Marines seek ocean-going Uber to provide sea-Lyft

Faced with a shortage of U.S. Navy ships, the Marine Corps is exploring a plan to deploy its forces aboard foreign vessels to ensure they can respond quickly to global crises around Europe and western Africa. The initiative is a stopgap way to deploy Marines aboard ships overseas until more American vessels are available, said Brig. Gen. Norman Cooling, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa. Meanwhile, guess who’s been press-ganged into falsifying climate information, just like NASA! I’m so old I remember when NASA’s core competency was science. Will I live to be old to remember when our […]

In Every Clime and Place (VMI, That Is…)

There I was this past week, walking along the dyke path in the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge with my two sons, a.k.a. Suntan and Paleface, when I spy a man in a VMI hat– Class of ’79. We’re everywhere. (Also, sat next to a professor from the CE department on the flight back.)

Colt Going Under? Say It Ain’t So!

“Iconic gunmaker” files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. If that ain’t a kick in the nuts. HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The bankruptcy being sought by Colt Defense was fueled by missteps with gun owners, a misreading of the police firearms market and a fall in gun sales to the public after an initial spike several years ago, analysts and industry observers say. But a major blow to the 179-year-old gun maker was the plummeting revenue from government contracts, which Moody’s Investor Service said has dropped to less than 10 percent of sales from 60 percent in 2009. Colt lost a U.S. […]

For a country of dragons, Communist China more resembles a leech

For a country of dragons, Communist China more resembles a leech. Is it even communist? Has China ever created anything on its own since 1949? Sure, the Chinese are more efficient in production, but they have the benefit of having zero R&D costs and hiccups. Leeches in ones and twos are an annoyance. Armies of them are deadly for their host. Why hasn’t the PLAN deployed an aircraft carrier yet? They haven’t stolen a complete set of plans but they are sure they are missing something. They just don’t what. Why hasn’t the PLAAF deployed the J-20 (the PLAAF F-35)? They are waiting […]

Games with bears and dragons

One wonders just how deeply Obama bows as he does what he is told. He is as he promised: very flexible. I’m sure the State Department has its latest demarche, “#PleaseNotTheFaceAgain” in the Ambassadors’ hands. If Russia nuked Sweden, would Obama cancel his golf game? Have our Paulistinian isolationists learned their lesson yet? Games with bears and dragons aren’t fun when you’ve been dipped in BBQ sauce.   Thanks to R. M. Hollander for the link on the South China Sea.

Expanding the 2nd Amendment: OPM Hack

The 2nd Amendment allows citizens to secure themselves, others and their property. The use of guns to protect life, limb and property is only disputed by those who actively work to take away all three from the citizen. The SCOTUS and most scholars of the law agree that guns protect citizens when the cops can’t or don’t or won’t, and that right to be secure in one’s self is a shared public value enshrined in our Constitution. But guns can’t protect against identity theft. Action follows attitude, and our government is the most lax agency on earth when it comes to your personally identifiable information […]

Christopher Lee, Warrior

Mike_B sent us a link from British Forces.TV on Sir Christopher Lee. Lee starred in many a matinee movie played in Lex before the theater was torn down to make homes. Lee’s passing makes me wonder if there are any actors left who served in combat – and not the CGI kind. Lee’s record is classified (still!). From the article, one gets a sense of Lee, the warrior: When pressed by an eager interviewer on his SAS past, he leaned forward and whispered: “Can you keep a secret?” “Yes!” the interviewer replied, breathless with excitement. “So can I.” replied a smiling […]

Blow the whistle on thee, but not on Me

Blow the whistle on thee, but not on Me has become a major theme of the Obama administration. What is getting lost in the Army’s dishonorable drive to seek revenge on LTC Jason Amerine is that whistleblowing serves a protective, learning purpose: expose a problem, correct it and learn from it. Back when the Army was an organization of honor, it was dedicated to learning. Look back at every war, police action, and peace-making and the Army had its head handed to it by the enemy. The enemy never rolled over, but he did die – after the Army painfully exposed […]

Happy Birthday Army

On this day in 1775 the United States Army founded, though Pat Lang at Sic Semper Tyrannis argues it should actually be on the date of the founding of Massachusetts Militia, see this article at the Center for Military History.

Why the OPM hack matters to you

The OPM hack began last year. The security processes and tools that failed you at OPM are also found in other government agencies. Very likely all of your financial information is already for sale on the Dark Web, even with the Silk Road shut down, other market places opened up. And no, the US is not going to change banking and tax laws to de-fang what will happen to you. But it gets worse! But in fact, the data accessed by the intruders may be far broader. The 127-page SF-86 forms believed to have been accessed by the hackers also […]