Sarah Palin will pry your Klondike bar from your cold dead fingers.

calendar   Friday - September 12, 2014

PC Will Be The Death Of US Military

Army Worried It Has Too Many White Officers

In remembrance of Joan Rivers, can we file this one under “Oh, just shut up.”?

Sociologists worry lack of black officers will have detrimental effect on minorities

U.S. Army sociologists are worried that a lack of black officers leading its combat troops will have detrimental effect on minorities and lead to fewer black officers in top leadership posts.

“The issue exists. The leadership is aware of it,” Brig. Gen. Ronald Lewis told USA Today on Thursday. “The leadership does have an action plan in place. And it’s complicated.”

The Army reports that only 10 percent of its active-duty officers are black, which has contributed to its dearth of black officers leading soldiers with occupational specialties in infantry, armor and artillery.

“It certainly is a problem for several reasons,” Col. Irving Smith, director of sociology at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, told USA Today. “First we are a public institution. And as a public institution we certainly have more of a responsibility to our nation than a private company to reflect it. In order to maintain their trust and confidence, the people of America need to know that the Army is not only effective but representative of them.”


Capt. Grancis Santana, 33, spoke to the paper and asserted that it wasn’t discrimination that was causing a lack of minority officers in key posts — the supply of desired soldiers in his military occupational specialty simply wasn’t there.

“It’s not a good feeling when you’re one of the few,” Capt. Santana told USA Today. “There was no discrimination; there are just not a lot of people like you.”

The paper also noted that of the 238 West Point graduates commissioned to be infantry officers in 2012, only seven were black. One of the Army’s plans for addressing the issue will be to put more emphasis on recruiting and mentoring minority officers.

Three or four points:

1) 10% isn’t that far from the 13%-17% we are told is black’s part of the overall population. 10% is a heck of a lot better than 0%, or even 5%.
2) All Marines are green. Not white, black, brown, olive, or pink. Soldiers are no different. The military promotes based on needs and competitive qualifications, not on Affirmative Action. Or at least they ought to.
3) Read between the lines. There is probably an overabundance of black officers (and troops) in the (REMF) background “occupational specialties” that don’t involve actual combat. Actually, I know this for a fact.
4) How long would this mentoring stuff last? Ok, sure, maybe they need to play catch-up Freshman year. Or as brand new 2nd LTs. But after that? At what point will they be expected to carry their weight? Because you absolutely can not make better officers by lowering the standards.

Anyone out there in uniform, or recently out of it, please sound off. 


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/12/2014 at 11:12 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - August 21, 2014

What We Got Here, Is A Failure To Assimilate

couldn’t resist paraphrasing that famous movie quote

Twice As Many British Muslims

Fight For ISIS

As Fight For The British Army

Might want to check your immigration policy there, UK. Or perhaps your religious freedoms, since you do actually have a national religion and all.

Americans were made acutely aware of the threat posed by Western jihadist fighters joining the ranks of ISIS in Syria and Iraq when a man with a London accent beheaded James Wright Foley as part of a taped ultimatum to President Barack Obama.

Inexplicably, President Barack Obama chose not to even abstractly address the nature of that threat, even though he plans to personally chair a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on precisely this subject next month.

A July intelligence estimate suggested that up to 3,000 ISIS militants were of European origin and 1,500 of those are young British Muslims, according to Birmingham MP Perry Barr. Framing the problem of Europe’s failure to assimilate its Muslim minorities perfectly, a new report indicates that there are more British Muslims fighting with Islamist militants in the Middle East than there are in the British armed forces.

* According to the Ministry of Defense, there are only around 600 British Muslims currently serving in the Armed Forces, making up approximately around 0.4% of total personnel. 4.3% of the British population are Muslim.

* The UK Foreign Office said that they believe over 400 individuals have travelled to Syria since the uprising began, but said that they could not give exact numbers.

* In August, 2013, two homegrown disaffected British Muslim men took to the streets of London where they beheaded a U.K. solider.

OTOH, most Americans probably haven’t seen the video, as such things are kept hidden from us Big Tough Brave Americans. We can’t handle real death or violence, or even dead bodies, certainly not bloody murder, although our TV entertainment is filled with pretend versions of all, ad nauseam. So it’s a good bet we didn’t hear the voice-over either.

Plus, we wouldn’t know a London accent from a Cornish one. Heck, we can’t tell Liverpool from Dublin from Edinburgh from Sydney from Christchurch. Seriously. We’ve got a little cartoon lizard on TV that sells us car insurance and he talks like you blokes. The insurance company runs ads showing people debating what kind of accent the lizard has, and where he’s from. Well, that’s when they’re not also running ads having a smart-ass talking pig sell us more insurance. Look on the bright side; at least they got rid of the cavemen adverts.

OTGH*, most of us are aware that our military has had several deadly problems with muslims in their ranks, from grenades thrown into tents to “workplace violence”. And we’re effin’ sick of it, and ready to puke at the PC idiocy that keeps them there. Purge the bastards, period. And then tell the courts to pound salt.

But I’m sure this news is not news at all to those of us here who have been paying attention to ISIS longer than since this Spring. I am fully expecting some Americans to show up in their ranks and in their videos soon, and I expect ISIS themselves to appear in inner city Detroit. Or perhaps ISIS X. Because Black people really are that gullible. And then Obama and Holder win.

* I already did an OTOH, so the only thing left is the 3rd hand, the gripping hand. OTGH. Go read your sci-fi, moties.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/21/2014 at 07:48 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - August 14, 2014

Once In My Lifetime


Two Lancasters To Tour UK Air Shows


8 Merlins, 10,240 horsepower on the runway

No longer is there an airworthy Avro Lancaster in the Americas. On Friday morning, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s MK. X Lancaster landed in England, ending what is being described as an epic adventure across the Atlantic Ocean that began Monday. Arrival festivities at Royal Air Force Coningsby airport were slightly dampened by soggy weather that kept the world’s only other airworthy Lancaster from greeting the Canadians in the air. Not to be deterred, RAF fighters escorted the Lanc in at about 2 p.m. local time. The Canadian bomber will take part in numerous airshows over the next six weeks in the United Kingdom along with the RAF-owned Lancaster. The last leg of the trip across the North Atlantic was a 5.5-hour flight from Iceland.

Considered by many to be the most famous Allied bomber of the Second World War, the Avro Lancaster had flying characteristics that allowed it to be tossed around like a fighter and operational performance only exceeded by the later developed Boeing B-29. Equipped with four 1145-HP Rolls-Royce Merlin X engines, versions carried bomb loads as high as 22,000 pounds.


The plane was set to fly out of Hamilton Monday morning, but an engine failure kept it on the ground for the next 24 hours. On Tuesday, all four engines fired perfectly, and the bomber successfully made its way to Goose Bay, Labrador.

Wednesday morning, the plane flew to Keflavik and spent Thursday in Iceland with a side trip to Reykjavik, setting the stage for the last leg today, a 5 ½ hour flight to Coningsby.

Two of the eight man crew of the Canadian Lancaster which landed at RAF Coningsby this afternoon have spoken of their joy at finally uniting the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s version with their own aircraft.

Co-Pilot Leon Evans said: “We just flew across the Atlantic in a Lancaster, so what about that?

“The weather man from RAF Coningsby was absolutely correct so we came down from the Hebrides over Scotland and down the east of England.

“I wanted to land and have a beer in one of those beautiful pubs but the rest of the guys had other ideas.

Landing video here.


Dambusters reunited: World’s only two airworthy WWII Lancaster bombers fly together over Britain for the first time in 50 years

Lancaster bombers united on windswept RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire for what will probably be last time
Lancaster Thumper, part of RAF Battle of Britain Memorial flight, joined Canadian Lancaster Vera from Ontario
Two aircraft are expected to visit some 60 air shows and public events across the UK over the next five weeks
Planes had been due to pass over Lincoln Cathedral last Friday, but poor weather caused flight to be postponed
Lancaster bombers most famous for Dambusters raids - attack on German dams with ‘bouncing bombs’ in 1943

Two Second World War Lancaster bombers flew together in the skies over Britain yesterday for the first time in 50 years.

The world’s only two airworthy Lancaster bombers were united on a windswept Lincolnshire airfield for what will probably be one of the last times.

The Lancaster Thumper, which is part of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial flight, joined the Canadian Lancaster Vera from a museum in Ontario.

Leon Evans, chief pilot for the Canadian Lancaster’s historic trip, said: ‘We haven’t had two Lancasters fly together in a display before.

‘It’s pretty unlikely it’ll happen again because these airplanes might run out of airtime. Vera’s getting older and already has about 4,500 hours on her.’

Vera’s journey from Canada took four days, involving stops in Newfoundland, Greenland and Iceland before she arrived in Lincolnshire on Friday.

More than 7,377 Lancasters, 430 of which were built in Canada, were made during the Second World War but many that survived were scrapped.

The Avro Lancaster is one of the Second World War’s most-recognisable British aircraft.

It is most famous for the Dambusters raids, which saw 19 Lancasters attack German dams with Sir Barnes Wallis’s ‘bouncing bombs’ in 1943.

Always loved the look of this plane. It’s like a flying brick with gigantic wings and tail stuck on. Who cares if it didn’t go 3 zillion mph; this one had style. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to be there to see and hear these wonderful creatures take flight.

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calendar   Saturday - August 02, 2014

Military Purge Enters Phase 3

First they took out the generals, ginning up phony scandals to discredit the top guys and force them to retire.

Then the lesser generals and the top majors got the chop when the downsizing broom began to sweep.

Then they went after the captains, sending out pink slips to 1100 young fast-trackers, including several dozen who were actually serving in combat at the time.

Now the purge moves on to the majors. Majors are the middle management of the army, above the captains and lieutenants but below the majors and generals. Professional military career folks; in another decade the best of them will be colonels and lower generals. They are the top brass of the next generation. And now Obama is going to cut more than half a thousand of them.

Guess we don’t really need a military any longer. What for, when the IRS has more troops than the Canadian army? When the Post Office has thousands of weapons; when the EPA owns a billion rounds of ammunition??

About 550 Army majors, including some serving in Afghanistan, will soon be told they have to leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service.

Gen. John Campbell, the vice chief of the Army, acknowledged Friday that telling troops in a war zone that they’re out of a job is a difficult task. But he said some of the soldiers could join the National Guard or the Army Reserve.

The decision to cut Army majors comes on the heels of a move to slash nearly 1,200 captains from the ranks. Army leaders were criticized at the time for giving 48 of them the bad news while they were deployed to Afghanistan.

The Army declined to say how many majors will be notified while they are at the battlefront.

“The ones that are deployed are certainly the hardest,” Campbell told reporters. “What we try to do there is, working through the chain of command, minimize the impact to that unit and then maximize the time to provide to that officer to come back and do the proper transition, to take care of himself or herself, and the family.”

The cuts have been difficult for many young officers, particularly captains, who tend not to have enough years in service to retire.

To make the cuts, the Army looked at about 8,500 majors who joined the service between 1999 and 2003. Some may have about 15 years of service, depending on all factors that go into credit for years of service, and might be able to retire, but many won’t have enough time in the job, Campbell said

Guard and reserve leaders are looking for officers, especially captains, so there could be opportunities for the soldiers to continue to serve, he said.

After 13 years of war that forced a significant and rapid build-up of the Army to about 570,000, the military now has to reduce its combat forces to meet budget cuts.

So what we’ve got here is a bunch of guys who joined up right out of college and took the career path. Now that they’re touching 40, they’re getting dumped into the marketplace, to compete against energetic 25 year olds, and people their own age who have lived in suit-land for well over a decade and don’t have to transition a jot or learn any new skill to move into the next position.  In other words, these officers who can’t find a hidey-hole in the Guard will be just as fucked over as ever other middle aged corporate chopster. Give your youth to your company, build your experience and skills, and when you find the job you can run in until retirement, you get the axe.  There is an awful lot of this, and it flies under the radar. It’s disgraceful. And it isn’t realistic to deliver the pat response “oh the best ones will get jobs right away” because it isn’t true. Their competition is half their age, willing to work for half as much or less, and work half as much more if necessary. So even if they’re not quite as good at things the first few years, they more than make up with it by cost savings and sheer effort alone.

We have a terrible business model in place that spits out the middle aged from the job market. And then the media ignores them; jobs stories are either about young graduates or retiring boomers.

On the third hand, for an army of under 600,000, do we really need 8500 majors?  Math time: how many troops per major? 570,000 troops / 8500 majors = 67 troops per major. Some of those 67 will be captains, lieutenants, sergeants, and corporals.  Two to One? That’s pretty standard as a minimum in the corporate world. 1 major, 2 captains, 4 lieutenants, 8 sergeants, 16 corporals ... 31/67 in some form of leadership role. HALF.

Hmmpf. Maybe we really don’t need so many officers after all. Like downsized school classrooms and teacher’s aides, are we putting too many “chefs” in the “kitchen”?  The Romans had Centurions, about the same rank as captains or top lieutenants, in charge of 80 to 100 soldiers.  One major or colonel would be running a whole legion.


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calendar   Saturday - July 12, 2014

Another Surge In The Purge

Military Officers In Combat Zones Get Pink Slips

Get out there and risk your life soldier! PS - you’re fired.

Who shall be left to lead what’s left?

Now that the purge of the top level of our military is winding down, with almost 200 top brass being fired, retired, or blackballed in the past 5 years, the Obama regime is moving the military purge down a level to the captains and majors.  These are the men and women who are on the military career track, the officers out there in the sandbox getting the real picture. These are the ones who will be the next generation of majors and generals. Well, they would have been. Now they’ll be shop clerks like everyone else. If they’re lucky.

Who gets the axe next? Master Sergeants, Ensigns, Warrant and Petty Officers? Pretty soon won’t be anybody left but Privates. Reminds me of a certain putsch back in the 30s.

In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed.

Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army.

The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are projected to shrink the Army from its current 520,000 troops to 440,000, the smallest size since before World War II.

What is astonishing is that the Defense Department thought it would be appropriate to notify deployed soldiers — men and women risking their lives daily in combat zones — that they’ll be laid off after their current deployment.

The nation should worry about the increased national-security risk of separating such a large pool of combat-experienced leaders. The separated soldiers are those who carry the deepest knowledge base of counterinsurgency operations.

A senior Defense Department official warned: “If the force is smaller, there’s less margin for error. Let’s face it — things are pretty uncertain out there.”

Commenting on the extraordinarily large number of captains being retired, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell said: “In other times, they’d probably continue to stay in the Army. But these are not normal times.”

Indeed not. While mass layoffs in the private sector generate front-page headlines, the media have largely ignored the reduction of our military. But who can blame them?

The war-weary public doesn’t want to hear that the cuts put the country at risk.

After more than a decade of fighting, even the most faithful — who used to rally behind the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by sending CARE packages filled with cookies, candies and reminders of home — have moved on with their lives, with few thoughts of the soldiers still serving there.

War weary? Not exactly. Every time I see a man or woman in uniform, I’m reminded that tens of thousands of American citizens are in harm’s way doing their best to keep the insane world as safe as they can for the rest of us. But the part that wearies me is that I know that they’ve been at it for more than a decade because the political greaseballs in charge WILL NOT LET THEM WIN. Shit, even when they do win, those greaseballs set things up so that it all goes to hell a couple years later anyway.

I am not war weary. I am politician weary. I am coward weary, and I am agenda weary.

And honestly? For those of us not directly involved, or obliquely involved via a son/brother/father/uncle/husband/boyfriend/sister/mother/daughter/aunt/wife/girlfriend in the service, what right have we to dare to say we are “war weary”? Not one item of commerce is being rationed. Not one gallon of gas, head of lettuce, package of ground beef, pair of pants, or even one toothbrush is unavailable because of military need. Nothing. There is NO IMPACT ON THE PUBLIC at all.

Yeah, ammo and components are somewhat hard to come by, and fairly expensive. This is not because of military need. This is because of hoarding, and because of the Regime arming up the entire alphabet of government agencies that should never have guns or ammo to begin with. Hmmm ... and at the same time he’s turning the military into an empty shell and a social gender mixing experiment. And at the same time he’s militarizing the nation’s police forces to a far greater extent than ever in all our history.

Hmmm. Somehow old Uncle Joe comes to mind, don’t he?


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calendar   Thursday - June 05, 2014

Shadows On The Sands


Normandy veteran Harry Mason, 95, from Warrington, looks out from the beach at Arromanches and the remains of Mulberry Harbour where he landed with British forces on June 7 1944.

Seventy years ago this coming Saturday.

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calendar   Saturday - May 31, 2014

Held Captive So Long That He Forgot English

US soldier held captive by Afghan Taliban freed after 5 years


Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only American soldier held captive in Afghanistan, was released Saturday by Taliban captors, an announcement that has Americans rejoicing but also raising questions on Capitol Hill and beyond about “negotiating with terrorists.”

Bergdahl was released from captivity after nearly five years, in exchange for five Taliban members being held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Bergdahl was taken prisoner after leaving his base in east Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. Why he left and whether he’ll face any consequences for his actions remains unclear.

U.S. officials said the deal was reached after a week of intense negotiations that were mediated by the Qatar government, which will take custody of the Taliban detainees.

They said efforts to negotiate Bergdahl’s release began in November 2010, that his return has been a top priority since May 2011 and that the opportunity to resume diplomatic efforts emerged several weeks ago.

“We ...made an ironclad commitment to bring our prisoners of war home. It’s who we are as Americans,” President Obama said Saturday evening in a Rose Garden ceremony flanked by Bergdahl’s parents. “Today, at least in this instance, it’s a promise we’ve been able to keep.”

“Like all Americans, we celebrate the release of Sergeant Bergdahl,” California Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a joint statement.

“However, we must carefully examine the means by which we secured his freedom. America has maintained a prohibition on negotiating with terrorists for good reason. Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl’s release may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans.”

They also argued that Obama “clearly violated laws” that require him to notify Congress 30 days before any transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay and to explain how the threat posed by such terrorists has been substantially mitigated.

Bergdahl is reportedly in good condition and able to walk. He was taken first to Bagram Air Base, in Afghanistan, then to Landstuhl, German, and will likely go to Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
The announcement of Bergdahl’s release comes as the United States winds down its military operation in Afghanistan.

The Bergdahls spoke briefly after President Obama delivered his remarks, expressing their joy and thanking those who secured their son’s release.

Bob Bergdahl, the father, spoke briefly in what experts think was Pashtu. He suggested his son will need an extensive recovery period and is having trouble understanding English after five years.

In the foreign language, Bergdahl thanked the Afghan people and told his son, “I am your father.”

Glad we’ve got him back. And I do hope the 5 who were let go were first secretly given some CIA slow acting biological, so that in about 13 months they all suddenly develop an incurable, debilitating, fatal cancer or horrible pathogen.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/31/2014 at 10:29 PM   
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Don’t Nobody Sneeze

Take a random midnight wobble around the Internets and you’ll find the oddest things ...


Royal Army Ordnance Corps men playing cards on bomb dump, Acheux, July 1916, Battle of the Somme.

Each one of those ball things is the 44lb explosive head from a device called a trench mortar, which would loft these bombs over the top and a few hundred yards towards the enemy in his trenches. A launching pipe was attached to the bomb part prior to firing, so that these things appeared to be launching large deadly lollipops, or candy apples on a stick.

And yes, there really is a place in France called   Achoo   Acheux.


Properly, it’s Acheux-en-Amiénois, and is about 2 miles SW of Gommecourt, infamous crossroads of the above battle, and about 10 miles NE of Amiens.

Wait, the formal name of the little town is even grosser than it’s short name? Achoo and a mayonnaise? Ewwwwww.

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calendar   Friday - May 30, 2014

Obama Plays CYA At VA

Shinseki, Under The Bus

Obama: It’s Bush’s Fault

President Obama accepted the resignation Friday of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, amid a burgeoning scandal over delayed care for veterans at VA hospitals.

In a hastily arranged statement after meeting with Mr. Shinseki at the White House, the president said he accepted the resignation “with considerable regret” and admitted that the decision was partly political.

The president said Mr. Shinseki told him “that he could not carry out the next stages of reform without being a distraction himself.”

“And so, you know, my assessment was, unfortunately, that he was right,” the president told reporters. “We’ve also got to deal with Congress and you guys.”

The president said VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson, who has been in his post only three months, will take over on an interim basis.

The scandal became public several weeks ago, but the calls for Mr. Shinseki’s resignation among Democrats began in earnest Wednesday when a VA Inspector General’s report that showed the scope of the problem at the VA hospital in Phoenix had affected about 1,700 veterans.


The scandal began last month when a whistleblower revealed that veterans were being placed on a “secret wait list” at the Phoenix VA facility that almost guaranteed they would not receive timely care. The initial report caused a handful of GOP lawmakers to call for Mr. Shinseki to step down.

[transcript of O’s speech] PRESIDENT OBAMA: In terms of responsibility, as I’ve said before, this is my administration; I always take responsibility for whatever happens, and this is an area that I have a particular concern with This predates my presidency. When I was in the Senate, I was on the Veterans Affairs Committee. I heard first-hand veterans who were not getting the kinds of services and benefits that they had earned.

Wow, 3 laugh tracks in that single short quote. I always take responsibility, an area I have particular concern with, and this predates my presidency. A lie, another lie, and a Blame Bush. Classic.

We’re not supposed to ask why Senator Obama, member of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee, didn’t make any effort to get to the bottom of the problem back then. And having known that this area, the one he is particularly concerned about, was having problems way back then, why is it only now, 5 years and more into his pResidency, that he’s even looking into it?


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calendar   Friday - March 28, 2014

meanwhile, here in Hunterdon

My post on Barnes Wallis, “Winning the war with weeds and seawater: the geodetic airframe” is taking far longer than expected. Just too darn many links and too many interesting side tracks. Like why the Pidgeon Process for isolating magnesium is so bad for Climate Change.

So here’s a picture  of Islamic Rage Boy with a pancake on his head  of the new bridge going up 3 hills over here, the new white bridge on White Bridge Road.


Pretty neat, huh? It’s a half connected Warren pony truss. But what makes it super neat is that the bridge was designed to carry modern loads while still looking like an old time bridge. So note the lacing between the beams, and the extensive use of rivets on the gusset plates. Cool. Because the folks in the neighborhood really really loved their old iron bridge (ca 1898), but it was just too beat up, too rotted away, and too weak to do the job any longer. 

If the rain lets up, I’ll run down to the job site today and get some fresh pictures. For now, here’s a link.

And Barnes Wallis? What a genius. What an amazing natural engineer. If Wallace, from the claymation films featuring Wallace and Gromit wasn’t named in his honor, he ought to have been. Cracking toast, what a brain he had.

Never heard of him? Actually, you probably have. He’s the WWII Dam Busters guy, but that was one of his lesser accomplishments.


On May 16, 1943, 19 aircraft took off from RAF Scampton, Lincs, to fly to Germany’s industrial heartland and destroy the heavily-defended Mohne, Eder and Sorpe dams on the River Ruhr.

The Lancasters were carrying 9,000lb of ­“glorified dustbins” – bouncing bombs designed by Sir Barnes Wallis, the “wizard boffin” immortalised in the gung-ho 1955 film The Dambusters.

Almost half of the 113 airmen who took off on that historic mission never made it back.

Hopgood and Byers were among the 53 British, American, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand airmen killed.

Three others were shot down and taken prisoner while 1,294 people on the ground in Germany were killed – many prisoners in forced labour camps.
“When Barnes Wallis heard about the losses he broke down and cried. He said ‘I’ve killed all those young men’.”

But, Johnny [Sqdr Leader John “Johnny” Johnson] says, Guy Gibson told him: “No Barnes, you didn’t. Without you that raid could never have taken place.”

Dr. Barnes Willis, pictured in front of a Lancaster bomber, perhaps one used in Operation Chastise.


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calendar   Monday - March 10, 2014

just another result of lower standards and lower class ppl advanced via race and gender


Well maybe not so dumb and dense after all.  She gets a million for what?

Getting drunk and getting injured.
But it isn’t her fault. Oh no. It’s the Navy that let her down. Yup .. she’s a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy?


Here’s what happened.

She fell down. OK, she fell down 30 feet. Ouch. BUT, the bitch was was drunk at the time. So who is at fault. Well obviously not her. No, the Navy is to blame. The other participants in the fun night building human pyramids, with her on the very top. From which, she fell. And broke her back. Told she might never walk again, she was up and walking with sticks 6 weeks later. Although she still needed a wheelchair, she got out of that to get married, and with special equipment has been scuba diving and snowboarding.
By the way .... she’s still in the Navy. Oh yeah. They can’t dump her. She’s female and has extra special rights. Gee, too bad she’s white or she might get even more. Anyway, she is on the Paralympic basketball team. Isn’t that nice?
She has become a poster girl for the navy which celebrates her sporting achievements on its website, according to the press. I do not wish her well.
There are service people who have had limbs blown off who get half what she did, and all this ugly duckling did was get drunk and fall 30 feet.
Too bad it wasn’t her neck that broke instead. And .... she isn’t even pretty.

She argued her accident happened at an Armed Forces function where top brass had responsibility for her well-being.

Who I wonder, will she sue if she falls out of her wheelchair?

Navy’s £1million ‘drunken sailor’ is now a Paralympic basketball team star: Lieutenant who was given huge payout after alcohol-fuelled accident becomes poster girl for Navy’s sporting triumphs

Lieutenant Kirsty Wallace injured after falling of human pyramid in 2007
32-year-old feared paralysed from waist down after alcohol-fuelled night
But she managed to walk without wheelchair down aisle in 2011
Now poster girl for Navy and key member of wheelchair basketball team

By Sam Greenhill and Ian Drury and Claire Ellicott

Following a six-year legal battle she won a payout of £1million – ($ 1,663,222 ) nearly double the maximum £570,000 compensation given by the Ministry of Defence to soldiers with the most severe battlefield injuries such as paratrooper Ben Parkinson.

He lost his legs when he was blown up by a mine in Afghanistan in 2006.

Lt Wallace, who is from Ardrishaig in western Scotland, took up wheelchair basketball in 2009 and made her debut representing Great Britain at the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in May 2011.

OK ... if you wanna read the entire unedited version minus my invective, go here.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/10/2014 at 09:29 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - March 06, 2014

Cork U

Donuslaved !!

Donuslaved: verb A term that describes an action that cuts an opponent off from significant resources and tactical options. cf Vladmir Putin, The Ukrainian Crisis, 2014

Crimean Penninsula: On the western side of that bit of land that sticks out into the Black Sea, the one Western people with a sense of history should always think of as Sevastopol, runs the river Donuzlav. In 1961 a huge breakwater was built across the mouth of the bay, turning the river into one of the largest freshwater lakes in Europe. It quickly became a prime vacation spot, a wildlife sanctuary, fish farms and shellfish beds, and a perfect place for Ukraine to park its Black Sea navy. A deepwater opening in the middle of the breakwater allows capital ships to sail through, and in the past a small naval airbase guarded the gateway. The base is still there, hardly a kilometer away, runways and docks just waiting to be used.

Today, no matter what happens with the Ukraine Crisis, their navy is out of the game. Without firing a single shot, Putin effectively just sank the whole thing.

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Perhaps the old western expression “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” doesn’t translate into Ukrainian. And it looks like “Pearl Harbor” doesn’t either.


The Russian Navy Ochakov Kara-class cruiser was sunk last night to block the Ukrainian Navy ships deployed in Novoozerne, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence said in a press release today.

The information was confirmed by the Ukrainian military of the South Naval Base who were observing the operation.

Yevpatoria, Ukraine: An anti-submarine boat may have been the first casualty of the Russian incursion into Crimea, but it was hardly an act of violence, much less war: The Russian navy sank one of its own, junked vessels to create an obstacle, a Ukrainian official said on Wednesday.

Ukraine Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Alexei Mazepa said Russian sailors pulled the anti-submarine vessel Ochakov out of a naval junkyard and sank it in the straits that connect the Black Sea with a body of water known as Donuzlav Lake. He said the act was intended to prevent Ukrainian navy ships from leaving a nearby base and going to sea.

As the Ukrainian-Russian rift over Crimea intensifies, a new tactic has emerged: intentionally sinking a ship to prevent Ukrainian government ships from leaving a southern port. The vessel in question, reported to be a Kara-class cruiser. Russians (or at least Russian sympathizers) towed the ship to the entrance to Donuzlav and sank it.

The act of sinking a ship on purpose is called scuttling. Navies typically do this to prevent enemies from getting their hands on the hardware. Doing it in a specific spot to create a blockade is something different—we’re going to call it ”strategic scuttling.”

No, I’m going to call it brilliant. So brilliant that it deserves to become a verb in its own right. Sure, it’s been done in the past. But as a non-violent “act of war, not really” that can stop a non-war from becoming one, while really tipping the scales for your side? I think this may be a first. Genius.

My only surprise is that they didn’t stage the thing as an accident in the middle of the night. Then he’d even have plausible deniability. “Who me? Nyet! Boatski sinksi! Is accident!” But then he’d have to make some token effort to try and remove it. No, this way is better. In your face comrades. And now everyone gets a fresh reminder of who The Man is. And it ain’t Obama.


h/t Sondra K

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/06/2014 at 01:37 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - March 01, 2014

utter disgust

Officials at Fort Carson in Colorado said Wednesday they are investigating reports that a soldier posted a photo on Instagram of herself deliberately avoiding saluting the flag, touching off a storm of criticism from a group representing families who lost loved ones.

Base officials issued a statement Wednesday saying they are aware of a social media post allegedly made by Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey indicating she stayed in her car to avoid a flag ceremony and they are looking into the situation.

Comments posted with the photo showing a female soldier in uniform relaxing in a car said “This is me laying back in my car hiding so I don’t have to salute the (5 p.m. flag ceremony).”

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If you don’t want to do Army things, don’t join the Army. Fine, I can accept that. But if you do join, then your appreciation of, and willing participation in, certain traditions is expected. And to be disrespectful of them is an insult to the entire group.

This is just so wrong.

Sheffey is a member of the 59th Quartermaster Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, at Fort Carson, Colo., post spokesman Dee McNutt confirmed Tuesday.

When asked if an investigation was underway, McNutt said, “The chain of command is aware and looking into the situation. That’s really all I can say at this point.”


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calendar   Wednesday - February 26, 2014

TThose crazy Russkis

Weirdest warship ever built?


A circular warship? You must be joking. Cue Billy Preston.

From 1872 to 1874, Russia built on the Black Sea one of the strangest-looking warships the world had ever seen. Andrei Alexandrovich Popov, the naval officer responsible for the design, wanted an ironclad monitor, which was a common naval design concept. But Popov built one had a circular hull. The Novgorod weighed 2,490 tons and had a diameter of 101 feet. It carried 2 12-inch guns that retracted into an armored turret. The guns sat on a turntable that could move 35 degrees in either direction. The ship had 6 engines, each of which powered 1 propeller. …

… Popov’s ships had a rare design premise—and for good reason. They often floundered even in calm water and rivers, let alone the open sea. Worse, when idling, Novogord and Popov tended to spin in circles. The Czar, however, was fond of the design and ordered the construction of the Livadia, a circular royal yacht. Historian Stanley Sandler jokes that this must have been because the Czar “presumably suffered more from seasickness than dizziness.”

H/T: Vilmar


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