23 February 2017

PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEAKS or ...

...WHERE WERE ALL YOU LIBERAL ASSHOLES THEN?


I've got a pen and I've got a phone - and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward. 

That's the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want. 

We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense. 


I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that's not what America's about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don't contract them. 

17 February 2017

Origami Kevlar Shield Stops .44 Mag


From:The Engineer



Origami Kevlar shield stops .44 Magnum


Engineers at Brigham Young University have developed an origami-inspired ballistic shield that can protect multiple people from gunfire.

(Credit: Jaren Wilkey/BYU)

Designed to be portable, the device weighs 25kg and folds almost flat when not in use. It has 12 layers of Kevlar surrounding an aluminium core and uses a Yoshimura origami crease pattern to expand. Deployment takes approximately five seconds, with the shield providing protection from the side as well as the front.
“We worked with a federal special agent to understand what their needs were, as well as SWAT teams, police officers and law enforcement, and found that the current solutions are often too heavy and not as portable as they would like,” said Larry Howell, professor of mechanical engineering at BYU.
“We wanted to create something that was compact, portable, lightweight and worked really well to protect them.”
The team tested the shield on a range of handguns, including a Smith & Wesson 9mm, a .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum, with the device successfully stopping bullets from all three pistols.
“Those are significant handguns with power,” Howell said. “We suspected that something as large as a .44 Magnum would actually tip it over, but that didn’t happen. The barrier is very stable, even with large bullets hitting it.”
Whereas traditional ballistic shields are generally designed to protect a single user, the BYU shield provides cover for two to three people. As dangerous situations develop, it can be folded easily and moved to a new location rapidly, or carried when expanded to provide protection on the go.
“It goes from a very compact state that you can carry around in the trunk of a car to something you can take with you, open up and take cover behind to be safe from bullets,” said Terri Bateman, BYU adjunct professor of engineering. “Then you can easily fold it up and move it if you need to advance your position.”
The researchers say the shield could also provide protection to a wounded person in an emergency situation, as well as for children in the event of an attack on a school.

09 February 2017

THANK YOU COMMON CORE ... THE DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICAN CHILDREN

And it's all President Trump's fault .... NOT.
Schoolchildren in America got dumber under President Obama, according to a group that ranks exam scores worldwide.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development produces an exam administered every three years to 15-year olds in 72 countries.

[The test is known as PISA --- for more on the test - GPJ]
The exam tests reading, math and science knowledge.
The results? American schoolkids saw an 11-point drop in math and flatline scores for reading and science, Fox News is reporting.
For the first time, Obama’s America fell below the average set by the OECD and failed to crack the top ten in any of the categories.
As it stands now, according to the results, thanks to Barack Obama and his failed education policies, children in the Slovak Republic are better in math than Americans are.
Read more at TheFederalistpapers
Last modified on Thursday, 09 February 2017 16:43

AS THE LEFT WHINES (ABOUT NOTHING) ...

FROM Jamestown Foundation's Eurasia Daily Monitor (vol.14, issue 16)

Putin Orders Air Force Into Topmost Battle Readiness 
 

President Vladimir Putin ordered a snap military exercise of the Russian Aerospace Forces (Vozdushno-Kosmicheskye Sily—VKS), on February 7. The VKS was placed at top battle readiness: the missile- and anti-aircraft-defense radar network and interceptor missile batteries, together with the air force, including long-range strategic bombers (Dalnya Aviatsya—DA). “Topmost” VKS battle readiness is the last possible step before all-out war. Mobile anti-aircraft surface-to-air missile (SAM) batteries (S-300, S-400 and Pantsir-C), together with radar stations designated to defend Moscow and the surrounding “Central Industrial Region” began to massively redeploy and spread out to new “reserve positions” by road and railroad from their permanent bases (Militarynews.ru, February 8). The massive spreading out and combat redeployment to disguised field positions is intended to make the air defense forces less vulnerable to sudden nuclear and conventional precision strikes by an attacker. By February 8, the Ministry of Defense reported that the SAM batteries and their mobile radars were successfully redeployed and fully combat operational (Militarynews.ru, February 8).

The Tu-160 and Tu-22M3 strategic bombers of the DA also began a massive strategic spreading out operation by redeploying to airstrips not regularly used in peacetime. Some 20 heavy Il-76 transport planes transferred ground maintenance crews and essential equipment to these far-flung airstrips to ensure their capability to maintain the strategic bomber force operations “in the face of foreign aggression” (Militarynews.ru, February 8). The dispersing and combat redeployment of the DA bombers is equally designed to hide them from possible preemptive attack.

Newly appointed Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin briefed foreign military attachés about the snap VKS exercises. Fomin was appointed to his new role on January 31, to replace career diplomat Anatoly Antonov, who was previously in charge of the defense ministry’s foreign relations. Last December, Putin moved Antonov back to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he is now a deputy minister. Reportedly, Antonov may soon become the Russian ambassador to Washington (Kommersant, February 6). Fomin was previously the chief of Russia’s state arms trading agency FSVTS (TASS, January 31). According to Fomin, the VKS snap exercises involve some 45,000 troops, 150 aircraft, 200 air-defense missile systems, and 1,700 pieces of other heavy military equipment. Fomin insisted that because of the snap nature of the exercise, Moscow was not obliged to warn anyone or invite foreign observers; his briefing of foreign military attachés in Moscow was, thus, “an act of good will” (Militarynews.ru, February 8).

Russia’s tactical air force was also deployed: Su-27 and MiG-29 fighters, new Su-34 bombers, multipurpose Yak-130 jets and Ka-52 helicopter gunships. Together with the DA heavy bombers, the tactical air force jets simulated attack sorties for the SAM batteries to detect and intercept. The entire exercise centered on defending the Moscow region from air attack (Militarynews.ru, February 9). Running such a massive VKS exercise at the height of the severe Russian winter has never been customary, even during the Cold War. Suddenly putting the VKS into topmost battle readiness does not seem like a good way to improve relations with Washington.

Several hours after United States President Donald Trump and Putin talked on the phone on January 28, a massive escalation of fighting began in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas (see EDM, January 30February 6). It is unclear who actually initiated the present round of hostilities, with both sides reporting attacks and counterattacks. The ground fighting does not seem to have involved large numbers of infantry or armor, and there have been no substantial changes to the existing line of control, but the artillery and rocket bombardments are heavy, hitting populated residential areas on both sides of the front: in Avdiivka (north of Donetsk, held by Ukrainian government forces) and nearby Gorlovka and Donetsk (held by pro-Russian forces). Clashes were also reported east of Mariupol (Mariupil)—a Donbas port city held by the Ukrainian army. Both sides report dozens of casualties, with the exact numbers unclear (Kommersant, January 31).

The situation in Donbas is tense and could escalate. The time of year is optimal for large-scale winter warfare: low temperatures have gripped the region for some time and the dirt is frozen, making dirt roads and fields passable for heavy military equipment. Ukrainian soldiers have apparently managed to inch their way onto important hilltop locations near Gorlovka, which could allow them to take up heavy machinegun firing positions to impede traffic on the main road connecting Gorlovka to the rest of Russia-controlled Donbas. The Russia-backed “rebels” have put forward a “peace plan” involving a withdrawal of heavy weapons and Ukrainian soldiers from recently acquired forward positions. The rebels have accused the Ukrainian authorities of rejecting this “peace plan” outright, and they have rebuked the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) observer mission in Donbas for allegedly not being impartial and for siding with the Ukrainians (Militarynews.ru, February 8).

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that a referendum will be held sometime in the future on Ukraine joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), citing a profound change in Ukrainian public opinion in favor of membership. This plan has been angrily denounced in Moscow and by the pro-Russia rebels in Donbas (TASSKommersant, February 2). Ukraine is highly unlikely to actually join NATO anytime soon; but for Moscow the entire notion is anathema, as is the prospect of Ukraine becoming an unofficial ally of the West. On February 9, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov announced there that will be “no deals” with the Trump administration on the future of Ukraine and Donbas (Interfax, February 9).

Attitudes in Moscow seem to be hardening, with a clear signal sent to Washington that any deal possibly tacitly recognizing Russian control of Crimea in exchange for a withdrawal and pacification of Donbas is unacceptable. Ukraine, as a pro-Western state seeking to join NATO and the European Union sometime in the future, is equally unacceptable to Russia. Furthermore, it is also possible that if the Ukrainian military will not stand down and rescind their recent tactical gains near Avdiivka and Gorlovka, the VKS may actually begin a limited air offensive to push them back. A possible non-contact engagement, like the one Russia had been carrying out over Syria, could utterly destabilize the NATO-friendly Poroshenko regime.

--Pavel Felgenhauer

PROTEST/WHINE LINE FORMS TO ..... AH, YOU KNOW ...

Part of the latest directive supporting the folks in Blue.

Announcing that criminals dealing drugs will be sent back to where they come from ... assuming they're not Americans. 

How dare President Trump try and make the streets safer!

What a racist, xenophobic nazi!

(God, but some people are stupid!)

OF COURSE, NO ONE "FIBBED" IN THE LAST ADMINISTRATION ...

Yeah, them good ol' libs running the country were REALLY making sure nothing would ever happen.  If we get attacked it's ALL President Trump's fault.

The last president let the military go to shit. No kidding?


Military Readiness

08 February 2017

CRYING AND PROTEST LINES FORMS ON THE LEFT ... AGAIN

Jefferson Sessions has been confirmed as Attorney General ...let the protests begin ... 

It's not that big of deal kids. Ask Dad (or Soros) for some more money for Magic Markers and posterboards.

For those interested: The bios of all the AJs excluding Sessions' can be found HERE

Jefferson Sessions' bio can be found HERE

FOOD for THOUGHT ... ASSUMING ONE CAN ACTUALLY THINK

A former Marine sergeant who was working as a security contractor in Iraq has been evacuated from the country after a video he made endorsing Donald Trump’s temporary immigration freeze went viral, garnering 43 million views.
Steven Gern’s video, which was posted on Facebook last week, has garnered over 289,000 likes in addition to its immense number of views. In it, Gern talked about asking locals in Iraq what would happen if he walked into town unprotected as an American.

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PRESS YAHOOS

One of the questions in today's WH press briefing ...


"Blah, blah, blah ... should he [President Trump] use the word disgraceful when describing ... blah, blah, blah."

Uh...yes?


07 February 2017

SNOW MOON, LUNAR ECLIPSE AND NEW YEAR COMET

While half the population  is crying about something, the rest of us who are slowly but surely beginning to realize they're just constantly whining have other things in which to look forward.

To whit .......


From: Good Housekeeping UK via PopularMechanics.com

Snow Moon

Snow Moon is the name given to February's full moon, since the heaviest snow often falls during this month [Long Island is scheduled for a heavy snow on Thursday Feb 10.— GPJ]. It is also known as the Hunger Moon, as traditionally it was difficult for hunters to find food at this time. The moon is due to rise at 5:18 p.m. EST [1718]on Friday before it sets 6:33 a.m. [1833], which means there's plenty of time to look up and see this spectacle.


Lunar eclipse

The first of two lunar eclipses will be visible from Europe, most of Asia, Africa and most of North America on Friday night. It is known as a penumbral eclipse as the full moon will pass into the Earth's faint penumbral shadow.

According to Sky and Telescope, the outer part of Earth's penumbra is so pale that you can't detect it, so viewers won't see anything happening until the Moon's edge has slid at least halfway in. This is expected to happen about 90 minutes before mid-eclipse, at 7:44 p.m. [1944] EST on February 10, before it ends at 9:55 [2155] p.m.

New Year Comet

The New Year comet began its journey across northern hemisphere skies at the end of last year, but it's set to reach its closest point to Earth in the early hours of February 11. Named after the astronomers who discovered it in 1948, 45P/Honda–Mrkos–Pajdušáková is a mass of rock, dust and ice that should be visible to the naked eye as a small, fuzzy ball just before sunrise.


This periodic comet can be seen from Earth every five and a quarter years, and according to the British Astronomical Association, it "finally rises to a respectable altitude in the morning sky by early February" as it moves north this month. It's recommended that a telescope is used for the best chance of seeing its blue-green glow.

01 February 2017

48th ANNIVERSARY of TODAY'S 75th RANGERS

There we were plugging along doing our best to make life miserable for the North Vietnamese and VC, when ol' Westy decided that all the LRPs and LRRPs were doing such a great job that they should be called Rangers and reactivated the 75th Rangers, tracing our heritage from WW II's Merrill's Marauder. And the 75th Rangers were reborn on February 1, 1969.

And, yes, I was part of that. My company, which was part of the Fourth Infantry Division — formerly E Co. 58th Inf. LRP/LRRP (part of the 1st Squadron 10th Cavalry) — became Co K, 75th Rangers (Abn).

And that, as they say, is how it happened.

Happy 48th to all the LRPs, LRRPs and Rangers out there.

If you'd like to read more, do a search at the top of this page for "rangers," and you'll find different write ups for as long as I've been doing LRRP's World.

And, yes, that's moi on a mission circa 1968. Picked the best seat in the house.