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Global Warming my ass!

 

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DDG1000 The Zumwalt :Updated.

Friend went to Maine this weekend (while I was picking trash) to see the launch of the Navy’s newest big ship.

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Designation: DDG
Length: 600 ft
Beam: 80 ft
Draft: 28 ft
Displacement: 15,500 tons
Propulsion: All-electric Drive with (IPS), 2 Rolls-Royce MT30 Gas Turbines 36MW, 2 shafts
Speed: 30 knots
Crew: 142
Airwing: 2 SH-60 or 1 MH-60R, & 3 MQ-8 VTUAVs
Armament:
- 80 x PVLS (Std, ESSM, Tomahawk, VLASROC)
- 2 × 155mm Advanced Gun Systems
- 2 × Mk 110 57 mm gun CIWS
- 4 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns
Ships in class: 3 building

DDG-1000 Zumwalt (Launched)
DDG-1001 Michael Monsoor (Building)
DDG-1002 Lyndon Johnson (Funded)

From the DDG-1000 ZUMWALT CLASS PAGE

No point in my trying to write anything more about this ship, follow the link above or here to US Navy 21st Century for a excellent and complete page on this ship and it’s sisters.

The only thing I would add is a note about the cost, 7 Billion dollars, cheap only if you compare it to our latest carrier (still a building) at 13 Billion and counting.  I’m not one to short our national defense or pinch pennies while crabbing about maintaining the leadership on the sea.  But everyone please keep in mind, the old ditty, “For want of a nail the shoe was lost …”.   The “Nail” I’m worried about is the loose nail at the top of all these billions spent and to be spent.  The current disgraceful Commander-In-Chief of our Armed Forces, BHO the boy from Kenya  Indonesia Hawaii?  Well into his second term, he has yet to effectively use or deploy in a timely manner the forces at his command. Nor has he shown he understands the uses and strategies of Naval power.  My concern is about the number of hulls the US Navy has and it’s steadily dropping nature under Barry’s tenure.  He is only going to allow so much money to be spent on the military, and that amount has and will continue to fall as long as he is president.  20 billion dollars for just two ships means that X number of current Navy hulls are going to be slated for early retirement.   There comes a point that the US Navy will cease to be a world spanning navy and becomes a coastal defense force.

And in case you share our presidents lack of understanding of the importance and uses of naval power.  That will be a BAD thing.

PS.   I was just glancing at the page again after publishing it and noticed something, this 7 Billion dollar Navy ship has a suite of missiles, but the only long range missile in it’s magazine is the Tomahawk.  The same Tomahawk that Obie is phasing out, zero in inventory by 2016.  The rest of the missiles on board are intended to protect the ship from various threats; Anti-missile missiles, anti-submarine missiles, anti-aircraft missiles. But nothing else in the locker to carry the fight to the enemy.   Might as well stay at home.

Update: Today I read some stories about what a deadly cool and futuristic warship The Zumwalt is.  Because it’s designed to mount the newest weapons designed for the Navy; High Speed Railguns, and High Energy Lasers!  Futuristic, Cool, Real Deadly Man!!!

One problem, those weapons don’t exist.  Oh, they are under development and are even projected to be tested at sea in 2016.   If the programs aren’t canceled, like every single other advanced weapon system proposed for the Army, Air Force or the Navy since, well, since BHO came to office.   If by some miracle these programs are not canceled, at best it would be ten years before deploy-able real-world weapon systems would be available to the Zumwalt or it’s sisters.   That’s a long time for 22 to 25 billion dollars of  the Navy’s force projection to be tied up waiting for it’s punch to be installed.

At that, the Tomahawk would still be a better weapons system for most missions, longer ranged than the Rail-Gun, and do you really want to fire a high energy laser in the atmosphere from a very expensive ship that’s supposed to be “Stealthy”?

Firing imaginary laser

Firing the imaginary laser

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Revert to Type.

Two years later I look back at that day before the Presidential Election of 2012, (or the day this Administration became The Regime) now we know there was so much more going on then we realized. Benghazi was only the tip of the iceberg. That election could have been won (Romney probably did win, if angels had counted the ballots); but there was the illegal IRS interference with Conservative political groups, the flagrant vote stealing in the key precincts in key states (the one Ohio poll worker stupid enough to go to jail only did so because she boasted on TV about her cheating and is already out, released by a corrupt Democrat judge.)
Obama’s popularity peaked with the election, almost two years later and he has reached the bottom of the polls and is digging himself deeper. Doesn’t matter of course, he’s run his last election. You have to give his handlers credit, perfect management. By fair means or foul, they pushed him up just high enough and let the vote stealers finish the job. Proving any of it means nothing now, after all who are you going to give your evidence to? Eric Holder?   Meanwhile the Democratic machine gears up to push the next empty suit dress chair.
As a recent post on another blog said, that election did something very dangerous. It destroyed our faith in the honesty and truthfulness of the fundamental institutions of American politics and government. Government agencies aren’t supposed to interfere on one side of a election, to favor one person or party over another even before the election is held. The IRS, the FBI, the Census Bureau, the Secretary of State and the Attorney General of the United States all did. And got caught, and then the Main Stream Media looked the other way.

What the Democrats, the Progressives and their cronies have forgot is something very dangerous and very important. When the people of a country can no longer trust their government and it’s institutions; the vote, their retirement, the political impartiality of public schools even the GD Federal Census. Then they act. Do you think that so many hundreds of men and women (some armed, most not) traveled so far over mountains and onto the empty plains because they just liked rancher Bundy or thought his grievance with the BLM was so important? Or were they angry, frustrated and hungry for the chance to do something, if necessary something violent.
We who are here in the USA are the descendants of those who built this country over the course of centuries. Many of our antecedents were violent, greedy, prejudiced, hard working, God fearing men and women. The phrase “Revert to type” means to resume characteristics that were thought to have disappeared,  I can feel myself reverting to type now. But I can’t tell if I’m going with the Irish Brawlers whose surname means “Strong in Battle”, or something else. But if the put upon working class in this country have actually given up on this government and most of it’s leaders and if enough of us “Revert to Type“. It’s going to get ugly.

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Quote of the Year (to date) inside The Post of the year.

The Founding Fathers wouldn’t have put up with any of this shit. The Founders started blowing people’s heads off because the government put a tax on their breakfast beverage… and it wasn’t even coffee. Can you imagine how batshit those guys would have been on a double espresso?

Dennis Miller

Say Amen everybody!

The Pig Trap

Wheeler got quiet for a few moments, and then he said something that I will never, ever forget.

“These people are playing with matches… I don’t think they understand the scope and scale of the wildfire they are flirting with. They are fucking around with a civil war that could last a decade and cause millions of deaths… and the sad truth is that 95% of the problems we have in this country could be solved tomorrow, by noon… simply by dragging 100 people out in the street and shooting them in the fucking head.”

And lemme tell ya, he had the list… he rattled off 25 or 30 names of well-known, prominent politicians, mostly Democrats, but a few Republicans, several members of the current Cabinet, a couple of Obama’s “czars”, a couple of figures from the Bush administration and the Republican establishment, several media company executives and on-camera newscasters, reporters, and pundits, a couple of people who are active in leftist politics but not in elected office… he had obviously thought about this to some degree already.

I was struck by his cold, detached, matter-of-fact tone. I said, “Dude… that’s more French Revolution than American Revolution. Do you really think that is the way to go?”

Wheeler said, “I believe in efficiency and economy of action. You wouldn’t trade one hundred of those criminal bastards for ten million of your fellow Americans?”

I don’t remember if I actually answered out loud, but in my my head, the answer was, “Yeah, I probably would…”

I would too,   and you?

 

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If you still think that the government can do ANYTHING better than private citizens.

With no Iraq-Afghan memorial, Vietnam vets to honor 7,000 dead in first-ever roll call

Years away from even being allowed to have a war memorial, the dead from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will be honored by their fellow Vietnam veterans Memorial Day weekend at The Wall, where the first-ever reading of the names of all the post-9/11 heroes will take place.

Here’s the ironic part…

The reading of the post-9/11 fallen is being sponsored by a $50,000 donations from Billy Joe “Red” McCombs, founder of the Red McCombs Automotive Group in San Antonio, Texas.

Compare that to this embarrassment…

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s  total failure after five years to do anything but spend donated money.

All this has left EMC something of a piece of jetsam in a sea of government spending: an orphan too obscure to catch the attention of auditors but too small and dysfunctional to get anything done.

In the meantime, the commission is simply burning through the remainder of the $64 million it’s been appropriated since 2009. The monument’s projected final cost is about $150 million, but every year of delay will add at least $6 million.

How the hell did all those Democrats get on the commission’s board? I guess they smelled money.

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Are the energy efficient lights going dark all over Europe?

Almost exactly one hundred years later, in almost exactly the same place.

EDWARD LUCAS: I hope I’m wrong but historians may look back and say this was the start of World War III

  • ‘Vladimir Putin is striking at the heart of the West’
  • ‘We can chose to surrender any responsibility we have to protect Ukraine and the Baltic states’
  • ‘Or we can mount a last-ditch attempt to deter Russia from furthering its imperial ambitions’
  • ‘If we choose to resist Putin, we will risk a terrifying miltary escalation’
  • ‘I do not think it an exaggeration to say this could bring us to the brink of nuclear war

Deep in the flat and featureless landscape of eastern Ukraine, it is all too ­possible that the outline of World War III is taking shape.

Whipped up by the Kremlin ­propaganda machine and led by Russian ­military intelligence, armed men are erecting road blocks, storming police stations and ripping down the country’s flag.

They are demolishing not just their own country — bankrupt, ill-run and beleaguered — but also the post-war order that has kept most of Europe and us, here in Britain, safe and free for decades.
Vladimir Putin is striking at the heart of the West.

ukraine moving to bordersWhat a time to have a lightweight narcissist dodging his responsibilities as the Leader of the Free World.   Back when Russia bit off a piece of Georgia, George Bush must have thought that it is a good thing that the mid-east wars are winding down and the full weight of the American War Machine will be available to fore-check Vlad.

And what a magnificent war machine it was.    Has anyone at any time in history ever thrown away a more well designed and expensive tool?

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Trash pickup successful…coyote still there if you want it.

Nice to finally feel well enough to get out and do something useful.  So on last Saturday, before today’s return of Winter, we gathered along the banks of the North River and picked up trash.

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Flight of Honor, Private donations and volunteers step in after Pentagon declines.

Arlington Flyover
Two Air Force Pilots, Major Howard V. Andre Jr. and Major James E. Sizemore, were recently buried at Arlington National Cemetery and were honored with a flyover by civilian pilots. The Air Force pilots were Killed In Action over Laos during the Vietnam War and their remains were only recently discovered and returned for proper burial at Arlington. This Flight of Honor was truly awesome for the other pilots to plan and conduct it.

 

Bush would have found the money…

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