Archive for 11, October 2008

Chew on this: Man vs. Bear Edition (with a 1996 update)

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 11, October 2008 by chockblock

Tasty links, now with bear meat! :

  1. From Doubleplusundead:

    B.C. man comes out swinging in bear attack

    A Cariboo, B.C., man who was attacked by a bear says he used a stick to put up the fight of his life after he realized he was likely in a fight to the death.

    “I swung my piece of wood like a sledgehammer driving spikes and I kept swinging till she was lying flat on the ground and there was blood coming out of her nose,” said West.

    The five-foot-nine man eventually crushed the bear’s skull with the stick, killing it.

    That’s right he killed a bear with his bare hands. BAAAADASS!

  2. Microsoft to fix the stuipd UAC in Windows 7? I’ll believe it when I see it. (source Maximumpc.coom)
  3. Las Vegas ACORN office raided in voter-fraud probe

    AS VEGAS — Nevada authorities seized records Tuesday from a group they accused of submitting fraudulent voter-registration forms — including for the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys.

    (via Doubleplusundead:)

  4. Why are all those GOP/Bush/Iraq war protesters so angry? Maybe because they are mugging for the media’s cameras? Perhaps they are planted there to throw bombs disrupt the democratic process and make friends with our enemies.
  5. Troopergate II: The revenge Of Sara Palin, it turns out that while Gov. Palin may have abuse her influence, she did not break the law when she fired that state trooper. The top attack dog in Alaska may have some explaining to do, because he is a fake marine.
  6. About that Sara Plain high school report card– Gawker I SAW WHAT YOU DID THERE!!!
  7. First SOCIALIST PRESIDENT? MARKET FAIL? DO NOT WANT!!!
  8. Another tree falls in the forest: Oil at $78 a barrel
  9. N.Y. Times Finally Smells Something Fishy on Obama’s Dubious Donors List (via News Busters.com). Obama using foreign money? NAW…
  10. LFG calls’em like they see’em: Austrian Fascist Leader Dies in Car Crash, CNN.com calls him a:champion of the far-right , I guess Nazis are ok if they are very far away.
  11. WaPo Blames Lack of Iraq Coverage on ‘Financial Strains’ Faced by Media, Story Too ‘Complex’ For Them: From Newsbusters, I guess the tears of the soldiers families and the walls cumming down don’t sell papers.
  12. What does sell papers:
    August 27, 1996, Democratic National Convention In Chicago:

    Bernardine Dohrn and William Ayers took to the streets 28 years ago to protest what they considered the injustices in the world, especially the war in Vietnam.

    The former leaders of the Weather Underground still are fighting injustice, but–adapting to the changing landscape of American politics–their current arena is the World Wide Web.

    another from Newsbusters, I guess back then, terrorism was cool.

  13. btw: Russia just tested a new missile (Via Jawa)

And now some random coolness:

Patriot Table VIII

Posted in ADA, army training, guns, HOOAH!, tech pron with tags , , , , , on 11, October 2008 by chockblock

Table VIII (table eight) is the highlight of your Army career if you are a Patriot soldier. I am a 14E, Patriot Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer. That means I am trained to operate and maintan the computers that fire Patriot missiles. I was a 14J Air Defense Tactical Operations Center Operator/Maintainer. My job was early warning and battery command post operations. Those are 50 cent words for working on the radios and making coffee for the commander. Mostly I took reports and coordinated with the battery during table VII.

As a 14E I have more responsibilities. Table VIII comes from field artillery. They call it gunnery tables. Four times a year Patriot air defense units must be able to prove that they can move from the motor pool to the field. Once at the field we must be able to fire missiles. Unlike field artillery, live missiles cost several million American dollars a piece, most of the time we just simulate missile launch with dummy missile canisters and computer simulations. Field artillery units can fire live rounds more often because their rounds are cheaper than ours.

The 14T PATRIOT Launching Station Enhanced Operator/Maintainer (we call’em tangos) have it easy. Missile canisters go on launchers, from there they are raised into position to be fired. During training, most of the “cans” are empty dummies. A missile can looks like this:

Patriot missile cannisters

Patriot missile cannisters


Those are PAC-3 cans. They have four missiles per canister.
The can get loaded by crane:
Crane loading missiles

Crane loading missiles


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The very end of Chew: Barack and Roll

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , on 11, October 2008 by chockblock

Chew on these tasty link:

  1. Barack Obama is on a crusade.

    But we’re not talking about a push for universal health care, or his tax plan to soak the rich. Instead, we refer to the Senator’s efforts to ban electronic ratings monitoring.

    (via In From the Cold

  2. Democratic politicians–including Barack Obama– are mounting a frivilous attempt to block more accurate technology used to measure audiences for radio stations and other media.

    And, sure enough, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has made good on his promise to file suit against Arbitron,(via In From the Cold

  3. The Wall Street Journal shows the bad joke that is Obama’s economic plan. (Via American Thinker)
  4. Hawt chicks in uniform (WARNING: GRATUITOUS PICTURES OF PRETTY WOMEN IN MILITARY UNIFORMS, NOT RECOMMENDED FOR HIPPIES, PROGRESSIVES OR CODE PINK MEMBERS)
  5. Army Orders Pain Ray Trucks; New Report Shows ‘Potential for Death’: From Wired
  6. More form Wired’s tinfoil hat squad: New Site Details Chemical Warfare, LSD Tests
  7. Also from Wired: Russia want’s to team with the U.S. to fight pirates, sure, now about those Iranian missiles...
  8. a tree falls in the forest:

    BAGHDAD — Market by market, square by square, the walls are beginning to come down. The miles of hulking blast walls, ugly but effective, were installed as a central feature of the surge of American troops to stop neighbors from killing one another.
    ….
    “They protected against car bombs and drive-by attacks,” said Adnan, 39, a vegetable seller in the once violent neighborhood of Dora, who argues that the walls now block the markets and the commerce that Baghdad needs to thrive. “Now it is safe.”

    The slow dismantling of the concrete walls is the most visible sign of a fundamental change here in the Iraqi capital.

    As Fears Ease, Baghdad Sees Walls Tumble
    By STEPHEN FARRELL, ALISSA J. RUBIN, SAM DAGHER and ERICA GOODE

  9. A two-fer: Slate.com tries to whitewashBill Ayers and ACORN. Sorry Slate but planting bombs does make you a terrorist and ACORN is up to their armpits in legal trouble
  10. Iran has been at war with the west for decades, will the chosen one fight? (via the National Review)
  11. ViaFlopping Aces:
    A Question of Barack Obama’s Character
    By Charles Krauthammer

    Do you? Obama is a man of first-class intellect and first-class temperament. But his character remains highly suspect. There is a difference between temperament and character. Equanimity is a virtue. Tolerance of the obscene is not.

    Dodd and Countrywide
    The Senator should take the witness stand.

    The Connecticut Senator has been out front denouncing the “companies that form the foundation of our financial markets,” for “their insatiable appetite for risk.” He has also decried “reckless, careless and sometimes unscrupulous actors in the mortgage lending industry” and he has proclaimed that “American taxpayers deserve to know how we arrived at this moment.” To that end, we propose he take the stand — under oath.

    Former Countrywide Financial loan officer Robert Feinberg says Mr. Dodd knowingly saved thousands of dollars on his refinancing of two properties in 2003 as part of a special program the California mortgage company had for the influential. He also says he has internal company documents that prove Mr. Dodd knew he was getting preferential treatment as a friend of Angelo Mozilo, Countrywide’s then-CEO.