Since I have no life, I’m lucky I have a few friends that enjoy the same things I do…

Went shooting this morning with Newbius and his son, sighting in rifles (EBRs for him, 1940 Model 70 for me). We got everything on paper, and after barrel breakin on his new AR-10 started working on getting the scope zeroed… THAT was fun (Not)…

Finally got it dead on, only to have the pulse bounce keep him from putting rounds through the same hole! Three shot groups touching at 100m is not too shabby!!!

Meanwhile is his son is plinking with the AR-15 on plates at 200m and doing a good job of hitting probably 80%; considering it’s his first time on the rifle, I’d consider that pretty darn good!

We shot some steel plates, then back on the long guns for a finish to the morning. The heat and humidity was getting up there! >95 degrees, 90+% humidity (can we say limp dishrag)…

After that I hooked up with JR Shirley and his lovely lady for a late lunch of crepes (which I cannot cook, but like to eat. sigh…). Of course it turned into show and tell, and his lady decided she prefers a 1911 to a Glock (small hands)! Another prospective shooter, yea!

And I got to play with a couple of nice Boxers for a few minutes! I miss having a dog, but it just doesn’t work with my lifestyle (or lack thereof)…

Actually, I guess I had a threefer- I got home and got everything unloaded about 1 minute before the bottom fell out!

Now it’s back to the grind; wash clothes, pack and back to the airport in the morning…

Oh yeah, on the political front, maybe the Lightbringer REALLY should read the bill(s) before he goes on radio and lies to the country about single payer being optional… How about page 25, where it says if your current insurance does not meet the gov’t standard you are REQUIRED to go on the government plan???

And then they had some moonbat Democrat congresscritter on who said, “Everyone I talk to in ‘MY’ district is in favor of the health care reform bill.” She is either out in DEEP left field, or from Mass…

And lastly, I think the administration is playing three card monte with us… There are THREE committees in the house, EACH with a health care reform bill. To date, it appears everything we have seen published is nothing more than a trial balloon, to see what are the main sticking points.

I think we need to watch the administration VERY CLOSELY in Sept, and keep an eye on which one of the bills actually comes to the floor for a vote. I would not put it past them to pull a fast one, and there be a fourth bill lurking in the weeds somewhere that will be slammed in at 0030 the morning of the final vote. This would give the Dems deniability yet again!

“What, you mean this is a different bill than the one I ‘studied’ for two months? I didn’t know that, so I’m not responsible if there is something in it you don’t like, I thought I was voting for bill X”…

sigh… Washer dinged, so I better get moving!

Y’all enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a good week!!!

This just in…


Democrats, realizing the huge success of the President’s “Cash For Clunkers” rebate program, have cancelled CFC and revamped a major portion of their National Health Care Plan.

President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Sen. Reid are expected to make this major announcement at a joint news conference later this week. I have obtained a advanced copy of the proposal which is named….


and it works like this…

Couples wishing to access health care funds in order to pay for the delivery of a child will be required to turn in one old person for each child they conceive. The amount the government grants them will be fixed according to a sliding scale. Older and more prescription dependent codgers will garner the highest amounts, while younger healthier codgers will earn them less.

Basically you get $3500 toward your hospital bill for a ‘codger’ over 65 but less than 75 that is in relatively good health. You get $4500 for all ‘codgers’ over 75 and more on a sliding scale if they are dependent care.

Special “Bonus Money” will be paid for those submitting codgers from 55 yrs of age to 65 yrs of age in targeted groups such as;

• Smokers (of products taxed and deemed legal by the government)
• Beer/alcohol drinkers (of products taxed and deemed legal by the government)
• Persons 10 pounds over their government prescribed weight
• Any member of any political Party other than Democrat
• Any person ever alleged to have received a “fishy” or sent a false email on the proposed Universal Health Bill under the President’s Internet rat-out-your-neighbor, ‘squealer’ program ([email protected] ) so that an enemies list can be generated
• Any person expressing an interest in transportable health plans, removing state border limitations on insurance policies, introducing tort reform to cut medical cost by reducing defensive medicine testing thereby lowering malpractice insurance costs, requiring congress to actually read all of each bill before they vote on it.

An amendment has been introduced by several Democrat Party congresspersons to add “Tea Party” participants to the list.

Smaller bonuses will be given for codgers who eat/drink; beef, soda, fried foods, tater chips, lattes, whole milk, dairy products, bacon, Brussel sprouts, Carvel or Girl Scout Cookies.

All codgers will be immediately rendered totally useless via toxic injection upon submission to the plan. This will insure that they are not secretly resold/reused or that their body parts be harvested to keep other codgers in decent repair.

Of course all registered Democrats, all politicians except Republicans and Libertarians, all political appointees, federal, and Democrat state county and city officials, etc., etc., etc, will be exempt from being defined as a codger by this policy…

And to celebrate, they have redesigned the Pin to be given to all new Doctors for the Hippocratic Oath…

And on a ‘somewhat’ lighter note- From the past comes a VERY appropriate editorial Cartoon…

Any guesses which news paper ran this in April 1934?


A “Second New Deal” in 1934-35 included the Wagner Act to promote labor unions, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) relief program, the Social Security Act, and new programs to aid tenant farmers and migrant workers. The Supreme Court ruled several programs unconstitutional; however, most were soon replaced, with the exception of the NRA. After 1936, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 was the only major legislation; it set maximum hours and minimum wages for most categories of workers.[3]

The WPA, CCC and other relief programs were shut down during World War II by the Conservative Coalition (i.e., the opponents of the New Deal in Congress); they argued the return of full employment made them superfluous. Many regulations were ended during the wave of deregulation from 1975 to 1989. Several New Deal programs remain active, with some still operating under the original names, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The largest programs still in existence today are the Social Security System, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Fannie Mae.

Reference HERE; those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it, and it looks like we are heading down that road

Road Humor…

I’m on the road (still again…) and suffering death by Powerpoint and mathematical formulas…

So far the record is a FIVE slide formula, that was the “simple” formula… Just shoot me now!

I’m not even going down the road the media is on, so a little more humor for y’all!

Questions to ponder in the middle of the night…

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of murdered?

Why do you have to “put your two cents in”… but it’s only a “penny for your thoughts”? Where’s that extra penny going to and where did it come from?

Once you’re in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up like every two hours?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why are you IN a movie, but you’re ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They’re going to see you naked anyway.

Why is “bra” singular and “panties” plural?

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?

Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane ?

If the professor on Gilligan’s Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can’t he fix a hole in a boat?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They’re both dogs!

If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn’t he just buy dinner?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

Why do they call it an asteroid when it’s outside the hemisphere, but call it a hemorrhoid when it’s in your butt?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog’s face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

Now that you’ve wasted all this time reading these, go do something productive! 🙂

A little humor…

Don’t know about y’all but I need a break from the BS…

This from a Kiwi I know… Raised Terror Alert Levels

The British are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats in Islamabad and have raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” Brits have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies all but ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to a “Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was during the great fire of 1666.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide”. The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France ‘s white flag factory, effectively paralysing the country’s military capability.

It’s not only the French who are on a heightened level of alert. Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout loudly and excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”

The Germans also increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs..” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbour” and “Lose”.

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual, and the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels .

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Americans meanwhile are carrying out pre-emptive strikes, on all of their allies, just in case.

And at a local level…
New Zealand has also raised its security levels – from “baaa” to “BAAAA!”. Due to continuing defence cutbacks (the airforce being a squadron of spotty teenagers flying paper aeroplanes and the navy some toy boats in the Prime Minister’s bath), New Zealand only has one more level of escalation, which is “S**t, I hope Australia will come and rescue us”.

In the event of invasion, New Zealanders will be asked to gather together in a strategic defensive position called “Bondi”.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be right, mate”. Three more escalation levels remain, “Crikey!’, “I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend” and “The barbie is cancelled”. There has not yet been a situation that has warranted the use of the final escalation level.

Y’all have a good weekend!


Nepolitano and DHS put out alert to Law Enforcement on military right wing extremists, gun owners and people flying certain ‘flags’ and bumper stickers.

From the White House blog

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to [email protected].

Pelosi (and Steny Hoyer, who co-wrote a USA Today column making this claim) stated, “Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American.”

And the above the fold headline from USA Today in today’s issue-

By Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
Federal authorities have launched an effort to detect lone attackers who may be contemplating politically charged assaults similar to the recent murders of a Kansas abortion doctor and a Holocaust museum security guard.
The effort, known as the “Lone Wolf Initiative,” was started shortly after President Obama’s inauguration, in part because of a rising level of hate speech and surging gun sales.

Diametrically opposite of the rhetoric before the Dems got in power- Then “political dissent” was ‘patriotic’!

Now I’m just a dumb ol’ country boy, but I DID read not only the Cap and Trade, but also the Health Care Reform bills (hey, all those hours on airplanes are good for “something”). I will be the first one to admit I didn’t understand much of it, but I can read and it was notable the number of what I’ll call “paybacks” in both bills to union and special interest groups for their support.

I also saw a whole bunch of what I can weasel wording, leaving room to drive your average tractor trailer rig through the holes possible in interpretation!!!

I also read other than US papers, and know people in a number of countries that have socialized medicine (Canada, GBR, and Germany to name a few) NONE of the people I know are happy with the “care” they or their families receive under those plans. In GBR, in fact they have calculated the young and old are worth about $45,000 a year in care, and that’s it… Long lines, long waits (up to 10-12 weeks) to see a doctor, limited capabilities in hospitals (not every hospital has CAT scan/MRI), lack of specialists.

Also, the “numbers” being spouted by the Administration are being called into question on just about every aspect; and the White House is directly targeting any media that disagrees with it…

Also, I find it interesting that we, the bitter clinging gun owners and veterans are rather blatantly being targeted as extremists because we don’t hew to the left wing mantras and agenda.

We all have heard the calls for increasing limitations on gun purchases, adding the “no Fly” list to the NICS data base, adding the “mental health” data base to the NICS data base (coincidently putting many veterans who have stress related issues in a position to longer be able to own or buy a gun).

Now throw in what is happening to the Dems in their town hall meetings- Depending on which honest polls you believe, 60+% of the people DON’T want health care reform as it is currently planned. But remember dissent is now un-American; so that’s yet another list…

Now a little what if… Since the White House is directly collecting the “fishy” data via emails, all the data they collect could be considered under executive privilege! What happens if THAT data base is added to the NICS with NO ability to find out the truth of any accusations???

What if DHS and the FBI pull VA data to put together the ‘Lone Wolf’ list? Obviously they aren’t doing real well, since we have had a number of shootings since the inception of it… Personally, I think that list is specifically targeted at those who would, God Forbid, take a shot at the President. That is really the LAST thing we need…

What if the DHS memo or ‘Lone Wolf’ list is added as, oh say, an “adjunct” to the NICS??? AFTER the DHS memo has been proved via FOIA the whole of the research for that memo was basically done via search words on the Internet and via crackpot websites???

Where am I going with all this???

Well, I have a slightly different twist than Stretch Pelosi…

I believe what the administration is doing is UN-AMERICAN, collecting questionable data through “report your neighbor” emails brings to mind both the Nazi party in the 30’s and the Soviets from 1917 to the 1980’s…

I believe what the administration is NOT doing to investigate the special interest groups like ACORN, the dropped lawsuits against the New Black Panthers, etc. are UN-AMERICAN (again like the Nazis and the Brownshirts)

I believe what the administration is doing is UN-AMERICAN in labeling those who do not agree with their plans and policies, and calling them on it, as extremists…

I believe what the administration is doing is UN-AMERICAN by weaseling ways to take away the 2nd Amendment rights upheld by SCOTUS.

I believe what Pelosi and Hoyer are doing UN-AMERICAN for wanting to quash our 1st Amendment right to free speech.

And lastly, I believe the actions of the congresscritters who are NOT listening to their constituents are truly UN-AMERICAN. They have completely forgotten who elected them and their absolute power has corrupted them to the point they are delusional…

A ‘good’ bad example is McCaskill in Missouri… When she gets up and says, “Do I have to use my parent voice”? rather than answer a question she doesn’t like; that is just flat insulting, not only to her constituents, but to every American.

I believe the administration is doing it’s damnest to take over the US, turn it into a socialist nanny state, a single party country, and really and truly make Obama the “ruler” of the US…

I believe WE, John Q. Public, have to fight back legally. By voting them out of office in 2010 and 2012, by standing up in public sessions and asking (politely) those questions we REALLY want answers to, not allowing the special interest groups to control the agendas, the census, the media or any thing that benefits them directly to the detriment of average Americans.

That is all.

On the road again #976…

Sigh… It gets pretty bad when the hotel management is worried because I didn’t show up ‘on time’ to get my room… I’m doing this WAY too much when I’m that predictable!

Had an interesting chat on the airplane with a Sports Medicine (orthopedic) specialist. Other than damn near foaming at the mouth over the BS in the bill, his take was that without tort reform (which is NOT mentioned anywhere in the bill), and he is paying 6 figures in malpractice insurance!!!

And on the humorous side, the AMA has weighed in on the new economic stimulus package and the idea of socialized medicine plus Medicare reform….

The Allergists voted to scratch it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.

The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.

The Obstetricians felt they were all laboring under a misconception and the Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted.

Pathologists yelled; “Over my dead body!” while the Pediatricians said, ‘Oh, Grow up!

The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it. Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing

The Internists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow, and the Plastic Surgeons said, “This puts a whole new face on the matter.”

The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea.

The Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and the Cardiologists didn’t have the heart to say no.

In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes in Washington!

Now back to your regularly scheduled BS…

Woo Hoo! Trigger Time!!!

We FINALLY got a weekend on Range 4 at Quantico, and since this is my token day home, what better way to “celebrate” than to go shooting!

Well, first I had to GET there… sigh…

DC drivers can be the biggest idjits I’ve ever seen… An hour 10 to go 30 miles at 0800 in the @#&* morning no less!

Anyhoo, on to better stuff-

Took my 1940 Winchester Model 70 in 30GOVT06 out to play today. I sighted it in at 100 yards and it was pretty much dead on!

Not bad for a 69 year old rifle (and a shaky old shooter that had WAY too much coffee this morning)! The round at 4 o’clock was a called flyer, by the way… 🙂

We immediately jumped back to 300 and then 600 yard lines before backing ALL the way to the 1000 yard line. Needless to say, I didn’t try to shoot the Model 70 at those ranges, so I got out the big stick… M-24 in .308… Since I was asked in an email what it looks like, here is the following for your ‘enjoyment’

On the line at 600 yards…

Here’s a look at the target butts from 600 yards without any zoom. Those white things are NOT the targets, they are the lane boards…

Here’s a (lousy) pic through the scope, the little white square below the 5 and 6 is the target.

Here is the 600 yard target- Winds were gusting 4-5 kts almost direct tailwind. I only guessed right Twice out of eight rounds… Dammit…
Basically I managed to prove (yet again) the gun shoots MUCH better than I do. If I take the groups as one group, it’s MOA, if I take the groups separately (removing wind function) it’s 1/2 MOA.

We went on back to 1000 yards, but all you see in those is a green blur, and we were shooting steels so I don’t have a target- I was 5/10 so I didn’t do any better from the back line with the wind.
And yes, I was high right on my misses again…
Now off to do penance, er…cleaning… sigh
Enjoy your weekend folks!


The boss sent this around this morning- For those of you who are interested, when you watch this, I would ask that you remember two things.

1. EVERY person you see in uniform is a VOLUNTEER.

2. This was NOT scripted by the Navy!

If you watch, take a minute and give thanks that these young men and women are out there on the pointy end of the stick for YOU!!!


I would like to give you some background on this weekend’s airing of Discovery’s Military Channel 3-part documentary entitled “At Sea.” We approached Discovery late last year and pitched them on doing a major documentary about the Navy and the Maritime Strategy. As part of our pitch, we offered tremendous access to the Navy and proposed that, in addition to the major documentary to air on Military Channel, they would produce a 30 minute documentary that could be shown at the Navy Memorial and the more than 100 nautical/maritime centers around the country. Additionally, we pitched that they produce twelve 3-5 minute videos that will tell the Navy story and could be used during speeches, presentations, etc. They accepted and the main product will air beginning Sunday night.

Edit- I’m dumber than dirt, forgot to put a link in, so now the link is HERE.

SECNAV and CNO have both viewed the aviation hour and came back with very favorable reviews. And this past Monday evening at the Navy Memorial, the Under SECNAV expressed his excitement about the documentary after viewing the premiere screening with 150 other guests.

For six months, Military Channel production crews captured rarely documented operations, weapons, and technologies across the breadth of naval operations, while embarked aboard U.S. Navy ships, submarines and aircraft.

The first part of the project was originally due to be complete in late fall. During the spring we asked to accelerate the product in order to get our story out there. We were able to coordinate schedules with C4F and C5F for OPS in that AOR, but due to the compressed production timeline we fell shy of capturing OPS in C6F and C7F. However, Military Channel made the impossible – possible, and produced a three-hour mini-series (Aviation, Surface, and Undersea) that demonstrates the entirety of the US Navy’s power, flexibility and interoperability within today’s global maritime environment. It is a great snapshot of what the US Navy brings to the fight – today – around the world.

“At Sea” will highlight operations such as: antipiracy efforts; drug smuggling interdiction; control and international terrorism prevention. Some of the ships and aircraft that were featured are:

USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) – San Diego, CA USS Boxer (LHD 4) – San Diego, CA USS Annapolis (SSN 760) – Groton, CT USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) – Norfolk, VA USNS Comfort (T AH 20) – Baltimore, MD USS Florida (SSBN 728) – Kings Bay, GA USS Chinook (PC 9) – Manama, Bahrain

Carrier Air Wing 7, NAS Oceana, VA
Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143 Pukin’ Dogs NAS Oceana, VA Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 Jolly Rogers NAS Oceana, VA Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 Rampagers NAS Oceana, VA Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 Wildcats NAS Oceana, VA Carrier Airborne Early Warning (VAW) 121 Bluetails NAS Norfolk, VA Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 Patriots NAS Whidbey Island, WA Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS-5) Nightdippers NAS JAX, FL Patrol Squadron (VP-45) Pelicans NAS JAX, FL

Military Channel will begin airing the series Sunday-Tuesday, Aug. 9-11 at 10 p.m. Sunday will focus on aviation dominance, Monday will focus on surface dominance, and Tuesday will focus on undersea dominance.

And if the P-3 looks like the one at the top of the page, it’s because it’s the SAME model I flew, and I did 10 years in Jax (hell I probably flew on that BUNO at some point or the other)!

Go. Watch. Enjoy!

Ring… Ring… It’s 0300 again….

Just an FYI, Norman Polmar really IS an expert…

WASHINGTON — A pair of nuclear-powered Russian attack submarines has been patrolling off the eastern seaboard of the United States in recent days, a rare mission that has raised concerns inside the Pentagon and intelligence agencies about a more assertive stance by the Russian military.

The episode has echoes of the cold war era, when the United States and the Soviet Union regularly parked submarines off each other’s coasts to steal military secrets, track the movements of their underwater fleets — and be poised for war.

But the collapse of the Soviet Union all but eliminated the ability of the Russian Navy to operate far from home ports, making the current submarine patrols thousands of miles from Russia more surprising for military officials and defense policy experts. “I don’t think they’ve put two first-line nuclear subs off the U.S. coast in about 15 years,” said Norman Polmar, a naval historian and submarine warfare expert.

The submarines are of the Akula class, a counterpart to the Los Angeles class attack subs of the United States Navy, and not one of the larger submarines that can launch intercontinental nuclear missiles.

According to Defense Department officials, one of the Russian submarines remained in international waters on Tuesday about 200 miles off the coast of the United States. The location of the second remained unclear. One senior official said the second submarine traveled south in recent days toward Cuba, while another senior official with access to reports on the surveillance mission said it had sailed away in a northerly direction. The Pentagon and intelligence officials spoke anonymously to describe the effort to track the Russian submarines, which has not been publicly announced.

President Obama spoke by telephone with President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia on Tuesday, but it was not clear whether the subject of the submarines came up, although another source of friction between the two countries did. Mr. Medvedev called Mr. Obama to wish him a happy birthday and the White House said the president used the opportunity to urge Russia to work through diplomatic channels to resolve rising tensions with Georgia.

The submarine patrols come as Moscow tries to shake off the embarrassment of the latest failed test of the Bulava missile, a long-range weapon that was test fired from a submarine in the Arctic on July 15. The failed missile test was the sixth since 2005, and some experts see Russia’s assertiveness elsewhere as a gambit by the military to prove its continued relevance.
“It’s the military trying to demonstrate that they are still a player in Russian political and economic matters,” Mr. Polmar said.

One of the submarines is the newer Akula II, officials said, which is quieter than the older variant and the most advanced in the Russian fleet. The Akula is capable of carrying torpedoes for attacking other submarines and surface vessels as well as missiles for striking targets on land and at sea.

Defense Department officials declined to speculate on which weapons might be aboard the two submarines. While the submarines have not taken any provocative action beyond their presence outside territorial waters of the United States, officials expressed wariness over the Kremlin’s motivation for ordering such an unusual mission. “Anytime the Russian Navy does something so out of the ordinary it is cause for worry,” said a senior Defense Department official who has been monitoring reports on the submarines’ activities.

The official said the Navy was able to track the submarines as they made their way through international waters off the American coastline. This can be done from aircraft, ships, underwater sensors or other submarines. “We’ve known where they were, and we’re not concerned about our ability to track the subs,” the official added. “We’re concerned just because they are there.”

‘Scuse me while I throw the Bulls**t flag here… They’ve cut the Navy budget, using those funds to pay for the Army, so less days at sea, less money for maintenance, less for training; and what ever else the Soviets, er… Russians are putting their “best” drivers out there, not the trainees…

Once among the world’s most powerful forces, the Russian Navy now has very few ships regularly deployed on the open seas. Moscow has contributed warships to the international armada searching for Somali pirates. In addition, a flotilla of Russian warships participated in exercises with Venezuela last year.

But they are NOT our friends, don’t believe for a minute they will not take every opportunity to go right back to trying to do the same stuff they did as the “Soviet Union”. Putin is a former KGB officer, and he IS a hardliner. Russia now has real money, from oil, and have the capability to succeed where they failed before.


Looks like the silent majority is no longer silent… Average Americans are getting up in their congresscritter’s faces, and they are NOT being polite about it in these town hall meetings when the congresscritters try to read their talking points and ignore the questions coming from the audience (also known as their constituents).

The congresscritters are whining about not being “respected” in these meetings.
Gee, I wonder why...

Note to the congresscritters- You have to EARN respect, and y’all haven’t done a really good job of that over the last few years…

Some Democrats are blaming Republicans and lobbyists for stirring up the hornet’s nest. Yeah, right…

Brian Smoot, who served as political director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, warned Republicans about engaging in these kinds of ambushes. Excuse me???

“It’s a risk that they align themselves with such a small minority in the party … They risk alienating moderates,” he said.

Press Secretary Gibbs said today this is “manufactured anger”, and admitted the Lightbringer hasn’t and won’t read the bill…

Interestingly, I got a call from a friend at one of the three letter places, he heard on the radio yesterday that one of MD’s finest is going to hold a “town hall” but its by invitation only and all questions must be submitted in advance.

Anybody else see something wrong with this???

Go over to Cranky Prof she has an excellent post up about equal treatment… 🙂

Back to your regularly scheduled BS…