Saturday, December 16, 2017

Marvel Comics tries military humor....

Respect for V-8 power and this cool cop....

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This had to be California.  Rice burners everywhere...all dropped (they either cut shocks or take them off entirely)...all with imported engines that can't pass smog....all with no back seats cause they're filled with speakers.

Did you see the Silver Honda near the end of the clip?

Too funny.  Well done on the cops part....

Friday, December 15, 2017

Nature Pics. Crocs doing what Crocs do....

Some animals intrigue me.  Bobcats, Tigers and Bears.  Some animals cause instinctive fear that I can't shake.  Anacondas (well lets be honest...snakes in general...don't care if it's a "good" snake...if I see it, it dies).

Then there are the animals that fascinate me.  Crocs, Bison (maybe its a food thing...I so want to try a Bison burger) and Rhinos.

Above you see Crocs doing Croc shit.  Absolutely crazy how big they get.  I have never seen one in real life but it's on my bucket list (controlled situation in the wild...hello Australia...none of that zoo bs).

What I wonder about is that last pic.  Almost every book I've read says a Hippo can bite a croc in half so I'd like to see the aftermath of this pic.

Vertical Envelopment of the '50's versus our Anti-Access Aerial Denial today...remarkably similar...

If you have the time you really need to check out the vid above.  What slaps you in the face and won't stop?  How similar the 1950's concept of vertical envelopment in response to the atomic weapon threat is to Company Landing Team/Air Enabled Maneuver that is being pushed today to solve the anti-access aerial denial dilemma.

There is nothing new or ground breaking with this thing, just a rehashed concept that needs to be seriously examined/debated before we head too far down this road.

15th MEU onboard the by Staff Sgt. Vitaliy Rusavskiy & Sgt. Jessica Y. Lucio

I still think that this is the ultimate expression of a faulty concept.  Penny packets of US forces deployed worldwide is not a deterrence.  It's a red flag to a bull.

Someone one day will do a count.  Someone will figure that the US forces are overstretched.

The more I see stuff like this the more I think of the Roman Legion at the frontier. 

Forward deployment didn't prevent the barbarian hordes from invading  Rome and sacking it and and won't prevent the Chinese horde from trying to destroy us or prevent future wars.

Slovak Industry Day military tech demonstration (a few more Patria AMV pics)

Pics via along with other pics of military vehicles (here).

Russians appear to be pulling armor from Syria...They learned from our mistake...

A new video showing the Russian military transporting their equipment onto a cargo ship leaving Syria was released by a Russian news outlet on Thursday.

In the video, the Russian military can be seen loading several armored vehicles that were to defeat ISIS in eastern Syria onto a cargo ship destined for Russia.
Story here.

This is where I piss off many of my readers. 

The Russians learned from us and did the opposite.  They had a clear objective, set the parameters for success and once achieved they leave.

What will be interesting is how they handle all the stuff left on the plate. 

It's obvious that our activity in Syria was aimed not at defeating ISIS but on overthrowing Assad (I dare someone to actually look at the course of this conflict and come up with an alternate theory).  Since the Pentagon has declared that "we will stay in Syria as long as necessary" does that mean the Russians will re-engage if they see the anti-Assad forces gaining ground?

Speaking of the anti-Assad forces.  Will we continue to support them?  McCain did a bit of legacy building before the cancer struck full force but this will taint his memory.

This was just the latest of his hawkish stances

Will the globalist finally quit the field or will they continue to try and "shape" the Middle East?

What about Turkey annexing Syrian soil?  Will the Russians attempt negotiation or will this be the next war between regional players?

What about the Kurds?  Everyone has used them but everyone has also thrown them under the bus.  Will Assad and the Russians give them limited autonomy?

The Russians leaving is a smart move.  What will be telling is if events on the ground dictate them returning.

Video of Slovak version of the Patria AMV at demonstration range...via

Prototype of Slovak Patria AMV 8x8 armored fitted with 30mm turret...via Army Recognition.

Pics below and a nice write up is found at Army Recognition (here).

Let me first say this.  I like this setup.  Next let me ask a question.

This might seem like goofy but where is our overmatch gonna come from?

If the whole world (and us) is standardizing on the 30mm cannon...if almost any IFV worth its salt has anti-tank missiles...if everyone has MLRS...attack helicopters...and everyone but us has long range anti-air missiles that operate at the Regiment level and above....are we in essence saying that stealth tactical air fighters (F-35) are our only hope?

What if the S-400 is as good as they say?  What if the Chinese and Russian stealth fighters actually are competitive with our best?

Where is our overmatch coming from in a big fight?

SAAB's A26 is the world's most proven submarine program?