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USAF Re-Opens Light Attack Contest
We can’t even get a contract for 20 single-seat turboprops done in a timely manner.
Military class suspended for its view on Islam
It taught that Islam is more of an ideology than a religion and often prone to violence. Shut down because it was counter to American “appreciation for religious freedom and cultural awareness.”
Attackers in Afghan police uniforms kill 5
Suicide attackers wearing police uniforms killed five people when they were caught trying to sneak through a checkpoint Thursday in eastern Afghanistan.
Attacker in Afghan uniform kills NATO soldier
20 attacks by Afghan-uniformed men have killed killed 13 NATO troops so far this year.
There Is No “Kinder, Gentler” Taliban
They blow up civilians on purpose because they said God told them to.
Cops pull guy over for speeding, search his car, and confiscate $22,000 in cash because driver “couldn’t prove it was legitimate.”
V Corps cases colors — perhaps for last time — in Germany
V Corps, once the guardian of the Fulda Gap, will be inactivated after a deployment to Afghanistan.
The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas
By Jonah Goldberg. I wish the Kindle edition was not $15, though.
Shotgun 4-Round Burst
Video of full auto SRM shotgun.
Obama threatens to veto DOJ budget because it blocks Fast and Furious gun control law
It’s almost like Obama is trying to use his DOJ’s intentional gun running to exert additional gun control on US citizens.
ObamaCare’s Muslim Exemption
Muslims may claim a religious exemption that is denied Christians and Jews.
U.S. Marines Extend Afghan Deployment of Cargo UAV
K-MAX operational evaluation extended until the end of September. Good.
DoD Officials Urge U.S. to Join Sea Treaty
Pro-LOST. Apparently because the UN has solved so many problems.
Navy ferry to be named after Guam
Meanwhile, aircraft carriers will be named after politicians from whichever party is in power at the time.
Ship named for living Korean War hero and Navy pilot
DDG 116 will be the USS Thomas Hudner. Meanwhile, aircraft carriers will be named after politicians from whichever party is in power at the time.
Boeing Complete 1st Flight of QF-16
Will replace QF-4 aerial targets.
Do Barbers Really Need a License?
Cosmetologists in many states face substantially heavier training requirements than do emergency medical technicians.
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Women in combat: Army to open 14K jobs, 6 MOSs
Not “front line combat” positions, but closer to the action. The plan is to hold them to the exact same standards as men.
Another Domino Falls in Dem War on Blue
Providence, RI, planning huge cuts for city pensioners. It’s almost like the system isn’t working as advertised.
Wisconsin Recall Amnesia: Why aren’t Democrats running against Scott Walker’s union reforms?
It’s almost like the doomsday the Dems predicted aren’t coming to pass.
CNO: Stressed fleet can’t sustain op tempo
At least they’re cutting the size of the fleet. That ought to help things.
The Navy’s new sub comes in a year early. How?
USS Mississippi (SSN 782) delivered 363 days ahead of schedule.
Indian airforce loses half its planes
India’s Russian MiG fighter jets have been branded ‘flying coffins’ after the government revealed more than half of its 872-strong fleet had crashed since the mid-1960s.
Australia Delays F-35 Order by 2 Years
Another setback for the JSF.
Dam has hosted Soviets, Brits and U.S. Marines
Kajaki Dam has seen it all. It will doubtlessly see more.
Harriers almost came back for Libya
Seems like that would have been a lot of work.
Wind Farms Warming Texas
Warming the surface underneath them at night?
Third Employee Fired After Another Edited George Zimmerman 911 Tape Surfaces
Lilia Luciano, a Miami-based correspondent, “is no longer working for the network,” TVNewser reports.
Darrell Issa Threatens to Find Eric Holder in Contempt Over ‘Fast and Furious’
It’s almost like they’re trying to hide something.
Six Theories on the Loss of the Titanic
Besides the “iceberg theory.”
How the RAF drew up plans to attack Argentina over the Falklands in 1982
Vulcan crews trained to attack mainland Argentina to flatten its airfields in retaliation for any attempt to retake the Falklands.
CG monitors Japanese ship adrift near Alaska
Derelict fishing vessel Ryou-Un Maru has been adrift since the tsunami.
Kelly McParland: Canada has oil, the U.S. needs oil. You’d think it would be easy from there.
You’d think, but you’d have to be serious about really working the energy issue. It’s more about posturing, you know.
Air Force May Reopen Light Attack Contest
The contract battle is never over.
Fleet of Stryker vehicles marks new chapter at Fort Hood
3rd Cav gets wheels.
A-7 pics and stories from Instapinch.
The Insidious Nature of Student Loan Debt
In many (most?) cases, Murdoc thinks college these days is a scam as much as anything.
Canada Gets Rid Of Pennies
With video. Murdoc thinks ditching pennies and nickels would be a good move.
GAO calls tanker testing pace too aggressive
It’s like there’s any hurry. New tankers are ten years overdue. What’s another ten years?
USAF promotes 767-2C as civil freighter
FedEx 767-300F freighters will help mature the KC-46 production line.
Health department raids community picnic and destroys all food with bleach
Why on earth would people think they get to choose what they eat? Haven’t they been paying attention?
PETA kills more than 95 percent of pets in its care
$37 million annual budget but could only find homes for 24 cats and dogs. Killed 1,911.
Wyoming First, Pennsylvania Worst In Business Taxes
Shocking: IBD found that states imposing the lowest tax rates on both new and existing businesses produced more jobs during the economic recovery than those states with the highest tax burdens.
FAA Reconsiders Ban on Gadgets During Takeoff, Landing
Honest question: Is there ANY evidence that electronic gadgets might cause interference?
Olbermann Canned, Again
It’s almost like he’s an idiot, or something.
Man in Afghan army uniform kills 2 U.S. troops
Mohammad Hassan, an official in Nangarhar province where the shooting took place, said the two Americans were shot by an Afghan soldier after soldiers fired in the air to disperse protesters outside a U.S. base in the Khogyani district.
U.S. Army Plans Post-War Management of Stryker Fleet
Trying to decide about how to implement the double-V hull versions into the fleet and what to do about the MGS.
Senate Passes Payroll Tax Extension, Gas Price Increase Has Already Offset Benefits
Tax cuts do NOT “add to the deficit.” You can only add to the deficit by spending.
Radical Animal Rights Activist Arrested for Soliciting Undercover Hitman ‘Willing to Kill Someone Wearing Fur’
Meredith Lowell “offered him $730 in jewelry or cash for the killing of a victim of at least 12 years but “preferably 14 years old or older” outside a library near a playground in her hometown.”
Lockheed readies aggressive F-35 test schedule
Trying to hang on.
KC-130J Harvest HAWK gets pressurized launcher
Crews no longer have to depressurize the aircraft and lower the cargo ramp to fire Griffin missiles as a new pressurized, standoff precision precision-guided munitions launcher has been installed.
Stamp price hike part of Postal Service plan to cut losses
Murdoc yawns about the move to 50 cent postal rates…it will get them to go under just that much quicker.
Lugar: Earmarks a “Bogus Issue”
Congressman says congressional earmarks are not a problem. Go figure.
5 Biggest Whoppers In Obama’s Energy Speech
What he delivered was a grab bag of excuses and outright falsehoods.
Obama’s Double Talk on Sky-High Gas Prices
When gas prices hit $4 a gallon in 2008, candidate Barack Obama said it was due to previous failed energy policies. Now that prices are heading still higher, President Obama calls it progress.
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Disaster at Sea: The Story of the USS Truxton and USS Pollux
18 Feb 1942. Check out the photo gallery.
Italy scales back its F-35 order
Will buy 90 instead of 131.
First Re-Winged A-10 Delivered
233 wing sets to be delivered through 2018.
Spangdahlem A-10 squadron to shut down
A-10 squadron in Germany victim of budget cuts.
US intelligence officials offer grim words on Afghanistan
Operational commanders don’t agree.
Lockheed Unveils F-16 Viper Variant
F-16V includes AESA radar and other improvements.
USAF cancels AMRAAM replacement
Pulled the plug on the Next Generation Missile for budgetary reasons. No AMRAAM or HARM replacement is in sight.
Russia, Vietnam to Jointly Manufacture Anti-Ship Missiles
Navy announces destroyers to be based in Spain
USS Ross, USS Donald Cook, USS Porter and USS Carney will be forward-deployed to Rota in 2014 and 2015.
Navy plan to move carrier from Va. to Fla. on hold
No money in the budget.
‘If lost, the Falklands would be extremely difficult to re-take’
Andy Smith, CEO of the United Kingdom National Defence Association (UKNDA), argues that current UK force levels on the Falkland Islands are inadequate to defend against a determined invasion
LCS Diplomacy: A New, Old Option When Facing China
New Asiatic Fleet of Littoral Combat Ships?
A red flag for the ‘great green fleet’
It costs a lot to save money.
State Agent Tells Preschooler She Can’t Eat Home-packed Lunch
Because it didn’t meet USDA guidelines. Gave her chicken nuggets (?!?) instead of a turkey an cheese sandwich. The taxpayers of America are funding this stupidity.
Low-cost rail-launched ballistic missile target.
Detroit: The Triumph of Progressive Public Policy
In 1950, Detroit was the wealthiest city in America on a per capita income basis. Today, the Census Bureau reports that it is the nation’s 2nd poorest major city, just “edging out” Cleveland.
The Veil War
The Great American Goblin Invasion Novel.
It’s takers versus makers and these days the takers are winning
“After a while, people who pay their bills on time start to feel like suckers.”
P-8A makes debut in Bold Alligator exercise
Currently being tested.
Marine scout snipers used Nazi SS logo
This is utterly ridiculous. They’re saying that maybe the Marines didn’t realize it was an SS logo, but it apparently went on for several years.
The Navy faces reality
Everyone has always known the 313 ship goal was a joke. They’re just into the “start publicly admitting it to set up the next stage” phase.
The Himalayas and nearby peaks have lost no ice in past 10 years, study shows
Scientists thought that the area had lost 400,000,000,000 tons of water from 2003-2010. The actual loss looks like it was about 0.
Love the Constitution? Hate government regulations? New DHS “lexicon” brands you a “militia extremist.”
A recently published “lexicon” distributed to thousands of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) targets citizens concerned about their Second Amendment rights and the steady encroachment of the federal government, categorizing such as “militia extremists.”
Mileage Moment of Truth: We Put 40 Mpg Claims to the Test
Popular Mechanics looks at the numbers on some 40 MPG cars.
The Last Raptor
Will be delivered in May.
Aussies’ modest proposal: Sell us F-22s, mate
Not overly thrilled with the F-35, mate?
Supreme Court should limit Congress’ copyright power
Well, ALL of Congress’ power. But copyright power is a good one to curtail.
Ford pulls out of JLTV competition
Ford’s interest in the contract has defense analysts fascinated at what their manufacturing muscle could bring to the Army tactical wheeled strategy even if it means the car and truck company doesn’t compete to build the JLTV.
10 years in prison for Sudafed?
Seems crazy, but aren’t we all glad that the restrictions have put an end to the availability of meth?
Teacher pleads guilty to raping student
Life in Prison! Execution! Oh, wait, it’s a woman. Probation should do it. No sex offender list necessary.
Nuclear Reactor Approved in U.S. for First Time Since 1978
Appears that we’ll have fewer nuclear reactors (due to retirements) before we have more.
North Dakota produced 534884 barrels of oil per day in December 2011
Not a lot, big picture wise, but definitely good.
Frankfurt airport shooter gets life in prison
He decided to kill US troops after he saw a video of Americans raping a teenage Muslim girl…turns out the video was from Brian DePalma’s anti-war movie “Redacted.”
Iran’s captured RQ-170: How bad is the damage?
Surprising that it’s in such good shape. Would have thought it would have a smithereens setting.
High-Rez Photos Fuel Debate Over Captured Stealth Drone
I keep hoping we’re playing them. We’ll see.
4,000 British Troops May Leave Afghanistan Early
All are scheduled to be out by the end of 2014.
Faster, Furiouser, and Fucked Uperer: Holder in the hot seat
Links links links.
Lessons From Libya
‘Forward basing is key, but the NATO allies are still too reliant on American airpower.‘ Gee, ya think?
Harriers Now Armed With AMRAAMs
This marks the first time that USMC Harriers have carried AMRAAMs on an operational deployment.
Lockheed unveils new, cheaper variant of C-130
The C-130XJ will be offered to foreign and US customers that do not need certain advanced features of the standard J-model, including its enhanced cargo handling system.
Wisconsin Castle Doctrine
Another big step forward for the Badger State.
India and Pakistan: Water War May Go Nuclear?
Always on the brink.
China Hits It Big With Shale Gas
Glenn Reynolds notes that he doubts they’ll let the Greens block development.
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Running a bit late today, but here’s the Linkzookery:
GE stops funding for F-35 alternative engine
GE and Rolls-Royce had been privately funding the F136, but they’re pulling the plug. Murdoc dislikes.
Report blames lapses on Stryker commander
532-page report finds colonel ignored doctrine, proper procedure in leading undisciplined 5th SBCT, 2nd ID.
Boeing may exceed aerial tanker cost ceiling by $500 Million
Shocker. Boeing is supposed to absorb any cost overrun. We’ll see.
Obama: My kids will succeed, even if USA doesn’t
Whew. USA was really frikkin worried about that.
New attack submarine to be christened Saturday
USS Mississippi (SSN 782).
S&W Pulls Out of the Carbine Competition
A number of biggies still in the running.
Royal Navy will be ‘too small for two carriers’
The UK will “certainly” not be able to operate both Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers in 2020 if the Royal Navy is reduced to 29,000 personnel in line with current planning
IDF upgrades Patriot missile defense battery
Upgrading to PAC-3 while they continue to develop their own David’s Sling system.
New helo squadron will fly Fire Scouts, too
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35 will be the first to support littoral combat ships and other Pacific Fleet ships with both the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and the MQ-8B Fire Scout.
Senator tries to take museum’s F-105
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. has introduced an amendment ordering an Arizona museum to give up an F-105 “loaned” to it by the Air Force in 1984.
US boots on the ground and laying in the dirt.
On Balance, a Republican Election Cycle
The last time the GOP had this much legislative power in state capitals, most motion pictures were still being produced without sound.
If you have ever wondered what would happen in a society consisting entirely of liberals, the Occupier movement is providing the answer: devolution.
Libya Ops Show Need For Lower-Cost Strike
Wow. No one’s ever noticed that before.
Soldier gets life sentence in Afghan killings
Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, of Billings, Mont., was accused of exhorting his bored underlings to slaughter three Afghan civilians for sport.
.300 Whisper M&P15
Panetta: Iran strike may have unintended effect
Asked what will happen if sanctions don’t work, Panetta said, “I think our hope is that we don’t reach that point…”
Calif. rail project to cost $98B
Was approved in 2008 at a cost of $43 billion. Won’t be done until at least 2033. Cost has already gone up to $98 billion.
Michael Moore’s Massive Michigan Vacation Mansion Beyond 99 Percent’s Wildest Dreams
Tries to pretend to be a 99%er, but is still just a liar like usual.
U.S. Navy Ship Set for Alt Fuel Demo
Former USS Foster (DDG 964), last of the Spruance-class tin cans and now a test bed, will run on a 50-50 blend of hydro-processed algal oil and F-76 petroleum.
Army destroys Nazi stockpile of nerve agent
I wonder what the frikkin rush was. Take your time, guys.
US Marshals turned loose to collect $63,720.80 from Righthaven
Copyright trolls about to lose the contents of their drawers. Crying my eyes out over this one, for sure.
Are Pennsylvania hunters upset about the boom in natural gas drilling in the state?
Katharine Seelye deploys some purple prose to help NYT readers think that they are.
SEIU siphons ‘dues’ from Mich. Medicaid payments
The state government provides the family with insurance through Medicaid, but also treats them as caregivers. For the SEIU, this makes them public employees and thus members of the union, which receives $30 out of the family’s monthly Medicaid subsidy.
Remember the “borderless” Internet? It’s officially dead
Balancing chaos and order has always been a challenge; you want to curtail botnets and spam and phishing and other Internet ills without destroying the productive chaos that allowed a million websites and online businesses to launch without permission from any gatekeeper.
Photo of the Day: Artillery support in Vietnam, 1971
American artillerymen open fire in support of South Vietnamese infantrymen driving into Laos.
USS Iowa Begins Trek to Richmond for Transformation
To become a museum ship in San Pedro, CA.
Rick Perry’s Flat Tax Plan
Murdoc could buy into this. But Murdoc thinks there should be NO deductions whatsoever for anything. A decent-sized personal exemption. Period. And making it optional doesn’t do anything to eliminate the crap it’s supposed to eliminate.
Libyan Revolution by the Numbers
Before the war Libya produced 1.6 million barrels of oil per day (bpd). This level isn’t expected to be reached again before 2013 as it had fallen down to 60,000 bpd during the revolution.
Gov’t Regulations at Top of Small-Business Owners’ Problem List
Bigger problem than poor consumer confidence or lack of consumer demand.
Alberta’s Oil Sands Heat Up
The oil sands will generate over 1.5 million barrels of oil per day this year
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