Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jurassic gator caught on film...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

How did two genders suddenly become 60?

Thanks to Collin for the link!

I've been flabbergasted by the LBGTQ thing that was brought up when talking about the Manning sentence commutation.

Little did I know that "alternate" sexual identity is now a thing.  Little did I know that there are more than 60 different terms for how people suddenly identify themselves.

This ladies and gentlemen is a sign of the end times.  Don't get it twisted cause I'm far from a bible thumper but this is societal madness. 

Side note.  Can someone grab a liberal and ask them why this is a thing?  Why has being "other than" male or female suddenly become so damn popular?

UK Prime Minister calls for clean break from EU.

via Times
She confirmed that Britain is determined to regain control of migration from the European Union and rejected the supremacy of the European Court of Justice. That stance is anathema to the European Union, which has made the free movement of people — as well as goods, capital and services — one of its bedrock principles and which relies on the court to arbitrate.
“Let me be clear,” Mrs. May said, acknowledging the differences. “What I am proposing cannot mean remaining in the single market.”
She said that she hoped to complete a final deal with the European Union by March 2019 and that it would be voted on by both houses of Parliament. She was not clear about what would happen if Parliament rejected the deal, though some speculated that a rejection would result in the sort of chaotic, “cliff edge” breakup that she and Britain’s bankers and business leaders hoped to avoid.
 Follow this link and make sure to watch the video.  What does May emphasize?  No more MASSIVE payments to the EU, they will take control of immigration and they want skilled labor---not massive numbers of unskilled, and that they will not accept the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

Brexit is real.

President Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence

via NY Times
President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted the administration, and made WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures, famous.
The decision by Mr. Obama rescued Ms. Manning, who twice tried to commit suicide last year, from an uncertain future as a transgender woman incarcerated at the male military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She has been jailed for nearly seven years, and her 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.
Now, under the terms of Mr. Obama’s commutation announced by the White House on Tuesday, Ms. Manning is set to be freed on May 17 of this year, rather than in 2045.
Become a member of the US Army.  Steal secrets.  Declare yourself a female even though you were born a male.  Then get your allies in the LBGT community to get your sentence commuted.

Only in America. 

CAPT Gene Cernan is dead. Another great passes away...

via Scientific American
U.S. astronaut Gene Cernan, who as the commander of the final Apollo lunar landing mission in 1972 became known as the "last man on the moon," died on Monday (Jan. 16). He was 82.
NASA confirmed Cernan's death on its website and social media channels, noting he was surrounded by his family at the time he died. The cause of death was not stated, but he was known to have been ill in recent months.
"We are saddened by the loss of retired NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon," NASA wrote. "A captain in the U.S. Navy, [he] left his mark on the history of exploration by flying three times in space, twice to the moon." [In Pictures: Astronaut Eugene Cernan Remembered]
Cernan was chosen with NASA's third group of astronauts in 1963. His first spaceflight, Gemini 9A, came three years later, after he and Thomas Stafford replaced Elliot See and Charles Bassett in the wake of a jet crash that claimed the original crew members' lives.
As the pilot of NASA's seventh Gemini Flight — a three-day mission in Earth orbit that rendezvoused but failed to dock with an unmanned target vehicle, Cernan became only the second American astronaut to go out on an extra-vehicular activity (EVA). The two-hour spacewalk though, nearly cost him his life.
Make sure you read the entire article here, what I find mind blowing is that crazy, dangerous, Murphy was out to get him with the long knives space walk that CAPT Cernan went on.

This is another man of an earlier generation that had the right stuff and of the type that our nation will miss.

Oh and besides being an astronaut he was a Naval Aviator.

We're living in weird times.  I see so many so called "leaders" that are well past their sell by date that are holding onto whatever power and influence they have with both hands while others that are/were truly accomplished have simply faded into the background.

2017 looks to be picking up right where 2016 left off.

China 10 DF-21C Ballistic Missiles Salvo Launch

Trump scares EU/Nato leaders!

via Washington Post.
European leaders grappled with the jolting reality of President-elect Donald Trump’s skepticism of the European Union on Monday, saying they might have to stand without the United States at their side during the Trump presidency.
The possibility of an unprecedented breach in transatlantic relations came after Trump — who embraced anti-E.U. insurgents during his campaign and following his victory — said in weekend remarks that the 28-nation European Union was bound for a breakup and that he was indifferent to its fate. He also said NATO’s current configuration is “obsolete,” even as he professed commitment to Europe’s defense.

Trump’s attitudes have raised alarm bells across Europe, which is facing a wave of elections this year in which anti-immigrant, Euroskeptic leaders could gain power. Most mainstream leaders have committed to working with Trump after his inauguration Friday, even as they have expressed hope that he will moderate his views once he takes office. His continued hard line has created a painful realization in Europe that they may now have to live without the full backing of their oldest, strongest partner. The European Union underpins much of the continent’s post-World War II prosperity, but skeptics have attacked it in recent years as a dysfunctional bloc that undermines finances and security.
Wow.  Is it bad that an article gave me a woody?  Of course the Europeans are trying to sound tough...the idea that they will "go alone" is almost laughable.  But this is signalling that they will have to do more than ride the cart...they're finally gonna have to get out and push.

Ignore the "defense establishment" pushing troops to Europe and conducting all kinds of exercises.  I expect (hope) that all this forward basing of troops around the globe will be reversed.

America first.  We have no empire so bring our forces back from the frontier! 

Last Boy Scout reviews Hudson H9 @ Shot Show

I still don't get it.  Steel frame in a full size handgun?  You're not getting much muzzle flip if you're shooting 9's anyway!  Full size steel frame handgun?  If you're doing physical activity then you're gonna wish it was Polymer! You do enough sprints and that thing hanging off your hip will have you fully understanding how a steel frame handgun equals more front sight drift!  Last Boy Scout did a quick Shot Show review but I'm gonna wait till we see a full scale, popping a box or two rounds downrange before I even begin to change my mind on this weapon.

The competition is too tight.  For the price they're asking I can get a G34, FNS, and even a couple of custom/modded handguns.

Germany’s Leopard tanks prove vulnerable in Islamic State fight

via Stars and Stripes
The reputation of Germany’s vaunted Leopard 2 tank, which forms the mainstay of NATO’s armored forces, has taken a pounding in battles with Islamic State militants in Syria.
At least 10 of the 60-ton main battle tanks have been destroyed during a Turkish attempt to recapture the strategically important northern town of al-Bab, located just 15 miles south of the Turkish border, media reports have said.
The Turks have deployed several thousand soldiers in the operation, which began in September. But despite airstrikes by Russian warplanes in support of the advancing troops, they have been unable to take the town in the face of determined opposition.
Several dozen Turkish soldiers and local allies have died in the combat. Germany’s Die Welt newspaper said at least 10 Leopard 2s were destroyed and many others damaged in street fighting on the outskirts of al-Bab. The rebels are said to have used both U.S.-made TOW and Russian Kornet anti-tank missiles in attacks on the tanks.
The above is bad enough...but this part has me twisting....
Turkey’s leaders have criticized the Obama administration last month for not providing strike support to their units engaged in the al-Bab operation.
Let's put aside Turkish arrogance and their demand for support when they have one of the largest air arms in the Middle East (why they need outside support is beyond me...maybe that purge went deeper than we thought and is actually affecting the quality of their armed forces....could the Kurds actually beat them on the battlefield now????).

Why is the Leopard 2 getting taken apart?

Oh and put aside thoughts that the Turks have export models without the latest armor for the version they're operating.  They're a NATO member so they don't get detuned gear.  Its full up, go to war models they're operating.

The answer is simple.

The Leopard 2 is overrated. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Open Comment Post. Jan 16, 2017

Donald Trump meets with Martin Luther King III

via Daily News
President-elect Donald Trump met with Martin Luther King III on Monday, as the country observed the holiday honoring King's father.
The two were seen shaking hands in the Trump Tower lobby following the early afternoon meeting, which was supposed to address voter participation and "the legacy of Dr. King," Trump's Sean Spicer said on NBC's "Today."
Do you get the significance of this meeting?  John Lewis calls Trump's election illlegite and the son of the civil rights icon essentially gives his blessings?  We're seeing the destruction of the so called black leadership and others within the community vying for power.

This is a good thing and the divide strategy is something that I've always wanted but never thought I would see.  This is brilliant!

M1A2 SEP V2 Main Battle Tanks Live Firing Operation Atlantic Resolve 2017