Draftee Retires After Forty-Two Years

This is a great story. We salute you, sir. Well done.

Finland Walks the Line: “They Were Testing How We’d React…”

The WaPo interviewed Finland’s President and Foreign Minister recently, and the discussion is one of the most diplomatic yet frank and realistic exchanges I have read in some time. I recommend the whole thing to you, especially the clear assertion– devoid of posturing– that Finland can and will stand up for herself, and an implied admission that despite her neutrality she is not averse to cooperation with NATO. And yet, always the balanced realism of life as the nextdoor neighbor to The Bear.

“Did You Kill Anybody While You Were in the Military?”

Courtesy of Mike B ’73, a piece on the “Complexity of Student Vets” from Inside Higher Education. … The question is one that young veterans on college campuses routinely face, McBain said Friday during a presentation on student veterans at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education here. Read and comment, if you would, please.

With National Security in near ruins, Obama finally listens to GOP

Buttercup has been fired. This may be the only good news. The POTUS always triples down with anti-war and/or left of left politicians. Is tax-dodger John Kerry next?

New Shooting Range Manassas Virginia

Over the weekend I visited Elite Shooting Sports twice.  It bills itself as the most modern indoor range in the US–I have no doubts.  It offers 25, 50, and 100 Yard indoor shooting lanes.  The targets mechanisms are state of the art, the range is well lit and sound proof.  When in the very large and spacious waiting area you hear nothing coming from the range!  Safety is paramount as everyone–that means everyone must attend their mandatory safety briefing.  A little pricey, but once you see the facility you will be sold.  Yearly membership is 350 but if you are a […]

Gun-Day Sunday: DOE! A Deer, a Fe-male Deer…

Taken yesterday morning in the bitter cold, in Clarke County, Virginia, not far from the Shenandoah River. Range was about 75 yards, broadside. I hit her a few inches back, so she ran about 50 yards before she dropped, flopped, rolled over, kicked, and died. The 150-grain .308 Remington Core-Lokt does the deed. And the Scout Rifle is simply a pleasure to shoot. Who else wants to share trophy pics? Send ‘em in!

A Man worth Following

Yesterday Senator James Webb announced an exploratory bid for the presidency.  I honestly never thought of him as a Candidate for the job.  The reality is that the bench on the Democratic side is extraordinarily slim.  The Republicans have a few guys I’d take a look at.  Many of you might recall him as the combat boot wearing candidate who ran for the Virginia Senate seat.  Although it was in solidarity of his son who was deployed at the time.  Webb, a Marine, is a Combat Veteran of Vietnam who was award for conspicuous gallantry on numerous occasions, an accomplished […]

“Accomplished Nothing” in Afghanistan

So says SIGAR, in the realm of economic development: SIGAR’s chief, John Sopko, told reporters Tuesday, that the agency has opened an “in-depth review” into the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO), a Defense Department unit aimed at developing war zone mining, industrial development and fostering private investments. “We have gotten serious allegations about the management and mismanagement of that agency, as well as a policy question about what they were doing and whether they should have existed,” Sopko said. Not “news” in the strict sense, but still disheartening and damning. I did my time in NTMA/CSTC-A, so […]

Russia never left The Great Game

Russia never left the Great Game. Obama never studied history, and it shows. While Vladimir Putin demonstrated respect for Bush-43 that was never extended to Obama, Putin still re-started the Great Game with the invasion of Georgia, using the guise of Pan-slavism as his excuse, and Bush’s focus on GWOT as cover. In a little known speech delivered in Sochi last month, Putin announced that Russia is done with the status quo and will change it. But given Russia’s economic predicament, Putin needs a way to distract Russians from the economic mess created by Putin’s kleptocracy. So pan-slavism is again […]

New Quantum Teleportation Record of 15 Miles

Science, real science – not that fascist crap espoused by the left to enrich their elite – but real science is always fresh and exciting because the science is never settled. In quantum teleportation, two particles—in this case photons—are put in the same state, and if one changes, so does the other. This is called quantum entanglement, and it can theoretically happen across vast distances. But current technology has an upper limit that restricts those distances. An upper limit – for now.