Coming Full Circle

Time for a rant……

From time to time I have written about events happening within the US military…..most recently it has been the plan to retire the A-10 Warthog… my opinion a very bad decision for the combat ground forces in the military that are asked to carry out ops all over the world….

As a combat vet of the Vietnam War I appreciate the pilots and the aircraft that gave us close support in hot situations…..back in the day it was planes like the P-40, P-38 and the P-51…….these planes were called upon during WW2 to provide close air support of our troops……


It will become clearer why I included these photos as one continues to read…..

The A-10 Warthog has been the most successfully modern day aircraft in close support of troops in the field…..heavily armored and armed and flies slow enough for the pilots to get good accurate bearings before engaging….this is ugly but a piece of art in flight…..

This plane has performed close support in time of war it was pivotal in the defeat of Saddam on both occasions……and the troops love this “beast” over all others….but now this plane is said to be replaced soon by this expensive piece of brick…..the F-35……

After throwing billions at this program we have a couple of flying models but there seems to be more problems developing…..

  • Current aircraft software is inadequate for even basic pilot training.
  • Ejection seat may fail, causing pilot fatality.
  • Several pilot-vehicle interface issues, including lack of feedback on touchscreen controls.
  • The radar performs poorly, or not at all.
  • Engine replacement takes an average of 52 hours, instead of the two hours specified.
  • Maintenance tools do not work.

And those are the problems we know about…God only knows how much of the “secret” stuff is faulty……and we still throw billions at this thing all in an attempt to replace the Warthog…..a silly waste of time and money.

The B-52 has been in operation since the 1950’s it is continuously upgraded to meet 21st century situations…..why not do the same with a reliable plane for close air support…..the A-10 Warthog?

Okay I made my point that the A-10 deserves to remain in service to the troops and that the F-35 is a piece manure that some defense contractor convinced Congress that we cannot live without…..but how does this live up to the name of the post…..Coming Full Circle?

I am so glad you asked!

You see there is another attempt to give the troops a close support place that is as effective as the ‘Hog…..and that will be a major operation…..

A company called Hawker-Beechcraft has come up with a design that I could approve of…..the AT-6

It may not have all the weapons as the A-10 but it can be modified to act in the same capacity as the ‘Hog……personally I would trust this design over s supersonic brick if I was in need of close support….

Now do you understand the title?

The best idea may well be the original idea.



McCain Speaks Truth

I will be honest…in the past I have not been very kind to some of the things that McCain has said or done….but I would like to say here and now that he has once again got my respect…..his stands on benefits for vets has gone a long way to turn me from my path of dislike for him……and he has written a new chapter in my relationship with him…..

We all know the stuff Trump spreads as somehow the truth is nothing manure spread like peanut butter on a cracker…..and his attacks on ALL Muslims has upset many people….most of whom will be called “liberals” or “apologists” or the bigger “Bleeding hearts”…..McCain has come to speak the truth…..

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric is only serving to turn the international Muslim community against the U.S.

“Oh, I think it has an interesting effect of turning Muslims all over the world against the United States of America, which is 99.44 percent people who practice an honorable religion,” the Arizona senator said of Trump on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

McCain, a former GOP presidential nominee, also accused 2016 hopefuls of harping on the Syrian refugee crisis, while the U.S. faces much more substantial threats.

“As all of our candidates bloviate about the refugees, [Syrian President] Bashar Assad is a major cause of the refugees which are now flooding Europe and causing such consternation in the United States,” he said. “A no-fly zone will provide a refuge at least for some of these refugees.”

McCain said the longer the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is able to stay in power, the more the terrorist group’s ideology will begin to sink in.

“And by the way, the fact that is we can succeed here and ISIS is not that strong, but the longer they stay in power, the more this poison spreads and metastasizes from as far away as Afghanistan, Africa, and other parts of the world,” he said.

(The Hill)

While I will never agree with him on much…..I will do so on this issue…..I will never agree with him on US foreign policy for the Middle East… blaming refugees solely on Assad or a “no fly zone”….neither of these are the real problems or a real solution…..but I will give McCain props for speaking to truth.

Gone But Not Forgotten

I remember as a child having to play that game where a bell rings and we assume the position for an atomic blast…..we would hide under desks and put our heads down with our hands over our ears….that was the days of the Cold War when we were close to a nuke war almost everyday… least that is what they we preaching…..God I am glad those days are gone…..or are they?

Once the Cold War ended the emphasis on the nuclear threat was lessened…..but the weapons are still there and other countries have moved into the sphere of nuke threat……

The Cold War might be over, but nuclear brinkmanship is still going strong

Source: Why nuclear Armageddon is a very real danger

You know you people really should pull the head out of ass and stop worrying about stuff that is a “maybe” and focus on the things that could actually do you some harm…..but maybe that is too much to ask……appears that Americans can only concentrate on one issue at a time….that could explain the poor choices made in the voting process.

How News Really Works

My daughter sent this to me on Twitter…..she found it on Instagram or Pinterst or one of those other thingys….

A perfect example of just how the media works……


You tell me which one actually reports news and not BS…..

I use to watch BBC News constantly that is until my cable provider drop then in favor of more reality mind screws…..I miss real news….

Do You Understand ISIS?

We Americans hate the terrorists of ISIS, right?  But do we actually understand the group?

Of course some will go to great lengths to show their knowledge and basically it will boil down to “ISIS….Bad”……or according to some they will be coming down Main Street any day now……but what do you actually know about the people you hate most?

But it you want to hate someone….maybe a good knowledge of that someone would be helpful….whatya think?

Source: Who, what and where is ISIL? Explaining the Islamic State | Al Jazeera America

You know they are Muslims….and that they have fanatics as members….they have lots of weapons…..and they are extremely barbaric…..and you know you hate them and what they stand for, right?  What else do you know?  I bet some of you think that is enough…..”to defeat a enemy you must know the enemy”(a paraphrase from Starship Troopers)…..

In case you would like to expand what you think you know about ISIS…..

Source: Where is the ‘Strategic Depth’ of the ‘Islamic State’? | Talisman Gate, Again

Did you know that ISIS has the same draw as some of the other “Doomsday” cults from the past?

Source: The doomsday ideology of ISIS – Yahoo News

Please…..before I get some mental midgets jumping up and down….these are provided as informational….I am not endorsing anything with these…..

Food Nazi Speaks (Again)

Once again on the weekend the old Food Nazi has something to say about food and the way we Americans tend to flock to trends and fads……tell me how many of you eat kale?  Why?  It is a horrible tasting thing that at best makes a good garnish.

All that is this whole crappy thing about eating healthy.  We are told that a drink that looks like pond scum is good for you.  Or that some berry from the East has some sort of magic healing power.

A whole industry has been devised to help you eat healthy…..meanwhile you drop dead anyway.

There is the thing… it always that healthy?

Like many people, one middle-age woman in an Israeli study just couldn’t seem to find a diet that worked. The problem: The seemingly healthy tomatoes she was eating multiple times per week were actually causing her blood sugar levels to spike. The New Zealand Herald reports the researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science have made a key insight in the science of dieting, discovering that the bodies of different people can respond differently to the exact same meal—even an apparently healthy one. “There are profound differences between individuals,” researcher Eran Segal says. “In some cases, individuals have opposite responses to one another.” What that means is a diet that works for one person might be ineffective for another, and the future of dieting could lie in meal plans created specifically for individuals.

Researchers monitored 800 volunteers for a week and surveyed nearly 47,000 meals with a focus on the glycemic index, which ranks foods based on how they affect blood sugar, according to a press release. Doctors and nutritionists have long used the index to recommend diets, believing it to be a constant for everyone. Instead, the study in Cell found that the glucose levels of volunteers responded differently to the exact same foods, independent of age or BMI, the Herald reports. “I think about the possibility that maybe we’re really conceptually wrong in our thinking about the obesity and diabetes epidemic,” Segal says. The assumption is that people who gain unwanted weight are ignoring advice because they’re unable to control their eating—”but maybe people are actually compliant, but in many cases we were giving them wrong advice.” (It was easier to be thin 20 years ago.)

If you want to eat healthy……then use your head and not the TV…

What’s In A Name?

Thanksgiving is done and now we wait for the next “big” meal….Christmas….since I refuse to be part of the blind consumerism that is the “holiday shopping” days….I will instead offer up a little humor…..

Doews anyone remember the movie “16 Candles”?  If so then you will recall a very memorable character in the movie, Long Duc Dong.  If so then I can do you one better….

Wondering why “Phuc Dat Bich” was trending on Twitter? No, it’s not some crazy new spelling of a foul-mouthed slam, it’s … a guy’s name. And it’s making headlines because the 23-year-old is quite unhappy that Facebook keeps shutting down his account over suspicions it’s a fake name, Australia’s News Network reports. “I’ve been accused of using a false and misleading name of which I find very offensive,” the Vietnamese-Australian wrote, alongside of a picture of his passport that he posted to the social media site. “I find it highly irritating the fact that nobody seems to believe me when I say that my full legal name is how you see it.”

His name is actually pronounced Phoop Dook Bic, per ANN, which notes that “Phuc Dat” is a common Vietnamese name. “He’s able to get through international airports so it is legitimate,” one of the man’s friends—refuting suggestions that the passport had been doctored—tells the Herald Sun. As the Huffington Post points out, the photo was originally posted in January, but for some reason surged in popularity this week, and currently has about 140,000 “likes” and has been shared more than 75,000 times.

If it were me….I would change it to John Smith.

I knew it was too good to be true……

As the Sydney Morning Herald puts it, Phuc Dat Bich “faked dat” name. The 23-year-old Australian who convinced the world that his awkward-sounding name had resulted in Facebook shutting down his account now says the whole thing was a hoax. He apparently spilled the beans after SBS News contacted him with doubts about his story, noting that a passport photo he provided was Photoshopped and the name “Bich” isn’t a common Vietnamese surname. “What started as a joke between friends became a prank that made a fool out of the media,” he wrote on Facebook Wednesday, identifying himself as Joe Carr—or possibly “joker,” per the BBC. He tells the Herald his name is actually Tin Le, while Mashable identifies him by way of a supposed former classmate as Thien Nguyen.

The Herald notes he asked to be called “Mr. T” for fear that he would lose his job. He says the ruse began “with me fooling Facebook, it then somehow shared across the pages.” The “ordeal” taught him “not to trust the credibility of the media,” the prankster adds. “It goes to show that an average joe like myself can con the biggest news sources with ease.” He also thanks the people who stood by him, even though it was all for naught. “To those who do have culturally specific and spectacular names, ignore the ignorance in those who may try to put you down,” he says. “Continue being the best person you can be and make your mark on the world in whatever way you can—even if it is a simple prank.”

Oh well….it was fun while it lasted……got his 15 minutes of fame…..