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Useful Idiots: Bias part II

Posted in politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 14, August 2010 by chockblock

“In political jargon, the term useful idiot was used to describe Soviet sympathizers in Western countries and the attitude of the Soviet government towards them. The implication was that though the person in question naïvely thought themselves an ally of the Soviets or other Communists, they were actually held in contempt by them, and were being cynically used.”
— Wikipedia.

Today we have dimmi’s. Those who try and convince us that if we’d only believe, the muslim world would like us. If we’d stop bombing them (for terrorist attacks, 9/11, violent oppression of women, etc.), the Arab would would like us. “Unclench the fist” so to speak.

Sorry, fists are still clenched.

Russia (under Putin) is thumbing it’s nose at our peace efforts. Anti-American Muslims want a mega-mosque next to Ground Zero (with the backing of our leadership)..

BBC Radio has a good podcast on useful idiots.

Yes, on the right there has been support of violent oppressive regimes. But (and this is a Kim Kardashian-sized but) violent anti-western regiems are working together. Most “rightist” regimes were islands of despotism. In South America, Hugo Chavez is trying to work with China, Russian and Iran against the US. Iran is trying to undermine the US in the middle east and supports terror attacks against the US. The Taliban and the Al-Qaeda sponsored terror in Iraq were whitewashed by the left since OIF and OEF.

The left is in love with anything anti-American. Even as they work to undermine the freedoms they enjoy.

Sadly, useful idiots are still with us.

Get the mp3 download of the BBC radio podcast and visit Ace here

(h/t: Ace, Confederate Yankee, Hotair, Blackfive)

Chew on this: Typhoons, Cash for Clunkers and a Welcome Home.

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 3, August 2009 by chockblock

On Saturday, 01 August 2009, the family of Capt. Michael “Scott” Speicher was informed that the Navy had found his remains. This closes one of the final chapters of the first Gulf War. I hope that Capt. Speicher rests in peace and that his family can heal. XBradTC has a poignant post on why the US military keeps looking for missing service members.

Meanwhile the world keeps turning: Tasty links and a blown engine:

  1. The UK is canceling orders for new Typhoon fighters, but is still in on the much delayed A400M. (ELP blog)
  2. The USAF may be getting back into the COIN aircraft business. (The DEW Line)
  3. Reason #9,999,999 that the MSM should think twice before covering defense. (the DEW Line)
  4. Cash for Clunkers: car dealers are putting sodium silicate into car engines to disable them. (H/T: Ace., Newsbusters)
  5. Sen. Chris Dodd, does the buck and wing, but can’t escape Michelle Malkin.
  6. Sec. of Treasury who did not pay taxes: “We may have to raise taxes on the middle class” (Ace)
  7. After Calling Health Insurance Companies “Villains”, Pelosi Decides She’ll Keep Their Money–SayAnything says it best.
  8. Blackfive weighs in on killing terrorists and the collateral damage that ensues.
  9. This ani’t hell asks if Obamacare will make Obama a 1 term president.
  10. STELLAR AVENGER is a success. (Closing Velocity)
  11. MTV actually shows the darker side of sex. (Newsbusters)

btw: Tim Nuccio has a blog worth checking out.

Air Defense History: The Patriot Missile system from 1975-2003

Posted in ADA, army life, army training, guns, HOOAH!, tech pron, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2, July 2009 by chockblock
M-901 Launching Station for the Patriot missile system circa 1991

M-901 Launching Station for the Patriot missile system circa 1991

Patriot started in 1964 with the Army Air Defense System for the 1970s (AADS-70s) which became Surface-to-Air Missile, Development (SAM-D). Development started in Huntsville Alabama. In 1975 it hit a drone at White Sands Missile range. Continued development saw the name change to Patriot. A famous Air Defense Urban Legend says that the development team were fans of the New England Patriots football team. Type classified as MIM-104, Patriot began to replace Nike missiles in 1981.

Unlike Nike, Patriot is mobile. The “Big 4”: Radar, Engagement Control Station(ECS), Antenna Mast Group(AMG), Electric Power Plant (EPP) are mounted on trucks or in the case of the radar, towed.
Nike needed buildings and commercial power with a generator backup. Patriot uses the two massive generators on the EPP to make it’s own power.

Japenese Patriot Radar

Japenese Patriot Radar

The Patriot radar is phased array. Forget what you saw in the movies, the radar sends out thousands of pulses because it has many elements. That is the “array” in phased array (the number is classified, wikipedia says 5,000 elements. The AN/MPQ-53 and AN/MPQ-65 radar sets are passively scanned arrays. That means a traveling wave tub sends radio energy at the main array and that array sends out many, many pulses. If the Nike radar was like having a man with very powerful binoculars, the Patriot radar is like having a large group of people with those binoculars.

That means that parts of the array can be dedicated to IFF, others talk to the missiles (Track-via-Missile or TVM). Imagine shooting an arrow at a target and getting to see the bull’s eye from the point of view of the arrow. That’s what TVM does. The system can steer the missile to the target much better than Nike. Plus, the many elements make Patriot lethal to small targets like stealth aircraft and UAV’s. No aircraft is invisible, stealth just makes it harder to be seen on radar, but the system can see farther and better than older radars. Jamming a phased array is harder too.

Dutch Engagement Control Station

Dutch Engagement Control Station

The AN/MSQ-104 Engagement Control Station (ECS) it the brains of the outfit. “The Van” as we call it has two consoles, UHF/VHF radios and the weapons control computer (WCC). An enlisted soldier is on one stations, an officer is on the other. The WCC is ancient by today’s standards, but it gets the job done. It aims and fires the missiles and diagnoses system faults. The officer controls the fight from his station by watching the IFF indications, but the enlisted soldier fires the missiles.



The radios are in “stacks” inside the van. But radios are useless without antennas. FM radios inside the van have antennas on the roof. They are used to talk to the rest of the battery and HQ. But to send data large UHF/VHF radios have cables that connect to a truck called the Antenna Mast Group or AMG. The AMG is a pair of big antennas that provide communications (both unencrypted and encrypted).

Now about that launcher pic on the first paragraph. The launcher has not changed much. Hydraulics point the missiles at the sky. Radios and fiber optic cables provide two forms of communications fromt he launcher to the ECS. 14T soldiers drive the launchers where they need to go and they use a special crane to reload them.

Crane loading missiles

Crane loading missiles

Patriot Missile Launch, PAC-2

Patriot Missile Launch, PAC-2

In the 1988, Patriot was tasked against tactical ballistic missiles(TBM’s). Previously, Patriot Advanced Capability-1 missiles were only for use against aircraft. PAC-2 was an upgrade in explosive power and radar and software. It made the missiles more powerful and added the ability to search for TBM’s in the sky. During Desert Storm, PAC-2 intercepted Scud missiles fired by Iraq against Saudi Arabia and Israel. While many dispute Patriot’s effectiveness, it did much to end the Scud menace. One Scud did hit a barracks due to a software error. Latter upgrades for PAC-2 included better fused to hit missiles sooner and harder. Some scuds were hit in the back or motor section and not in the warhead. They still fell despite being hit.

A PAC-3 Launcher in South Korea

A PAC-3 Launcher in South Korea

As part of SDI, the Extended Range Interceptor (ERINT) was added to Patriot. Called PAC-3, thse smaller missiles hit the target instead of blowing up next to it. PAC-3 added more missiles (16 per launcher instead of the earlier 4) and a complete software and hardware changes. Whereas PAC-2 could look for a TBM, PAC-3 could tailor it’s search for a specific threat much faster and more efficiently. It can have a “keepout” altitude where it hits missiles before they get too close. By hitting the missiles directly instead of hitting them with fragments, the PAC-3 missile destroys WMD warheads inflight. Further upgrades included Link-16 for data transfers to allied units and our Air Force and Navy, LCD screens to replace the CRT’s we use and more software upgrades.

All in all it’s a hell of a system for a 1960’s era cold war baby. In 2003, the PAC-3 missiles destroyed all Scuds fired.

Fort Bliss has a long history with Patriot. The 6th ADA Brigade used to train Patriot soldiers there. MOS 14E and 14T are the fire control and launcher soldiers respectively. 6th Brigade has moved to Fort Sill Oklahoma to be next to the field artillery school.

The system is used by our allies as well. It replaces Nike or compliments it in the following countries.
* Egypt

Egyptian Air Defense Command

* Germany


* Israel

Israeli Air Force

* Japan

Japan Air Self-Defense Force

* Republic of China (Taiwan)

Republic of China Air Force

* Kuwait

Kuwait Air Force

* Netherlands

Royal Netherlands Air Force

* Saudi Arabia

Royal Saudi Air Defense

* South Korea

Republic of Korea Air Force

* Spain

Spanish Army

* United States

United States Army Air Defense Artillery


Chew on this: Iran, Iran so far away… (UPDATED)

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 17, June 2009 by chockblock

Iran burns, elections are rigged and the President springs into action:

  1. Ace of Spades takes our leadership to task, and so does Powerline, over the administration’s reluctance to lead during this crisis.
  2. The MSM is shut out by Iran’s corrupt regime. So much for old media (Wired/CNN)
  3. The revolution is on twitter and in the streets. (Wired)
  4. The battlespills onto cyberspace. (wired)
  5. Thousands of Mousavi Supporters March in Iran”, video of Iranian militia firing on civilian crowds. *WARNING* CONTAINS VIOLENT FOOTAGE, BE ADVISED (LFG)
  6. CNN gets raked over the coals for not covering the Iran situation early.(CNET)
  7. Guards fire on crowds (Gatewaypundit, WARNING: VIDEO OF GUNFIRE ON CIVILIANS), LFG as more here and here.
  8. NY Times columnist gets pOwned by reality, has to retreat from leftist fantasy land. (Newsbusters)
  9. US asleep at the switch? (Patterico)
  10. Time magazine looks into the election.
  11. The President reacts to the violence in Iran days after it started
  12. Oppositon leader Vows to “Pay any cost” CNN finally jumps on the story.
  13. President Bush Obama plays golf during this crisis, watch his drive! (HT: Doubleplusundead)

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP (if you have twitter) hat Tip from the Jawa Report:

The purpose of this guide is to help you participate constructively in the Iranian election protests through Twitter.

1. Do NOT publicise proxy IP’s over twitter, and especially not using the #iranelection hashtag. Security forces are monitoring this hashtag, and the moment they identify a proxy IP they will block it in Iran. If you are creating new proxies for the Iranian bloggers, DM them to @stopAhmadi or @iran09 and they will distributed them discretely to bloggers in Iran.

2. Hashtags, the only two legitimate hashtags being used by bloggers in Iran are #iranelection and #gr88, other hashtag ideas run the risk of diluting the conversation.

3. Keep you bull$hit filter up! Security forces are now setting up twitter accounts to spread disinformation by posing as Iranian protesters. Please don’t retweet impetuosly, try to confirm information with reliable sources before retweeting. The legitimate sources are not hard to find and follow.

4. Help cover the bloggers: change your twitter settings so that your location is TEHRAN and your time zone is GMT +3.30. Security forces are hunting for bloggers using location and timezone searches. If we all become ‘Iranians’ it becomes much harder to find them.

5. Don’t blow their cover! If you discover a genuine source, please don’t publicise their name or location on a website. These bloggers are in REAL danger. Spread the word discretely through your own networks but don’t signpost them to the security forces. People are dying there, for real, please keep that in mind…

A real stolen election: Iran in 2009

Posted in politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 14, June 2009 by chockblock

I was in Florida in 2000 and was there for the debacle over the vote count. Ever since then, we have had to put up with the “George Bush stole the election” crap from the left. They disregarded the legal process and the fact that he won re-election in 2004.

Now the Islamic Republic of Iran has had an “election’. In reality, the thugs Mullahs who run the country select who they want to be Iran’s president. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad does a victory dance, the opposition cries foul.

But for those who dreamed of a gentler Iran, Saturday was a day of smoldering anger, crushed hopes and punctured illusions, from the streets of Tehran to the policy centers of Western capitals.

Iranians who hoped for a bit more freedom, a better managed economy and a less reviled image in the world wavered between protest and despair on Saturday. —Reverberations as Door Slams on Hope of Change, NY Times.

Was there ever any doubt? Riots, street battles between the police and opposition and even cut communications. I do like the NY Times “Hope of change” headline. It just shows how out of touch the left is.

The current regime came to power after years of street battles, riots and demonstrations. They can smell when the populace is turning against them. The urban population has always looked to the west, while the poorer rural population swallowed the revolution hook line and sinker. They are the ones most eager to “martyr” themselves for the mullahs.

I see no good coming from this. The mullahs will do what ever they can to keep power. When religion and politics ride in the same cart, the driver never gives up the reigns. They don’t want another revolution, they’ll wind up like the Shah. This election was sham from the beginning:

As a result, Iranian elections are much more about style than about substance. There’s a tendency among analysts to amplify differences, but when it comes to key U.S. policy concerns: Iran’s nuclear ambitions, violent opposition to the Middle East peace process, and support for terrorism, there are none. Remember, that it was under “pragmatist” President ‘Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and “reformist” President Mohammad Khatami that the Islamic Republic not only built up its nuclear capability but also, according to the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, experimented with warhead design.

The last thing to remember is that the real power in the Islamic Republic rests with the Office of the Supreme Leader, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and, in the economic sphere, with the Revolutionary Foundations.
Eye on Iran : National Review June 11, 2009.

While the right saw through the smoke and mirrors, the left was like a deer in the headlights:

American neoconservatives have often used the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to bolster their case for aggressive action against Iran. So the assumption might be that they would be rooting for Iranians to take care of the problem themselves by electing reformer Mir Hossein Mousavi in today’s vote.–Right-Wing Neocons Rooting For Ahmadinejad Win, Rachel Weiner, The Huffington Post

This would matter if there was a difference between the two candidates. There isn’t one on the issues that count.
The foreign press gets it:

Under the headline, “Right-Wing Neocons Rooting For Ahmadinejad Win,” Rachel Weiner wrote that neocons are: “rooting for the anti-American bogeyman to stay in power.”

She stretched a point Daniel Pipes made about Ahmadinejad waking up Europe to the seriousness of the Iranian threat.

Let us review. In 2003, President Bush identified Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an “Axis of Evil,” which the left scoffed at. Iran and North Korea have no connection, they argued.

6 years later, we see the connection between their two nuke programs daily. North Korea is helping Iran acquire nuke capabilities and of course, Kim Jong-Il now has a nuke.– Dumping Ahmadinejad on the neocons, Don Surber, UK (h/t: Stop The ACLU)

Mr. Surber p0wns the left on several points, chief of which is that they embrace any dictator who claims to stand against the west (read America). They even lavish praise on tyrants who murder their own people and start bloody wars. Yes I know the US has supported brutal regimes, but we question those decisions and the left protests our support for them. Question the left’s support for Iran and you get this:

Other neocons, worried a shift in power will signal a fresh start relations with Iran, are already deflating a Mousavi win. The same pundits who constantly point out Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism, and nuclear ambitions as reasons to confront Iran now argue that the president doesn’t matter.

Mrs. Weiner, does it hurt when you contort logic like that? The real power is the the mad mullahs who see war with Israel and the west as a holy crusade (no matter how many innocent civilians on all sides die). And that is why Iran’s election was stolen.

Chew on this: Pirates a GO GO

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 14, April 2009 by chockblock

We got Captain Richard Phillips back!

Tasty Links and :

  1. The Wikipedia article on the shipMV Maersk Alabama
  2. Dumb network blonde feels sorry for the pirate scum, tries to cover her hiney. (Newsbusters), Progressives stay classy as well. (Confederate Yankee)
  3. The First Dog has some reservations about his position in the Obama Whitehouse. (U.K. Telegraph via Ace of Spades)
  4. Before anybody gets carried away giving the Administration all the credit for the rescue, a note for Ace of Spades
  5. Meanwhile, the Democrat’s propaganda machine New York Times, runs a column asking for “Realpolitik on Iran“. Author Roger Cohen gets taken to school by the Wall Street Journal’s Michale Rubin. Via
  6. Rest easy, the U.N. has finally decided that North Korea’s missile launch was in fact serious, strongly worded memo to follow. (
  7. The Associated Press Continues to drink the haterade over those internet bloggers. (Stop the ALCU)
  8. Canada’s Army has battery problems, the Japanese fight pirates with”device that feels like …a hundred nagging girlfriends in my brain screaming at me” (War is Boring)
  9. Australia rejects irregular naval warfare and focus on the Chinese threat. (Naval Open Source Intel.)

Finally! The AP admits it. (updated)

Posted in HOOAH!, politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , on 28, July 2008 by chockblock


Analysis: U.S. winning war that seemed lost

By Robert Burns and Robert H. Reid – The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Jul 28, 2008 11:09:26 EDT

BAGHDAD — The United States is now winning the war that two years ago seemed lost.

Limited, sometimes sharp fighting and periodic terrorist bombings in Iraq are likely to continue, possibly for years. But the Iraqi government and the U.S. now are able to shift focus from mainly combat to mainly building the fragile beginnings of peace — a transition that many found almost unthinkable as recently as one year ago.

via the Army

Other sources had a different take:

Iraq the world and everything Part DEUX

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 22, July 2008 by chockblock

In a previous Post I talked about how the media tired to re-invent the past four years.

Well now, Little Green Footballs, sends word that a movie might be made about “RatherGate.” As the story about supposed documents developed, CBS news stank into the sewer. Instead of skewering George Bush over Vietnam, Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes came out as fools. They wanted to believe. Phony documents did not stand in the way of a good story. The left wants to believe their narrative so badly they keep trying to re-tell the past. Mary Mapes wants her movie to re-cast her as the hero, taken down by corporate CBS and Bush.

This is not new.
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Iraq, the world and everything…

Posted in guns, politcs, rankers with tags , , , , on 18, July 2008 by chockblock

It was spring in New Mexico, I was getting ready to leave for Florida. My late father had purchased some magazine subscriptions (Time, Newsweek, Esquire etc) when the following caught my eye:

I hate the Baby Boomers. They’re the most self-centered, self-seeking, self-
interested, self-absorbed, self-indulgent, self-aggrandizing generation in
American history. As they enter late middle age, the Boomers still can’t grow
up. Guys who once dropped acid are now downing Viagra; women who once eschewed
lipstick are now getting liposuction.

Wait! There’s moar!!!:
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It has the added benefit of being true…

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , on 16, July 2008 by chockblock
masks come off..

masks come off..

No matter how you scrub it, filter it or try to hide it. Your anti-American color shine through.

h/t: NewsBusters. And watch Michelle Malkin take down the evil “humor” that the left tries to push. Gateway Pundit spanks Obama’s site for Soviet revisionism.
But so does the New York Daily News.