It’s coming up on the weekend, so something a little lighter for your enjoyment!
Those guys are FAST on their feet! AND they never missed a beat…
For all you Fathers out there, HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
It’s coming up on the weekend, so something a little lighter for your enjoyment!
Those guys are FAST on their feet! AND they never missed a beat…
For all you Fathers out there, HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
Lawdog got me thinking about lightning and lightning strikes with THIS post…
One of the problems with aviation, is you are up there WITH the lightning, especially when you are flying operational aircraft and don’t have the option of dodging the weather like commercial airliners do…
I did a post a long time ago about a rescue we were involved in that caused us to have to fly into the back side of a hurricane, and the ensuing lightening damage we took.
The pictures below are a similar result to a P3 that took place a couple of weeks ago…
This picture shows the damage to the left side of the radome and ensuing fire in the radome, most probably caused by shorting out of the radar and the hyper expansion of the air due to heat (which may have also caused the rupture at the join in the middle of the radome). The thing sticking out the side of the radome is one of the struts. The straight ‘line’ above the split is one of the lightning wicks built into the radome to channel the lightning and keep this from happening (supposedly)…
This picture shows a nose on view of the radome, and the split down both sides right on the join line. Also, note the melted copper just above the ruler tape. It got a ‘hair’ warm right there…
The depth of the ‘dimple’ was about a foot, and of course the forward radar was inop from the initial strike on. NOT a good thing when you’re trying to penetrate bad weather, trust me on that one…
The crew also reported ball lightning coming through the tube and out the back. The 9 inch static wicks on the airplane were burned down to stubs by this strike….
THIS is a halfway decent little video on ball lightening, one thing I will say, it DOES have a charge and is repelled by other electrical systems.
But the old Orion brought the crew back, just like it has many times before…
And HERE is an explanation of St. Elmo’s Fire, and a pretty good little video about mid-page on how lightning occurs. St Elmo’s Fire is seen many times by pilots as a green flickering on the windscreen as they fly into clouds or near thunderstorms.
Now back to the regularly scheduled BS… 🙂
Well, the LWL are out in full cry…
Of course the left has called comment was racist and unacceptable. He was apparently outed by a SC blogger who found the comment on Facebook and posted it last week. Huffpo and numerous others are piling on as fast as they can..
Following outrage over the remark, DePass removed the comment from the social networking site and apologized, claiming the comment was a joke and he was only referencing Obamas past comments on evolution.
Facebook decided to “un-friend” DePass and completely removed his Facebook page from the site.
The Columbia, SC Mayor released a statement saying: “You know, I don’t think there’s anything funny about that comment. That is the first lady of the United States. We’ve had a long tradition of wonderful first ladies, and I don’t think any of them deserve that type of comment.” Gee, where was the “love” for Sarah Palin and her daughter???
Why wasn’t DePass given a pass like Letterman???
Ms. Parker gets it right… Too bad she is in the minority, but she makes MANY valid points, especially how the Internet CAN be used to hold people responsible! Ms. Parker’s email is at the bottom of the article, if you agree, drop her a note of thanks! I already have…
By Kathleen Parker
Sunday, June 14, 2009
One thing we can conclude from David Letterman’s bad jokes about Sarah Palin: He hasn’t flown commercial in a while.
Letterman’s “slutty flight attendant” remark about Palin was in poor taste, we can all agree. But it was a joke, and Letterman is a comedian. The joke probably would have been shrugged off and forgotten — Palin proved her humorous good sportsmanship on “Saturday Night Live” during the campaign — if not for Letterman’s sexually suggestive “joke” about her daughter.
Everyone knows by now that Letterman made fun of the Palin family’s trip to New York last week. He quipped that Palin’s daughter got “knocked up” by Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez during the seventh inning. Unable to stop his slide into the gutter, he said that the hardest part of the visit was keeping Eliot Spitzer away from her daughter.
Ba-da-bad. Alas, the only daughter with Palin was 14-year-old Willow.
Sorry, Dave, not funny. It was a joke according to stand-up formula — take two disparate news items and combine them in an unexpected way. No one does this better than humor columnist Andy Borowitz, who has the blogosphere in a snit with his column suggesting that Newt Gingrich accused Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor of faking her broken ankle to get sympathy. It was a JOKE!
The flight attendant line is a grown-up joke that one may or may not think is funny — though my guess is that many of the offended big brothers out there were happy to participate in the Palin-as-sexy-librarian fantasy. Fess up.
In any case, the joke was about an adult voluntarily in the public arena and, therefore, clearly of a different order than suggesting sexual relations between a child and a man. We call that rape. Letterman’s sort-of apology fell short of fixing things. He didn’t mean the 14-year-old daughter, he said. He meant the 18-year-old.
Sir, may I offer you a shovel? Or, perchance, a backhoe? Letterman was way off base and should apologize sincerely. But, please, may we stop there?
Calls for censorship or worse are far more dangerous to the land of the free than any inappropriate one-liner. John McCain — ever the chivalrous warrior — sallied forth with his own disapproving statement Thursday, saying: The Palins “deserve some kind of protection from being the butt of late-night hosts.”
They do? Are we talking vigilantes — or just good ol’ government censorship?
No, the Palins don’t deserve protection from late-night hosts. No one does. But children deserve protection from adults who have lost sight of their responsibility to be wardens of the innocent. And parents are the best guardians of their children. Keeping them out of the limelight seems a good starting point. And, no, I’m not suggesting that anyone “asked for it.”
The Palin jokes, for lack of a better term, were merely the latest in a string of recent hostile treatments of women — conservative women in particular. The Playboy magazine Web site listing conservative women whom men would like to have “hate” sex with was beyond the pale. The harsh treatment of poor Miss California USA (since dethroned) when she expressed her opinion that marriage should be between a man and a woman was simply unfair.
Opinions don’t get punished in this country. Period.
But we do have a problem, don’t we? Simply put, the zeitgeist has become mean and nasty, and we’re at a loss as to how to fix it. Here’s one thought: The Internet — which, ironically, contributes to the problem — may be the best solution possible.
Both gift and curse, the Internet has been so revolutionary and its gifts so immense that we’ve been like inmates in sudden possession of the keys. Instant access to a bullhorn and the world as one’s stage has unleashed a monstrous id, that undisciplined, infant part of the human psyche that wants what it wants when it wants. Multiply that by billions, and civilization is one harried nanny.
Thus, we have hate-sex Web pages and millions of others that degrade women, sexualize children and leave man — and womankind — to their basest instincts. Such is the profoundly messy, sometimes frightening, part of free expression.
On the other hand, we also have the passionate voices of sensible Americans who won’t let a comedian get away with trivializing rape. Which suggests that the best defense against rude comics is not “some kind of protection,” but the rallying cry of people who demand more from their society and themselves.
On another note- I did send an email to both Worldwide Pants and CBS, and as expected, ONLY got a form response from CBS ‘thanking me” for my comment… I’m just going to vote with my remote… No more CBS in my house.
EDIT- There IS a website going after Letterman for his actions! HERE is the link for Fire David Letterman. 🙂
Sadly, I just got an email that three soldiers in my buddy’s unit, the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, GA Nat’l Guard were killed in an IED attack in Ghazni, Afghanistan a couple of weeks ago. Their Memorial was held Jun 12 in Ghazni-
Maj. Kevin M. Jenrette, 37, of Lula, Ga.,
Sgt. First Class John C. Beale, 39, of Riverdale, Ga. (Promoted to current rank posthumously)
Sgt. Jeffrey W. Jordan, 21, of Rome, Ga. (Promoted to current rank posthumously)
May God bless the families as they grieve their tragic losses.
So I guess it is now okay to trash a sitting governor, suggest the rape of a 14 year old, and get laughs for it??? AND get laughs for his “apology”???
Where are the calls for Letterman to be fired?
Where are the Feminists protesting about the treatment of the daughter?
Where are the prominent politicians calling for his head?
Oh yeah, where is the main stream media outrage and coverage?
Oh wait, I know… I know…
White Female- Check
2A supporter- Check
Potential force in 2012- Check
Yeah, it’s all good, go ahead…
But what if the same things had been said about Michelle and Malia Obama? Would we be seeing the same responses???
Somehow I think not…
Anybody have ANY doubts about fairness in the MSM anymore?
An avowed long time white supremacist and hate monger, James W. von Brunn has shot or shot at least a couple of guards at the Holocaust Museum in DC today. He is apparently 88 years old, WWII Navy PT boat vet, and was convicted back in 1981 for similar actions against the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. He was also apparently virulently anti-Jew and basically anybody that was not white. He lived in Maryland, and somehow got a “long gun” that he used.
THIS from the Washington Times, inside the beltway column…
Important traditions that inspire are kind of lost on the red banner crowd, apparently.
Ceremonial swords never seemed to bother the Secret Service for any previous President. And before World War II, the swords were not particularly “ceremonial”, I’ve seen some of those blades at the Navy Museum in DC and they had been well used; boarding actions did occur on the China Station pre-war against river pirates, warlords, etc. Those swords were worn not just to graduation, but to Inaugurations, in the receiving line at the White House afterward, to the Inaugural Ball. Somehow nobody gave it a second thought. Somehow even Presidents in the past didn’t presume to specify items of uniform.
But of course, what worked for Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, F.D.R., the Bushes, and others (including even Clinton), any other rational non-cult leader…..doesn’t work for this former state senator anointed by the Chicago machine.
Does he secretly consider our Naval and Military leaders “the enemy”? Perhaps the message this sends escaped his handlers.
Another one you WON’T see on the MSM- A friend working mids at CSG USAFE (Ramstein), and three nights ago the Ramstein command post sent out a notice that the west gate of Ramstein was closed and the entire west side of the base was of limits due to a “special event”.
The Lt (ell-tee) on duty with my friend looked up from the DVD movie she was watching and mused, “Hmmmm, I wonder what it could be, maybe it’s the musical group that’s going to play at the officer’s club later this week.
My friend responded with, “ell-tee, a big blue-and-white 747 with United States of America painted on the side, landed here this evening, and is parked waaaaaaaaayyyy off in the corner, and the “president” is visiting Europe to trash America. Do you think that just maybe it might be his airplane and he is making a quick dash up to Landstuhl for some PR photos with injured
soldiers before running off to france???”
The ell-tee responded with, “Oh, yeah, you might be right”, then went back to watching her movie.
My friend said the event was kept very low key, no one was told the Lightbringer was on Ramstein or at Landstuhl, and NO one was allowed to see him or any of his gang; My thought- This was a pretty tacky way to do things; and once again a slam at the Military.
I was in the military for a long time, and I don’t recall one time when we weren’t told the President was in the area – of course he’s only brave when he can stand in front of a teleprompter and run his big mouth to trash America.
Apparently his visit with Angela Merkel didn’t go so well either.
On a different note- Finally got out of Japan, so a couple of points- On landing in Narita, we had to stay in our seats until the “nurses” in bio-hazard suits came onboard and looked at each passenger, and questioned some who had the mis-fortune to cough at the wrong time…
We had to fill out papers about where we were staying, and REALLY go through health screening lines prior to C&I (First time I have EVER seen those desks manned). Then to clear C&I, you had to have a piece of paper that said you had been through “Quarantine”.
We all know of the heroism of the Troops that hit the beaches on D-Day, June 6. What many people don’t realize is the Navy, in the form of Destroyers, were providing covering fire and taking the shore batteries from basically point blank (4000 yards and less) range to try to put them out of action and save the troops lives.
67 years ago today, the battle for Midway Island took place. Most Americans at the time didn’t even know where or what Midway Island was.
In June 1942, a month after the decisive U.S. victory in the Coral Sea, Japan was dealt a fatal blow at Midway Island-a blow that would turn the course of World War II in favor of the Allies. In August 1942 ALL HANDS, then known as the Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin, published the following account of the Battle of Midway-the beginning of the end of the fight in the Pacific.
Early in June, near the island of Midway, about 1100 miles to the west of Pearl Harbor, units of our Army, Navy, and Marine Corps joined action with a strong Japanese Invasion fleet which was approaching our Midway outpost.
At about 9 a.m., June 3, Navy Patrol planes reported a strong force of enemy ships about 700 miles off Midway, proceeding eastward. Nine U.S. Army B-17 Flying Fortresses based on Midway immediately were ordered to intercept and attack the approaching enemy. The Japanese force was approaching in five columns and was composed of many cruisers, transports, cargo vessels, and other escort ships. The Army bombers scored hits on one cruiser and one transport. Both ships were severely damaged and left burning.
About dawn on June 4, several groups of Army medium and heavy bombers and U.S. Marine Corps dive bombers and torpedo planes took to the air from Midway to attack the approaching enemy. Four Army torpedo bombers attacked two enemy aircraft carriers through a heavy screen of enemy fighter protection and a curtain of anti-aircraft fire. One torpedo hit on a carrier is believed to have been made. Two of the four bombers failed to return.
Six Marine Corps torpedo planes attacked the enemy force in the face of heavy odds. It is believed this group scored one hit on an enemy ship. Only one of the six planes returned to its base.
Sixteen Marine Corps dive bombers attacked and scored three hits on a carrier, which is to have been the Soryu. Only half of the attacking planes returned. Another group of 11 Marine Corps dive bombers made a later attack on enemy ships and reported two bomb hits on an enemy battleship, which was left smoking and listing.
A group of 16 U.S. Army Flying Fortresses carried out high-level bombing attacks, according three hits on enemy carriers. One carrier was left smoking heavily.
Shortly after the Marine Corps planes had left Midway, the island itself was attacked by a large group of carrier-based enemy planes. They were engaged by a badly out-numbered Marine Corps fighter force, which met the enemy in the air as he arrived. These defending fighters, aided by anti-aircraft batteries, shot down at least 40 of the enemy planes. As the result, the material damage to shore installations, though serious, was not disabling. No plane was caught grounded at Midway.
Meanwhile, U.S. Naval forces afloat were being brought into position. Our carrier-based aircraft were launched and were proceeding to the spot where the enemy’s previous course and speed would have placed him had he chosen to continue the assault. Unaware of the enemy’s of course, one group of Navy fighters and dive bombers searched along the reported track to the southeast until shortage of gas forced them to abandon the search. Some were forced down at sea when they ran out of gas. Most were later rescued.
A different flight composed of fighters, dive bombers, and torpedo planes concluded that the enemy was retreating. Fifteen torpedo planes from this group, located the enemy westward and proceeded to attack at once without protection or assistance of any kind. Although some hits were reported by radio, and although some enemy fighters were shot down, the total damage inflicted in this attack may never be known. None of the 15 planes returned. The sole survivor of the 30 officers was Ensign G.H. Gay Jr., who scored one torpedo hit on an enemy carrier before he was shot down.
Other torpedo planes proceeded to press the attack after the enemy had been located. In spite of heavy losses during these attacks, the torpedo planes engaged the attention of the enemy fighters and anti-aircraft batteries to such a degree that our dive bombers were able to drop bomb after bomb on the enemy ships without serious interference. Navy dive bombers scored many hits and inflicted upon the enemy the following damage:
The Kaga, Akagi, and Soryu, aircraft carriers, were severely damaged. Gasoline in planes caught on their flight decks ignited, starting fires which burned until each carrier had sunk. Two battleships were hit. One was left burning fiercely. One destroyer was hit and is believed to have sunk.
Shortly after this battle, a force of about 36 enemy planes from the damaged carrier Hiryu attacked the U.S. aircraft carrierYorktown and her escorts. Eleven of 18 Japanese bombers in this group were shot down before their bombs were dropped. Seven got through our fighter protection. Of the seven, one was disintegrated by a surface ship’s anti-aircraft fire; a second dropped its bomb load into the sea and plunged in after it; while a third was torn to shreds by machine gun fire from U.S. fighter planes. Four enemy bombers escaped after scoring three hits.
Shortly afterward, 12 to 15 enemy torpedo planes escorted by fighters attacked Yorktown. Five succeeded in launching torpedoes, but were destroyed as they attempted to escape. Yorktown was hit and put out of action. The damage caused a list which rendered her flight deck useless. Her aircraft, however, continued operating from other U.S. carriers.
While this attack on Yorktown was in progress, some of her own planes located the carrier Hiryu in company with battleships, cruisers, and destroyers. Our carrier planes immediately attacked this newly-located force. Hiryu was hit repeatedly and left blazing from stem to stern. She sank the following morning. Two of the enemy battleships were pounded severely by bombs and a heavy cruiser was damaged severely.
During the same afternoon (June 4), a U.S. submarine scored three torpedo hits on the smoking carrier Soryu as the enemy was attempting to take her into tow. Soryu sank during the night.
Just before sunset (June 4) U.S. Army bombers delivered a heavy bomb attack on the crippled and burning ships. Three hits were scored on a damaged carrier (probably Akagi); one hit was scored on a large ship; one hit on a cruiser was left burning; and one destroyer was believed sunk.
By sundown on June 4 the United States forces had gained mastery of the air in the region of Midway.
At dawn (June 5) our forces were marshalling their strength for further assaults against the enemy fleets which by now had separated into several groups, all in full retreat.
In the afternoon of June 5, Army Flying Fortresses attacked enemy cruisers again and scored three direct hits upon one heavy cruiser. One the return ship, one of these planes was lost; a second was forced down at sea 15 miles from the Midway. All except one of the crew of the second plane were rescued. Early on June 6 an air search discovered two groups of enemy ships, each containing cruisers and destroyers.
Between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m., U.S. carrier planes attacked one group which contained the heavy cruisers Mikuma and Mogamiand three destroyers. At least two bomb hits were scored on each Japanese cruiser. One of these destroyers was sunk.
The attacks were carried on until 5:30p.m. Mikuma was sunk shortly after noon. Mogami was gutted and subsequently sunk. Another enemy cruiser and a destroyer also were hit during these series of attacks.
It was during this afternoon (June 6) that the U.S. destroyer Hammann was torpedoed and sunk by an enemy submarine. Most of her crew were rescued.
Repeated attempts were made to contact the remainder of the Japanese invasion fleet but without success. The battle was over.
The following is a recapitulation of the damage inflicted upon the enemy during the battle of Midway.
Four Japanese aircraft carriers, the Kaga, Akagi, Soryu, and Hiryu were sunk. Three battleships were damaged by bomb and torpedo hits, one severely. Two heavy cruisers, Mogami and Mikuma were sunk. Three others were damaged, one or two severely. One light cruiser was damaged. Three destroyers were sunk and several others were damaged by bombs. At least three transports or auxiliary ships were damaged, and one or more sunk.
The Battle of Midway was a complex and widespread action involving a number of engagements lasting more than three days and nights. Even our active participants in the numerous attacks and counter-attacks are unable to give an accurate account of the damage inflicted by any group in the many individual and unified attacks of our Army, Navy, and Marine Corps personnel.
Note that NOTHING was said about the code breakers, nor their work, as at the time that was still Top Secret. CDR Rochefort and his folks at Hypo had broken JN-25 which was the Japanese code, and the translated phrase “AF is short of water” was the clue that ADM Nimitz needed to move the Pacific Fleet. Sadly, he could not reinforce Midway itself (nor could they later reinforce Guam) for fear of giving away the fact they knew the attacks were coming.
I have been very lucky that during my Navy career, I actually got to Midway Island and was able to walk the ground both on Midway and East Island (which is basically as it was left in 1945).
It literally sent chills down my back to know that I was on the same land that was one of the first turning points in the war against Japan.
I have also seen the actual debriefing chart used to debrief ADM Nimitz after the battle occurred. That chart hangs in the Flag Cabin at Makalapa, HI across from ADM Nimitz desk. It also includes both US and Japanese movements, and the HYPO code information extracted from JN-25.
There will be a wreath laying at the Navy Memorial in DC today 4 June, between 2-3 pm. ADM Roughead the CNO and Gen. Amos the Asst. Commandant of the Marine Corps will be the speakers. This IS open to the public!