MRAP to Scrap

A U.S. Army paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team fires his M4 carbine at insurgents during a firefight June 30, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The vehicle he is using for cover is a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod, Task Force 1-82 PAO)

US military chops up $1-million vehicles A lot of folks were concerned that the military was overbuying the MRAPs by a pretty significant margin. It costs about $12,000 to crunch and dispose of a single MRAP here, said Mark E. Wright, a Defense Department spokesman. To ship one back to the U.S. and rebuild it […]

Umm, No

Oprah Winfrey: Americans Disrespect Obama Because He Is Black Winfrey told the BBC that President Barack Obama is receiving an unusually high amount of “disrespect” due to his skin color. There’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs. And that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he’s African American. […]

USS Lake Champlain (CV-39)

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) at sea in 1960 with various aircraft of Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 54 (CVSG-54) on deck. Visible are four Douglas AD-5W Skyraider AEW-aircraft of VAW-12 Det. 34 Bats, several Sikorsky HSS Seabat helicopters of HS-5 Nightdippers and numerous Grumman S2F Tracker anti-submarine aircraft of VS-22 Checkmates and VS-32 Norsemen. Date 28 June 1960. Source Official US Navy photo NH 97437

Was browsing around, ended up reading about the Essex-class carrier USS Lake Champlain (CV-39), and found out a couple of interesting things about her that I didn’t know. First, she got the updated island superstructure and jet-handling upgrades of the SCB-27 program, but she never got the angled flight deck: Also, during Operation Magic Carpet […]

Friday the 13th Linkzookery – 13 Sep 2013

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 […]

‘Planes. As in Plural.’ – 12 Years On

Two years ago: “We have some planes.” The man who said that is no longer in this world, and Murdoc strongly suspects that he is disappointed about how things turned out for him in the next one. For Murdoc’s thoughts and feelings about what happened on this day in 2001, see 9/11 Report: “Planes. As […]