Month – July 2006

Veni Vidi Vici

Happy Moon Conquest Day! Geek Lethal at the Ministry of Minor Perfidy: Someday, when Old Glory waves on 10,000 worlds and our mighty fleets cruise the galaxy, our fair descendants will look back at the Moon and Apollo as the start of it all. “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. And […]

Tomcats called to duty?

This is an odd story: Museum’s fighter called back to duty This from the News Register out of McMinnivlle, OR: The Evergreen Aviation Museum was poised today to take the first step toward addition of a choice piece to its collection – an F-14D Super Tomcat, the fighter plane Tom Cruise flew in the hit […]

1985: Space Shutle at Vandenberg

Until the Challenger accident, the US Air Force had been planning to use the Space Shuttle for a variety of missions, including the launch of spy satellites into polar orbits. Since launches to polar orbit are from Cape Canaveral are inefficient at best, the decision was made to launch polar orbit Shuttle Missions from Vandenberg […]

UPDATE: USS Cole to Lebanon

Iwo Jima ESG Directed to Assist Departure This means that the USS Cole, damaged by terrorists in Yemen in 2000, will play a role in the evacuation of up to 25,000 US citizens from Lebanon. The Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group consists of USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), USS Nashville (LPD 13) and USS Whidbey […]

Missile Command with frickin’ lasers

Those of us who remember playing Missile Command in the arcade are far too familiar with this situation: See the missile base in the middle? The one that says “LOW”? That might as well say “You are running low on ammo…kiss at least one city good-bye, sucker.” (The computer graphics in the early 80s made […]

MilBlogger heading out

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USS Cole to Lebanon?

Received this email this evening: Wouldn’t it be WONDERFUL to see the USS Cole off the coast of Beirut providing protection for 25000 fleeing Americans? I think that’d send a knife-like message to UBL, and those who got so much pr from attacking it. It’s in the area, and just did a port call in […]

‘Incursion’, not ‘invasion’

The Israeli army briefly entered Lebanon today, but it appears to be a raid targeting specific rocket positions rather than a general invasion. Bill Roggio writes “Israel is currently signaling it is interested in establishing a buffer zone on the Israeli border“. And, contrary to Murdoc’s expectations, Israel floats idea to end Lebanon fighting. Israeli […]


Kurdish Troops May Help Secure Baghdad ThreatsWatch: Following the killing of 110 Iraqis in the first three days of last week, there emerged from both Sunni and Shia leaders in Baghdad a proposal which would have been inconceivable not long ago – deploying Kurdish troops in Baghdad to maintain order and keep the peace between […]