Monday, June 17, 2024

WHERE DID ALL THE AMMO GO

 It just wasn't that long ago that some people in the West were lamenting that the poor overwhelmed Ukrainians were running out of artillery ammunition and its stocks were running low and even the U.S. stocks of 155mm artillery were running so low that it found it necessary to replace variable time fragmenting rounds with what it still had in abundance and never planned to use because it is a grotesque weapon of war: cluster munition 155mm rounds.

I haven't heard or read a peep about this in several months now and I wonder if the problem went away simply because the problem was defined away much like Ukraine's shortage of "Absolute War Winning American and NATO Tanks!!!!!" which have also faded away. Is the need for 155mm artillery ammunition no longer acute simply because the Ukrainians have run out of 155mm tube artillery?

You could speculate about how well it's doing with regard to it's formerly unstoppable HIMARS artillery and totally devastating battlefield ballistic missiles the ATACMS. I wonder how many of the HIMARS firing units are left and I don't think the US ever really had all that many ATACMS. 

One of the take-aways (don't they wish) from waging massive artillery duels across one's own territory is the ugly fact of life left behind after the troops have moved on and now the farming class of comrades gets to plow up all the unexploded ordnance (magnified a hundred times by cluster munitions). I know of an island where the Emir ordered every single soul to leave and it turns out to never return because our aircraft simply used it as a dumping target for any unexpended ordnance on their way back to sea to recover aboard our aircraft carriers after striking, or not, targets in Kuwait and Iraq during Desert Storm. 

Nobody likes to walk around in an impact area even years after the fighting has stopped. I know of another place in New Jersey which still has many square miles fenced off simply because the ordnance stored there exploded with such fury over the years that it scattered unexploded munitions far and wide and it was deemed too expensive to sweep them all up.

Did the rocket science minds of the various national security staffs in NATO forget why exactly the United States military did not attack targets in China during the Korean War or why we did not interdict the supplies coming into North Vietnam beyond the token and far too late mining of places like Haiphong? Why we didn't simply sink all the Soviet ships bringing in more SAMs and weapons to fight the war in the South? Why did they think we didn't do that then but contemplate the reasonableness of directly attacking the xSoviet Union now?

I really am looking forward to the pirate submarines sinking one or two of the ships carrying weapons for Ukraine to NATO ports for further shipment to Ukraine. Why wait until you have to engage them with ABM or counter-battery fires? It is the same thing in the end, isn't it?

For those eager to know of my admiration for "pirate submarines" they were a lesser known feature of the Spanish Civil War. Who, the NYT wondered, could have pirate submarines attack the communist forces supporting the commies in Spain? Well, with the Houthi now trading in direct attacks on world shipping in the Red Sea, who is to say it isn't pirates sinking ships mid-Atlantic or in the Med?

I WOULD THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTOOD THIS

A recent post from Moon of Alabama.* I am open to all source intelligence and I figure I can separate most of the wheat from the chaff. I am inclined to believe that our intelligence communities no longer pay any attention to things they don't learn from spies or technical means. That means that they miss out on the most glaring and obvious truths. 

You pretty much get the same thing from the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect. The phenomenon of people trusting news sources SPY agencies for topics which they are not knowledgeable about, despite recognizing them to be extremely inaccurate on certain topics which they are knowledgeable about.

Putin has said the same thing over and over and people persist in believing that he doesn't really mean it. What does it take to make them believe?

 This is the unofficial translation of Putin's latest speech. Read it and weep for another lost world.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

PACKING FOR SPACE

 There is a delightful book by Mary Roach that springs to mind sometimes when I hear NASA or Boeing Space talk about anything at all. It is:

 

I wonder if the two ancient astronauts who blasted off last week from Cape Canaveral thought about it when they packed for their week long mission in space. That mission has now been pushed another week to the right by circumstances, yes, circumstances and that leads me to wonder about space laundry facilities and just how much do you pack when NASA tells you to pack for a week in space especially when you can confidently predict, based on recent experience, a certain number of weeks of 'delays'.

When did astronauting become an old people game for retirees?

A WEE RECONSIDERATION IN ORDER

 Well, all the leaders and Chief Lackeys of the G7 got to meet up close and personal with the degenerate remains of our degenerate President at their little get-together in Normandy where they got to look on the face of the man who leads the country that has Europe's back if it ever decides to tempt Putin into lashing out at them and make them consider any attack by that man on them or their countries an act of war suitable for Articles 4-6 of the NATO Treaty. I suspect they do not like what they saw in the face of that ruin of a man. He was always soulless but now there is nothing at all home in those eyes except possibly a backdoor into Hell.

I'm going to watch the news now for a week or two and see if all the clamoring for sustaining Ukraine and urging Zelensky and his thugs to use NATO weapons to attack Russians in Russian territory continue along the same demented and insane line that they were proceeding prior to their recent hook up with the face of evil.

I think even the dolts that actually own and operate Europe are coming to understand how little is left of the shattered remnants of the countries and empires that once ruled the entire world, minus Russia.

Friday, June 14, 2024

HAPPY FLAG DAY

 

Don Surber has the details.

Also, it is very important to remember to only pose as above when you're sure you have a friend at the helm.


THIS WILL ALWAYS BE FUNNY

 I see today that our modern Crazy Dictator-for-Life Zelensky has managed to extract at the G7 meeting in Italy, the long-promised security arrangement and first steps to ensure Russia pays reparations for the damages it has inflicted. Srsly, this smells every bit as badly as it did when the same offer was made to the Republic of South Vietnam or to the fools that rushed in to 'govern' Iraq when the idiot in charge made L. Paul Bremer the sole autocrat of things in Iraq. One cannot help but turn to look at the humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of constant warfare in support of an 'anything but the Taliban' government that didn't last a day after the modern idiot in chief decided to suddenly and without warning or forethought, withdraw. How many suckers stayed to the end thinking that they could just hang on and beat the Taliban by persistently refusing to accept reality?

So, anyway we now have in place a 'security agreement' with Zelensky. I have to wonder if it has already met with the seal of approval any Treaty is required to have before it goes into effect and if it will even be submitted to the Senate. So many of these supposedly binding treaties we seem to be parties to are never submitted to the Senate for approval. You'd think people would wake up to that and grow at least a little upset at finding themselves living in a thoroughly corrupt and lawless land.

The United States Constitution provides that the president "shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur" (Article II, section 2). Treaties are binding agreements between nations and become part of international law. Nowadays and since Obama was elected we have a government and media that seem to believe that a President has the sole power to bind us to international treaties unless he is a republican.

I was reading this morning that the whole Ukraine issue may be going away soon since the rate of human reproduction in Ukraine is something less than 1. This implies an absence of Ukrainians in the future. If they don't care enough to make enough Ukrainians to survive why should we worry about the borders of Ukraine?

Thursday, June 13, 2024

ALL NOW IS IN PLACE FOR WAR

 The EU Commission and the NATO Council are made up of the most elite of elites. These ignorant but deeply entitled nobles of Europe sincerely believe that they can define and redefine anything they want to match the reality they are propping up. So, as we see leaders of Ukraine not just hint but overtly state that they mean to leave some of their new F-16 fighters based outside of Ukraine so that they are 'immune' from Russian attack, the knife's edge creeps closer to a 'sudden unexpected outbreak of War between some of NATO and all of Russia. War is always sudden and unexpected to these committed socialists who dictate the policy all Europeans are forced to live under.

A long time ago one of the things we used to give the Russians credit for was a very deep and intense intelligence and interference capability far beyond what the West could get away with. If the idiots running NATO and EU think they can get away with attacking Russia and hide behind the United States and NATO, have they asked themselves what happens when armed pirate drones appear in their skies and start to drop incendiary and explosive bombs on fuel storage and energy infrastructure? What about when they appear over airfields and just bomb any old plane they see? 

I mean, who can say it's the Russians doing it? It could be the IRA or Basque Separatists, pissed off Dutch, French and German farmers; I mean the list of people who really despise what the EU is doing is getting longer every day and as the recent elections just showed, they are sick and tired of it.

I remember too how we used to think the mines of August found their way into the Red Sea overnight seemingly. It's not too hard to visualize their counterparts drifting around all over the place. I don't see any reason for Russia to avoid asymmetrical warfare if they think they can get away with it after being pushed to the brink by the brain-dead morons surrounding idiots like von der Leyen and Biden.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

NO FUTURE WITHOUT WAR

 I think that the war cabinet in Israel held together for so long because they could all see that the end of fighting with hamas would just be the end of the beginning. Any sign at all of weakness or any eagerness to negotiate from anything except a position of towering strength would see the rest of Israel's enemies jump in and start swinging machetes.

I know our politicians don't see beyond the end of their noses and they would instantly poo-poo the idea that Israel has anything to be afraid of, after all, the United States would 'guarantee' the safety of Israel. I also don't have anymore regard for the State Department than I do for the weasels and lickspittles running the U.S. Military.

If the enemy of Israel sees any real weakness at all in Israel they will continue the attack with the next round launching from Lebanon and you will see the contrails of a hundred thousand rockets on their way to cities in Israel. The pundits and elites here will gasp in horror and proclaim that there must be an immediate cease-fire. Yes, yes, how could I know this? Well, it does seem to happen every single time anybody attacks us or Israel doesn't it?

We used to have Statesmen that could see that much of the world is interconnected below the surface and weaknesses shown in one hemisphere are quickly presumed to be universal weaknesses. Nothing our leaders have done in their putrid behavior under our Viceroy and Generals in Iraq or the pusillanimous skedaddle from Afghanistan has done much to strengthen our image as a frightful enemy best left undisturbed and truthfully, watching the Yemenis attack everything that moves in the Red Sea with complete impunity is not helping at all.

The amazing thing is that a handful of people understand what the Israelis are up against and understand that only through the most drastic methods have they culled the enemy from within their own borders. We on the other hand have let in up to 30,000,000 enemies and WE KNOW IT.

Civilizations are difficult to destroy but they can be worn away by time, internal revolt, external enemies or a combination of those. People have no idea how vulnerable their power supplies or water supplies are and won't until it stares them in the face. All that Katrina farce in New Orleans that was meant to tear down President Bush was nothing but a prop for that purpose. However, what they were trying to show us every day in their stupid vicious lying press reports on Katrina can really happen if evil men work to bring it about. It's surprisingly easy to drop a crucial bridge, cause a dam to collapse, poison an aquifer forever or cause a reactor meltdown.

I mean, look at what two guys did with nothing but matches to USS BONHOMME RICHARD and USS MIAMI.

We are not looking at the downstream effects of our actions or inactions and only seem to gut ourselves over the moment and what the next news cycle will say. People controlling the fate of the nation should be forced to think a little harder and act a lot more responsibly.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

THE FUN YOUR PHONES COULD HAVE

 It says here that Elon Musk would have all iphones/idevices locked away in Faraday cages if Apple shifts its operating system to one based on openAI because that would present too great a security risk to be allowed to roam around in his facilities where they would be actively probing to learn more than would be allowed by prying into everything within reach. 

If I was in charge of the Faraday cages I would arrange to have the devices bathed in an environment teeming with juicy unverifiable and ridiculous stories so the AI would be left to bask in a full surround field of fantasy, myth, voodoo and legend. I'd make sure that CNN was playing in all the cages.

I also think I'd have to come up with something for my phone at home. I used to leave it in my car but that was way back when and it was just a flip phone and to be honest, I parked in my garage at home so I wasn't too worried about it. 

We are getting some experience with the Merlin Ap. For those who don't know, Merlin uses the Cornell bird call database and it listens very very hard using your phone's microphone for everything and it rapidly tells you what birds are calling in your neck of the woods. It's actually a very nice Ap. On the gripping hand, it gives you an idea for how 'well' and intently modern phone microphones are listening to you and everything else.

I remember back in the Cold War, one of the nice touches was an intercept capability so refined that it could detect the difference in charge levels made by striking different keys on a keyboard miles away. For an idea how to carry things like this to ridiculous extremes you are encouraged to read Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. A good book, highly recommended. 

I don't need an endless ear hanging on every word or sound in my house and filing it away in the deep electronic seas of Apple's data repositories. You probably don't either.

TYPICAL

 I hear that this is being scraped from the internet by powers unknown. So here it is, the truth about climate change.

Friday, June 7, 2024

ANOTHER DAY ON MARS

 Out with friends today and had a good time. I was left at the end of the day wondering how anybody could sincerely believe that Joe Biden is running this country after seeing the moron in action at any time over the last 3 years (30) and it struck me again that they watch and read just one source of news and automatically disregard and deny every other source if they even acknowledge their existence. They see only what the mainstream media presents and disregard the rest.

It's not that they deny the evidence of their eyes, it's that they literally never see anything that contradicts their beliefs. 

When you think about it, that's a rather sad way to go through life but it's who they are and what they want to be.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

INCOGNIZANCE

 It came up last weekend and it was one of those moments when you realize that you totally missed noticing something that didn't happen. I think that's the nature of missing things that stop happening. I remember the first time I was hit with this was when the Chief Engineer asked the young Auxiliaries officer where he had been last night. The ship then being underway in the Persian Gulf I replied that I had been asleep. His pointed question, "you didn't notice the lights going out?" left me without a clue what he was talking about. Turns out the ship lost power when we lost the electrical load and my Emergency Diesel Generators spun up to meet the sudden loss of power demand. Well, one of them did. The other spun up and was tripped by the overspeed governor. Several times. In fact it never came online which made recovering the plant somewhat more intricate.

How do you notice the lights going out when you're asleep? Well, the fans also cut off and you can hear the intakes and fans running 24 hours a day on a warship underway. Their absence is what cues you to wake up now. It's funny though, after that first time I always woke up when we lost the electrical load underway which served me well enough when I was a chief engineer.

What has happened to stop it I do not know but the non-stop screaming by little girls at the K-4 elementary school across the street stopped. It seems to have stopped for quite some time. I got used to screaming 6 and 9 year old girls who step out of the school and hit the playground already screaming at the top of their voices. There was never any meaning, it was just high pitched screaming. 

It's gone. As I look back, I think it stopped when classes and schools resumed after Covid. I just didn't notice its absence for awhile.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

HOW REMARKABLY OBTUSE OF THEM

 Reading or watching the news is a bit like reading X these days. It's not good for the soul. On the other hand, how else would one find gems like this one?

I mean these people seriously mean to convince other people that they follow and report the news and now in a feature about their truly dismal and awful performance they wonder how this non-American resident could get a visa and work in this pointless and stupid make-work job at the Washington Post. Do these idiots somehow think that all the tens of millions of illegal residents we now have in America have to get visas in order to get a job?

On the other hand, the same stupid sack of crap are now all atwitter about this new lack of diversity and want to ignore how as usual, nothing gets better by increasing or even maintaining diversity. Business, unlike Academe, Government and NGOs have a bottom line and if that is ignored in favor of myth, voodoo and legend, the business is kaput.

We can see how essential diversity is to America simply by looking at the Biden Cabinet made up of only the most truly talented and gifted members of society. 

A Winning Cabinet for Putin!!!

Thursday, May 30, 2024

NAILED IT

 The raconteur absolutely nailed the pier to Hell. You should read it.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

ON INTEGRATION

 Just out of curiosity, can you name anything outside of some sports that got better after it was integrated? I'm having trouble coming up with anything myself so I could use some help here just in case I have to explain it someday.

Monday, May 27, 2024

GOODNIGHT

For those we lost.

 

Sunday, May 26, 2024

THAT ISN'T RIGHT!

 Like several other people, I took this silly quiz that was going to reveal my inner slant on things political, economic, etc. Without further ado, here are the results from the test that I took after posting yesterday's blog last night and I just want to say that there is something either very very wrong with the test or I'm not quite the monster some people long suspected I am. I'm appalled.

A DAY TO REMEMBER

 I sometimes forget but there is always something to call them to mind. I thought about this last night when I was thinking about something else. There are memorials all over this country like this one that I ran into today just outside the Orthodox Church where they hold an annual Greek Festival in Tremont.

We honor their memory and we're also glad our names aren't up on a monument beside the names of others we fought alongside. I was fairly lucky that way and after my first visit to Little Creek I made a point of mentioning to the Almighty that I didn't need or want any buildings or bridges named after me and perhaps it would be best if I just never climbed into any gun turrets.

But that's not what I thought about last night. No, I remember how peeved we were back when I was still young and living with my parents in our house in Newport, Rhode Island where, after a year spent as a student at the War College, they asked him to stay another year and teach. It was a rarity I suppose to find in an Army Lieutenant Colonel a fanatical sailor who came alive with victory madness when sailing out on Narragansett Bay in Rhodes 19s or his favorite Shields. They found the right man. But my sister and brother and I were all a little ticked there during the summer that we had to share our floor and our bathroom with a lady who seemed to take 3 showers a day and who entirely covered the available counters with an enormous barrage of cosmetics.

It wasn't until many years later that my mother told me that she was widow of one of the last officers killed in Vietnam. The year was 1974 and she was a young widow with even younger children who was hoping to find a husband among the students at the War College. She was there for one particular officer and it is fascinating in hindsight to see how her circle of friends all stood by her.

I hope that things like that have not changed or fallen by the wayside. I hope that everyone had a memorable Memorial Day and was able to spend some time with family and friends and spare a moment or two to remember the ones that didn't come home.

Friday, May 24, 2024

AWAKE IN THE DAY

Possibly the most photographed owl in history

 

Thursday, May 23, 2024

THEY DRIVE THEMSELVES CRAZY

 I heard something about this yesterday and it was top of the page at the NYT at 0300 this morning as I checked out the Spelling Bee. This is what turned up in my initial baseline search:

Where do they get off calling any of the battle flags of the Revolutionaries that founded this great country, far right? That's not the normal appellation for revolutionaries overthrowing a tyrannical monarchy but so be it.

Good for Justice Alito. I think they should hold a competitive flag flying contest at their houses and see who can come up with the best flags between now and Election Day.

Oh and yeah, google turned commie colored again but God only knows why, or cares.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

SATAN HAS A REQUEST

 What can I say, this is brilliant. Found on x, naturally.


Tuesday, May 21, 2024

THE SOLDIER AND THE STATE

 I wonder what the relationship between the two looks like today. I read the title novel about 30 years ago and it was interesting but I'm not sure I'd believe a single word of social research that alleges to peer into the current relationship between the soldier and the State today. Social research back then had what I thought was no place to go but up but it still surprised me and turned into more useless garbage that its not worth peeling back to read now.

That said, what has the State done to the mind of the warrior elite as its social policies and prattlings have divorced them further and further from the cares and interests of men who set themselves on the path of danger at a young age and then stayed in and accepted the rigors of that life only to find that their own Secretary of Defense decided to overturn the law and spend appropriated money in specific ways that defied the rules because nestling gays and pregnant lesbians was more important to Lloyd Austin then the promotions of every single officer that required the advice and consent of the Congress to get that promotion. He maintained his stand right to the end and never once blinked which left it to others to find some way to let RFK Jr climb down.

It turns out that officers knew for decades that the water they were making their soldiers, sailors and Marines AND THEIR FAMILIES drink and use was toxic in both Pearl Harbor and Camp Lejeune and they are still toxic and likely will be for hundreds of years. They're not unique either since it seems the fire fighting agents we used to put out fires and train with are also quite toxic and have contaminated the ground water everywhere they were used.

All those zillions of DoD officials supposedly concerned with keeping the natives from getting restless have mostly wasted their time and our money doing the opposite if they have done anything at all. How long before the next episode of workplace violence given that we now know that actual no-shit terrorists are casing the bases and have little trouble getting on and off base and does it help that so much of base housing is not even on a base or in anyway protected?

I don't think any of the smart ones use social media at all anymore. Any use of it today is toxic to careers since it can only end up at some point being critical of the people running things so I don't think any of the smart ones even bother. What happens when you simply bottle up your discontent? I think all the truly smart ones see this and move on and leave the service behind to those who are less intelligent or less caring. It might be time to reread the classic Once an Eagle.

Monday, May 20, 2024

PROBABLY SAFE TO SAY

 Islamic Republic of Iran President and Foreign Minister both dead in helicopter crash after flying for some unexplained reason over some desolate territory in the middle of nowhere from one pointless place to another pointless place in a 45 year old helicopter dating back almost to the Vietnam War. As the Sailing Coach at the Naval Academy back after the end of the War in Vietnam used to say of the boat in distant last place, "your position has been established" and it meant they could safely head back to the raft to swap boats for the next race. Raisi's next race will be in Hell.

At some point someone somewhere is going to ask what was the President of Iran doing with the Foreign Minister.

I was looking to confirm the news with a legitimate news service but all I could find were these old liars and has-beens. Thanks google et al. I mean, you realize at this point I would believe Fars before I would believe anything from the news services listed below.

REAL X-UKRAINE

 Have you ever noticed how we never get even one single biased report or story about the horrible atrocities being committed by the Russian occupiers of Ukraine? I wonder why that is. You'd think the savage warriors for peace in what passes for the media these days would be stuffed with stories about the ongoing brutality of the Russian occupation of former Ukraine but I've never seen a peep. On the other hand they also never ever mention the border crisis between Armenia and Azerbaijan which has been dragging on now since the end of the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War. Of course there is nothing to see here either since most Armenians in Armenia are Christians (97%) and are members of the Armenian Apostolic Church, which is one of the oldest Christian churches. It was founded in the 1st century AD, and in 301 AD became the first branch of Christianity to become a state religion.

Isn't it interesting that the Azerbaijanis, Turks and leadership of Ukraine hate Christianity and have taken active measures to destroy and disrupt the Christian Church in every area they exert control over. 

You might even think it was a religious war, a Crusade if you will or perhaps, more accurately, a Jihad that the muslims are winning hands down because nowhere does the Church or the State fight back. I'm not a Churchian but it's like there are very few of them left and fewer everyday. I don't think the world is going to like living in the next Caliphate. Seriously, you'd think people in and running the media would have noticed something like this that's been going on for the last 1400 years.


Sunday, May 19, 2024

APPRECIATE THEIR PERFORMANCE

 People have no idea how useful and therapeutic a stash of zip ties can be when they're carried along in the car. They come in useful for all kinds of things and can you imagine how effective they would be clearing the road of annoying nuisances that never learned how dangerous it is to play in the street? Those radicals that think they're unstoppable because they secured their arms in PVC pipes and connected themselves to their mates can all discover how uniquely refreshing it can be to rediscover breathing once some kind passerby snips them off and its not like they can block people from just coming up and dropping one over their heads while they're screaming death to America or whatever it is they're so willing to give their lives for. I'm sure counter-activists drive away happy knowing that they have brought some joy to the freak's dismal and humdrum lives.