Archive for October, 2010

Chew on this: Halloween edition

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 31, October 2010 by chockblock

Some spooky goblins and demons for you this election eve. Oh yeah, some stuff on Halloween as well.

Brave New World

Posted in politcs, rankers, tech pron with tags , , , , , , , on 31, October 2010 by chockblock

Forget Transplants, growing organs is the future.

[H/T: InstaPundit and FuturePundit

Worldwide

Posted in Uncategorized on 17, October 2010 by chockblock

From the Army Times:

The Pentagon on Thursday issued a worldwide moratorium on investigations and separations of gay service members under the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, complying with the order of a California federal judge who declared unconstitutional the ban on open military service by gays.

Of course there is a stay filed by the Justice Dept. Our fearless leaders toss the Gays under the bus. Can’t risk losing the votes from those in favor of the ban as they campaign against it to get the gay vote. Again.

The future of American Military Power.

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , on 17, October 2010 by chockblock

CMDR Salamander makes some good points, quoting a NYT column by David Brooks he writes:

A couple of years ago, the eldest of the wee Salamanders asked why when I was her age I had grown up watching rockets taking off for the moon. Why the spaceships in 2001: A Space Odyssey never happened even though the technology was there?

In summary, I told her the answer was simple; we started electing and accepting politicians with no vision and no desire to lead and to do what was right. They were more interested in spending the nation’s money on things that made them feel good about themselves – not make them feel good about their nation. They decided that they would rather buy votes than expand the knowledge of man (yes, I’m that kind of Dad). The wee Salamander was not happy – I told her it was the Boomer’s fault too. Smart girl, she told me “I don’t like Hippies, they’re embarrassingly stupid.” Tears of joy I tell you, tears of joy from a father …

I agree. More people went to Florida to watch Apollo 11 blast off than dropped acid at Woodstock. The hippies convinced America they were cool, but they made nothing. NASA gave us so much.

Salamander goes on to explain how to fix the mess. Of course we need to toss the bums out. Politicians are supposed to have the vision thing. Smaller Gov’ment means more money for things that matter, like say fixing pot holes instead of ridiculous public works projects.

Now the good CMDR proposes some radical changes to our current force structure.

I agree with most of them.

Eliminate 33% of all Flag/General Officer Staffs (GOFO). Count all personnel savings as actual real savings. Full, no N1 tricks. No transfer of personnel; existing Staffs will have to prioritize and economize. Cut personnel assigned to NATO Staff billets by same amount

Cut the ranks of GOFO and their personal Staffs by 50% – negotiate down to a 33% cut if needed. Eliminate the entire SES ranks – but negotiate to a 75% cut if needed. Eliminate 50% of GS and Contractor billets. We fought WWII with less. Let Gen. Mattis do it after he sadly retires if you must. I trust him.

Take remaining GOFO billets and reduce one paygrade except for COCOMS (i.e. Lt.Gen to MajGen). Replace the archaic Goldwater-Nichols Act with something new and better. It is a quarter-century old. If you cannot do that – reset to what worked last and adjust.

Move combat pay and allowences to a daily vice monthly basis – ditto combat exclusion tax-free time. No more “go slow to stay another day inside the line” or strange “we landed on the 30th and returned on the 2nd” trips – etc.

He calls for a pay freeze. Bad Idea. That hurts the lower enlisted. Most are hanging by a thread to begin with and many e-1 to e-4’s have families. Redeploying forces from Europe and Asia creates thorny problems with the situation in the Korea’s and our obligations to the oil rich states in the middle east. It’s doable, but we need to make sure that nothing will bite us in the butt. Can Europe handle Russia and the Middle East? Can South Korea handle the North? We better be sure before we send our troops home.

Fire the contractors. If you need trucks and planes in a WARZONE, stand up MILITARY UNITS TO DO IT. Fire Blackwater/XE/Tripple Canopy/etc.

The staff and flag ranks need cuts. The sweetheart deals to contractors need to f’ing go. Now he wants to scrap the LCS. I say scrap the modules and open up the modules to competition. Have many firms compete to build them. I like the idea, the problem is that each time the DOD builds a new vehicle, some idiot thinks in needs a new gadget to go with it. Result? The baby gets tossed out with the bathwater when the gizmo fails. Re-use weapons that work on the missile modules for the LCS. Build ships like Detroit used to build cars: one body many missions.

There will be a smaller force. It needs some new weapons that need fewer personnel to fight. Even better idea: a president and congress that get our allies to but their boots on the ground. There will be less of a call to intervene in nation building if the Euro’s and other first world countries know they they have to do it too.

CMDR Salamander didn’t talk about the elephant in the room: the armed services focus on the teeth they forget the tail. Why are we contracting Ukrainian and Russian aircraft to move our vehicles? Why are there civilians on the battlefield working for the military? The Military needs more logistics and supply. More airlift and sea lift with blue/green suiters not double time for over time @#$! contractors. They can do the job out of the line of fire. No foreign civilian aircraft should move anything that belongs to the US military, it too much of a security risk.

We need to ask questions and generate ideas.

Hot Crew! : Summer Glau

Posted in HOOAH!, rankers, tech pron, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , on 6, October 2010 by chockblock

Summer Lyn Glau (pronounced /ˈɡlaʊ/; born July 24, 1981) is an American actress and dancer, known for playing River Tam in the science fiction series Firefly and follow-up movie Serenity, and for playing Cameron in the series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” — Wikipedia

“Let’s face it: A young, attractive girl kicking ass and taking names is always a good thing,” – TVTropes.com

Anyway you slice it, she’s hot!

It’s come to this: Expensive tests for paper clips in children’s science kits

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 4, October 2010 by chockblock

Via Fox News:

Federal regulators are hard at work making the world a safer place for kids — starting with the threat posed by toxic paper clips.

Never heard of a toxic paper clip? Neither have the manufacturers of science kits for classrooms across the country.

Here’s the problem, a paperclip from Office Depot doesn’t have to be subject to the tests. Put it inside a product (any product) marketed for children and bam! it has to be tested.

The big toy makers pushed through this law because they were stung when the Chinese factories screwed them by cutting corners. They can afford the tests or the lobbying to get their products around the tests.

However govt. dickheads bureaucrats want to test anything sold to children. Even books and stuffed toys. Regardless of the manufacture date or point of origin. That nukes the small businesses and second hand stores that fuel local economies. It may even affect yard sales.

Of course it you work for Matel or the feds your job is safe.

This is to be expected…

Posted in guns, politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 2, October 2010 by chockblock

CNN comes up with “Facts” to prove that the few lone nuts out there are a rising tide of hate.

No real facts of course, just lots of scare quotes. Lots o’ pensive faces. No FBI stats, extrapolating from one arrests of one small group of nuts to a “movement” (It’s the tea party!1!!1!). Lots of speculation and wild ass guessing. On Camera.

Remember, these people get paid money to call you a bitter racist gun-clinging thug.

And again with the Anti-science….

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 2, October 2010 by chockblock

Two articles show how much the left hates children and science.

Dan Gainor takes down the anti-vaccine idiocy of Robert Kennedy Jr. and others.

Kennedy wrote a June 16, 2005, Rolling Stone article “arguing that most studies of the issue are flawed and that public health officials are conspiring with drug makers to cover up the damage caused by thimerosal,” according to The New York Times. He received positive coverage from numerous media outlets, including ABC, CBS and the front page of The New York Times.

Only, that idea has been thoroughly discredited. WebMD reported on Sept. 13, 2010, that a new CDC study says there is no link between thimerosal and autism. “Exposure to thimerosal-containing vaccines in infancy or in the womb is not associated with an increased risk for developing autism, according to a new study from the CDC,” wrote WebMD.

He goes on to point out how liberals get coverage when the bash conservatives/big business/etc. The truth is that they are peddling fear and lies. Vaccines save lives.

Ace shows a short film that brit eco-nazis took down:

The video was written and directed by Richard Curtis, who was behind a bunch of silly Brit Rom-Coms starting Hugh Grant. It also featured a number of UK sports and entertainment figures.

The eco-fascists at a group called “1010” who are behind this are trying to erase any trace of the video and have have issued an apology to anyone who was offended.

The film shows children and adults who won’t reduce their carbon emissions being blown up. With lots and lots of gore. It’s porn for the human extinction movement.

They use science to bully, facts to lie and children as human shields. The truth is that the left hates science as much as it hates children. As the American people turn against them, they’ll show their true colors.

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