Archive for the ‘Linkzookery’ Category
Al-Qaida leader calls for attacks inside US
A friendly reminder that we are, in fact, at war with terrorists.
‘I give you my word I’ll be back’
Extraordinary chivalry of British PoW who returned to German prison after visiting dying mother because of promise he made the Kaiser
U.S. weapons releases in Afghanistan drop dramatically
Lowest monthly total in over a year.
US Navy Renews Call for Missile Sub Funding Plan
The current Ohio-class boomers are set to retire in the late 2020s. Murdoc predicts the replacement will start entering service in the early 2040s.
Navy Confronts Anticipated Submarine Shortfall
Murdoc’s written (and worried) about the looming shortage of attack subs in the past. Things are developing as expected…rather badly.
Wisconsin’s third-largest school district says no thanks to union representation
The result goes to show that when workers have a choice on whether to join a union instead of being forced into one by law, they often choose to vote down the union.
Joe Biden wants Janet Napolitano on SCOTUS
Murdoc checked twice to make sure it wasn’t the Onion.
Rep. Charles Rangel Cites Possible Intervention in Syria as a Justification for his Call for Reinstating the Draft
Sounds like the Onion, but Murdoc didn’t check twice…Rangel always plays this card.
Boeing delivers last C-17 cargo jet to Air Force
There are existing foreign orders so the line will remain operational for now. Murdoc wouldn’t be surprised to see calls for more USAF C-17s in the future.
AF Magazine write-up on the C-17. The fleet averages about 10,000 hours per plane right now, with the oldest close to 20,000. They were designed with a 30,000 hour service life.
GAO Blasts Navy’s Ford-Class Carrier Program
22% cost increase since 2008.
Obama’s Successful Foreign Failure
The president may look incompetent on Syria. But his behavior fits his strategy to weaken America abroad.
Global warming cleverly hides itself with 1 million sq miles more arctic ice
Six years after the BBC reported that global warming would leave the Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013.
Arctic Sea Ice Update: Unlikely To Break Records, But Continuing Downward Trend
Still, this year’s melt rates are in line with the sustained decline of the Arctic ice cover observed by NASA and other satellites over the last several decades.
Illinois Supreme Court: Second Amendment Protects Carrying Outside the Home
Though a lot of knee-jerk legislation has been passed recently, the overall trend is toward more freedom for gun owners.
USS Cole case judge: Spiral-bound notebooks are ’boutique’ items
The spiral binding wire could be used as a weapon.
First Linkzookery in quite some time:
JLTV Prototypes Begin Testing
66 prototypes, 22 each of three contenders, begin two year testing to win contract as Humvee replacement.
Guard leader, lawmakers decry tank disparity
National Guard leader says the Guard should have the same tanks the active Army has.
Can you really be liable for texting a driver?
Murdoc says no.
Workers set to strike fast food restaurants for higher wages
Murdoc’s teenage son is looking for an entry-level part-time job. He’ll take one from these losers if they don’t want it.
US Carrier Theodore Roosevelt Returns To Service
Four-year refit complete.
13000 year old alien satellite orbiting Earth
Murdoc was unaware of the Black Knight satellite story.
New Jersey Gov. Christie refuses to sign weapon ban he called for
Changed mind about ban on .50 caliber rifles.
Because, why not?
The end of the CMP?
At least it will put an end to all of rampant M1 Garand crime.
Been a while since Linkzookery has been spotted. Murdoc’s slowly trying to get things spun up again around these parts.
X-51A Waverider Achieves Hypersonic Goal On Final Flight
Scramjet scrams in excess of Mach 5.
The Dreaded Wyoming GOP Facebook ‘Hatef–k’ Rapist Has Been Apprehended
It’s not going to be too long before no one even notices rape claims anymore, and that will be a terrible thing for the real victims. It will be portrayed as misogynists and a war on women, but it will really be the fault of the leftie feminists. And the media that breathlessly parrots the lies.
Navy unveils squadron of manned, unmanned aircraft
HSL-35 “Magicians” will have 8 manned helicopters and 10 MQ-8B Fire Scouts. It will operate from Littoral Combat Ships.
LCS Crew Discovers Seawater in Freedom’s Lube-Oil
The Future is ….. a Frigate
Murdoc has long wondered where the 21st-century FFG-7s were.
Navy commissioning amphib Anchorage on Saturday
USS Anchorage (LPD 23) is the seventh San Antonio-class ship.
Dick’s sporting goods sales plunge after adopting politically correct anti-gun policy
What a bunch of…punks.
No hijacking by Somali pirates in nearly a year
Attacks still occur, but all have failed since May 12, 2012. It’s amazing what effect shooting back has on criminals.
Iraq to Receive Final Three C-130Js
Will operate a total of six of the J model Hercs.
The U.S. Has Much, Much More Gas and Oil Than We Thought
Remember, 10 years ago anyone who was skeptical about Peak Oil had their head in the sand. It turns out that they did…but they were looking for more oil. And found it.
Local NBC Reporter Hilariously Denies Soviet Flags Present At May Day Rally: ‘What Do They Represent?’
Just pretending? Or down the memory hole?
Air Force Launching Secretive X-37B Space Plane in October, Could Land in Fla.
Unmanned X-37B OTV-3 to fly soon.
Video – Underwater Glock
Boom and splash at the same time, I guess.
China Dismisses Reports About Second Aircraft Carrier
Says that claims they’re building another big deck carrier are false.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G
Murdoc loves his Kindle. I know how a lot of people “just like real books better” but the advantages of the Kindle are well worth it. The free 3G is very nice, too.
George Washington, John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Groups Patrol Western Pacific
Operating together in the Asia-Pacific region.
US to field GPS-guided artillery shells in South Korea
Excalibur 155mm shells to be added to Korean arsenal.
Questions raised over Marine Personnel Carrier’s future
Proposed LAV with propellers will be a tough sell.
The Guns of Russian Special Forces
Pics and more at The Firearm Blog.
A Marine Corps 1st: Women take infantry course
Allowing the women to volunteer for the course is part of an “experiment” to determine how they perform in the rigorous regimen of physical and psychological stress that Marine infantry officer candidates are put through.
Public High School Math Teacher Allegedly Tells Student to Leave Class for Wearing Pro-Romney T-Shirt
The teacher allegedly told the girl to take off the shirt, saying it was like wearing a Ku Klux Klan sheet.
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U.S. Jobless Claims Rise to Highest in Two Months
Maybe Obama’s hoping his incompetent handling of the Middle East situation will divert attention from his incompetent handling of the economy?
Occupy activists plead guilty to conspiracy and weapons of mass destruction charges
Remember, if you have a Gadsden flag bumper sticker you might be a domestic terrorist
This president does not need intel briefers
According to the public schedule of the president, the last time the Obama attended his daily intelligence meeting was Sept. 5 — a week before Islamist radicals stormed our embassy in Cairo and terrorists killed our ambassador to Tripoli.
House approves new Stolen Valor bill
The legislation would apply to specific awards, and would apply to anyone who lies about their receipt of such awards with the intent of obtaining money, property or some other tangible benefit.
US Navy solves X-47B tailhook problem in-house
Drone to begin carrier trials next year.
JSF – What’s Really Happening
As you probably guessed, it ain’t too pretty.
Romney vow to buy more F-22s questioned
Re-starting production would be very expensive.
F-22 Analysis Continues, Air Force General Tells Congress
The oxygen thing is taking forever to get worked out.
‘Deadly Serious’ Navy Wrestles With Mine Warfare Modernization
Mines could easily be to the Navy what IEDs have been to the Army and Marines for the past decade.
U.S. Navy’s Newest Ship Gets 8,000-Mile Shakedown
USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) is the second monohull Freedom-class ship.
Army testing body armor made for women
1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division soldiers in the Female Engagement Team are to be the judges of the new vests now in prototype.
U.S. War Game Finds Gaps in Navy, Marine Amphibious Ops
Especially in command and control.
USS Arizona survivor interred in turret on battleship
Survivors of USS Arizona or USS Utah (both still in the harbor) may have urns with their ashes placed inside the wrecks.
Royal Navy’s HMS Illustrious to be preserved
Looking for proposals to maintain the ship after it retires in 2014.
The Forgotten Fifteenth
15th Air Force often unknown despite their struggles and victories.
Mobile landing platform ship almost complete
USNS Montford Point (T-MLP-1) will be the first of the forward basing ships to join the fleet.
‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial’ Back in Theaters October 3rd
Original cut. Guns not walkie-talkies.
UK puts Goalkeeper CIWS mountings up for sale
30mm point blank naval defense guns.
BATTLESHIP 3D: Sonar recreates sunken warship
Detailed 3D scan of the Royal Oak.
Virginia Man Sentenced for Spying for Syrian Government
Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid was accused of collecting information, audio and video of individuals protesting the Syrian government in the U.S. and Syria and giving it to Syrian intelligence agencies.
Alec Baldwin’s fracking hyprocrisy
Oh, come on. No one gives a frack what Alec Baldwin thinks about anything.
Young Skeptics? Generation X unconcerned about climate change
University of Michigan report finds that Generation X is lukewarm about climate change—uninformed about the causes and unconcerned about the potential dangers.
Gender-neutral Ford layout nixes urinals
That’s not really “gender-neutral.” Murdoc hopes they’ve put as much thought into the combat capabilities of the ship as they’re putting into the politically-correct capabilities. This story suddenly makes him skeptical.
MoD confirms Olympic missile plans
Rapier and Starstreak surface-to-air missiles are to be deployed at sites around London in order to defend the Olympic Games.
U.S. considering whether to extend stay of aircraft carriers in waters around Iran
Might keep a second flat top on station over there through at least the end of the year.
Beacon improves UAV’s cargo-delivery accuracy
Making the K-MAX even maxier.
US Navy’s Super Hornet AESA radar retrofit enables legacy upgrade
As F/A-18E and F Super Hornets upgrade to the AN/APG-79 AESA radar, the APG-73s will go to F/A-18A, B, and C models with older APG-65 sets.
Alenia unveils Spartan gunship AF won’t receive
Would have been a 30mm GAU-23 in an MC-27J. The C-27 program is still cancelled.
Harper moves for presence in Strait of Hormuz with HMCS Regina deployment
HMCS Regina sailed Tuesday from British Columbia to replace HMCS Charlottetown in the Arabian Gulf.
100-year-old Battleship Texas closes indefinitely after several leaks flood bottom levels
The old girl is really struggling. Murdoc hopes they can get things straightened out.
Rail Master Tactical Light
New rail-mounted pistol light from Crimson Trace.
Most MPs back ditching the JSF fighter jet, despite the cost
Dutch government is getting tired of cost increases and delays in the F-35 program.
Target areas announced for SEAL diversity
In the list of the top 100 most important things for the SEALs to do, Murdoc would think “improve diversity” would rank about 973rd.
Vet convicted under Stolen Valor Act doesn’t want his record cleared
The only person convicted under the law which was recently ruled unconstitutional says he got what he deserved.
Secretary Gates’s STFU Policy
It’s like he thinks the politicians shouldn’t be releasing secret military data to the public during a war.
You’re Not Special
Once high school is over, education begins. Some people delay that by attending college, but, at some point, learning must commence.
Chicago PD Sued for Deleting Footage, Strip Searching Citizens Over Cop Car Crash
It’s almost like the cops wanted to suppress the video of another cop driving the wrong way on a one-way and hitting a motorcycle head-on.
C-189 Submarine Museum, St. Petersberg
Great photos of a Rooskie Whiskey.
Marine unit abandons ‘Crusaders’ nickname
Military Religious Freedom Foundation objected to the name, fearing that it was offensive to those the Marines were bombing the shit out of.
Stolen Valor on America’s Got Talent: Tim Poe Exposed by This Ain’t Hell
Tim Poe pretended to be a wounded vet who saved his buddies by diving onto a grenade. Tim Poe lied. Tim Poe is a loser.
China Calls U.S. Shift to Pacific ‘Untimely’
US Navy will have 60/40 split between Pacific and Atlantic by 2020.
Suicides are surging among US troops
Army data suggest soldiers with multiple combat tours are at greater risk of committing suicide, although a substantial proportion of Army suicides are committed by soldiers who never deployed.
Japanese Warships Move Closer To North Korea
Aegis anti-missile destroyers.
Australia’s secret plan for war with China uncovered
2009 defense white paper detailed possible war with China.
Lockheed delivers LCS 3 to Navy ahead of schedule
USS Fort Worth, monohull design.
Lockheed touts Army K-MAX demonstration
Supply drone has worked well for Marines in Afghanistan so far.
ORP Błyskawica, Polish Grom-class destroyer
Fought on after the conquest of her homeland.
Islamic Militants Bloody US Forces In Big Army Wargame
Shockingly, logistics is an Achilles heel of extended operations, even in a low-tech environment. Who would have guessed?
Younger voter unemployment at 12.1%, threatens Obama
When those who have given up looking for work are counted, it’s 16.9%. This is a key component of why the OWS types are so important to the libs…they need to deflect the blame or lose a lot of their socialist wannabe voters.
A Due Process Right to Record the Police
If we make sure that government isn’t allowed to curtail our rights here, we’ll win a huge victory for our kids and grandkids.
Russian Ballistic Missiles to Cover Tracks
Mobile transporter erector launchers will hide evidence of their movement.
Twilight of the West
Murdoc’s no pessimist, but so often it feels like we’re fighting the long defeat. But that’s worse than not fighting.
Israel Arming German-Supplied Subs With Nukes: Report
Der Spiegel reports that Israel is putting nuclear-tipped cruise missiles aboard its Dolphin-class boats.
Congresswoman tours fire-damaged sub in Maine
Decommissioned USS Memphis could provide parts for fire-damaged USS Miami. Big question is hull integrity. Maybe put Memphis back into service and retire Miami?
DARPA Device Lauded by U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan
TransApps device is programmed with apps for tracking the user’s movements, taking pictures, displaying maps and relaying position information to other soldiers carrying the same devices. Not currently compatible with FBCB2 or BFT.
DoD eyes expanded military ties to Vietnam
US Navy would like access to Cam Ranh Bay port.
Michigan Teacher Pension Underfunding Hits $22B
It’s almost like the existing model is unsustainable.
Spy Docs: The Difference Between the A-12 and the SR-71
Declassified documents from 1967 compare the two jets performance side by side.
On wrong side of issues, Obama avoids Wisc.
The President was all for the public sector union idiots when it was cool. Now that their big recall look like it’s about to implode he’s nowhere to be seen.
Pakistan Conducts 4th Missile Test in a Month
Nuclear-capable Hatf VIII cruise missile.
AH-1Z Viper exceeds expectations on first deployment
Four-bladed ‘Zulu’ Cobra attack helicopters performing very well aboard USS Makin Island.
Nuclear Sub May Have to Be Scrapped After Fire
The accident aboard USS Miami (SSN-755) while in drydock for refit was worse than I had understood.
Boeing Super Hornet faces emerging anti-access challenges
There are a lot of reasons why the US Navy is in trouble. Total dependence upon the F-18 for air operations is one of the bigger ones.
After 15 Months in Orbit, Secret Space Plane Finally Returning to Earth
X-37B OTV-2 will return within the next couple of weeks. It was launched March 5th, 2011.
Marine UAV May Stay in the War Zone
K-MAX cargo hauler is getting the job done.
US forces go to “war” with the Thai and Singaporean Air Forces in an ever more important large-force exercise.
Guard official: Breastfeeding airmen violated policy on uniforms
Two Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., airmen who donned their uniforms for a photo session in support of Breastfeeding Awareness Month violated a policy that forbids military members from using the uniform to further a cause.
Green Lantern comes out as gay in DC Comics’ ‘Earth Two’
Alan Scott, a character invented in 1940, suddenly revealed to have been homosexual all this time.
Keeping frigates running no easy feat for crews
FFG-7s are nearing the end of their lives. With no replacement in sight.
GO*VETS Foundation to Train 1,000 Veterans
Dedicated to providing veterans with the skills needed to become successful business owners and leaders.
Warning: You are welcome, but your Kindle is not
Let’s laugh at the Luddites.
The 226th installment of the world-famous Friday Linkzookery.
Industry view: Why the Navy needs a ‘Patrol Frigate’
Argues that the National Security Cutters could be turned into a new class of Navy ships. Murdoc thinks we’d be better off with updated FFG-7s with VLS (similar to Australia’s upgraded Adelaides). Instead we’re getting the LCS. Lucky us.
Navy Strains To Handle Both China And Iran At Once
Quick, retire more carriers and buy more LCS pleasure boats.
One LCS Class for the Gulf, one LCS Class for the Pacific
Trimaran LCS-2 for the Pacific and monohull LCS-1 for the Persian Gulf?
Archangel: CIA’s Supersonic A-12 Reconnaissance Aircraft
Lots of info about the precursor to the SR-71 (and the YF-12).
Maersk vessel fights off pirates in Gulf of Oman
Private armed security guards win again.
Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia for 12 EA-18G Modification Kits [PDF]
To convert existing aircraft into Growler electronic warfare planes. Good move as the Aussies picked up some extra Super Hornets due to F-35 delays.
Two new ARs for our oppressed countrymen.
CSAF presents rescue pilots multiple medals in ceremony
Two men each received 2 Distinguished Flying Cross medals with valor for HH-60G operations in 2009.
Iran to Unveil Home-Made Cobra Chopper
Claims that it “enjoys some capabilities which make it preferable to Apache.”
Navy places order for new class of patrol boats
85-foot-long Mark VI will replace Mark IV, Sea Ark, and Littoral Combat Ships.
6th grader’s USMC shirt too much for school
“My father made a joke that the woman who told him to turn the shirt inside-out must have been in the Navy.” Ooh-rah!
The Yak Can’t Take It
Yak-130 is not tough enough for conversion into Yak-131 light attack plane. The Rooskies will refurbish some Su-25s instead.
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Why the Left Dropped the Trayvon Story
Murdoc thinks it’s mostly because virtually everything the Left said about the case has turned out to be completely false. We’re finally seeing what was FACT all along but never told to anyone.
Is A Race War Being Censored To Avoid White Backlash?
Trying to keep the lid on is understandable. But a lot of pressure can build up under that lid. If and when that pressure leads to an explosion of white backlash, things could be a lot worse than if the truth had come out earlier, and steps taken by both black and white leaders to deal with the hoodlums and with those who inflame the hoodlums.
Franciscan University drops student health coverage due to Obamacare
It’s almost like the people who said this would never happen were lying.
53,000 Dead Voters Found in Florida
Well, it’s not like anyone would try to unfairly use this problem.
Obama Budget: 99 Senators Against, 0 For
It earlier failed in the House 414-0.
Army reviews whether women can go to Ranger school
Murdoc wants to like these developments. But he is skeptical that it will end well.
House panel raises doubts over manning LCSs
Questioning the new plan to put ensigns and first-term sailors aboard LCSs after previously planning not to because of the limited crew size and lack of opportunities for training.
Italian AF, Navy Head for F-35B Showdown
The cut from 131 to 90 Lightning IIs means at least one of the services won’t have all the STOVLs it needs. Pooling B-model aircraft between AF and Navy is an option being discussed.
France: U.K. F-35 Pick Could Reduce Naval Cooperation
The lack of conventional capability aboard the Brit carriers isn’t sitting well with the French navy.
Spanish aircraft carrier’s end could be near
Spain considering mothballing Principe de Asturias and six frigates due to budget crunch.
UK ‘must operate second carrier’
American think tank says the second Queen Elizabeth-class ship is vital to NATO naval capability.
SCAR Side Rail
Metal replacement with a sling socket.
Hard to call that one a bad shoot. Easy to call it having dumb friends.
Kids, don’t try this at home.
Delays and challenges for Indo-Russian fighter
Joint fifth-gen fighter has been delayed from 2017 to 2019.
US Navy ships collide in the Pacific
USS Essex and the oil tanker USNS Yukon during refueling. No injuries.
Walker points to new survey showing net gain of 33K jobs in first year
It’s almost like he’s not single-handedly destroying Wisconsin like we were told he would.
Report casts doubt on E15 use in cars & trucks
Ethanol supports claim the study is groundless.
The Death of the Hockey Stick?
The graph of global temperature over the past centuries that ostensibly shows a dramatic increase in average temperature in the last century or so is getting shakier and shakier.
Guard tests pod on F-15C for tracking ability
Looking at Sniper pod to increase the air-to-air tracking capabilities of Homeland Defense missions.