Archive for September, 2010

MEADS: the Patriot of the future

Posted in army training, guns, HOOAH!, tech pron, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 18, September 2010 by chockblock

While the left fiddles (and the world burns) those of us in uniform get to work on actually protecting freedom:

The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program has completed an extensive series of Critical Design Review (CDR) events with a Summary CDR at MEADS International in Orlando, FL.

The program team’s focus now moves to final build, integration and test activities leading to flight tests involving all system elements at White Sands Missile Range, NM, in 2012.


Why do we update? Because our enemies are not standing still.

What the Left really thinks of you

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , on 18, September 2010 by chockblock

Time’s Joe Klein was perhaps the first out of the gate. We are “a nation of dodos,” he complained. We are “flagrantly ill-informed.” Klein was particularly incensed that we don’t understand that the stimulus worked. Of course, with unemployment inching up to 9.6 percent last month, and with President Obama now calling for a fourth stimulus package (if you count the two enacted under President Bush), it’s increasingly clear that the stimulus did not work.

— Michael Tanner ‘A Nation of Dodos’

For all the claims of supporting the ‘little guy’, the common people or being the ‘other 95%’, the left is an outside elite that lusts for power and control.

The response to those who oppose them? Childish protests and ridicule. Sara Palin as a Nazi, Former President Bush as a chimp etc.

The left loves to trot out ‘1984’ as some metaphor about the right or the U.S. Government. Orwell’s magnum opus was more about 1930’s era communism than 20th or 21st century western governments. There an elite ran a once proud nation into the ground. As did Mao ruin China and kill millions.

Of course to point that out is ‘red baiting’.

Having been to college, I have seen these asshats in action. Ignorance is strength. Worse, they worship America’s enemies or dumbasses .

I though that the 60’s was about overthrowing the elite. Not replacing one set of elite with another.

The people are mad. Hence the Tea Party. The government of 1984 did it’s level best to keep the people “flagrantly ill-informed.” and living in poverty. Strange that the current economic policies and PC speech codes (and lefty uproar over dissent) seem to be taken out of ‘1984’.

But then again I’m just one of the ‘Dodo’s’.

Here’s to 02 NOV 2010. We’ll see who’s the real dodo then.

The myth of the cities

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , , , , on 3, September 2010 by chockblock

When I was in college, I remember getting into a debate of some topic with a guy from Jacksonville FL. I made a point that not everyone lives in cities, He argued that the cities were the source of American life, the rest of the nations was “flyover country.”

I wanted to belt him.

With changing economic times, it seems that cities are not living up to their promise.

In the twenty-first century—the first in which the majority of people will live in cities—this unique link between urbanism and upward mobility is under threat. Urban boosters still maintain that big cities remain unique centers for social uplift, but evidence suggests this is increasingly no longer the case.

New York and Los Angeles have, among all U.S. cities, the smallest share of middle-income neighborhoods.

This process reflects a shift in economic and social realities over the past few decades. For example, according to a recent Brookings Institution study, New York and Los Angeles have, among all U.S. cities, the smallest share of middle-income neighborhoods. In 1980, Manhattan ranked 17th among the nation’s counties for social inequality; by 2007 it ranked first, with the top fifth earning 52 times that of the lowest fifth, a disparity roughly comparable to that of Namibia.

Urban Plight: Vanishing Upward Mobility
By Joel Kotkin

Kotkin goes on to describe London. With globalization, poverty has increased in several sectors of London’s working class neighborhoods. Since London (and the U.K.) are controlled by what we would call liberals, what do you think they are doing about it?

Nothing at all.

Indeed, most progressives would like to see less development. Like the Inner Party from 1984, they want to restrict opportunity and development to their chattering class and fore the rest of the world into less development. “Green jobs” favor media, entertainment and other white collar work. Traditional work such as manufacturing and industry are vilified under the green regime. No jobs for the blue collar, no jobs at all except for at the bottom of the wage scale. Most of those are taken by illegal immigrants in this country.

I was told that republicans would expand the wage gap and the “gulf” between rich and poor by favoring the rich. The left does it by design and manages to sell it to the poor under the guise of socialism. We want economic opportunity for all, they want to force us to work in squalor while they enjoy their wealth. The progressive left on the other hand wants to restrict the economy and jobs. By holding industry down, they hold wages down. But a green economy has no place for the industries that actually employ people who make real goods.

Cities can be cold and cruel for those without money. By restricting jobs and businesses, the poor are deprived of what makes a city great: the ability to work hard and improve yourself. each industry employs people to make it work and businesses that make it’s job possible. Take it away and not only do the jobs go, so do the jobs from the companies that support it. And city boosters forget that “polluting” industries make cities possible. Roads, power plants, and manufacturing run a real cities economy. Nothing comes from “green jobs.”

This is all just hot air to liberals and environmentalists. They want government to “support” the poor. Ask poor Londoners how that works out for them:

Estimates by the Centre for Social Justice finds that unaffordability for first-time buyers doubled between 1997 and 2007. This has led to a surge in waiting lists for government-funded “social housing”; by mid-2008, some 2 million households (5 million people) were on the waiting list for such housing. In London, this number reached one in ten in 2008.

See our future? While the rich (thanks to outsourcing and illegal immigrant labor) can support their green jobs, we will be forced to rely on government.

I don’t hate cities, but the false promises of “green jobs” and liberals white collar world blind them to the mess they are making.

The mess we’ll have to clean up.

(h:t: instapundit)

Chew on this: links a go-go

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 1, September 2010 by chockblock
  1. Sec. of Education Urged Employees to Attend Sharpton Rally, Unfortunately Not to Spell Check Signs” mandatory fun for lefties I guess (Michelle Malkin)
  2. Thorium Reactors could fix our energy woes. If enviro-nuts will let us build them. (H/T: Instapundit)
  3. CNN has The President’s Iraq speech.
  4. Gold in Fort Knox: Conspiracy theory round who gives a F^%# (h/t:
  5. More on the Higher Education Bubble (ibid)
  6. CNN: More teens are “Fake Christians” While they are trying to say that Christians are just faking it, they forget that more Democrats are fake liberals and fakes in general.
  7. US Mexico border to be patrolled by killer robots drones. (Via Instapundit)
  8. JK Rowling does what Stephenie Meyer won’t (h/t: the superficial)