Caturday in Vermont


I’ll say one thing for Jackass Cat.  He can take a beating.  Sometimes I grab him by the tail and give him a good walloping.  He likes it, too, little sicko.   As soon as I let him go he just sits down and waits for more attention.

Even non-cat people like him.  He is a good dude, not a mean bone in his body.  Less’n you’re a mouse.

I just wish people would stop telling him how handsome he is.  I am afraid his head will get swole.



Hillary Clinton emails: U.S. intelligence preparing for massive breach of classified data – Washington Times

The U.S. intelligence community is bracing for the possibility that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email account contains hundreds of revelations of classified information from spy agencies and is taking steps to contain any damage to national security, according to documents and interviews Thursday.

The top lawmakers on the House and Senate intelligence committee have been notified in recent days that the extent of classified information on Mrs. Clinton’s private email server was likely far more extensive than the four emails publicly acknowledged last week as containing some sensitive spy agency secrets.

via Hillary Clinton emails: U.S. intelligence preparing for massive breach of classified data – Washington Times.

Hillary Clinton brazenly and deliberately used a private, unsecure email system to unconstitutionally avoid congressional oversight of her actions as Secretary of State, knowing full well that it would compromise classified information.

News today comes that her attorney is in possession of a thumb drive with an archive of her emails (though it is unclear what format that archive is in).  That means he is unlawfully in possession of classified information.

“In most situations like this you’d expect that a warrant would be issued and that the Marshals and the feds — FBI, somebody would go and get that thumb drive and take it somewhere where it would be considered safe by the government,” said Edward MacMahon Jr., an attorney who has handled major national security cases including the leak investigation of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling. 

Under 18 USC 1924, the unlawful removal and storage of classified information is described as when a person “knowingly removes such documents or materials without authority and with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location.” The law sets punishment of a fine or prison term of “not more than one year.”

That Mr. Kendall and especially Mrs. Clinton have not been served with search warrants (hell, arrest warrants!) tells you everything you need to know about the fecklessness of the entire federal government under the Obama regime. The law simply does not apply to them. They are not only above the law, they are above any pretense to adherence to the law.



Marines declare F-35B Initial Operational Capability

Earlier today, as expected, GEN Dunford declared that VMFA-121 had achieved Initial Operational Capability, essentially the entry of the jet into real service.

In a milestone for the F-35 joint strike fighter, the US Marine Corps today declared the F-35B jump-jet model to have achieved initial operational capability (IOC).

The news means that the Marines consider the F-35B model – one of three designs of the multi-role fighter — to be an active plane that can perform in operations the same way any other active aircraft in its arsenal can.

The plane was declared operational by Gen. Joe Dunford, the outgoing Marine Corps commandant — and incoming Chairman of the Joint Chiefs — in a July 31 announcement.

“I am pleased to announce that VMFA-121 has achieved initial operational capability in the F-35B, as defined by requirements outlined in the June 2014 Joint Report to Congressional Defense Committees,” Dunford said in a statement. “VMFA-121 has ten aircraft in the Block 2B configuration with the requisite performance envelope and weapons clearances, to include the training, sustainment capabilities, and infrastructure to deploy to an austere site or a ship. It is capable of conducting close air support, offensive and defensive counter air, air interdiction, assault support escort and armed reconnaissance as part of a Marine Air Ground Task Force, or in support of the Joint Force.”

Of course, IOC is a starting point, not an end. Every new platform has a steep learning curve associated with it. All the testing prior to this is conducted by the contractor, and the various test establishments of the services. The Fleet Replacement Squadron, commonly called the RAG, has focused on training aircrew and maintainers to operate the jet, while also beginning to serve as the tactical schoolhouse. But until the squadrons in the fleet actually get out there and start using the jet, it is difficult to really determine how best to operate and maintain it.

There will be bad news in the future, and stories of challenges and failures. Guess what? That happens with every single aircraft, vehicle, ship, radio, rifle, you name it.

We still maintain that the Marines insistence on STOVL capability has compromised the end product, and certainly driven the cost of the program much higher than it should have been.

But we also think the F-35 program as a whole will eventually field a capable attack platform with credible survivability in defended airspace.

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Two Women Advance To Final Phase of Army Ranger School – Defense One

On Friday, 127 students qualified for the final stage of Army Ranger training — including two women, the first to ever advance to this stage of the elite special operations course.

Of the 19 women who began the first gender-integrated Ranger course on April 2, three remain. Two will enter the last portion of Ranger school, the swamp phase, on Aug. 2. The third was “recycled,” or earned the right to re-try, the second portion, the mountain phase. Instructors recycled 60 men as well, which according to the Army is standard procedure for students who excel in most areas of the course but struggle at one particular element.

via Two Women Advance To Final Phase of Army Ranger School – Defense One.

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CDR Salamander: LCS Update – come on … you know you want one …

Remember, LCS-1 was commissioned in 2008 and it still cannot do anything but presence missions – more expensively and less effectively than a Coast Guard Cutter.

How are all those great mission modules going?

via CDR Salamander: LCS Update – come on … you know you want one ….

Not well, that’s how.

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StoryCorps: Maj. Bambi: Meet The Marine Who Was Disney’s Famous Fawn : NPR

Donnie Dunagan is a hard-nosed Marine, a highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War who served for a quarter-century. First drafted in the ’50s and subsequently promoted 13 times in 21 years — a Corps record at the time, he recalls — Dunagan found the Marines a perfect fit. That is, so long as he could keep a secret.

A dark reminder of the past Dunagan left behind still lurked unspoken: He was Bambi.

via StoryCorps: Maj. Bambi: Meet The Marine Who Was Disney’s Famous Fawn : NPR.



Buzz Aldrin, what a guy.