Friday Linkzookery – 08 Dec 2006

A Voice From The Sea
Sailor’s message in a bottle surfaces after more than 50 years

Crews Test Latest Stryker Vehicle
More on the Mobile Gun System. Canister rounds included.

Pearl Harbor links:

A Day of Infamy, Two Years of Hard Work
Amazing piece with PDFs of documents on the salvage and reconstruction of the Pearl Harbor battleships. Bookmark it.

Five Years On, Unanswered Questions About December Seventh Remain
“Shinto is a deeply spiritual religion, derived from Buddhism, worshiping nature. A Shintoist would never have desecrated Pearl Harbor with all of that leaking and burning diesel fuel and oil. It is fundamentally a religion of peace.”

Pearl Harbor visitors site sinking fast
Plans moving ahead for new museum, center

Software used to study Pearl Harbor battleship wreckage

Officials want to track USS Arizona’s deterioration to prevent future oil spills

Stanton resident witnessed Pearl Harbor attack firsthand
Michigan resident was there for the Nevada’s heroic run that wasn’t to be.

A long-overdue memorial for battleship USS Oklahoma
The Nevada’s fallen sister is finally getting a fitting memorial.

Carnival of Cordite
Gun links. Lots of gun links.

Houston suburb in dispute over mosque plan: Neighbor threatens to hold pig races
Must be Texas.

Battleship Texas overhaul suffers substantial setback
Also in Texas.

Air Force wants to buy 20 more F-22 Raptors
The haggling over the number of Raptors will continue until the dust in Iraq settles a bit and budgets can be straightened out. (Well, relatively speaking, of course…)

The Ultimate Rejection Letter
“After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me an assistant professor position in your department.”

Two species cooperate to hunt
It’s the first known instance of cooperative hunting between species seen outside humans

Peanuts meets Marvel
The one of Charlie Brown hanging from the tree is particularly snort-worthy.

Fort Lewis personnel to go on practice raids
“20 to 25 Stryker vehicles and crews are slated to “raid” the Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy in North Bend”

Northrop Grumman Awarded $860.6 Million Contract Modification for CVN 21 Aircraft Carrier Program
The final design is more than 50% complete.

Antisubmarine Viking to join Yorktown air fleet
I have this nagging fear that we’re going to wish more S-3 Viking anti-sub planes were joining the active fleet rather than the museum fleet.

What Went Wrong
A sober look at Iraq by Michael Rubin.

Mobile may get tanker boost
Air Force drops trade issue from contest to build fleet of refueling planes, a decision welcomed by Northrop and EADS

McCain’s appeal viewed as positive for Northrop/EADS tanker team
McCain’s efforts here seem to have passed from “looking out for America’s best interest” to either an anti-Boeing vendetta or a pro-Northrop/EADS campaign.

Fundraising Goal Reached For Moving Jet To Willmar
F-14 Tomcats are showing up at museums all over the place.

New Year’s Eve Party on the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet
Call the ball.

Navy rejects San Francisco for warship commissioning ceremony
San Fransisco will get over it. Or maybe not. Who cares?

ABC News’ Nightline report on the murder of John Lennon
Coverage from 12/9/80. I sure don’t agree with his political views, but I’ve been a Beatles fan for as long as I can remember. Correspondent Geraldo Rivera contributed to the report in an astoundingly lackluster way. It was Day #400 for the US hostages in Iran.

Separated at Birth? Acura Advanced Sedan Concept & the Littoral Combat Ship

Heh. That’s funny. I drove a ’73 Monte Carlo when in high school, and I called it “the aircraft carrier”…I was a strange child.

General Dynamics Awarded $208 Million for Second Trimaran Littoral Combat Ship
It will be LCS 4…to be named later.

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  1. What went wrong? We fight like pussies! That’s what went wrong. Our high tech, low quantity approach to weapons buying is what went wrong. We need more troops, more cargo hauling capability, and more ways to get more ordinance on target. We need tonnage, we get the sexually dysfunctional bomb. We wring our hands over collateral damage instead of understanding that carpet bombing is our friend. We fought this war like we buy weapons. We know what works and we ignored it. Instead of fighting like we did in WW2, we fight like we were going back to Vietnam. We waste money on faster command and control connections instead of spending it developing leadership and autonomy at the lowest level. We do this because it worked out so damn well for the Soviet Union, no doubt. We used to be the blue force, now we’re the red team. If we had any stones at all, we’d reinitiate the draft, start building bombers and light tanks by the tens of thousands, and take out 30 years of being pissed off on those slithering maggots in Iran. We should go in there and wipe that hell hole off the face of the Earth. Iraq and Afghanistan would take care of themselves.

  2. Dfens, do you know any Iranians? For the most part, they’re very nice people, actually. Their leaders may be whacked out megalomaniacs who are responsible for a great deal of violence and misery, but the oppressed don’t really deserve to be carpet bombed for it. It’s not like Germany or Japan where the population were fully behind the war effort and actively supported it. Of course maybe one day it will come to this, and they will suffer, but I hope not and I won’t advocate it. Yes, I think Iran should be struck, and struck hard, but in such a way as to devastate the regime, but not the ordinary people. Take out all the nuclear plants, weapons plants, military targets and leadership. But leave the rest of the people alone. Most of them would be our friends, given the chance. Grr, why couldn’t Carter have done something about this in the 70s so we didn’t have to deal with something much worse now?

  3. P.S. I think the west, and especially the USA, can bring plenty of firepower to bear in order to force an enemy to capitulate, without having to resort to carpet bombing. The problem is we’re too nice. Hell, we can’t even let Israel defend herself. What a bunch of short-sighted jerks we are, collectively speaking. For example, what if every location that Hizb’allah used for any military purpose whatsoever were totally destroyed? I’m not saying raze Lebanon to the ground; I’m saying destroy everything in a 100m radius from any kind of enemy military activity whatsoever. That might make them rethink their ‘hiding rocket launchers next to apartment complexes’ tactic. Place the blame squarely on the idiots who think that’s a reasonable way to fight. That’s where it belongs.

  4. Yes, I know Iranians and I am German. You’re saying the Germans deserved what they got but the Iranians don’t? How F’ed up is that?

  5. No, I’m more pointing out that bombing German (and Japanese) cities was seen as necessary, in fact the only way the war was going to be over any time soon. Granted if Iran were eradicated, a lot of problems would go away, but I don’t think at this point that’s necessary. I’m half-German too so I don’t exactly bear any kind of a grudge. Although I do hate Nazis. Some of my relatives were Jewish and didn’t survive.

  6. I guess what I’m saying is that we should be prepared to go as far as necessary to defend our countries and culture, but that we don’t have to from 0 to total destruction in the blink of an eye. We can use our judgment to react to each threat in an appropriate manner. One day that might mean carpet bombing but I don’t think it does yet. I certainly agree weren’t not going far enough right now, but I don’t think that calls for an over-reaction.

  7. Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. Men, all this stuff you’ve heard about America not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Americans traditionally love to fight. All real Americans, love the sting of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, the big league ball players, the toughest boxers … Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in Hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. Because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans. Now, an army is a team. It lives, eats, sleeps, fights as a team. This individuality stuff is a bunch of crap. The Bilious bastards who wrote that stuff about individuality for the Saturday Evening Post, don’t know anything more about real battle than they do about fornicating. Now we have the finest food and equipment, the best spirit, and the best men in the world. You know … My God, I actually pity those poor bastards we’re going up against. My God, I do. We’re not just going to shoot the bastards, we’re going to cut out their living guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. We’re going to murder those lousy Hun bastards by the bushel. Now some of you boys, I know, are wondering whether or not you’ll chicken out under fire. Don’t worry about it. I can assure you that you’ll all do your duty. The Nazis are the enemy. Wade into them. Spill their blood, shoot them in the belly. When you put your hand into a bunch of goo, that a moment before was your best friends face, you’ll know what to do. Now there’s another thing I want you to remember. I don’t want to get any messages saying that we are holding our position. We’re not holding anything, we’ll let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly, and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy. We’re going to hold onto him by the nose, and we’re going to kick him in the ass. We’re going to kick the hell out of him all the time, and we’re going to go through him like crap through a goose. Now, there’s one thing that you men will be able to say when you get back home, and you may thank God for it. Thirty years from now when you’re sitting around your fireside with your grandson on your knee, and he asks you, What did you do in the great World War Two? You won’t have to say, Well, I shoveled shit in Louisiana. Alright now, you sons of bitches, you know how I feel. I will be proud to lead you wonderful guys into battle anytime, anywhere. That’s all. General George S. Patton, Jr. If we had even one general with the balls of this man, we would never lose another war.