Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Minuteman III Test Launch

Ther was much hang wringing on different internet forums after the fact the USAF test launched a Minuteman III ICBM early Monday. The hand wringers seem to forget that this is a routine test as we have done for years. The Air Force will pick a bird and random from one of the Strategic Missile Wings, transport it to Vandenberg AFB, CA and fire it to the Kwajalein Test Range.

Back in the day when we still tested MIRVS it made for some spectacular pictures as the reentry vehicles streaked in.

Here is the launch from Vandenberg.




MIRV's at the impact range

Saturday, March 14, 2015

F-35 Still a failure

I have discussed the F-35 and its ongoing problems a few times over the last years. The F-35 program remains a great example of what not to do and is a shining trophy to show corruption beyond belief in not only the military high commanded but be symbiotic relation ship between the MIC and oor congressional leaders.

No other aircraft program in the history of the world has cost more and delivered less. Like I have said before the lack of leadership in today's Air Force has allowed the current tactical air fleet to age with no viable alternative in site. In fact the disingenuous comment by program supports use the fact that the F-15 and F-16 is old and even though the F-35 has issues we need to press on.

I say bull, one thing we could do right now is cancel this albatross right now. Use the money in the program to recapitalize the F-15 and F-16 fleet by buying new build F-15 Silent Eagles and F-16 Block 60's. At the same time we could restart the F-22 line and bring the SDB and other weapons mods into the new build.

Why you may ask? Stealth is a zero sum game, while back when the F-117 and B-2 were new it was earth shaking but after 30 years there have been teams of folks out there designed counters that will increase the detection capability of stealth aircraft. Do we need stealth? Yes for sure on day one when the door needs to be kicked in. After that and the initial SEAD not so much, Stealth SEAD by using an F-22 platform will allow the more conventional aircraft to operate in a less lethal environment.

The continued funding of a failed platform will continue to degrade the USAF ability to conduct itself in any future conflict. The people responsible for this be Generals or politician needs to held in account for the collapse of American Air Power

For a great read on F-35 continuing problems and the scandal of lies check out POGO. A lot of people blow off their opinion but never seem to be able to point out were they are wrong and the never refute the facts that are put forth.

http://www.pogo.org/our-work/straus-military-reform-project/weapons/2015/not-ready-for-prime-time.html


The jet that does nothing well and never will
 


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Obama on guns, Incapable of telling the truth

Obama was doing another town hall on Friday and telling nothing but fabrications about guns and our nuder rate. With two years to go the far left President who hates guns and the second amendment will do anything to try an usurp the 2nd amendment by whipping up hysteria.

Here os the money quote:

Increased gun control measures would go a long way toward cutting down on America’s homicide rate, President Obama said during a town-hall event on Friday.
“Our homicide rates are so much larger than other industrialized countries, by like a mile,” he said during a speech at Benedict College in South Carolina.
“Most of that is attributable to the easy, ready availability of firearms, particularly handguns.”

Here is Bill Whittle with another one of his excellent responses, wake up America to the lies of this government. If they get the 2nd amendment they can get all of them.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Bush the latest loser

It looks like the MSM and the country club Republican party leadership is trying whatever they can to foist Jeb Bush upon us as the nominee of the party. I can nor think of a single worse candidate expect of course for Hillary or Warren.

Jeb who was a terrible governor and has been a Wall Street insider for most of the last decade doubled down on his immigration stand during a speech in Florida yesterday he maintained his position that is hugely unpopular with the base. One of the money quotes:


"If I go beyond the consideration of running, I'm not backing down from something that is a core belief,

For the fall article check out the Washington Examiner
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/jeb-bush-im-not-backing-down-from-immigration-stance/article/2560810

This guy needs to go to were he came from as he is nothing but a Rhino fraud the will only support the growing fascist status quo that passes for leadership in Washington these days.

We need another Bush like we need more snow

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Gates of Vienna

On July 14,1638 forces of the Ottoman Empire under  Kara Mustafa Pasha laid siege to Vienna , Austria. Vienna was defended at the time by fewer than 20, 000 soldiers under the command of Count Ernst Rudiger von Starhenberg. After refusing the offer to surrender Von Starhenberg and his troops held on during the siege until mid September.
On  September 12, 1638 Polish Winged Hussars under King Jan Sobieski made a sweeping flank attack which devastated the Ottoman troops and forced their withdrawal into Hungary.
This battle ended once and for all the treat of Islamic expansion into Europe.

So now we fast forward 377 years to the present day and what do we find. We find a EU that ignores the a spreading or islamification of their countries, while in this country we have an administration that will not call out jihad for what it is.

Who will save us from these people.

For excellent  commentary check out the Gate of Vienna blogroll at.

http://gatesofvienna.net/



Saturday, January 31, 2015

CZ- P07

A few months ago I read an article about the CZ P07 polymer framed compact pistol written by Mike Pannone. He had good things to say about it and with his service a member of the USMC Force Recon, U.S, Army Special Forces and 1st SFOD-D and current owner of CTT Soutions he is a expert in reviewing what works and what doesn't

I had a chance to test fire a CZ P07 a few days ago and I was really impressed. for me it was very ergonomic and was a soft shooter regardless of what was fed through it. I fired a variety of both FMJ and hollow points even mixing the ammo in the mags and never had an issue. I like the decocking feature feature but like its big brother you can interchange the decocker with a manual safety.
It has an oversize trigger guard which is nice for cold weather use with gloves. It also includes a 1913 picatinny rail for those who would like to add a white light or a laser. It also includes two 15 round magazines

Overall I really liked this pistol, so much so this will be my next purchase in the near future.
CZ has always had a reputation for great reliability and with with a street price of around 450.00 locally it in my opinion offers a great value for those looking for an affordable good quality concealed carry pistol.



European Central Bank and the Greeks, Stand off at the OK corral

The ECB and their minions have basically threatened the Greeks with a funding cutoff on Feb 28 if they don't abide by a previous agreement to accept  7 billion dollars in bailout money.

As much as I don't like socialist's in general in this case I hope that the new Greek government stand firms and continues to refuse. The way that these central banker's in Europe along with their sorry ass leadership in Brussels and major capitals act are even worse than the U.S. fed and the current administration.

With luck this will blow the whole darn ponzi scheme up and we will finally get the reset that is required to get the markets and the world economy back in some kind of reality.
I'm well aware of the problems that can and probably will happen in conjunction with any action like this, but if not now when? The situation will only get worse as all central banks around the world do nothing but control P funny money and pray for inflation to cover up what their failed policies have brought us, both high unemployment and a system that rewards on a select few and forgets the middle class around the world. Our founding fathers at least some of them knew the dangers about having a central bank, in our case the privately run Federal Reserve. But we went ahead with the sorry ass progressive Wilson and did anyway in 1913.

Sooner or later the massive debt around the world will have to be cancelled because there is no way any austerity program will pay the bill. As the ancient used to say , burn it to the ground and salt the earth.

For an in depth look at this issue check out today Zero Hedge article, the comments are great.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-31/ecb-threatens-athens-bank-funding-cutoff-if-no-deal-one-month-february-28-now-d-day-



Blast from the past, Dassault Mirage IV

Even though I'm a retired USAF SNCO I enjoy aircraft made not only in the U.S. but also overseas. This is why I'm a big fan of the SAAB JAS-39 NG Gripen as the replacement fighter for the NATO F-16's instead of the absolutely sorry F-35, but more about that later.

One group of aircraft that has always caught my attention are the combat aircraft made by Dassault. Of the various jets the Mirage IV is one I'm glad I got to see fly when I was stationed in Europe during the 80's and 90's.

The Mirage IV was designed in the late 50's as a high speed intermediate range strategic nuclear bomber.  It entered service in 1964 with the French Air Force and served in in both a strategic bomber and a deep reconnaissance  roles until it was retired in 2005. The Mirage IV was comparable in mission and performance to he USAF F-111 and USN A-5 Vigilante that are of the same era.

Powered by a pair SNECMA ATAR 9K-50 afterburning turbojets the Mirage IV could reach a maximum speed in of mach 2.2 and had a combat radius in excess of 800 miles, or longer when aerial refueling was used. The base Mirage IV A flew until the late 70's when it was decided that a free fall weapon dropping bomber was to vulnerable too advanced SAM systems. The French Air Force made the decision to modify 18 examples to the Mirage IVP were it could carry either a ASMP stand off missile or a CT-52 recon pod on the centerline. By 1996 the Mirage IV was relieved of its nuclear strike mission but is flew on until 2005 as a recon jet.

The Mirage IV has the classic Dassault delta wing configuration and is flown by a pilot and a bombardier/navigator. One cool thing was while preforming the nuclear strike alert role the Mirage IV was equipped with JATO bottles for take off.

JATO take off


Recon pod on the centerline

Friday, January 23, 2015

Target Ex CEO Golden Parachute

A lot of people failed to notice the going on at Target north of the border. Target has announced that it is closing all 133 Canadian  stores which will result in over 17,000 people losing their jobs.
With this announcement they also announced a package that will be give each worker 16 weeks of pay at a tab of around 56 million dollars to the company.

Now on the surface this looks OK, company not doing so well in a region so they decide to shut down and attempt to take care of the workers. What most people don't know or remember is the fact that last year when they got rid of the CEO Gregg Steinhafel for his nonperformance he was rewarded with a package that was north of 61 million dollars including over 15 million in severance pay.

I understand that big companies sign contracts that include a golden parachute in most cases. But this time its completely outrageous, since Steinhafel's piss poor performance is one of the things that led up to the Canadian stores closing.

I can't think of any worse example of CEO and board abuse since GM, or what is going on at JC Penney. I wonder what the stock holders think?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

AR-15

A colleague at work asked the other day what I thought about the various modifications that some people do to an AR-15 platform. I see guys at the range that have so many accessories hung on their sporting rifles it makes them look like something out of Star Wars and adds weight that tells me they have never had to hump it ant farther than the car to the range.

I agree with Kyle Lamb and Larry Vickers, only add accessories that enhance functionality and the ability to deliver accurate fire.

The AR below is a good example of this, it has a Aim Point PRO red dot with a Daniel Defense A2 back up site,  Magpull MOE carbine stock, Tango Down vertical grip, Bravo Company improved charging handle and a Troy railed fore end. The only I might add is a white light for home defense illumination. This rifle is almost identical to one of the ones I have configured.

This is of course my own personal opinion, there is know wrong thing to add or modify with the unbelievable number of parts that are available.  So do what you like and enjoy the sport.


Aircraft Maitenance

As a long time Air Force aircraft technician this poster speaks volumes of how we feel about the pilots quite a bit of the time.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Canadians in contact

Yesterday in Iraq elements of the Canadian infantry while in a training and planning session with Kurdish and Iraqi units came under fire by ISIS forces.

Brigadier General Michael Rouleau, commander of special operations command] said the Canadians used sniper fire and “neutralized” the machine gun and mortar without taking any casualties.
“My troops had completed a planning session with senior Iraqi leaders several kilometers behind the front lines,” Rouleau said. “When they moved forward to confirm the planning at the front lines in order to visualize what they had discussed over a map, they came under immediate and effective mortar and machine gun fire.”
The general said that while Canadian soldiers are not participating in active combat, they have the right to fire back if fired upon.

Good on the Canucks.


What Global Warming?

Well fat chance any of my long haired tree hugging buddies will understand this  but I had to laugh.

Over 1700 private jets are descending on Davos, Switzerland for the world economic forum among the topics is of course the non existent global warming.

Global warming and carbon dioxide have for years been a scam to shear the sheeple once again. I have discussed this in the past and maybe someday the unwashed masses will get a clue on this.

Here is the link for the full article
http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/01/20/1700-private-jets-fly-to-davos-to-discuss-global-warming/



Here is a shot of a couple of Gulfstream G-500 and 600 series jets. I see jets like these in and out of ILM all the time. I laugh and think that these are the hard time kids riding along.
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THE SHADOW OF CRISIS HAS PASSED

So says Obama in his State of the Union address. My take is the world is on fire economically, morally and ethically. Just the continued QE by the central banks and the continued lack of growth in real jobs here in the U.S. something no manipulated government stats can cover up.
My take way quote was

"We can't put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street or refighting past battles on immigration when we've got a system to fix," Obama said. "And if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, I will veto it."

He's kidding right? Obamacare the single biggest transfer of wealth ever is steadily dismantling the healthcare system we have in this country , Wall Street running amok with 5 times that debt in funny money derivatives. Then finally the open border immigration system that allows hundreds of thousands of low skilled workers in and only allows both parties to to pander for the Hispanic vote.

One thing you never here is a year over year spending cut. Instead we get the usual boiler plate raise the capital gains tax and even more outrageous additional taxes on estates that have securities in them.

Washington will never learn until the whole damn stock market implodes because of all the fiat printing.
After all the Obama administration has added 7.5 trillion to the debt in just 6 years, I just hope that we as a Nation can survive and rebuild in the aftermath.