Bundy vs. BLM: A Visceral Reaction | National Review Online

One can be a supporter of the rule of law and still recoil in anger and disgust from the militarized display of force by the federal government toward Clive Bundy.

The disproportionate nature of the government’s reaction to Bundy suggests this has less to do with delinquent grazing fees than it does with the selective assertion of raw governmental power — sending a message not just to Bundy or a disfavored group, but to America as a whole. The same federal government that deploys Bureau of Land Management shooters tricked out like SEAL Team 6 directs Border Patrol agents to flee from aggressive illegal immigrants. The same federal government that would fire and prosecute federal agents who physically restrain border-crossers sends agents to tase and sic German shepherds on ordinary Americans exercising First Amendment rights.

One can acknowledge that the government has the right — in fact, the responsibility — to enforce the law, yet object that this administration habitually enforces the law in a capricious, arbitrary, and discriminatory manner. They imperiously go after a Bundy while excusing scores of miscreants whose get-out-of-jail-free card is membership in a politically-correct class. They regularly waive legal requirements out of sheer political expediency. They fail to defend duly enacted statutes with which they, the enlightened, disagree.

via Bundy vs. BLM: A Visceral Reaction | National Review Online.


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UPDATE: Hue City crew doused major fire at sea | Navy Times | navytimes.com

The crew of the cruiser Hue City fought and defeated a major fire in one of the main engineering spaces Monday evening without suffering any injuries, according to a new report obtained by Navy Times.

The fire broke out at just after 6:20 p.m. local time while the Hue City was steaming about 200 nautical miles northeast of Bermuda, according to the initial incident report sent by the ship.

It started in the No. 1 gas turbine generator, located in main engine room one, and the crew reacted by going to general quarters, this message said, in what appears to be among the most serious shipboard fires in a few years.

While much remains unclear about what happened on board, the report makes clear that the fire wasn’t finally declared “out” until more than an hour and a half after it started.

via UPDATE: Hue City crew doused major fire at sea | Navy Times | navytimes.com.

Prayers for the crew. There’s nothing scarier to sailors than fire at sea.

And it’s a certainty that if they had to break out the hose teams, she’s going to need some time in the yards before she’s ready to sail again.



Hellfire Longbow for LCS

Sam LaGrone notes that the Navy has ditched the idea of equipping the troubled LCS family of ships with the Griffin short range missile, and will instead arm them with the millimeter-wavelength radar guided version of the popular AGM-114 Hellfire missile.

The Navy has traded Raytheon’s Griffin IIB missile for Lockheed Martin’s Longbow Hellfire AGM-114L for the surface-to-surface missile for early increments and testing for the surface warfare (SuW) mission package for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the outgoing program manager for LCS Mission Modules (PMS 420), Rear Adm. John Ailes told reporters on Wednesday.

The choice between the missiles — roughly equivalent in size, range (about five miles) and warhead size — came in part from the ability of the Army’s Longbow to take targeting information from Saab’s Sea Giraffe radar and use its onboard millimeter wave seeker to find a target. The Griffin uses a semi-active laser seeker that requires the ship’s crew to ‘paint’ a target with a laser, limiting the number of missiles that can engage targets at once.

“We have these 10,000 [Longbow] missiles, there’s no cost risk at all, it’s vertically launchable and you can shoot lots of them at same time and you don’t have to do that thing where you keep the laser on it,” Ailes said.
“That’s why we’re excited about Longbow Hellfire.”

The Navy plans to test the missile aboard a LCS — likely USS Freedom (LCS-1) — next year. In 2013, the Navy tested the Longbow at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. against simulated small boat targets successfully.

Griffin is a pretty handy missile, but its selection never made any sense. First, it’s a semi-active laser homing weapon. That means you can only simultaneously attack as many targets as you have laser designators. The MMR Hellfire, on the other hand, is fire and forget.* For dealing with a swarming boat attack, that means as soon as you’ve assigned the missile to its target, you can launch and start targeting another. This, of course, greatly decreases the engagement cycle time.

I will admit, I had no idea anyone had looked at a vertical launch capability for the Hellfire, but according to our old friend Chuckles, the Navy tested it out on a 65’ patrol boat.


*The Hellfire missiles you have seen in videos from Iraq and Afghanistan are semi-active laser guided variants. There are a couple reasons for this. First, Laser Hellfire is good enough in the relatively benign air defense environment in Afghanistan and Iraq. Also, in a COIN environment, Rules of Engagement generally call favor a weapon under positive control in place of a fire and forget weapon. Finally, especially in the high/hot conditions in Afghanistan, removing the fire control radar from the Apaches means a big weight savings, and increased helicopter performance.

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Lawmaker Introduces Bill Requiring Veterans To Warn Neighbors Of Their Combat Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following a second mass shooting at Ford Hood, at least one lawmaker thinks a bill currently under consideration will ensure the safety of American communities by requiring the estimated 2.6 million unstable veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan to tell their neighbors of their combat service.

The Fortify & Unite Communities to Keep Veterans’ External Threats Secure Act (H.R. 1874) which was introduced on Tuesday, would require military veterans to register with the Department of Homeland Security and periodically “check-in” with a case officer, in addition to going door-to-door in their neighborhood to notify people nearby that they are a powder keg of post traumatic stress, alcoholism, murder, and hate just waiting to blow.

“We really feel that we can drastically minimize the damage to some communities, especially those in troubled ‘PTSD hotspots‘ that have become a haven for these psychopathic troops,” said Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who sponsored the legislation. “We are so thankful for their service, and now they can continue to serve on veterans probation.”

via Lawmaker Introduces Bill Requiring Veterans To Warn Neighbors Of Their Combat Service.



SGT Kyle J. White to be awarded the Medal of Honor

On May 13, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Kyle J. White, a former active duty Army Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Sergeant White will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Platoon Radio Telephone Operator assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on November 9, 2007.

Sergeant White will be the seventh living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.


Former Sergeant Kyle J. White separated from the Army on July 8, 2011. He currently lives in Charlotte, NC, where he works as an Investment Analyst.

Sergeant White enlisted in the Army in February 2006 as an Infantryman. After completion of training at Ft Benning, he was assigned to Vicenza, Italy, with 2nd Battalion (Airborne) 503rd Infantry “The Rock” as a grenadier and rifleman which included a combat tour to Afghanistan from May 2007 until August 2008. Following Italy, Kyle was assigned as an opposing forces Sergeant with the Ranger Training Battalion at Ft Benning.

Sergeant White deployed in support of the War on Terror with one tour to Afghanistan.

At the time of the November 9, 2007 combat engagement, then-Specialist White was a Platoon Radio Telephone Operator assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade. His heroic actions were performed during a dismounted movement in mountainous terrain in Aranas, Afghanistan.

White’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster and “V” device, the Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral “2” device, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Parachutists Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Valorous Unit Award.

via President Obama to Award Medal of Honor | The White House.

From the Times-Herald:


The battle for which White is being honored was a textbook ambush by an enemy that vastly outnumbered the Americans and their Afghan comrades. Between firing his rifle, scrambling to retrieve wounded comrades and having his thoughts scrambled by two close explosions, White told commanders what was happening, according to an Army account.

“All of Afghanistan was listening to his call sign, Charlie One Six Romeo,” says Col. William Ostlund, then-commander of the battalion in which White served as a specialist.

“So when his platoon leader was killed, Charlie One Six Romeo was instrumental in controlling every single thing, from the fixed-wing bombers to the helicopter attack to the indirect (mortar and artillery) fire to treating casualties,” Ostlund says.

Fourteen Americans and a squad of Afghan National Army soldiers were attacked while strung out single file along a narrow trail devoid of cover. Scores of Taliban fighters crouched on the opposite side of the valley or were concealed ahead down the trail or on the ridge above. They opened fire at 3:30 p.m. as the setting sun was in the soldiers’ eyes. Many of the attackers were in shadows, all but invisible to the Americans.

The Taliban even videoed the action so they could turn it into a propaganda film. But the battle all but escaped notice in American media.



The Silent Tragedy of ILD


Inherent Laziness Disorder.  It affects millions of Americans.  It is silent, hardly noticeable, especially to those who have learned to cover its signs.   Symptoms include mostly-written posts that just need a finishing touch that never get published, or folded underwear that remains in the laundry basket for days, even weeks.  Smelly basketball clothes from Sunday still in the gym bag on the following Friday.  ILD can make you sit on your a** and watch television with a list of chores a mile long to be done.   Suddenly, watching two Czech tennis players you’ve never heard of becomes more important than the things you promised you would do on the next day off you had.  And you don’t even like tennis.

ILD can strike at any time, and it can affect your job, your family, even your health.  Won’t you please give today?

To learn more about the silent tragedy of ILD, please go to….  oh wait.  I was sposta build a website, wasn’t I?  Aww, to hell with it.  I’m gonna go watch re-runs of NCIS.