Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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.
"Charlton's Law": Things must always get worse before they can get better; because otherwise they already would be better."And the ruling political class is chock full of secular hedonists.
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.
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."
Monday, July 21, 2014
Categories: White House
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
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'
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.
Friday, July 18, 2014
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.
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 survey, Captivate 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:
- 42 years old
- Have a household income under $100,000
- Work in a professional position (i.e., as a doctor or a lawyer).
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.
‘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
Thursday, July 17, 2014
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.Once you remember that Hamas was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood, which originated in Egypt, it make sense.
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.
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.|
- Which direction to point the tube (we call this "deflection")
- How high above the ground to point the tube (we call this "quadrant")
- 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.
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
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.
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