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  • Joe Biden's Son Says Russian Agents Signed Him Up on Ashley Madison

    08/28/2015 6:04:28 PM PDT · 52 of 59
    ExNewsExSpook to Kaslin

    Yeah, the same Russian agents who forced him to do cocaine just before his first weekend of duty with the Navy Reserve. Papa Joe decided Hunter’s resume needed a little polishing, so he pulled some strings to get his 40-something son into the reserve with a direct commission. Sure enough, first day of duty in Norfolk, and Hunter flunks the whiz quiz.

    I would more likely believe the Navy set him up than the Russians. The service really didn’t want him, but Crazy Joe and the brass rammed him down their throats. Wouldn’t be surprised to learn the NCIS did their homework on Hunter, learned of his drug usage and tipped off the reserve to give him a urine test on his first drill weekend.

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch.

  • When Will ABC News Release the Full Vester Flanagan Manifesto?

    08/28/2015 11:41:38 AM PDT · 20 of 27
    ExNewsExSpook to george76

    Here’s something else ABC should divulge: the killer contacted the network more than a week before his rampage, to pitch a story idea. Exactly what was said, who did he talk to, and did his “pitch” cause any concerns? And if it did, why didn’t they bother to contact authorities? It’s a virtual certainty that the ABC staffer who spoke with the shooter had caller ID on his phone and the number could be easily traced.

    Obviously, any TV newsroom gets its share of crank calls. But most of the nuts—and I dealt with a few during my days as a journo—don’t couch their comments in terms of a story pitch; they usually tell you a UFO has landed in their back yard, or their spouse and/or boss has conspired to plant a mind control chip in their brains. Flanagan told them he wanted to pitch a story, which indicated he was in the biz, or knew enough lingo to get their attention.

    In any case, ABC either ignored his call, or they were waiting for him to call in again. They never bothered to phone the authorities until after Flanagan had snuffed out two innocent lives.

    Which brings us to the other question ABC must answer: after receiving his “manifesto,” how long did it take them to link the screed to the nut who called on the phone. The amount of time required will give you some idea of how much attention was paid to the original call. It would also be helpful to know if he knew someone at the bureau, or simply called out of the blue and got himself connected to the assignment desk.

    Then again, ABC is too busy advancing the gun control agenda—and besides, they don’t want to admit any possible culpability in the rampage.

  • Slain TV reporter's boyfriend asks for dialogue over gun violence

    08/27/2015 7:21:50 PM PDT · 72 of 98
    ExNewsExSpook to E. Pluribus Unum

    He might also ask for a dialogue with the FCC, EEOC and every other federal alphabet agency that mandates racial quotas—formal and informal—in the workplace. The shooter appears to be little more than an affirmative action hire. His incompetence was a journalist was an issue at every small market station where he (briefly) worked. WDBJ was just as committed to “diversity” as any other broadcast news organization. They needed a little more racial balance on the team, and preferably from someone who would fill the desired squares and work cheap. The killer was making $36,000 a year at the station—not much more than an entry-level salary. Management quickly realized their mistake and got rid of him, only to see two of their staffers pay the ultimate price two years later.

    If Flanagan/Williams had been a white guy, he would have never been hired—not with his record of failure in the business.

    My deepest sympathies for Mr Hurst and all affected by this senseless crime. But the real causes lie not in the killer’s weapon, but why a deranged megalomaniac wound up in the WDBJ newsroom

  • ‘Diversity and Inclusion Specialist’ Job with Feds Pays $118K a Year

    08/27/2015 6:10:01 AM PDT · 28 of 35
    ExNewsExSpook to markomalley

    This post (indirectly) highlights another scenario that will unfold over the next year or so. As Zero prepares to leave the White House, there will be a systematic effort to move scores of lower-level political appointees into permanent jobs within the bureaucracy.

    The transfer will serve three purposes; first, it’s a reward for serving the regime; second, it creates a cadre to protect Barry’s legacy, by slow-rolling efforts to overturn or modify his “reforms,” and third, it complicates efforts by a Republican president to clean up the bureaucratic nightmare left by Obama.

    It’s long been part of the process in Washington; over the last two years of the Clinton Administration, at least 57 Democratic appointees moved into civil service jobs;

    http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=9436

    At the end of George W. Bush’s time in office, at least 20 political appointees were transferred into civil service positions:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/17/AR2008111703537.html

    The transfer under Obama will likely involved hundreds of his minions and it’s probably underway already. We typically don’t find out the exact number until the next administration takes office.

  • Rosie O'Donnell's Daughter Chelsea Leaves Home Again To Live With Birth Mother

    08/27/2015 5:57:48 AM PDT · 18 of 26
    ExNewsExSpook to HomerBohn
    Yeah, this young woman has to choose between her birth mother (who was reportedly a heroin addict at one time), and Rosie O'Donnell, who is, Rosie O'Donnell. Ewwwww.

    Now that her adopted “mother” has cut off her allowance, I see some sort of tell-all in the offing. Probably a book, with a pre-publication excerpt in the National Enquirer, or similar rag. Or, if she can't get a book deal, a paid interview by one of the tabloids.

    I'm sure Chelsea saw plenty during her years in the O'Donnell household. Her willingness to give up a comfortable lifestyle to live with her birth mother speaks volumes about what has been going on under Rosie's roof.

    Could be “Mommie Dearest” for the Millennial Generation.

  • Possible Troop Movements in China?

    08/25/2015 1:44:23 PM PDT · 43 of 63
    ExNewsExSpook to RinaseaofDs

    There were reported military movements along the border between China and NK over the weekend, during the latest crisis on the peninsula. Probably a routine move; Beijing has long feared a humanitarian wave when the Kim dynasty collapses, and Chinese leaders were simply taking normal precautions.

    But the economic troubles in the PRC are far from over, and we will continue to feel the effects over here.

  • Pentagon Silent on Whether Top-Secret Data was Compromised in Clinton Emails

    08/25/2015 1:37:38 PM PDT · 5 of 32
    ExNewsExSpook to MeshugeMikey

    The Pentagon’s silence is all you need to know.

    If the intelligence community and state department inspectors general say the e-mails should have been classified TS/SI/TK/NF, it means they contained information from signals intelligence (as denoted by the SI caveat) and overhead platforms, as indicated by the TK caveat.

    We can only speculate about the number of intel sources that have dried up since Hillary created her home brew e-mail system. Most of our adversaries have a good idea about our intel capabilities, thanks to turncoats like Edward Snowden. Info from Hillary’s network will help them close a few more holes.

  • Lindsey Graham Says He Will Beat Trump’s Brains Out [VIDEO]

    08/25/2015 11:53:40 AM PDT · 76 of 90
    ExNewsExSpook to sheikdetailfeather

    Lindsey needs to do the same thing he just did in the Air Force Reserve: retire. The guy is a laughingstock; he won’t even carry his home state in next year’s GOP primary. And, if Trey Gowdy announces for Senate, Graham will lose in a blowout that will make Robert Bennett’s loss to Mike Lee look like a nail-biter.

    And it will look even worse when Gowdy claims Hillary Clinton’s scalp.

  • Air Force to award highest non-combat medal to train-attack hero

    08/24/2015 6:21:10 PM PDT · 26 of 68
    ExNewsExSpook to SES1066

    A1C Stone is actually the second airman to receive France’s highest honor in 2015. SSgt Gregory Swarz from RAF Lakenheath was honored for rescuing three French airmen from a fire at a Spanish air base in January. A Greek F-16 crashed into a French aircraft that was being refueled on the ground, igniting an inferno. Swarz rushed into the flames and pulled the French airmen to safety.

    http://www.airforcetimes.com/story/military/2015/06/24/maintainer-receives-airmans-medal/29215435/

    Maybe not quite on the level of thwarting a terrorist attack, SSgt Swarz is definitely a hero.

  • Wall Street in free-fall as traders ditch stocks amid global rout (Dow Down 921/6%)

    08/24/2015 7:06:08 AM PDT · 44 of 95
    ExNewsExSpook to C19fan

    I’ve got my popcorn and I’m watching the slaughter..no excuse for getting caught in this one; you could see the tsunami building in the Chinese markets and heading this way.

    I got out of the market last week, and I’m sure a lot of other folks did, too. Once the blood-letting is over, ther should be some real bargains. Of course, this correction has the potential to make 2008 look like a walk in the park.

  • 70% of North Korea’s Submarines have Left their Bases, Can’t be Located

    08/24/2015 7:01:51 AM PDT · 33 of 46
    ExNewsExSpook to hoosiermama

    Not necessarily. The NORKs are very good at denial and deception; they have an active satellite warning program, and know how to time key events when our platforms are not overhead. Of course, we can supplement satellite coverage with other sensors (including electro-optical and radar data from the U-2 and Global Hawk), but the NORKs still have windows of opportunity and know how to use them.

    BTW, I’m not totally accepting the proposition that all those NK subs are unlocated. They are very noising (by diesel-electric standards) and you’d think our patrol craft and surface vessels would have located a few by now. As noted in another post, our ASW capability has been impacted by budget cuts and the temporary absence of a U.S. carrier in the Far East. That reduces the number of sub-hunter assets by at least three surface ships and one attack submarine—not to mention the helos that operate from the carrier.

    The next U.S. carrier to be home-ported in the Far East (the USS Ronald Reagan) won’t arrive in the region until the end of the month—at the earliest). The Reagan is currently in San Diego, conducted a crew swap with the USS George Washington, which is heading for mid-life upgrade at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia. Many of the sailors currently on the Washington will move to the Reagan before it sails for Japan.

  • 70% of North Korea’s Submarines have Left their Bases, Can’t be Located

    08/24/2015 6:53:24 AM PDT · 32 of 46
    ExNewsExSpook to Lower Deck
    They do, but not as robust as ours. Case in point? The sinking of that ROKN corvette five years ago; NK sub got very close before launching the torpedo that sank the surface vessel, killing 46 South Korean sailors.

    I would hope that every available P-8 and P-3 is on patrol, seeding the Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan with sonabouys. Between the U.S., ROK and Japan, we should have enough patrol craft and vessels to begin tracking down some of those noisy NK boats. Unfortunately, Zero never wants to take the lead on any sort of military operation, and it takes U.S. leadership to get the ROKs and Japanese to cooperate.

  • 70% of North Korea’s Submarines have Left their Bases, Can’t be Located

    08/24/2015 5:49:45 AM PDT · 15 of 46
    ExNewsExSpook to TigerClaws

    I’m not sure how much I believe the “can’t be located” claim. The vast majority of NK’s sub fleet is comprised of obsolete Russian designs from the 60s that are (by diesel standards) very noisy. But then again, we’ve been cutting our ASW budget for years, and Pyongyang is making these moves at a time when the U.S. does not have a carrier in the region, so most of the battle group’s organic ASW assets aren’t available, either.

    One important note: if NK was preparing for large-scale SOF attack, there would be preparations and deployments among their AN-2 Colt fleet and the air cushion craft based on the eastern and western coasts. Pyongyang relies far more on those platforms for SOF insertion than the subs. So, far, I haven’t heard any reports of unusual activity among those assets. In fact, it’s a fair bet that most of the AN-2 crews are out in the fields, growing food, to prevent starvation this winter. The subs sortied because the DPRK Navy does more of its training in the spring and summer, when sea conditions are move favorable.

  • UPDATE on Belgian/France Terrorist Train Attack

    08/22/2015 1:09:55 PM PDT · 10 of 41
    ExNewsExSpook to MarvinStinson

    Train company employees show the Spirit of 1940 lives on in France.

    What’s the old joke about the French Army having a used rifle sale? Never fired...only dropped once.

  • The flying marshal: North Korea builds private runways for plane-loving Kim

    08/20/2015 4:59:38 PM PDT · 19 of 19
    ExNewsExSpook to TigerLikesRooster

    I studied the AN-2 problem for years as an intel analyst. The AN-2 (NATO code name: Colt) represents a difficult challenge; most of the airframe is fabric and wood—very small radar cross section.

    Additionally, they cruise at about 90 kits , so they are below the Doppler gate for most air intercept and fire control radars. Operators actually have to lower the gate to pick up the slow-moving target, but that increases the background noise and makes it difficult to distinguish the aircraft from the clutter. Making matters worse, the Colt is flying at low level, so you’ve got the issue of ground clutter as well.

    Best ways to go after them are with MANPAD SAMs, AAA and attack helos; intercept at night with a fast mover is extremely difficult.

  • The flying marshal: North Korea builds private runways for plane-loving Kim

    08/19/2015 8:20:38 PM PDT · 11 of 19
    ExNewsExSpook to gaijin

    It’s also the primary insertion aircraft for NK SOF forces. Small, built largely from fabric and wood, almost invisible on radar due to its construction and low/slow flight profile. Perfect get away plane if you were worried about a potential coup or simply wanted to make it more difficult to track your movements.

    Kim Jong-il traveled only by special train and their preparation often tipped off the spooks about his travels. He was more concerned about sabotage or assassination than the safety of flight. The fact that Kim Jong un is flying on a regular basis suggests he is less worried about internal threats or, at a minimum, he has found pilots and maintainers within the NKAF that he is willing to trust with his life.

  • Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace

    08/15/2015 7:22:11 PM PDT · 32 of 53
    ExNewsExSpook to clive bitterman
    My connection with Amazon is far more tenuous—I'm only an occasional customer. But I do see their reps on the education and job fair circuit in my area, trying to get current and former military personnel to sign on.

    After reading the NYT article, I've got to wonder how many of those vets last more than a few months. The long hours are no problem—never met an ex-military guy or gal who wasn't afraid to put in the hours required to get the job done. But it must be a huge culture shock to work at a place where anonymous criticism can sink your career in a matter of weeks. That's about as far removed as you can get from a system (like the military) which is built on trust and teamwork.

  • Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace

    08/15/2015 2:07:04 PM PDT · 25 of 53
    ExNewsExSpook to Tennessee Conservative

    High workforce turnover also saves a lot on medical benefits and the pension program. Recruit ‘em young, work their butts off, then drive them away in 2-8 years, and bring in more.

    Wonder what the vesting point is in Amazon’s 401K program? I’ll bet a lot of worker and junior execs walk away with only their contributions after a few years of 80+ hour weeks.

    Amazon is unique; they’re on track to become the first $1 trillion retailer that only occasionally turns a profit

  • HILLARY CLINTON MAY BLAME CLASSIFIED EMAILS ON AIDE: SOMEONE HAS TO TAKE THE FALL

    08/13/2015 2:32:34 PM PDT · 72 of 84
    ExNewsExSpook to occamrzr06

    What’s more, in the wake of the Bradley Manning scandal, the government doubled down to prevent the illegal download or transfer of classified material. I got out of the business back in 2008—before anyone had ever heard of Manning or Edward Snowden. But at the intel center where I worked, it was impossible to find a workstation that allowed analysts to download/transfer files by thumb drive or similar device. If you wanted to move a file from SIPRNET (Secret) to JWICS (TS/SCI), it had to be done by an administrator, on a machine that permitted the upload/download of classified information.

    If there were actual satellite images in her e-mails (doubtful), then someone was actually moving documents between systems (an obvious crime). More likely, the information was probably paraphrased from the original intel documents, with enough material to warrant the classification at TS/SCI level.

    To borrow a phrase from Webb Hubbell, I wonder if Huma or Cheryl Mills will be the first to “roll over” for Hillary.

  • The Spy Satellite Secrets in Hillary’s Emails

    08/13/2015 5:37:24 AM PDT · 103 of 104
    ExNewsExSpook to publana

    My guess is that the imagery material referred to the description/analysis. Virtually every piece of IMINT contains a detailed written summary, explaining what was found in the imagery. The exception would be if someone was actually uploading classified documents to HRC’s network, via flash drive or similar device. But if that was the case, the “finished” intelligence reports would have page and paragraph classification markings that could not be easily removed.

  • The Spy Satellite Secrets in Hillary’s Emails

    08/12/2015 6:55:42 PM PDT · 43 of 104
    ExNewsExSpook to publana

    The only way intelligence docs (with classification markings) would be on the system is for someone to make an electronic transfer via a flash drive or similar device. SECRET-level material is handled on SIPRNET; TS/SCI on JWICS.

    These days, thanks to the Snowden and Bradley Manning scandals, it’s very difficult to find classified work stations that allow you to download info via portable storage device. When I left the business almost seven years ago, if you wanted to move a Secret file to JWICS, you had to take the file to a network administrator.

    More than likely, Hillary and the gang were reviewing classified docs on JWICS and SIPRNET, then paraphrasing the material in e-mails on her network. That’s one reason it’s taken the IG this long to make the classification determination; they’re having to compare the e-mails with original intel docs and go through them line-by-line.

  • The Spy Satellite Secrets in Hillary’s Emails

    08/12/2015 6:50:28 PM PDT · 40 of 104
    ExNewsExSpook to psjones

    The next question is which Hillary aides get thrown under the bus and in what order. According to some reports, HRC only made generic comments in response to the e-mails, suggesting that most of the traffic was originated by her staff (at her request, of course).

    So, FReepers, who is the first Hillary aide who gets hung out to dry over the e-mail scandal. The Queen will most assuredly be the last to walk the plank—if it goes that far.

  • The Spy Satellite Secrets in Hillary’s Emails

    08/12/2015 6:47:16 PM PDT · 37 of 104
    ExNewsExSpook to A Cyrenian

    All the above...virtually any nation with a national SIGINT service of middling ability was able to get into Hillary’s server. They must have gotten a kick out of the NOFORN material from her server.

  • U.S. Nuclear Target Map! Do You Live In The Death Zone?

    08/11/2015 2:49:21 PM PDT · 146 of 193
    ExNewsExSpook to KeyLargo

    The debate over “evacuating” a nuke zone reminds me of a funny story from my Air Force days. I was never a missile launch officer, but had a number of friends who were. One relayed a story from Whiteman AFB, Missouri, back in the 80s, when the base was home to a Minuteman wing.

    One evening in mid-summer, SAC began running one of their drills for the missile force. For whatever reason, a missile crew commander at Whiteman decided this one was the real deal. Before strapping himself into the chair at his console, he began fumbling for his sidearm, telling his deputy that “I’m not going to die without my gun.” Making matters even more comical, the guy was in his skivvies; so here is an Air Force officer, prepared to unleash nuclear Armageddon in his underwear, complete with sidearm.

    As the crew ran through their pre-launch checklist, the commander decided that even if he was about to be vaporized, his family deserved a fighting chance. So, in complete violation of all rules/regulations/protocol, he called the Whiteman command post and directed them to patch him through to his home. When his sleepy wife picked up the phone, the MCC shouted “Head for the hills, honey, it’s World War III,” then hung up the phone. Being a good Air Force spouse, she quickly rounded up the kids and the dog, loaded them in the station wagon and headed for the Ozarks, but not before calling all of her friends and sharing the news with them.

    By one estimate, there were at least 20 cars in the convoy, and some of them made it all the way to the Lake of Ozarks before realizing the world had not come to an end.

    Needless to say, that was the MCC’s last alert.

  • U.S. Nuclear Target Map! Do You Live In The Death Zone?

    08/11/2015 2:36:43 PM PDT · 142 of 193
    ExNewsExSpook to T-Bone Texan

    You are correct; Iran’s first ICBM warheads will be small (probably less than 10kt and inaccurate); they will only have value against population centers, or as an EMP burst.

  • U.S. Nuclear Target Map! Do You Live In The Death Zone?

    08/11/2015 2:34:45 PM PDT · 139 of 193
    ExNewsExSpook to C. Nelson

    Some of the supposed “targets” are ludicrous. For example, there’s a red dot along the Mississippi River between the Missouri Bootheel and Northwest Tennessee. The last target of military value, Eaker AFB (located near Blytheville, AR) shut down over 20 years ago. Dropping a nuke in that area would fry hundreds of catfish in the river and scorch some adjacent farm land, and that’s about it.

    Likewise, there appears to be a red dot on Branson, Missouri. Guess the nuclear targeteers in Russia and/or China didn’t like their visit to the Ozarks, or they want to deny a post-apocalyptic vacation to surviving senior citizens.

  • St. Louis County issues State of Emergency (Fergadishu Burning Tonight!)

    08/10/2015 12:41:00 PM PDT · 39 of 72
    ExNewsExSpook to tcrlaf

    And once again, where is Missouri Governor Jay Nixon(D)? They knew the anniversary was coming, yet he did nothing to send additional state troopers into Ferguson, or place the National Guard on stand-by.

    Of course, Nixon is the guy who invented the “let it burn” philosophy of maintaining public order, long before it became fashionable in Baltimore. But then again, Nixon knows where his party has to harvest lots of votes to have a chance in state-wide elections.

    Nixon will let the “yuts” run wild for three or four days, then deploy the guard around public buildings, as he did on previous occasions.

    I see the Cardinals open a home stand tomorrow night. What are the odds the protestors will try to replicate their “success” in Baltimore, where they were forced to play a game before an empty stadium.

    Having grown up in Missouri, I’d say trying to disrupt a Cardinals game is probably the quickest ticket for the rioters to suffer bodily harm. St. Louis is probably the biggest baseball town in America and the Cardinals are an institution. Fans won’t take kindly to their night at the ballpark being disrupted by “memorial riots” for the gentle giant.

  • The Lowly Jack in The Box Taco

    08/09/2015 1:29:54 PM PDT · 98 of 106
    ExNewsExSpook to rikkir

    You sound like my daughter and granddaughter; they like steaks so rare you can still hear the “moooo” as you carve them.

  • The Lowly Jack in The Box Taco

    08/08/2015 2:28:59 PM PDT · 73 of 106
    ExNewsExSpook to mylife

    For those of us outside Jack in the Box land, you’re making us hungry...and I’ve got a ribeye on the grill as I type.

  • Fox News Couldn't Kill Trump's Momentum, Made Him Stronger

    08/07/2015 9:12:56 AM PDT · 132 of 152
    ExNewsExSpook to HiTech RedNeck

    Never said Trump had to give away the store...but build on your momentum by offering specifics. If he doesn’t do that soon, he will squander his momentum. All of us who are angry about any number of issues are looking for concrete solutions. So far, those have been in short supply from The Donald.

  • Fox News Couldn't Kill Trump's Momentum, Made Him Stronger

    08/07/2015 8:48:09 AM PDT · 111 of 152
    ExNewsExSpook to Ditter

    Cruz was excellent, and it appeared the Fox interlocutors stayed away from him, realizing Ted was going to knock anything out of the park. Rubio did very well, too, and even the Huckster had his moments.

    Trump, in a word, was Trump. I really feel sorry for the staffer assigned to prep him for the debate; in fact, it looked like he never prepared at all. Just bluster, and no specifics, even for the easiest questions.

    For example: Trump was pressed on “proof” that Mexico is sending criminals to the U.S. Here’s an easy response: “it is well-documented that the drug cartels control much of the Mexican government. That’s why the federales turn their heads when illegals flood our southern border. So, when all of those drug traffickers and human trafficking coyotes enter our country, it is with the tacit approval of the Mexican government and their drug cartel bosses.”

    For those timing the political market, “Peak Trump” was about 8:55 pm EDT last night. He caught lightning in a bottle and doesn’t know how to fully exploit it.

  • Hiroshima: Thoughts on an awful anniversary [Do the Ends Justify the Means?]

    08/06/2015 9:23:34 AM PDT · 26 of 104
    ExNewsExSpook to Attention Surplus Disorder

    In the run-up to the planned invasion of Japan, physicist William Shockley was asked to prepare a casualty estimate for Secretary of War Henry Stimson. He calculated the twin invasions of the main Japanese islands, scheduled for the Fall of 1945 and the Spring of 1946, would result in as many as 1.7 million casualties, with 400-800,000 KIA—roughly the same number killed (on the low end) in all battles/all theaters up to that point. More conservative estimates from Admiral William Leahy put our expected combat deaths between 250-300,000. The number of Japanese dead would be in the millions.

    Here’s another way of looking at the cost of invading Japan. Most of the Purple Hearts awarded to our dead and wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq came from stocks produced ahead of the planned amphibious landings in Japan. As of 2010, there were still more than 100,000 of those WWII medal kits still in defense supply warehouses.

    A lot of us wouldn’t be here today if the U.S. hadn’t dropped the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. My father was part of the 1st Army that fought its way across Europe after D-Day. Plans called for the 1st to lead the invasion of Honshu in the spring of 1946, with the objective of taking Tokyo. It would have been a bloody, protracted campaign, and a lot of ETO vets did not expect to make it through a second campaign against Japan.

  • The indefensible Hiroshima revisionism that haunts America to this day (BARF)

    08/05/2015 2:28:46 PM PDT · 54 of 94
    ExNewsExSpook to rey

    Funny you should mention that. Just out of OTS (and intel school) in the mid-80s, I was assigned to an F-4 wing. My boss was a Capt who had just returned a tour at Osan AB, Korea. She mentioned going shopping off-base one day in early August, and noticed some of the older Koreans wearing formal clothing and displaying ceremonial lanterns outside their homes.

    Back on base, she asked a Korean Colonel if there was a ROK holiday in early August. He smiled and shook his head, then asked: “Don’t you know what happened today? This is the day you dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima?” He went on to explain that Koreans who lived through the Japanese occupation and World War II regarded the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as two of the greatest events in human history.

    Like many other groups in Asia, the Koreans suffered horribly at the hands of the Japanese. When I was there, the only Japanese-made consumer goods were motorcycles, and all of the Japanese manufacturers had Korean partners. They knew ROK consumers would not buy a bike with a “purely Japanese” name.

  • The indefensible Hiroshima revisionism that haunts America to this day (BARF)

    08/05/2015 2:13:27 PM PDT · 41 of 94
    ExNewsExSpook to rey

    Funny you should mention that. Just out of OTS (and intel school) in the mid-80s, I was assigned to an F-4 wing. My boss was a Capt who had just returned a tour at Osan AB, Korea. She mentioned going shopping off-base one day in early August, and noticed some of the older Koreans wearing formal clothing and displaying ceremonial lanterns outside their homes.

    Back on base, she asked a Korean Colonel if there was a ROK holiday in early August. He smiled and shook his head, then asked: “Don’t you know what happened today? This is the day you dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima?” He went on to explain that Koreans who lived through the Japanese occupation and World War II regarded the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as two of the greatest events in human history.

    Like many other groups in Asia, the Koreans suffered horribly at the hands of the Japanese. When I was there, the only Japanese-made consumer goods were motorcycles, and all of the Japanese manufacturers had Korean partners. They knew ROK consumers would not buy a bike with a “purely Japanese” name.

  • Activists say 27 killed after Syrian warplane crashes on bombing run

    08/03/2015 1:32:03 PM PDT · 11 of 13
    ExNewsExSpook to driftdiver

    Concur...I was thinking missile attack (perhaps a FROG-7, SS-21 or Scud variant), but not much of a crater. Still, hard to believe that a single SU-24 or Fitter with a couple of 1,000 pound bombs could create that much damage against reinforced concrete buildings—and with no scorch marks and no aircraft debris.

  • N. Korea: Drug diet fad emerges among elite

    08/03/2015 5:49:02 AM PDT · 14 of 31
    ExNewsExSpook to TigerLikesRooster

    Didn’t know anyone in the DPRK, other than Baby Huey, a.k.a. Kim Jong-un, had a weight problem. The vast majority of North Koreans subsist on starvation rations; usually no more than a bowl of rice a day, and a small piece of fish once or twice a week. Conditions in the countryside are far worse; reports of residents eating grass to stay alive are not exaggerated, and most of the 1 million or North Koreans who died in the decade-long famine were from rural areas.

    Malnutrition is such a chronic problem in the worker’s paradise that the average Nork is now 5-6 inches shorter and about 40 pounds lighter than the typical South Korea. And large numbers of North Korean children show the chronic effects of malnutrition, including brain damage.

    Of course, the elites are a different group. Fat Boy, like his father and grandfather before him, understands the importance of delivering actual food and consumer goods to the key people in the military and the communist party, in return for their support.

    Going on meth to lose weight is probably a matter of life and death. Being corpulent in a society where almost everyone is stick thin is a good way to attract attention from the secret police, and it gives them the foundation for charges of dealing in the black market, etc. Very handy for getting rid of elites who run afoul of the regime.

  • Officer fatally shot during traffic stop in Memphis; killer on the run

    08/02/2015 9:42:43 AM PDT · 19 of 22
    ExNewsExSpook to boycott

    Remember, this is the same guy who believes Memphis can solve most of its problems by digging up the remains of Nathan Bedford Forrest and putting him in a new grave outside the city limits.

    I grew up near Memphis; the city’s long decline is very sad. Fifty-five years ago, Memphis and Atlanta were roughly equal in size. Atlanta is hardly a paradise (IMO), but it left Memphis in the dust because the politicians learned to work with the business community and build the economy.

    Memphis should be thankful Fred Smith decided to move FedEx from Little Rock to the Bluff City decades ago. FedEx is one of the few major corporations that has grown in Memphis over the past 30 years; many more have moved, sold out, or merged with other firms headquartered elsewhere. Beyond FedEx, welfare is probably the other major element of the Memphis economy. And who has presided over the city’s decline? Why, the Democratic Party, of course.

    Any growth in the Memphis area is outside the city limits. Anyone able to make the move (black and white) relocated to places like Germantown, Collierville, Fayette County and northern Mississippi years ago. From time to time, there’s talk about fully consolidating government functions in Memphis and Shelby County, a proposal that is met with a resounding “hell no” by anyone living outside the city.

    Memphis is firmly on the Detroit/Baltimore track for urban rot and decay. The “yuts” and the criminal class are running wild, while political leadership wonders how they relocate General Forrest—and claim credit for that important victory over racism.

  • Fight breaks out at Bobbi Kristina's funeral...

    08/01/2015 4:35:08 PM PDT · 16 of 54
    ExNewsExSpook to Original Lurker

    I understand the “theme” of the funeral was “Sweet 16.” Never knew such events had a “theme;” the idea of modeling it on a Sweet 16 party is simply mind-boggling. So is one of the aunts urging mourners to donate to her charity, instead of buying flowers for the departed.

  • MA Town Determines That an Educational WWII History Museum Isn’t Educational (WWII Aircraft)

    08/01/2015 7:27:59 AM PDT · 46 of 69
    ExNewsExSpook to stars & stripes forever
    A logical move, IMO, would be for the foundation to merge with the Commemorative Air Force, formerly known as the Confederate Air Force. They have facilities around the country and more than 160 former warbirds in their inventory. Much of the CAF, as I recall, is based in Texas; displaying and flying vintage military aircraft should not be a problem down there. At one point, the CAF ended their air shows with a WWII salute featuring a B-29 fly-by and detonation of an explosive device that produced a small mushroom cloud. I've donated to the foundation in the past; I won't give again until they get the hell out of Mass.
  • Internal Poll Shows Trump Generating Strong Support Among Minority Voters – “LANDSLIDE”

    07/29/2015 12:05:23 PM PDT · 55 of 171
    ExNewsExSpook to onyx

    Just heard Rush discussing the poll...Trump has a higher favorability rating among Hispanics than Jeb!. And El Rushbo expertly followed that with a call from a Hispanic woman who said she likes Trump because he isn’t pandering to them by speaking in Spanish.

    The Donald may yet implode, but then again, he may not. His message is resonating across the electorate and it’s scaring the hell out of the ruling class.

    The first GOP debate in Cleveland is going to be epic.

  • Remains of 36 unidentified Marines from WWII battle return

    07/27/2015 11:23:04 AM PDT · 9 of 9
    ExNewsExSpook to ken5050

    You are referring to Operation Tiger, one of the dress rehearsals for the D-Day invasion. On the first day of the exercise, there was a friendly-fire incident because of communications problems and on Day Two, German E-boats attacked a convoy of LSTs, escorted by a British corvette.

    There were reports of the incident in Yank magazine in July of that year, so the debacle wasn’t completely suppressed. But is was conveniently forgotten, and the families of many victims didn’t learn until years later that their son or husband died in a training accident, since the casualties were released along with those who died on D-Day.

  • Remains of 36 unidentified Marines from WWII battle return

    07/27/2015 8:07:02 AM PDT · 7 of 9
    ExNewsExSpook to ken5050

    Tarawa is a classic example of poor intelligence and poor operational planning. Less than a year after Guadalcanal, the U.S. was in the opening phase of its central Pacific campaign. Preliminary operations had gone well, with Marines taking some atolls (ahead of Tarawa) with little-to-no resistance.

    Planners expected a stiffer fight for Tarawa, but had no idea the Japanese had heavily reinforced their garrison and brought in 1,000 Korean laborers to build fortifications. But their biggest blunder was failing to account for the “neap tide” on the first two days of the invasion. The water was so shallow that Higgins boats couldn’t clear the reef, and Marines had to be dropped off hundreds of yards from the beach. Hundreds were cut down by enemy machine gun fire.

    Actor Eddie Albert, a Navy Lieutenant in charge of a section of landing craft, won the Bronze Star for rescuing 47 wounded Marines from the surf and supervising the rescue of 30 more. Of the 5,000 Marines that landed on D-Day, 1,500 were killed or wounded.

    You’re right about our refusal to accept casualties. Marine deaths during one month on Iwo Jima equal our total KIA from Iraq and Afghanistan over the past fourteen years. And very few people realize the 8th Air Force (which conducted daylight bombing raids over Nazi-occupied Europe) suffered more combat deaths than the Marines in the Pacific.

    It was a different time and a different country. As a baby boomer, I must say that most of my generation pales in comparison to our parents and grandparents.

  • Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, has died

    07/27/2015 5:54:29 AM PDT · 20 of 30
    ExNewsExSpook to TChad

    Two words: Bobby Brown.

  • Military Times Honors Service Members of the Year in DC

    07/24/2015 3:48:18 PM PDT · 5 of 9
    ExNewsExSpook to GreyHoundSailor

    Yeah, ask any Chief, Senior Chief of Master Chief; you can always count on a certain number of women on the crew to turn up pregnant just before a deployment. I guess the Hospitalman..er person who won this award is in charge of making sure they get the right pre-natal care and are assigned to light duty during their pregnancy.

    Meanwhile, the Chiefs have to coordinate with the manpower folks to pull a sailor from shore duty and get him or her ready for the deployment. Of course, they will never win an award for doing that job—which contributes directly to combat readiness.

  • Amazon shares surge 20 percent, market cap surpasses Wal-Mart

    07/24/2015 9:29:40 AM PDT · 11 of 12
    ExNewsExSpook to Enlightened1

    Amazing for an enterprise that only “occasionally” turns a profit.

  • Teenager falls from 100ft cliff, survives, then is bitten by snake

    07/22/2015 1:38:46 PM PDT · 28 of 34
    ExNewsExSpook to The Great RJ

    You beat me to it...amazing that his local NIH hospital had anti-venom in stock. Thought you normally went on a waiting list for that in the UK.

  • Obama touts VA progress, claims wait times reduced to ‘just a few days’

    07/22/2015 1:30:31 PM PDT · 17 of 20
    ExNewsExSpook to ComputerGuy

    If you live to be 90...maybe.

  • Ted Cruz’s Iran doomsday: ‘Murder’ of millions of Israelis, Americans

    07/21/2015 1:21:55 PM PDT · 11 of 15
    ExNewsExSpook to Paulie

    Forget about the ship...Iran is on the verge of testing a crude ICBM capable of reaching the eastern half of the U.S. Imagine the effects of one or two EMP bursts between D.C. and Boston.

    Incidentally, the only viable defense we have against ICBMs are the ground-based interceptor missiles in California and Alaska. The Pentagon estimates the current interceptor force could achieve a 90% probability of intercept by firing four missiles at each in-bound ICBM. Based on that ratio, we can defend against a total of 7 ICBMs.

    In other words, once Iran develops an ICBM, it will be able to saturate our existing defenses in a matter of months. And something else the administration won’t admit publicly: Obama and his crack national security team did not expect an ICBM threat from Iran until 2020 (at the earliest), despite intel warnings that such a capability is at hand.

    One more thing: Iran is also a prime candidate for the Klub-K, the Russian-built cruise missile that can be hidden in a shipping container. Put a nuke on that platform, hide it on an Iranian-controlled container ship, and launch off the eastern seaboard.

    For what it’s worth, NORTHCOM is spending lots of money to upgrade detection and intercept capabilities against that type of threat.

  • Hillary Clinton tries to go home again [She and Bill helped turn Arkansas Republican]

    07/21/2015 9:21:32 AM PDT · 15 of 15
    ExNewsExSpook to Dilbert San Diego

    Arkansas is the last place on earth Hillary could ever win an election—and that dates back to the days when Democrats still ran the show. The level of contempt for Her Highness is incredible. Both she and Bill pissed off a lot of people as they muscled their way to the top, and a Hillary for Senate campaign was going to be pay-back time.

    The ruin that is the Democrat party of Arkansas is a living monument to Bill and Hill. Of course, they don’t care; it was simply a launching pad for them. Bill still gets a certain level of respect as a former president, but you could hold a meeting of the Hillary Arkansas fan club in a small closet. And, judging by the shape of the Democrat Party in Arkansas, you could hold the next Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner in the same venue.

  • What Donald Trump was up to while John McCain was suffering as a prisoner of war

    07/20/2015 5:52:51 AM PDT · 87 of 216
    ExNewsExSpook to Cvengr
    McCain did not start the fire...a Zuni rocket mounted on an F-4 Phantom across the deck discharged due to a static build-up; it struck the fuel tank on McCain's A-4, starting the fire that became a conflagration that killed scores of sailors.

    I do remember McCain said he was told to go below deck as the flames spread, and he was evacuated to another carrier later in the day. However, plenty of his fellow pilots joined the chiefs and the junior sailors on the hose lines, so Trump might have questioned why McCain didn't participate with the fire-fighting teams that saved the ships.

    Likewise, McCain's recent performance on the Senate Armed Services Committee is fair game; he's done nothing, both as chair and ranking member, while sequestration has gutted our armed forces. He's supporting the "new" military retirement system that reduces the 20-year pension from 50% to 40% of base pay, and creates a mandatory 401K plan that will force junior troops to choose between making their contribution and paying the bills (Remember: the typical military retiree is an E-6 who gets about $1600 a month after taxes and deductions). He also did nothing about the VA scandal except make a few speeches.

    McCain's record in Libya and Syria are fair game as well. This is where Trump needs to be focusing his criticism. Dismissing McCain's heroism in Hanoi is nothing short of idiocy, particularly when Trump (like millions of other young Americans) played the deferment game to avoid military service. Besides, if Trump is going to slam McCain for being a mediocre pilot and getting shot down (which is open to debate), then you're making the same critique of men like Jim Stockdale, Jeremiah Denton, Robbie Risner and Leo Thorsness, among others. Sorry, that argument simply won't hold water.

    As my father is fond of saying, Trump is letting his mouth overload his brain. He desperately needs someone who can channel and focus his broadsides, and keep them directed at targets for legitimate criticism.

    McCain did not start the fire on the Forrestal. It's an urban legend that has been making the rounds for years and is demonstrably false.