Friday the 13th Linkzookery – 13 Jul 2012

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.

King Air 350 Grows Into ISR Mission
MO has been following the King Air-based MC-12W Liberty for a few years. I’m not surprised it continues to be in demand. Background here.

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.

Friday Linkzookery – 09 Jun 2012

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.

U.S. ‘Extraordinarily Dissatisfied’ with Pakistan on Afghan War
Shocking.

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?

An SR-71 Blackbird Tail Fin Is For Sale On eBay For $1 Million
Yowza.

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.

Labor Dept. counts oil lobbyists, garbage men, bus drivers as ‘green jobs’
Nice.

Friday Linkzookery – 01 Jun 2012

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.

Cope Tiger
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.

Friday Linkzookery – 25 May 2012

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.

California-Compliant Colts
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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Friday Linkzookery – 18 May 2012

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.

Friday Linkzookery – 11 May 2012

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.

Theft
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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Friday Linkzookery – 04 May 2012

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.

Egypt military reiterates promise to leave power by end of June
We’ll see.

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.

Good Friday Linkzookery – 06 Apr 2012

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.

The Air Force’s newest B-52 turns 50
Wow.

SLUF Lovin’!
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.

Friday Linkzookery – 24 Feb 2012

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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Friday Linkzookery – 17 Feb 2012

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.

A year after uprising, militias hold sway in Libya
Shocker.

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
SS-N-25 Switchblades.

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.

Economical Target-1
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.