F-35C Sea Trials Part II.

Yesterday two F-35Cs landed aboard USS Eisenhower to begin a two week sea trial. The first series was conducted aboard USS Nimitz earlier this year.

For all the criticism I’ve heard about the F-35 program, I have to say, everything I’ve heard from the people that actually fly it is positive. The Direct Lift Control system makes flying the carrier approach much easier than a conventional jet.

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This Just In: Beatles’ John Lennon Was Really an A-hole


A rich, spoiled, lazy, arrogant, self-centered, drug-addled hypocrite.   The Daily Mail fills in the details, as if we didn’t really know.  The rather amusing and altogether unsurprising piece is worth the read.

By the age of 25 he owned a Rolls-Royce and a Ferrari. When he was filming Help! in Bond Street in 1965, the director asked him to run into Asprey, the luxury jewellers, through one door and out of another. On the way, he contrived to spend some £600 — the equivalent of £20,000 today.

This is not, of course, the Lennon that his fans choose to remember. The real Lennon, we are often told, was an artist, an idealist, an ascetic who disdained possessions and rejected the hypocrisies of capitalism.

But this is nonsense. The real John Lennon always craved money. When their manager, Brian Epstein, secured them their first contract with record company EMI, Lennon’s telegram simply asked: ‘When are we going to be millionaires?’

As for political idealism, for most of his early life he never showed the slightest interest. As an art student he didn’t join the Labour Party, go on CND marches or demonstrate against apartheid.

It was only after he had fulfilled his primary ambition to become very rich that he began to indulge his artistic, political and spiritual enthusiasms.

There’s more.  When that other foul-smelling hippie Yoko Ono arrived on the scene, it seems Lennon dived deeper into his hypocrisy and became more annoying.

It was in this capacity, as a self-appointed prophet of world peace, that Lennon wrote Imagine. Ironically, the hymn to purity and simplicity was recorded in the purpose-built studio at his country house, Tittenhurst Park in Ascot.

The couple had bought the house with its cottages, magnificent gardens and 72 acres of land from the entrepreneur and chocolate heir Sir Peter Cadbury. It was an incongruously splendid setting from which to lecture the world on the importance of no possessions.

I am of the age where more than a few of my high school teachers all but deified Lennon and the Beatles.  I never cared for most of their stuff, for myriad reasons, and when I mentioned that to one fawning English teacher Freshman year, I was curtly informed that I could consider myself uneducated until I could appreciate their genius, particularly that of John Lennon.   When Lennon was shot in 1980, another teacher told us it would be a defining moment in our lives.  Words cannot express how wrong both of them were.

Some visitors were struck by the contrast between his millionaire lifestyle and the sentiments of his most famous song. Elton John was astounded to discover that Yoko had a specially refrigerated room just for her fur coats.

In 1980, to mark Lennon’s 40th birthday, Elton sent him a little verse: ‘Imagine six apartments / It isn’t hard to do / One is full of fur coats / The other’s full of shoes.’

An older friend, the Beatles’ former personal assistant Neil Aspinall, once heard Lennon moaning about the costs of running his business empire. ‘Imagine no possessions, John,’ Aspinall said.  Lennon glared back.  ‘It’s only a bloody song,’ he said.

So in the end, John Lennon was indeed a music pioneer.  He was one of the first mega-stars of Rock and Roll who was in actuality a fraud; an annoying, self-centered jackwagon who needed someone to kick some of his teeth out for his troubles.    All I can hope is that those teachers of my youth, now long retired, had some kind of epiphany at some point and realized “Geez, this guy was an a-hole!”
Which makes me appreciate Blutarsky even more.


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Crane Army key for Navy aircraft bomb renovation | Article | The United States Army

CRANE, Ind. (July 22, 2015) — Crane Army Ammunition Activity, or CAAA, is supporting U.S. and coalition warfighters conducting airstrikes in Operation Inherent Resolve, the effort to eliminate threats posed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, and other terrorist groups in the region of Iraq and Syria, by being the primary facility for renovating the Navy’s general purpose aircraft bomb inventory.Naval Air Systems Command, or NAVAIR, which manages the inventory used by the Navy in training and combat roles, depends on the Army at the land-locked site to renovate its Mark 80 series and penetrator bombs carried by planes such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F/A-18E Super Hornet.The 500-, 1000- and 2000-pound bombs have no shelf life, with some still in storage manufactured as far back as the Vietnam War-era, but periodic renovation is needed to keep the Navy’s stock up-to-date. These munitions can be assembled into multiple configurations depending on mission requirements such as weather, drop altitude, speed and the intended target’s location or movement. Configurations routinely constructed include the so-called “smart bombs,” which can be guided by lasers or other means to a target as well as other fuzed bombs, mines and destructors.

Source: Crane Army key for Navy aircraft bomb renovation | Article | The United States Army

Mostly I just wanted to share the before and after pictures. The basic M82 (and other Mk 80 series) bombs have been in service since Ed Heinemann designed them alongside his A-3 and A-4 attack jets, virtually unchanged.

Well, there have been a few changes. The modern version of the Mk82 is the BLU-111, using a thermally insensitive explosive, and for Navy use, covered with an ablative coating to increase resistance to cook-off in case of fires. As the article notes, however, the old Mk82 is still in use as well.

You see the basic bomb unit above. You’ll notice there are no fins on it. The bomb itself can be mated with simple fins, hi drag fins (Snakeye), a ballute high drag device, with a laser seeker and guidance fins, with a JDAM guidance kit, or any number of other interesting configurations. The fundamental soundness of the design allows it to be used as the basis for any number of precision guided weapon systems.



The Army Surgeon General pisses me off.

A friend of a friend tipped me to this story.

The Pentagon’s press secretary said Monday that he was looking into allegations that Army Surgeon Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho sought to delay a Freedom of Information Act request for concussion data and manipulate reporters to cover up potential wrongdoing.

At a confrontational news briefing, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters, “I hear your concerns about this particular incident.” He said, “We treat the FOIA process here, as with other government agencies, as incredibly important.”

Cook said he was not yet fully informed on the details of the allegations that Horoho and the West Point Superintendent, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., conspired to delay a FOIA request from The New York Times on concussions in the Academy’s mandatory boxing program.

The takeaway line from Watergate has been, for 40 years, “the coverup is worse than the  crime.”

Army medicine faces an astonishing array of challenges, from providing routine healthcare to half a million people to cutting edge trauma treatment to rehabilitation of ghastly wounds to disease prevention in the worst of the Third World, all within the constraints of a shrinking budget and manpower. And by and large, Army medicine does a good (but not perfect) job.

But here we find TSG trying to play the “spin” game. Bad idea. Journalists may be biased, and working to put out a hit job on the Army, but even more so, they’re sensitive to being shopped this way. This is simply playing into the worst beliefs of the journalists, confirming to them that you are untrustworthy. They know the spin game much better than you do.

Here’s the thing. Yes, bad things often happen in the Army, either through stupidity, or enemy action. When a FOIA comes in, fill it. What would have been one day of bad press exposure now has turned into an investigation that might easily terminate the careers of two Lieutenant Generals.

Stick to medicine, LTG Horoho. Let someone else play PR flack.

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OH-6 Cayuse

I think the first time I noticed the OH-6 was in the movie Capricorn One, where they played a significant role as antagonists. After that, and Apocalypse Now, I was hooked on the Loach.

The US Army still operates descendants of the original OH-6 as the AH-6 and MH-6 Little Birds in the 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment (SOAR). Not bad for a helicopter that first flew in 1963.



Chris Mintz was shot as he charged the Umpqua Community College shooter in Oregon | Daily Mail Online

A heroic student charged at the Oregon college shooter and was shot seven times as he tried to save his classmates, his family said.Army veteran Chris Mintz, 30, was taken to hospital following the massacre at Umpqua Community College on Thursday morning.His cousin Derek Bourgeois told DailyMail.com that Mintz faced Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, who killed at least 10 people at the school in Roseburg.

Source: Chris Mintz was shot as he charged the Umpqua Community College shooter in Oregon | Daily Mail Online

Wow. It’s almost like Army veterans still feel an obligation to their oath of enlistment, and to contribute to their communities.

Compare and contrast this BAMF to the mewling pussy who wrote about Modern Man in the NYT.




The Oregon Shooter, Lies and Omissions


We finally have the name of the murderer in Oregon.  Media outlets have assiduously avoided revealing his race in any of the two dozen articles I have read, but in this internet age, the name almost always comes with a picture.  Chris Harper Mercer, 26, was a mixed-race man who loaded up with weapons and went into a Community College  classroom in Oregon with the intent to kill.  If Barack Obama had a son, he would look a lot more like Chris Harper Mercer than he would Trayvon Martin.  Unlike his sickeningly racist moralizing on that occasion, Obama managed to leave that detail out of his demand for further measures to disarm the law-abiding, with some false promise that draconian gun laws stop criminals from obtaining and using guns.

According to multiple sources, (WSJ and NY Post). Mercer then proceeded to ask his hostages what religion they were.  Those who replied “Christian” were shot in the head.  It is highly likely that those details were known to Barack Obama before his gun-grabbing harangue this evening shortly after 1820 EDT.  He managed to leave that out, too.  Had the reports been that the shooter had singled out gays, I am quite certain that Obama would have opened with that tidbit.

MINUTES after the 2012 shooting in the theater in Aurora, Colorado, suspect James Holmes was incorrectly identified on national broadcasts as a white male, with right-wing Tea Party affiliations.  All of it was untrue.  Within the hour the suspect in the Giffords shooting was identified as a white male Veteran.  Again, untrue.  Loughner was, in fact, a man with Communist and anarchist affiliations.  Here?  A bi-racial man who singled out Christians is not identified to the public for several hours.

Despite his identifying and killing Christians, echoing a number of massacres in Nigeria and other places perpetrated by Muslims, we have no word as to Mercer’s political or religious affiliations, if any.  I have a difficult time believing at this late hour that such affiliations aren’t known.  While the statement that no motive has been established may be true this evening, we should recall such a statement about unclear motives was made MONTHS after radical Muslim Army Major Nidal Hasan killed thirteen soldiers and civilians while shouting “Allahu Akbar!” in the 2009 Fort Hood Massacre.  Remember also, the incident was categorized by the Obama Administration as “workplace violence”.   Whether Harper killed in the name of another religion or killed in the name of the all-too pervasive and despairing Godlessness, it is he, and not the guns, certainly not MY guns, that is responsible.  But given the absolute dishonesty of both the media and this Administration, any inconvenient facts will be hard to come by until they have been able to disseminate their malignant version of events.

This evening, Barack Obama categorized our Second Amendment rights, the founders’ intent for the last redress of the People against the tyranny of government, as a “gun culture that made no sense”.  This from an Administration whose Justice Department ran hundreds of guns to drug cartels in Mexico resulting in the death of hundreds of Mexican citizens and at least one US Border patrol agent, and whose apparatus of State has gone about arming thousands who vow our destruction in some hopelessly foolish scheme to overthrow Russia’s ally in Syria.

Before the families can even begin to grieve for their loss, Barack Obama used the horrible tragedy to further his leftist agenda to eliminate the ability of We the People to resist a government that has become maliciously destructive of our liberty.  His promises to the fearful that such incidents as this, particularly if what I strongly suspect is what transpired, can be “stopped” by infringing on the rights of the innocent, are lies.  They are but a Faustian bargain that would transform us (!) into subjects rather than citizens.  Nothing short.  Worse, not a word, not a thought, not a flicker of recognition from Barack Obama for  the courage of those who stood and proclaimed their faith in the very face of death.  They were martyred, on American soil, for their beliefs.

When We the People cannot resist because we have allowed our liberties and our right to bear arms erode out of fear engendered by such a charlatan as this, we will see what is really in store for us.  Me, I will keep my last redress against the tyranny of the Barack Obamas and Hillary Clintons.  Or die trying.  Because I will not live defenseless under the tyranny of such a man as the shameful snake-oil salesman who this evening took to the airwaves to spew his lies and half-truths to once again convince us to trade our liberty for safety.