Friday, July 28, 2017

Gunner Fact or Fiction | New Pack Frame

This shit IS AWESOME! Take note HQMC!

Stop with the IDIOT vids where you have people trying to be hip and cool.  That is NOT the image the Marine Corps has ever or will ever have.  If you're attracting people to the Corps by way of your "targeted" ads recently then you might as well fold up shop now.

This vid!  This vid was fun, it was a bit insane but it was all Marine Corps.  Oh and it has the added benefit of ensuring Marines that their gear will actually hold up under real deal Marine USE!

Kurlak said "we make Marines and we win battles!"  Time to get back to Marine Corps morality/reality in a squishy, fantasy filled world.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

All is NOT well in SAIC land. The ACV is over budget and Subject Matter Experts (read that to mean former/ret Marines) are being let go...

Hey all.

A little birdy landed in my in-box and hit me with some pretty interesting and disturbing news out of SAIC.

First is that they're letting go of all the Subject Matter Experts on the AAV Survivability Upgrade/ACV projects and second, the ACV project is 13 million dollars over budget!

Yeah. You read that right.

Some of you will try and dismiss this as simply being a case of disinformation, or me being trolled.  Don't fall for it!  The last time I got this type information on a project it was rock solid.  I tried to follow up on it and got no answer from the involved parties (the Lockheed Martin betrayal of Patria in the initial ACV selection)...later we saw Patria drop out entirely and Lockheed Martin try to paste together an ACV on the fly.

Long story short.  This has the smell of fact not fiction  If you have stock in SAIC assuming that they're gonna successfully make the move into armored vehicle manufacturing then it might be time to short sell it...better a little loss than a big one!

USMC KC-130T crashes on July 10, they wait until fucking July 27 to ground the fleet?

Thanks to Ogden for the link!

via Defense News.
 The Marine Corps has grounded its fleet of KC-130Ts “out of an abundance of caution” following the events of the deadly crash earlier this month, the service has confirmed to Defense News.

The grounding affects 12 aircraft total, all operated by Marine Forces Reserve, said spokeswoman Lt. Stephanie Leguizamon.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the Marine Corps took the prudent action not to fly our KC-130T aircraft in the wake of the mishap on July 10 until further notice,” she said.
Story here. 

Seventeens days and they're saying they acted out of an abundance of caution?


Marine Air is in trouble.  Leadership is lost in the woods and they've all gone batshit crazy chasing a concept.

Kill the Bastards! pic via Historium Tumblr Page.

“KILL THE BASTARDS!” - Soldiers drive under a poster in the Pacific Theater, c.1944.

I wonder how a sign like this on the outskirts of Fallujah would have played out in the press today?

Egyptian tank intercepted terrorists car loaded with explosives

Thanks to Flanker 7 and everyone else that sent me this vid...should have gotten to it bad!

Awesome reaction by the Egyptian tank crew to recognize the danger, act swiftly and decisively and to completely nullify (ie..KILL) the threat.

It's also good to see that the old M-60 Patton MBT is still doing good work. Everyone talks about the T-55, T-72 etc, but the old Western warhorses are still getting the job done in certain parts of the world.

Maybe old tanks operating as "mediums" instead of the modern MBT catch all actually have a place on the modern battlefield huh?

Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) vid.

Well that was obvious at all was it?

Wonder why they're using Russian ships as the potential targets instead of Chinese vessels?  Also wonder about the "get through ability" we're seeing.

Launch 3 missiles to take out three ships?  Would that actually work in real life?  I don't know the speed of these things or the degree of stealth but to think that close in weapon systems have been rendered moot is something I have a hard time believing.

Korean Armistice Anniversary

Caption to the vid.
Today marks 64 years since the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed that brought an end to acts of armed forces in Korea.
Hmm.  I don't remember the Marine Corps ever marking the anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement.  I'll check but if this is new then consider it another data point.

Conditioning of the American public for possible war with N. Korea continues...

via Free Beacon.
North Korea's recent test of an intercontinental ballistic missile has increased the danger the country's leader Kim Jong Un will be able to strike the United States sooner than expected, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea said on Wednesday.

Commenting on reports that the July 4 test of what the military is calling a KN-20 missile moved up estimates of the timeline for fielding a reliable long-range nuclear missile, Army Gen. Vincent Brooks, the commander, said in a brief interview, "We believe they have."

"It is a bit of a game changer for us," the four-star general said of the missile test that flew 1,700 miles into space and flew for 37 minutes—longer than any previous North Korean missile flight test.

A defense official said the new intelligence assessment, which was presented to Congress on Wednesday, concludes that North Korea's missile program is advancing faster than earlier estimates had predicted.

The latest assessment says the missile can reach the West Coast of the United States. Earlier estimates said the KN-20 could only reach Alaska and Hawaii.
Story here. 

Many of you don't want to believe what your eyes are showing you but its obvious if you will only see it for what it is.

The US public is being prepped, conditioned and trained to understand that war with N. Korea is not only possible, but with this latest blurb, important for national survival.

This is classic psyops stuff.

I'm really amazed that none of the intel type bloggers have picked up on this. It's almost obscene in its simplicity.  The only thing that is throwing me is how fast this has ramped up.  We heard tingles in the spring and now its almost daily.  The only thing missing is that it isn't front and center on every newscast.

War is coming boys!  They're practically shouting it.

Open Comment Post. July 27, 2017

What is the individual's responsibility to the state?

Simple question so don't blow it up with triviality, frivolity and stupidity.

What is the individual's responsibility to the state?

I asked a question yesterday and the responses were...interesting.  I heard people say that they were born with certain rights.  I heard responses that said that service in the military (or some other public service sector) should not be required.

I'll bite.

I ask again.  What is the individual's responsibility?

Looking at this from a US perspective (perhaps jaded but I still believe we're the greatest nation on this planet) I hear much about what the govt owes its citizens.  I hear much about the states (meaning nation state) responsibility is to the citizen but never the reverse!

Some have said taxes are their contribution.  To that I say bullshit.  Taxes in the classic meaning are transactional.  The citizen pays those taxes with the belief that it will fund things that are for the common good.  More to this discussion the expectation is that if they ever need those services they will be provided poste haste.

The best example of this is police service.  If you get mugged you expect the police to arrive promptly and hopefully arrest the perpetrator!  Same goes with fire and EMT services if you should happen to need them.

So no.  Taxes aren't good enough.

But you say I live in the US and I'm just getting by.  I don't owe this nation a fucking thing.  To that I say false.  Go anywhere else on the planet and you can see real poverty if you land in the right country.  I don't care if you're living in the ghetto, in the Appalachian mountains, or on the backside of a bayou, deep in a swamp or hid away in the backwoods with poor cable service you're still better off than many "middle class" people I've seen in other countries.

So the question remains.  What the fuck DO YOU owe the nation?  Or is it a case of "forget that bullshit" the state owes me?

10 Worse French Aircraft via HushKit Blog.

Cue the Gallic outrage in 3, 2, 1....story here...go there and fuss at him!

But yeah.  HushKit pissed on the Tigre Attack Helicopter and a couple of other planes that I thought were pretty damn cool.  Like I said.  Fuss at him!

Police easily startled signs go up after Justine Diamond shooting.

via StarTribune.
Joe Morino brought an incredulous friend to see the orange street sign he just spotted in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis.

The official-looking metal sign read: “WARNING: TWIN CITIES POLICE EASILY STARTLED.” It featured a graphic silhouette of a police officer, a gun in each raised hand, shooting in both directions.

“There’s a side of truth to the sign,” Morino said after snapping a picture of it. “That tells you there is something wrong with the system.”

The sign, which was still up at 8 p.m. Sunday, was one of at least two seen in the Twin Cities Sunday.

A photo of the same sign, reportedly near the corner of Snelling and University avenues in St. Paul, circulated Sunday on social media. A Facebook post said that sign later was removed.

Each was screwed into upright metal posts in the same fashion as conventional street signs.

The signs reference the killing of Justine Damond just over a week ago by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor. Noor’s partner, Matthew Harrity, told the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension that he heard a loud sound right before Noor fired his gun, hitting Damond.
Story here. 

I continue to marvel at the reaction from the govt, police supporters, anti-police shooting groups and even normal citizens to this incident.

The reaction from the dept was immediate.  The Chief said that Diamond did not need to die.  Even though the Chief said the right thing the Mayor still demanded "retirement" as penance for what crime I still can't figure. Police supporters have remained silent.  Anti-police shooting groups have done the same.

Amazing but enlightening.

It's like others have said.  People are tired and fussing doesn't change things. What will?  If taxation could cause a revolution early in our nation's history then how does that compare to govt surveillance,  unfair taxation, unwanted regulation on all levels of human activity, a burdensome social atmosphere that forces abstract and unbelievable fantasy of certain individuals onto the rest of us and a continuous war footing designed not to protect our nation but the interests of monied individuals (not to mention a whole lot more)?

The silence is what's worrisome.  No one is bitching anymore.  I wonder why?