Monday, June 27, 2022

THE PAST

I see from Task and Purpose that Russia is firing up to 60,000 rounds of artillery or rockets every day in its war in Ukraine. I think it is safe to say that none of our NATO allies could match that number for more than a couple of days at the most. I suspect most of our NATO allies have a few thousand rounds buried in some bunker somewhere and that's it. They also lack the means to actually make more of them. As usual, their plan is to rely on the U.S. to furnish them with ammunition and replenish their stocks just as they did when they fired off all their long range missiles in Libya and had to turn to Hillary and grovel for some more in their glorious victory over Qaddafi.

I once lived at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey. One of the things that struck me as I rode or ran around the installation was the preserved buildings that were in lay-up just in case we ever needed to make a massive number of artillery projectiles again. They'd been laid up either since the Korean War or World War I. They were old. I realize this is not how we produce our artillery ammunition anymore but it does weigh on my mind. I don't think the United States could begin to match 60,000 artillery rounds and missile/day.

It's easy to say that artillery is no longer the King of Battle and point to aviation and cruise missiles. I honestly don't know what happens when bomblets blanket an artillery position. I imagine it would shred the tires and ding the tube but I don't know if they would outright destroy modern Russian artillery or not. The cannon cockers will be dead but the tubes may well keep going. There is also a not inconsiderable air defense network. I think the Russians have studied our employment of the Air/Land Battle techniques over the last 30 years and have probably come up with some ideas for mitigating or even defeating it. The defeat might take a simple form that we won't expect in a million years. Yep, they'll rain Kalibre and other missiles down on the airfields a thousand miles away and destroy all those aircraft right there on the ground where it's easy.

I have to admit,I keep waiting for the retaliation any country would and can deliver to allies of its enemy. It's one thing to covertly pass along weapons and intel but to boast about doing both in public in a press conference, well, your position has been established. You are now a combatant.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

THE STUPID, IT RUNS DEEP

It is unsettling to watch the left that runs Washington Week in Review try to describe efforts by the left to pass a federal abortion law that will rule all the states. You would think that after the Supreme Court placed that issue squarely in the wicket of things the Constitution has left to the States that the idiots would understand that none of the current conservative Justices plan to retire for decades and that when they say that Article X is the ruler of all on this issue the left would simply shut up and accept it, particularly since about 70% of the population despises the idea of killing infants. Ah, well. If they want to make it part of their election platform, so be it.

Artice X: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Those idiots in Congress keep forgetting the States and the People. No surprise, they're all fascists.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

INTERESTING TIMES

I went away to be at my parent's 65th wedding anniversary. A very good time was had by all. I don't recall much of anything at all happening of great note while I was actually on the road but it sure seems exciting now doesn't it? A little known Constitutional Amendment in the Bill of Rights was called back to the fore by the Supreme Court much to the dismay of liberals everywhere. In the meantime, my State's law that states that any person of age and legal standing may carry a concealed weapon without a license went into effect this week which means just about anybody will now be able to use a public restroom with an excellent chance of finding a very nice pistol left behind by the previous occupant. Oh, sure you laugh, as if. On the other hand it has happened more than once in the Congress and it happened all the time in the little restroom next to the front gate at NOLF Imperial Beach back when I was working on that installation. I plan to keep my eyes open. People unacustomed to carrying a weapon have no idea what a literal pain in the ass it is. And, "finders keepers" is how I plan to play that one out.

I looked to see what the riots were like tonight but it seems there is nowhere near the depth of support for killing babies as most people thought there was. Right now it looks like another damp squib. Do I think some nutjob will try to kill a Justice in 'retaliation'? Absolutely. It's interesting how Joe Biden came out and described abortion as a CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT but seems as ignorant as ever he was about anything and everything. People wondered that the Court didn't release both decisions yesterday but I see into the matrix now. The 2nd Amendment faded entirely away as the media shifted targets to embrace abortion 24/7. It's like all their prepared arguments about how the blood would be running in the streets now that New Yorkers who aren't criminals have a RIGHT to carry a weapon for self defense.

I'll be interested to see what tomorrow brings. For me it will be the Highland Games!

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

A LIGHT YEAR AND DECADE BEHIND

Why didn't any of you tell me about Yellowstone?

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

THE STUPID, IT POUNCES

I see that we are going forward with the idiot notion of renaming Confederate Army posts with modern stupid names. I know how we lost sight of the reason for those names but I'm kind of surprised that nobody had pointed it out. They were names granted by the Army and the ones in Congress who know that Reconstruction was over and the time to rebuild the Union was at hand and it was a simple graceful costless thing to do.

Sunday, June 12, 2022

THE REALLY SCARY THING

About Mutual Assured Destruction is that nobody believes Putin gives a damn and nobody in the West thinks the ruling elite care about it anymore. They don't live or work in the Soviet targets anymore. I'm actually kind of tired of them.

I don't care either democrats. I'm not going to miss NY NY or DC or San Francisco and yeah, I lived in them all.

If you would like to see where something like 3000 Russian nuclear weapons are targeted, it's available on line. It will give you nightmares as you start to co=-rationalize that you think Putin is a psycho with cancer and nothing to live for but you go for it. After all, you also think man made global warming is real.

The number of nuclear warheads they have changes every now and but they had 5700 the last time I looked and cared. Not a bomb specialist, I hear they degrade over time. Not a nuclear engineer, it's the material.

An enemy really doesn't have to ship them ballistically. They can use UPS.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

THINGS HAPPEN

In a couple of days Ohio's new universal concealed carry law goes into effect. I think that we will stay home for a few days. in my experience newbies ventilate the living hell out of things when they start carrying a weapon in public. Just like the bad place you don't go, most places are going to be somewhat dangerous around here. There is no license, no training required, just strap it on and ventilate. I imagine the police and security around here are having nightmares. Good.

i DON'T KNOW

Thursday, June 9, 2022

POLITICS

Politics say an awful lot about a person but only if you're a pinko commy nazi lover. Everybody else it to conform and shut the fuck up.

I DON'T KNOW WHY

For some reason my thoughts turned to Lex tonight. I'm recalling the dinner at Zbbicas. On another note. My eyes are playing up on me. I type at hand stretch but I cannot see what I type with glasses or without. That exact distance defeats both my eyes and my reading glasses. It doesn't really. At just the right glare, I can read it fine. Except that I don't often glare to write.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

A GOOD QUESTION

Just why have we never seen the list of big names that went to Epstein's island to have sex with little girls? A government could release the list into the media who would promptly have buried it but a private citizen could expect to be sued into oblivion by the billionaiers and millionaires who own the media. Nevertheless, Elon Musk makes an excellent point.. Where is the list of names of men who flew to Expsteins island and had sex with minors? Another question could be why have the minors not named names? I think dying might be at the top of list for reasons why not. You really don't want the Clintons mad at you.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

MOST NIGHTS I CAN STILL HEAR IT

Dover Beach



By Matthew Arnold



The sea is calm tonight. The tide is full, the moon lies fair Upon the straits; on the French coast the light Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand, Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay. Come to the window, sweet is the night-air! Only, from the long line of spray Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land, Listen! you hear the grating roar Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling, At their return, up the high strand, Begin, and cease, and then again begin, With tremulous cadence slow, and bring The eternal note of sadness in.



Sophocles long ago Heard it on the Ægean, and it brought Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow Of human misery; we Find also in the sound a thought, Hearing it by this distant northern sea.



The Sea of Faith Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled. But now I only hear Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar, Retreating, to the breath Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear And naked shingles of the world.



Ah, love, let us be true To one another! for the world, which seems To lie before us like a land of dreams, So various, so beautiful, so new, Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain; And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night.

Saturday, June 4, 2022

ON GUNS

I see that the dumb crowd are up in arms again about guns. You would think they could get behind the simplest solution to what they term the gun violence problem. It's pretty easy actually. Any fool could do it. You just take every single person who committed a crime while armed with a gun and you shoot them. Right away, in a hurry, before they get away or a lawyer. It's so simple a caveman could do it. But of course half the people emoting about gun violence would be outraged if you appended a 9mm in the head to any shooter who engaged in something as harmless as carjacking or robbery or assault. The left really like them criminals like antifa and the rest. In 9 days Ohio is going to be a free concealed carry state with no limits. It will be interesting to see how that develops as people start dropping the criminal scumbags in almost every encounter. In 10 days it's going to suck to be a criminal here. I'm kind of looking forward to it.

Friday, June 3, 2022

I WENT WALKING

I'll do it again every night. I forgot how much I enjoyed it. I went walking every night at the top of Grape Street, down to the harbor front and out to Tom Hamms. A restaurant I never once dined at on Harbor Island, That was about a five mile round trip. When I moved to Solana Beach I walked just about every day down the beach to Del Mar and then up and back again. I stopped when I got married but that was probably due to the terrain. Let's be honest. Hills suck. OTGH, I walked a lot in Korea and I was there a lot. I usually got there for the two weeks the Cherry Trees blossomed in Chinhae. They made walking a delight. Yes there were the trees but then there were the delightful girls out admiring them. I think Korea is still surging in population. I used to go to the City to simply sit and have coffee and watch the girls walk by. Yes, it was Union Square and the Francis Drake but my they were restful to a bachelor eye.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

I REMEMBER THE FALLEN

By and large, they were good men. And later I was blessed to serve with some of the good women who served. Yes I know, this is to remember the fallen but I get to write what I like and I like to remember the ones who I served with and in all 30 years, I did not lose a single one.

Thank You each and every one of you. You rule.

I hadn't realized that there are a lot of people alive today who never heard of the Red Zone or knew that parts of France were still no go zones a hundred years after the war ended there.

Monday, May 30, 2022

ON THE DRONE

We saw here the horrible results of drone tech in the Azerbaijan war with Armenia. 4 men could not assemble in daylight without instantly being the target of a drone weapon. They used bunker busters to kill them. I watched the video of those strikes a year ago and thought that was to be the lot of the Ukrainians.

On the gripping hand, I don't actually believe much of what I see in the media today. For some reason, all those drone kill shots dropped right out of history as Russia got involved in playing war for the first time in 70 years.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

A THOUGHT ON MODERN

Liberals, progressives and other idiots sincerely believe we can learn a lot from studying Stone Age cultures. Me? Not so much.

A LONG TIME AGO AND VERY FAR AWAY

I used to be peers with a number of people some of whom were our squadron commanders. One of them was sacked while deployed with his squadron to the UAE. I just now found the full NAVY INVESTIGATION into the matter online and read it, all 42 pages of the Investigating Officer's report and the endorsements by Tillotson and NECC. As I read it I kept wondering, this was it! This was the exact moment we departed from being a combat force in being to being a shadow of irrelevance that could be dismissed as lightly as one dismisses a tame poodle. I knew the Commodore that was dismissed and sacked. He was a fairly insufferable CDR in my way as we tried to pull together Battle Experiment Echo with 3rd Fleet and a host of other really stubborn people. He was the representative from DEEP BLUE, NAVAL WAR COLLEGE and Second Fleet, IIRC. I might revisit our expereience trying to get any officials in San Francisco to honor the commitments they made to us when we went to their offices but maybe I'll save that for another time.

I read the full report of the Investigation into matter iN MSRON 12 while deployed to UAE and what struck me was the nature of the investigation. At no point at all did it ever address whether the squadron was combat effective in the conflict zone in the Persian Gulf. The entire investigation delved into whether the CO was mean and whether he had failed to comply with various administrative filings that would best be laid at the feet of his Admin Officer.

Dave took the hit, got sacked and terminated wtih extreme prejudice.

I had done something new at the time. At 42 I got married for the first time and had a daughter. The formerly motivated sailor was now not slacking off but disregarded all his friends who urged him to take squadron command. I wasn't going to do that because I knew what it would cost me in my life. As it happens, I could have done it since in the end marriage was not apparantly something I was any good at since I was still a staff officer and commuted to Korea at least once a month for years and this proved incompatible with a strife free life.

As the Operations Officer for the West Coast Maritime Expeditionary Security Forces, I knew Dave got sacked but I thought it was for something worthy. Reading the report of the Investigator, he didn't stay 100% on top of the admin ball and he was frustrated that he had incompetent subordinates. Been there, done that, got the medal.

All of this is from 10 years ago but the language of the Investigator and Tillotson and NECC makes me sure and certain that we don't really have any warfighters at any level of the Navy anymore. We basically have cud chewing cows out there running the Navy and nothing will change until they get Pearl Harbored, again.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

IF THIS GOES ON

The police failed to act other than despicably as a killer was left in a 4th grade classroom for over an hour while he continued to kill children while the cops did nothing but restrain parents outside.

Children do learn and what will we say as a society when kids start to bring guns to school to protect themselves and their classmates since it's a given that the police won't protect them?

How much longer are the idiots to remain in charge and continue to forbid armed teachers and staff? Oh sure, there are an awful lot of people out there that should never pick up a gun but there are many who can and will. The cops totally fucked up another school massacre as badly as the worthless Broward cops. Every single law enforcement agency needs a 'come to Jesus after action' to emphasize that there are never any grounds whatsoever to not immediately rush in when there is a shooter in the school. I thought every cop shop would have made this point years ago and refreshed it every year. I guess I expected too much of them. God knows the parents thought so too.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

IT IS TO LAUGH

From the newspaper that brings up darkness every day in its relentless pursuit of truth, this

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

MARTIALLY INSUFFERABLE

Well our friendly European hyprocrites are probably going to be hoist on their own petard again. For 50 years now the EU has staved off Turkey from gaining membership in the EU despite the fact that Turkey was practically a founding member of the Council of Europe. After the ten founding members in 1949, Turkey became one of the first new members (the 13th member) of the Council of Europe in 1950. The country became an associate member of the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1963, and was an associate member of the Western European Union from 1992 to its end in 2011. Turkey signed a Customs Union agreement with the EU in 1995 and was officially recognised as a candidate for full membership on 12 December 1999, at the Helsinki summit of the European Council. Negotiations for full membership were started on 3 October 2005. Really the EU gave Turkey the finger and continues to do with many of the more maniacal Germans declaring that they would never permit Turkey to join the EU while they were president of the European Commission. So now those craven slime molds are practically peeing themselves in the fear that Turkey will veto any membership in NATO for Finland and Sweden who were fast-tracked for full NATO membership in less than a week.

Keep in mind that NATO is a military defense organization that binds the members to come to the immediate defense of any member that is attacked. About the only member of NATO today that has anything like an effective military is Turkey and why would they commit themselves to a possible war with Russia for the Europeans who despise them? I'm not sure I can think of a reason for Turkey to approve admitting Finland and Sweden despite how friendly they have been towards the idea of Turkey becoming a member of the EU.

It's kind of amusing to me. Turkey is the full heir of the Ottoman Empire, the Sick man of Europe as it was known for a century and it tried quite valiantly to make its case for membership in the EU but the thugocracy wouldn't have anything to do with them except rely upon them for 100% of NATO's defense in the south during the whole Cold War.

Erdogan strikes me as very Middle Eastern in many respects but perhaps the leading characteristic he shares with his pals in Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories and other dismal places like that is his absolute inability to forgive and forget. I think he'll veto NATO membership for excellent and sound reasons and also to give the EU and the Germans the finger.

HOW STUPID?

Listening to NPR the other day as they interrogated yet another 'expert' on society and what's wrong with the country, everybody agreed it was because the far right and extremists and white supremacists just "couldn't accept President Biden's Center-Right policies." Yep. They think of themselves as the "center" and of course anybody to the right of the center is nothing but a white supremacist far right extremist.

What a strange world they live in in their exclusive enclaves.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

THE GUNS OF AUGUST

In a lot of ways what I am seeing in the United States, Europe and Ukraine vs Russia is almost identical to the parade of folly that led Europe into The Great War. Every stupid thing that could be said is being said. Every threat that can be uttered is uttered. Every single action to move incrementally to a war that nobody wanted is being pushed hard from behind in order to accelerate the movement towards inevitable war with Russia. All the same outside parties are now weighing in on one side or another, promises extended, oaths pledged and yet just as in 1914, none of the parties or people involved see what is happening right in front of their eyes. Putin, they say, is a mad crazy man and dictator. Fine. So are just about all the other main characters involved in this plot although in a few cases it would be simply safer to assume that they're senile and their handlers seek some personal advantage from egging on the various powers into a confrontation. Back in the Cold War I always assumed that a war with the USSR would at some point go nuclear but that was a Soviet Union led by some of the most ruthless and pragrmatic men to ever live. As we saw over the decades, none of them ever sought to attack ANY OF OUR VITAL INTERESTS. Oh sure, they nibbled around the edges and sold weapons to the enemy in our various proxy wars but they didn't directly engage us because they knew perfectly well that a country that could not feed itself could not win a war with the United States and didn't need to bother so long as the communists ran the Soviet Union. Those men didn't care about the Eastern European empire anymore that we ever did. We gave them away at Yalta and Potsdam and nobody in the West every even poked into just why we let them be sold down the river to a fate we knew was inevitable. There are a damn sight fewer Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians today because hundreds of thousand of them were rounded up and shipped to Siberia, never to return home again. Now, like all the old Empires and Kingdoms of the West who slobbered over the Serbs vs Austrians and started making promises and sending arms and making threats we have all got to slobber over the Ukrainians vs Russians. The thing though is that I haven't changed my position on this matter. Poking Russia by continuously rolling the NATO frontier closer and closer to Russia even though history has shown that this is ALWAYS a STUPID thing to do was not merely provocative and stupid, it left Putin no choice other than to react violently since all diplomatic efforts to resist had simply been bulldozed by European boneheads eager to make a reputation for themselves.

Did Putin turn off the gas that Europe absolutely needed this winter even as every idiot there postured and prattled? Nope.

Did even one single NATO member start to increase the readiness of their military forces as their leaders started to lay the ground work for a totally unnecessary war with Russia? Nope.

Did the United States government attempt to remind everyone that Russia was the sole heir of the nuclear arsenal of the Soviet Union and that a good bit still worked and even if they decided not to use it themselves, they might as well start selling a few here and few there with handy instruction books printed in Arabic, Farsi, Tamil, Irish and few other languages? I thought not.

They'll all be so surprised one night to be told that Kiev isnt there anymore. And I'm sure that there isn't a soul in any government in the West that has prepared for that eventuality. Can you imagine the Senile Idiot in Chief thinking ahead? How about the feckless Boris living at #10? What about Macron who thinks if it looks good it must be good. That's it folks. Those are the nuclear armed powers in NATO and they're all out there in Poland and Ukraine swanning around as if their brave military show means anything at all to a man they've left very little to lose.

And worst of all, they don't know it.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

PICKING THE RIGHT HILL TO DIE ON

I see that the White House has finally awakened. I hope the House Rep Leader does accept the subpoena from the House Committee on Jan 6 and asks them over and over and over again to explain how the Executive Branch condoning attacks on the Judicial Branch is not somehow the same sort of thing they're accusing President Trump of doing when he held a rally on the that allegedly threatened the Congressional Brnach on the Mall.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

ON AIRHORNS

We had one particular guy call us every week, then several times a week always asking to talk to the lady of the house about making a donation to the police benevolent fund. He would call me at all hours of the day and it was always the same. As you can imagine I grew tired of him and told him to stop, but the little devil was deceitful and caller ID doesn't work when the caller can transmit a faux ID number. I took it about as well as any retired Engineer would and bought a couple of air horns. I needed one for the 3rd floor and one for the first floor. he would call and ask, "Is X there?" Boom. Horn in the ear. He was determined. He still called a couple of times a week with the same question and the same response. There is that wonderfull bit in Good Omens where the Dukes of Hell are sent down a phone line to one of those call rooms and turn all of them into weevils. It resonates.