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…..in 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…..like 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…..at 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…..is 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…..

America: I Do Not Like Where This Is Going

The newest political football is the refugees and all related items…..there is some statements that smack with historical context and yet supporters will not see the un-American activities and games being played.  The refugees are the latest complex issue to be turned into a politicized mess to gain support from the mentally slow.

Personally, I do not like what is going on in this country…..Trump has gone a bit far…in my book……

Donald Trump went on MSNBC Monday to discuss issues related to the Paris terror attacks and ISIS, and he had some controversial ideas about steps he might take as president. “Well, I would hate to do it but it’s something you’re going to have to strongly consider,” Trump said when asked whether he would consider a plan similar to France’s interior minister’s promise to shut down “mosques where hate is preached,” CNN reports. Trump continued, “Some of the ideas and some of the absolute hatred is coming from these areas … The hatred is incredible. It’s embedded. The hatred is beyond belief. The hatred is greater than anybody understands.”

Trump had started out by discussing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to put a stop to a covert NYPD program that had previously carried out surveillance on Muslim communities. “You’re going to have to watch and study the mosques, because a lot of talk is going on at the mosques,” Trump said. “Under the old regime we had tremendous surveillance going on in and around the mosques of New York City.”

But wait there is more……..

Donald Trump voiced support Thursday evening for creating a mandatory database to track Muslims in the US—the latest in an escalating series of responses following the deadly attacks in Paris. “I would certainly implement that. Absolutely,” Trump said between campaign events in Newton, Iowa, according to video posted on MSNBC.com. He said Muslims would be signed up at “different places,” adding: “It’s all about management.” Asked whether registering would be mandatory, Trump responded: “They have to be.”

What’s next from these twats?  Maybe a suggestion to make Muslims wear a large yellow crescent moon and star patch?  (that sounds oddly familiar)….

Sounds all you Righties…all that sounds a bit unconstitutional to me…..but then when have you guys ever let the Constitution get in the way of a good fear?

I know this will not matter to those that have their minds made up and are thanking Jesus for the vote …..but just in case….the GOP God Ronnie Reagan has something to say……

Just in case there is any doubt, President Obama has explicit statutory authorization to accept foreign refugees into the United States. Under the Refugee Act of 1980, the president may admit refugees who face “persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion” into the United States, and the president’s power to do so is particularly robust if they determine that an “unforeseen emergency refugee situation” such as the Syrian refugee crisis exists.

This power to admit refugees fits within the scheme of “broad discretion exercised by immigration officials” that the Supreme Court recognized in its most recent major immigration case, Arizona v. United States. Indeed, in describing the executive branch’s broad authority to make discretionary calls regarding immigration matters, Arizona seemed to explicitly contemplate the circumstances that face President Obama today. The United States may wish to allow a foreign national to remain within its borders, the Court explained, because the individual’s home nation “may be mired in civil war, complicit in political persecution, or enduring conditions that create a real risk that the alien or his family will be harmed upon return.”

And then we have the out right lies about other Americans…..and the biggest liar is that twat Trump……..

Donald Trump is insisting he saw something on 9/11 that most Americans have apparently developed amnesia about. On Saturday, he told a rally in Alabama that he had “watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering” as the World Trade Center came down, the Guardian reports. The New York Times reports that he doubled down on the comments about cheering in “areas with large Arab populations” on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, even after George Stephanopoulos told him that police have said there was no such cheering. “It did happen, I saw it,” Trump said. “It was on television. I saw it,” he continued, adding that while “it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it,” it was “well covered at the time.” More:

  • Trump’s remarks were widely condemned as simply untrue by both parties, NJ.com reports. “Clearly, Trump has memory issues or willfully distorts the truth, either of which should be concerning for the Republican Party,” said Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, a possible Democratic candidate for governor.
  • “I think if it had happened, I would remember it,” said NJ Gov. Chris Christie, per the Times.
  • “It did not happen. He didn’t see it. But who’s there to challenge him on that?” wondered NBC’s Tom Brokaw, calling Trump’s statements “flat-out lies.”
  • The Washington Post gives Trump’s claim four Pinocchios on a scale that does not go up to five, finding that while there were rumors of isolated celebrations in New Jersey, they were not covered on TV and no video or other proof exists. The police commissioner of Paterson, which has the state’s largest Muslim population, says the community was extremely helpful and law-abiding after the attacks. “There were no flags burning, no one was dancing,” he says, using what the Post calls a “barnyard epithet” to describe Trump’s claims.
  • In the ABC interview, Trump also refused to rule out a mandatory database to track US Muslims and promised to bring back waterboarding, the Times reports.
  • On Sunday, Trump tweeted what the Huffington Post calls a “chart of racist and wildly inaccurate crime statistics” that appears to be aimed at “perpetuating racist myths about black people and crime.” The numbers in the chart bear no relation to the FBI’s crime statistics, and the source is listed as the “Crime Statistics Bureau of San Francisco” which does not exist.

(Newser)

The Right wing talkers are doing a fine job of alienated American citizens…..look at over the weekend in Irvine, California armed protesters showed up at a mosque and threatened attending religious services….that is NOT what Americans do to fellow Americans…..this is MORONIC!

You dipshits realize you are doing what the bad guys want?  They want alienated minority that makes for good recruiting…..and YOU are aiding in that effort.

You people are MORONS!  Your kneejerk reactions are playing into the hands of those you are afraid of…..ever thought about thinking your little ideas through before acting?

How Refugees Are Selected, Vetted, and Settled in the United States

Today is the day after too much food and lots of napping……I will be busy with preparing a lesson plan for the class I will teach soon….so sorry but today’s post are ones that I have scheduled to publish……comments will be slow in coming but they will come…..I will return to form on Monday….thanx for your understanding…….

I know you small minded people do not want to hear the facts…..you had rather listen to those micor-brains like King or Cruz or Trump or well you pick a Tea Party douche bag….they all think alike…..H.H.

This is the process that you worry about……The process can take up to three years to complete.

Source: How Refugees Are Selected, Vetted, and Settled in the United States

Sorry, I know that we must have an enemy to divert our attention from the real issues of the nation……instead many hang on to the myths that is being spread like crap on a cracker…..

Source: A Guide To The Right-Wing Media Myths About Syrian Refugees In The Wake Of The Terror Attacks In Paris | Research | Media Matters for America

I know this will most likely fall on deaf ears because NO one among these people will face up to the truth of their misguided beliefs…..

Hopefully you will not have to taste the wrath of this type of bullying…..

Happy Thanksgiving–2015

Today we celebrate Thanksgiving…..a day when we think about all the blessings we have in our lives and in doing so give thanks for those blessings.

This will be my only post today for I will be spending the day with the people I love most…..and yes we will be eating….eating lots…….first, assorted apps like fruit, nuts, cheese and a fine Spanish Rose and then on to the main attraction…..ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, peas, corn and my daughter’s cheese cake…it is to die for……and after all that….a good nap is in order.

Please when you are thank whatever deity you believe in for the pleasures in life like food, family and shelter …..take some time and thank him/her that you are NOT someone that the rest of the world hates because they do not have the pleasures of life that you have…..

Go out and enjoy your time…..and get some fun in also……

I will be back in force tomorrow……

Peace out