Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Because it does not fit the narrative

By Donald Sensing



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Well, how about a fatwa?

By Donald Sensing

Prominent Sunni scholars condemn ISIS' anti-Christian violence. A fatwa calling for Sunnis to oppose and resist ISIS would be more effective.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Time to buy another Beretta

By Donald Sensing

I have in past posts sung praises of Beretta's shotguns. Now I guess it's time to get another one. Why? This:
Beretta USA Announces Decision to Move Its Entire Maryland Manufacturing Capabilities to Tennessee

Beretta U.S.A. Corp., located in Accokeek, Maryland, announced today that it has decided to move its manufacturing capabilities from its existing location to a new production facility that it is building in Gallatin, Tennessee.
Gallatin is not far from Nashville, and neither am I.


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Why things are getting worse

By Donald Sensing

Decline of the West Explained

"Charlton's Law": Things must always get worse before they can get better; because otherwise they already would be better."

When a beneficial policy is a win-win option, then it gets done automatically, and we don't need to think about it - probably we don't even notice it.

But most beneficial policies have a down-side. Typically, long-term benefit can be attained only at the cost of short-term disadvantage or suffering of some kind, to some people.

So that the hedonic secular goal of making life *overall* as pleasant as possible in the *long-term* is continually being subverted by the *short-term* and *specific* gratification.

The hedonic ideal has reached such an extremity among the ruling elites that they pursue policies which will in the long term lead to lifestyles that they regard as miserable and abhorrent, because effectively to prevent these outcomes makes them feel bad now.

In other words, secular hedonism cannot take tough decisions. 
And the ruling political class is chock full of secular hedonists.

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What must Israel do to win the Left's approval?

By Donald Sensing

The answer is simple: Disappear.

Hamas has been launching rockets into Israel for years. Altogether, more than 6,000 rockets fired into Israeli towns without distinction whether they land in civilian or military areas. In the last two weeks along, Hamas has launched almost 2,000 rockets.

Their rockets have over time become increasingly sophisticated, longer-ranged and more explosive. Between 70-80 percent of all Israelis are within range of Gaza.

So ask your local peace Leftist one simple question: How many rockets per day should Israel simply endure and absorb before you, Mr. Peace Leftist, would personally agree that Israel has the moral and legal authority to strike back to destroy Hamas' rockets and Hamas' ability to continue rocket attacks in the future?

Ten rockets per day? Two dozen? One hundred? Or in fact is there any number of rockets Hamas can launch at Israel that justifies a military response?

The honest Leftist will simply answer no, that in fact Israel is never allowed to respond. But since there are no honest Leftists, the answer you will get goes something like this:

The Palestinian people have been oppressed by Israel for decades to the point where it is no surprise that they want to strike back. I wish the whole situation could be peacefully resolved but as long as Israel continues with the occupation of Palestinian lands there is little hope. Of course I regret every loss of life, but don't forget that Israel is slaughtering Gaza civilians by the hundreds while only a couple of Israeli civilians have been killed. This shows that it is Israel that has no regard for life. Without Israeli aggression and oppression, this war would not have occurred. It is Israel's fault that it does not live in peace with with neighbors. If it would agree to restore the pre-1967 borders for a true Palestinian state, honoring the right of return of displaced Palestinians to their ancestral homes, then there could be peace.

Do not bother to respond with facts and reason, for you cannot argue someone factually and reasonably out of a position that they didn't arrive at by facts and reason.

At least, however, there is one American Leftist who is "done apologizing for Israel."

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

American liberalism explained

By Donald Sensing



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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Link parking

By Donald Sensing

It's good to be the king!
White House: We’ll Put Illegal Immigrants Wherever We Want, And We Won’t Tell You

Guaranteed A for a handicapped black lesbian immigrant named Rodriguez:
Amazing Diversity Plan at Madison

A liberal awakens
'We were incredibly stupid'
And here

The Religion of Pieces returns to Iraq
Convert, pay tax, or die, Islamic State warns Christians

But understand that Muslims can't be oppressors because they are not white.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Terrorism deniers exposed - The Washington Post

By Donald Sensing

Terrorism deniers exposed - The Washington Post

The Rand Corporation’s National Defense Research Institute put out a lengthy report in June that documents the extent to which terrorist groups have grown in numbers, strength and controlled territory at their disposal for operations. It is a damning indictment of the failure of the Obama administration to stem the tide of al-Qaeda and related groups and makes clear that the notion that al-Qaeda was damaged or on its heels was utterly untrue.
... that we have no discernible strategy along these lines speaks volumes about the incompetency and irresponsibility of the Obama/Hillary Clinton/John Kerry foreign policy. And this data should serve as a test for 2016 candidates: Do they comprehend the threats we face? Are they willing to do what is necessary to prevent a far more potent strike than 9/11?
No and no.

Raise a glass to you, Barack!

By Donald Sensing



HT: American Digest.

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Will your cello love you back?

By Donald Sensing

From American Digest:


Here's the embedded link to Alpha Game.

I have personally known never-married women who called their pets the children (one 40-plus woman called her two small dogs, "my babies"). I kid you not.

And what cello-gal doesn't realize now is that when she reaches her thirties, the men who are available are available for a reason. And the reason isn't good.

When she is 40 she will hate that cello with every fiber of her being. Here's why:
If you were thrown into a random group of white-collar workers and offered a million dollars if you could select the happiest person in that group, what kind of person would you pick? Would you select a man or a woman? Married or single? Children or no children? Well, according to a new survey released this month, your odds of winning would be increased if you skipped over the 40-something, single, female doctor or lawyer and opted for the middle-aged, married senior manager with a child at home and a wife who works part-time. In its Office Pulse surveyCaptivate Network, a media solutions company, says its uncovered "profiles of the happiest and unhappiest workers." And women don't fare so well.

[T]he unhappiest workers are:
  • Female
  • 42 years old
  • Unmarried
  • Have a household income under $100,000
  • Work in a professional position (i.e., as a doctor or a lawyer).
So, cello gal, you may love that cello. But it surely will not love you back.


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My new hero!

By Donald Sensing

How To Get Back At The Bank

Like this:



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Hillary doubles down on futility

By Donald Sensing

Source: After Disastrous Launch Of ‘Hard Choices’ Hillary To Write New Book

The headline says it all. This is typical of the Left: when a course of action fails, you don't try something else. No, you do more of the same, only harder.

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Who's coming across the border?

By Donald Sensing

Here's a thousand words' worth of explanation.


Not to mention the unmitigated medical disaster that's already here.

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Hamas loves its rockets, not its children

By Donald Sensing

‘Here’s the difference between us,” Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained on Fox News Sunday. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.” 
It’s a classic talking point. It’s also objectively true ... .

The Palestinian ‘Genocide’ Lie


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Egyptians Hoping Israel Will Destroy Hamas

By Donald Sensing

Egyptians Hoping Israel Will Destroy Hamas

Over the past week there are voices coming out of Egypt and some Arab countries -- voices that publicly support the Israeli military operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

They see the atrocities and massacres committed by Islamists on a daily basis in Iraq and Syria and are beginning to ask themselves if these serve the interests of the Arabs and Muslims.

"Thank you Netanyahu and may God give us more [people] like you to destroy Hamas!" — Azza Sami of the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.

Isolated and under attack, Hamas now realizes that it has lost the sympathy of many Egyptians and Arabs.
Once you remember that Hamas was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood, which originated in Egypt, it make sense.

Israel and the Palestinians in five minutes

By Donald Sensing




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ISIS now has dozens of US-made howitzers

By Donald Sensing

ISIS Has 52 American Weapons That Could Pummel Cities

ISIS militants may be in a position to pummel other cities in Iraqi army control after capturing American-made weapons the group seized from the Iraqi military, Mitchell Prothero reports for McClatchy DC.

During ISIS's blitz across northern and central Iraq last month, the group captured upwards of 52 155mm M198 howitzers.
An M198, 155mm, towed howitzer being fired by US Army troops.
As a retired Army artillery officer, I can tell you that starting to shoot these things will not necessarily be easy for ISIS. Every howitzer has unique firing tables and ballistic solutions, although calculating those solutions is computationally the same. But unless ISIS also captured the technical ballistic publications for those particular guns, they can fire them, but it will basically be unaimed fire. Nowadays, of course, technical firing data is computed electronically, but inputs have to be done accurately and correctly. GIGO still applies. 

All of this computation is to answer three questions: 
  1. Which direction to point the tube (we call this "deflection")
  2. How high above the ground to point the tube (we call this "quadrant")
  3. How fast should the projectile leave the tube. This varies according to how much propellant is used. Propellant comes in bags encased in a canister. Each canister contains propellant for one round in eight bags. 

There is also a calculation to account for the difference in altitude between the howitzer and the target. This solution is called "site," and techncially consists of site plus angle of site. But angle of site is not actually calculated unless the difference in altitude is +/- 100 meters or more. 

If ISIS has former artillerymen in their ranks, say from Syria or Iraqi Sunnis, then simply shooting the guns will be a lot easier since all modern towed howitzers work much the same and the ballistic principles are quite the same. 

But, as the article goes on to say, for ISIS's purposes accurate fire is not necessary when the target is, after all, the entire city of Baghdad.

The 155mm high-explosive projectile weighs 95 pounds and has a blast radius of 50 meters (55 yards), defined as the radius at which at least half 90 percent of exposed persons will be struck by shell fragments. So it's basically a circle with a slightly larger diameter as a football field. The M198 can, if crewed skillfully, fire two rounds per minute indefinitely.

A correction: the blast radius is the 90-percent kill radius on unwarned (that is, standing) personnel. The casualty radius is the 50-percent line and for the US 155mm projectile is 100 meters. The area of in which at least half  of persons become casualties is thus 31,400 square meters. From one projectile.  

So imagine a section of Baghdad being  residents blasted with 15 minutes of 52 M198s firing two rounds per minute. That's 1,560 rounds. No wonder that residents of Berlin, Germany, said after World War 2 that American and British bombers did not terrify them as much as Soviet artillery did, once it started shelling the city. Bombers came, bombers went. But the artillery was around the clock. It never stopped.

But what we do not know is how much ammunition ISIS also captured. That's the real issue, feeding the beasts. Fifteen minutes of sustained firing, as in my example, uses projectiles weighing 74 tons, plus another 23 tons or so of propellant canisters. Not a casual undertaking.

Here is an example of the kind of technical data I am talking about: Firing Tables

And this PDF os a slide presentation has examples of actual M198 firing tables.

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Get me a ticket for Yellowknife

By Donald Sensing

Stunning!



More.

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Border crisis solved! Also Iraq, Ukraine, Hamas, etc etc etc

By Donald Sensing

Obviously, all this stuff has been resolved!



Because if not, no American president would even contemplate doing this: Obama plans 16-day Martha's Vineyard vacation on $12m estate

So remember: