. And suddenly I’m given a reminder about Just Why I support the death penalty so thoroughly.

But of course, after one group of these barbarians stained the day with blood, a-NOTHER group of them got irked and said “We can do better!” So rather than be outdone by some “Lone Wolves”, the Pakistani Taliban infiltrated a bomb into an Easter celebration by Pakistan’s endangered Christian minority in the city of Lahore. And not only did this bit of news hit me cold because of what Mark said about Pakistan, my own research on it, and that sickening feeling in my gut of what could happen to me, you or our loved ones if this happened not in Lahore but in here.... all of that was added to the figures. Almost instantly after I read the latest figures I realized this attack was roughly twice as devastating in terms of human loss as the Brussels bombings were at 67 dead and over 200 wounded, but it would receive only a fraction of the reporting.

Because as usual, half the public in this country acts like if they don’t see the evidence, it doesn’t exist. Even though these kinds of actions are Just As Important for The Enemy in their attempts to bring the rest of the world to heel and the average LIMP WRISTS and would-be Dhimmis will ignore it.


But *We’re* not like that, now are we? We know, we remember, and we will not stand. That Air Force and former Intel veteran I quoted before had this to say, and it’s well worth remembering.

Ugh.
This is what happens when you allow another law to supersede your own.
No law is then respected, because well… it’s the same as preaching moral relativity.

Which is all too true, and a major case why Pakistan is so screwed up, adn why I support the death penalty. 

But that lack of respect, that endemic moral relativity is why I will be including two images of the victims, in a way that I believe is closer to how we should remember them. One a man tending to his lawful shop, the other people recovering from tragedy
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Asad Shah

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Lahore Christians and Emergency Workers trying to help the victims of the blast. 

Now, this is still meant to be a happy day, so please keep doing what you’ve been doing with your families, loved ones, and the like. Whether you are Christian or not, celebreate Easter or not, or eat chocolate or not. But while you’re doing that, can you pleaese give some of your thoughts and prayers to these people and their loved ones tonight?

Because tomorrow, the work continues. There will be a time where we will exact our revenge on these RVERMING for EVERYTHING they have taken from humanity.

And never, Ever, EVER forget: THAT TIME IS COMING!!!!! 




Posted by Turtler   United States  on 03/27/2016 at 09:41 PM   
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Surely Emory is the Laughingstock of the World

‘nuff said


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Posted by Somnambulist57   Canada  on 03/27/2016 at 11:06 AM   
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calendar   Friday - March 25, 2016

police down terrorist in brussels today as further plots uncovered

BELGIUM and FRANCE IN THE NEWS ....  Again.

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A woman was taken hostage by a suspected terrorist at a tram stop in Brussels today, witnesses say.

Police shot the suspect as part of a fresh swoop to thwart an ‘imminent attack’ on France.

A second suspect was also shot in the raid, which began in a flat nearby in the Schaerbeek area of north Brussels.

Dramatic footage shows police coaxing a child away from the injured suspect who was shot in the leg at the tram stop amid reports he was carrying explosives.

Belgian prosecutors confirmed the man was linked to a planned attack in France, foiled by the French authorities last night Thursday.

Eyewitness videos show the incident unfolding at the tram stop where the ‘neutralised’ suspect dropped the bag, which was then investigated by a bomb robot.

Three people have been detained in the fresh wave of raids with authorities naming them as Tawfik A., Salah A., and the third, unnamed man taken in the Schaerbeek operation.

Two of the three - Tawfik A and the man detained in Schaerbeek - were wounded in the leg, the statement said. 

The raid in Schaerbeek comes as:

Six were arrested during police raids in Brussels on Thursday night in connection with the bomb attacks and a new terror plot
Friday’s Schaerbeek raid has been linked to the arrest of convicted ISIS recruiter Reda Kriket in Paris - also on Thursday night
Kriket, a 34-year-old Frenchman, had been in the ‘advances stages’ of planning an attack in France prior to his arrest, and was found with heavy weapons and explosives in his apartment
Two men were held in Germany suspected of being linked to the Brussels bombers
Claims that Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam was plotting a machine gun massacre over Easter before he was arrested.

CONTINUES here, more text and photos


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/25/2016 at 11:27 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - March 24, 2016

always better redder

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Selena gives in to bottle fever for a new Pantene hair color shoot.

Is this wash-in a wash-out? Looks pretty nice to me.

Damn. This girl has criminal amounts of hair. Criminal!!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/24/2016 at 11:53 AM   
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ARRESTED FOR ASKING A MUZZBOT TO EXPLAIN BRUSSELS.

Supposed to be doing something else, and as usual for me got sidetracked.

I caught this and thought, yeah.  Must be the end days I’ve heard so much about.
UnF*****g believable but then, maybe too believable these days.

I guess the kops have lots of spare time and no real crinimols to arrest.

Take a look at this.

Talent agency boss who ‘confronted a Muslim woman in London and asked her to explain Brussels’ is ARRESTED for ‘inciting racial hatred’

by Thomas Burrows

Matthew Doyle wrote a Twitter post asking a woman ‘to explain Brussels’

Has been arrested at Croydon home on suspicion of inciting racial hatred

The comment went viral being retweeted hundreds of times on Twitter

When asked about the post, Mr Doyle said: ‘I do not think I’m stereotyping’

Also said ‘I did not confront the woman...I just saw her coming towards me and I was emotionally fueled’

A PR boss who asked a Muslim woman to ‘explain Brussels’ has been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.

Matthew Doyle, an LSE alumnus and partner at a south London-based talent agency, sparked outrage on social media after he ‘confronted’ a Muslim woman about the Brussels attacks which killed 34 people.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘I confronted a Muslim woman in Croydon yesterday. I asked her to explain Brussels. She said “nothing to do with me”. A mealy mouthed reply.’

His initial post was followed by a number of like-minded tweets such as ‘no more Muslim migration’ and ‘Trump for president’.

The comment went viral, being retweeted hundreds of times before it was eventually removed from Twitter.

The Metropolitan Police issued a statement confirming that a man had been arrested.

‘A 46-year-old man was this evening arrested at his home in Croydon on suspicion of inciting racial hatred on social media,’ said the Metropolitan Police.

‘He has been taken to a south London police station and enquiries continue.’

Croydon’ became a trending topic following Mr Doyle’s tweet, as people flooded the social network with both furious and witty put-downs.

But Mr Doyle, who attended private Wellington College, defended his post telling MailOnline: ‘I am not out of sync...I think people who are criticising me are out of sync.’

He said: ‘I am having a hard time about this. I am not a fall guy in all of this.

‘The incident did happen. I didn’t confront the Muslim woman, I just saw her coming towards me and I was emotionally fuelled.

‘She said “it was nothing to do with me”. I said “have a good day” and then turned around and said “bye”. It’s not like I’m a guy with tattoos who pushed her against a wall.

‘I don’t think it’s stereotyping. Would you be afraid of me on the Tube? Any Londoner has to be vigilant and alert as the Islamic threat is a big one. It could happen here and it probably will. There was 7/7 and then look what happened with Lee Rigby, that was horrific.

‘I never meant for the post to go viral. Bonnie Greer, whom I don’t particularly like, has been passing judgement on it.’

Referring to some of the accusations levelled against him, he replied: ‘The Norway attack was an isolated incident with one madman. What we are facing is a collective group of terrorists operating under the umbrella name of ISIS.’

When asked about his later posts, the history graduate responded: ‘I didn’t have a thousand followers on Twitter until today. I don’t care anymore. I am just making a point. I am not out of sync. I think people who are criticising me are out of sync.’

The 46-year-old added: ‘I have the right in a democratic society to speak my own mind.’

SEE ALL THE REST OF IT HERE

It’s worth the time.  What do you think?  Is this a case of disorderly law?


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/24/2016 at 11:45 AM   
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Brussels - thanks for the link


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/24/2016 at 08:59 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - March 23, 2016

It’s been more than half a month I think

Dizzy the blind kitteh had another seizure tonight. It was her first one in ... almost 3 weeks I think? Right, since the 5th. The little pills seem to be working pretty well.

But late in the evening, suddenly she was flying around the bedroom, lap after mindless maddened lap. I snatched her up and held her close and petted her until the spasm passed, but she was still loopy and disoriented for a few minutes after that.  Poor kitteh.

And once again the cat is either in heat, or can feel it coming, because she’s been loud and singy for the past 2 days, rubbing her head on everything, constantly underfoot, demanding really firm rubs and head noogies. And boy does she love to get her face rubbed, almost hard enough to take the hair right off. Vagus nerve stimulation? Who knows, but it seems like she’s giving us warning signs ahead of time.

We’ll see if she’s quiet tomorrow, now that she’s had her episode. Talk to the vet. Maybe she needs her meds upped when she starts making all the noise. Maybe getting her fixed would stop the seizures entirely??


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/23/2016 at 10:57 PM   
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lethally naive

Peiper hears from a friend of his who was close to the madness ...

Brussels: A Voice In The Crowd

Hello Jay, thanks a lot for your concern, I am well, although I got quite close to the chaos.

I arrived in Brussels central station 40 minutes after the bombing at the airport and 10 minutes before the train station was closed. During the day we were summoned to stay inside at our offices, and in the evening, it took me more than 2 hours to get through draconic security control at the train station; then had to wait a long time for one of the scarce trains left and finally I had a train with a dozen stops following a very long schedule (80 minutes instead of 40), again packed liked sardines in a can. But I got home, thanks Heaven, even if it took me 4.5 hours instead of 1.

All this is the result of what you point out—we have been way too flexible and open—or should I say lethally naive. They don’t respect us, they hate us and, not being “impaired” by any modern cultural civilization, they aren’t scared to treat us like bad weeds, trying to massacre us. Just imagining for one second that some European or American would throw a bomb in the name of Christ in an Arabian country would be totally outrageous and unconceivable! They, however, still live in the Middle Ages, and we have made the fatal error supposing they would take us as an example but it is just the opposite. Now it is too late, the whole world is f###### by their primitive ideas.

P


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/23/2016 at 04:20 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - March 22, 2016

brussells update

Brussells Attacks: at least 31 dead, 180 injured

FRANCE: WE ARE AT WAR


As many as 31 people were killed and more than 180 injured as coordinated terrorist bombings rocked the Brussels airport and subway system during rush hour Tuesday morning in the Belgian capital.

Two bombings at Zaventem Airport, where 11 people were reportedly killed, and another at the metro station in the Maelbeek section near the European Union headquarters, where the mayor’s office said 20 were killed, were almost immediately confirmed as terrorism. The attack at the airport was reportedly accompanied by shouts in Arabic and gunfire, and an unexploded suicide belt was reportedly found in the aftermath.

“What we feared has happened, we were hit by blind attacks,” said Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.

“We are at war,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday. “We have been subjected for the last few months in Europe to acts of war.”

12:50pm EST --- LATEST: A Belgian government representative told CNN that 20 people died at the Maelbeek metro station and 130 were wounded, plus 10 more were killed and 100 wounded at Brussels’ international airport.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/22/2016 at 10:46 AM   
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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.

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Oh, and here's some kind of visitor flag counter thingy. Hey, all the cool blogs have one, so I should too. The Visitors Online thingy up at the top doesn't count anything, but it looks neat. It had better, since I paid actual money for it.
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