Monday, September 25, 2017

STUPID STUPID STUPID

The Chief of Naval Operations confesses that his sailors are too incompetent to get out of the way of other ships and he has ordered all the ships we have left to turn on their installed AIS. Our ships will now have the equivalent of a man ringing the bell non-stop, shooting rockets into the air every 2 minutes and another man on the fo'c'stle shouting, "Here we Are!" That way merchant ships stand a chance of seeing us in time to maneuver to avoid colliding with us. Thanks Boss!

AIS stands for Automatic Identification System and it is a clever system in worldwide use as mandated by the International Maritime Organization to prevent collisions at sea. The navy has had it installed for over 10 years but left it switched in the "No Transmit" mode. Our sailors could see the positions and course, speed and track of all ships with AIS but we were being coy about just where we were or what we were up to. Security you know.

The CNO is being a little disingenuous when he says there's no operational need to keep us off the grid since the ship that can see you already knows where you are. He's either disingenuous, lying or a fool. You can take your pick. He says that there's no operational need to keep our locations off the grid but that's not the story they're saying at the courts-martial that have been sending navy officers to jail for the last 6 years for releasing ship movement data to Fat Leonard.

With AIS everyone knows where our ships are and where they are headed and it's like constantly updating Moscow or Beijing in real time where you are and what you're up to. You can see for yourself what AIS means for tracking ships. Go to the link and you can watch maritime movements in real time. Click on a ship icon to see what you get and this is just the freeware version. The paid version includes everything.




Admiral Richardson continued:
“That’s been an immediate action. There is this Automatic Identification System, AIS. We had, I think, a distorted perception of operational security that we kept that system secure – off – on our warships. One of the immediate actions following these incidents is that, particularly in heavily trafficked areas, we’re just going to turn it on.”
“In heavily trafficked areas like off Japan?”, asked Senator King. 
“Right. You can look outside and see the ship, so, it’s not an operational security standpoint,” said Admiral Richardson.
I think I'm just going to have say that Admiral Richardson is about as clueless as they come. What a pity, he was shaping up so well.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

BOYCOTT THE NFL

I have decided to boycott the NFL: now and forever. This is no sacrifice on my part. I haven't watched a complete game of football since 1988. I think that one of the reasons I stopped watching was because I somehow had grasped the essential meaning of this little pie chart way back then.

Average televised NFL game time breakdown
Study performed by the Wall Street Journal


Given the fire in which all men burn, why would anyone waste their time and watch football? It seems like a chump's game to me. There were, growing up, a thousand other things I'd rather be doing and those stayed with me all of my life. I could spend that time outdoors, walking, caving, biking, sailing, going to the beach, going for a drive in the country or reading a book, going to a museum, exploring the cities I lived in or just taking a nap.

I only propose a boycott after the magnificent nonsense this week where President Trump denounced the foul little orcs who disrespect our country and play for the NFL and get paid millions to come out once a week and play a game and the response by the NFL Commissioner who made a statement in reply to President Trump.


So what outrages Goodell and by extension all of the NFL team owners and players is that President Trump had the damned gall to disrespect the NFL, the stupid game and the orcs who play it and he doesn't understand what an overwhelming force for good the orcs have been.

Neat isn't it? President Trump denounces the NFL for disrespecting the United States of America and gets slapped with the wet minnow by Goodell denouncing the President for disrespecting the NFL. Well, I know who I fought for and it sure as hell wasn't the NFL or the game or even the goals of the NFL.

I'm boycotting the NFL and all of its advertisers.

Friday, September 22, 2017

STEPPED OUT FOR A LITTLE WHILE

I was stomped flat for the last week. I'm better now.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

WALTZING MATHILDA

It's not like you heard it before.



Monday, September 11, 2017

FOUND HER

Crossed a continent to find her and did. I'm unbelievably lucky.

ENDEAVOR TO REMEMBER

This is why the world took a sudden turn.



 It was islam and it remains islam. Just think, you get to live in John III Sobieski's world and Moorish Spain and the shitty little piracies of the north coast of Africa that were known as the Barbary Kingdoms and just read about the slaves of all europe and england and how they just tolerated that until Thomas Jefferson said, "kill those bastards."

I know the navy captain who was charged with destroying 9 million gallons of napalm. It was wasted.



Sunday, September 10, 2017

TRUMP WALKS ON TYPHOONS OF HATE

I read Surber as a kind of afterthought.

He nails it with his article on Trump. The democrats are on the glide path to doom. The GOP leadership has elected to take the jet powered slope to doom. Jet powered is the way to go. One can only hope that all the McCains crash and burn on this approach to politics. I'm not sure what's wrong with electors in Arizona but they have relentlessly elected FLAKES to high office. Surely we deserve better than Flakes and McCains.

JUST A DREAM

I think I got past this stage when I turned 50. It sure woke me up a time or two for 20 years. I don't know about you but I forgot both french and fencing. I had to stab the fencing instructor and he forgot that the most dangerous swordsman is the one who doesn't have a clue about how to fence. Easy stab. French was a little bit more difficile but I managed. A nod to my curmedgeonly friend


HOW COOL IS THAT

A nearish miss by a minor planetoid with moons. It's obviously the way to travel, with satellites.


Friday, September 8, 2017

THE CARS I OWNED

I saw the purple cars at Time Waster and it reminded me. All the cars I owned:

Plymouth station wagon
Mazda RX-7
VW 1976 van
Mazda RX-7
Cutlass Supreme
BMW328i
Murano
VW Jetta 17 years now.

40 years of driving reduced to those cars for the most part plus a Blazer and various army trucks....and one jeep that the navy told me I had to give up. Jeeps are like heroin. It was hard to give it up.

TO LAUGH AND RIDICULE

These are the police or, as some would have it, the po po. Obviously, one is scared of catching black. I like the arm jewelry and wonder why more po po's don't wear fierce looking grills and man buns.


STEPPED INTO THE CLEARING

I had meant to mention one man but Jerry Pournelle died today and so there must be two men who have stepped into the clearing at the end of the path. Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson was one of the Last of the Few. There are scarcely a dozen left of the men who flew for the RAF in the Battle of Britain today and yet I lived all my life in the fading shadow of those giants. It's hard to believe I'm getting old but there it is. I was born in Germany, still occupied by the US Army 16 years after the wars end and yet when I saw the movie of the Battle of Britain at Fort Myer when it came out, there I was, convinced that I'd done that thing. Deja vu.

Jerry Pournelle was a writer that I admired. He collaborated with one of the best writers of our time on a number of books and I've read them all. He had a pretty good grasp on the future and his books reflected it. He also wrote for BYTE magazine and I used to read his column every time it showed up back in the day when Borders was still the store that ruled the Sevegram and stocked it at the door.

He maintained his approach to tech and computers all his life unlike me who just said, "STOP!" I stopped Windows at XP Pro and allow my mac to update when I feel like it. If new things are incompatible with what I run I don't run to update, I simply ignore. That said, I recently downloaded a new editing software and may actually use it in times to come. Jerry wrestled hard with tech. In a way he reminded me very much of Lex who said he preferred wrestling snakes in the cockpit to cubeville. I totally agree.

Farewell and God rest ye merry gentlemen.

ENOUGH SAID, HE'S CONTEMPTIBLE

Even elected Republicans say they’ve had enough.
“I look forward to going to every place where she appears,” Sen. John McCain of Arizona said sarcastically.
Sleazy MxCain pointed out that he didn’t write a book after losing the 2008 presidential race.
“I respect and admire and am a friend of Hillary’s,” he said. “But with these kind of things that happen in life, you’ve got to move on. You’ve got to quickly move on.”
Then again, Clinton’s first event sold out in hours, and the book vaulted to the top of Amazon's best-seller list weeks before its release, almost certain to set a 2017 record.

STREWTH!

I'm left hoping Kim has inched a little bomb closer to DC but all in all, this might just send a little wakeup to the clowns and losers that run the GOP in DC.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

AIR FORCE DOWNSELECTS THE A10

Having them crash is one way to get them off the Air Force inventory. It's not a route I would have chosen but then I'm not an Air Force 4 star. No doubt the unharmed pilots will be lofted into the air again soon in freshly revivified A10s for another run at the mountain of doom. While their justice branch moves with the ponderous tread of dinosaurs, the slow hand of doom just moves the stick a little tiny bit for enormous but quiet results. Kind of like how they "lose" at red flag competitions against people like the Turks and Dutch and claim that they need way way more $ if they expect to survive on a modern battlefield.  OTOH, the newer Russian SAMs make me think they will last about as long as snowflakes in Hell. They better hope the cruise missiles do their thing before they are called out to do their thing and gain air superiority.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

ON KOREA

I suspect that people are making some very dangerous assumptions about North Korea and Kim. I think neither he nor they care a rat's patoot about what we may or may not do in some bland sanctioning of N. Korea but we sure as hell have lost sight of what N. Korea can do to us. As another commenter elsewhere noted, in 1939 Americans saw the Japanese as short, buck-toothed, blind idiots and treated them as such when Congress embargoed Japan following the Japanese invasion of China. They learned a potent lesson when the Imperial Japanese Navy, the same one that crushed the Tsar's navy like a bug, attacked and bombed Pearl Harbor. Surprise!

If we sanction N. Korea and embargo their trade and the trade of any country that trades with them then Kim has very little left to sell.....except for Hydrogen bombs. He can sell to the highest bidder, FOB, Pyongyang and leave it to the customer to get the bombs off Peninsula. ISIS or Al Quaeda sound like likely buyers but then so does Erdogan.

We might be a little further behind in the race to renewed hostilities than we think. If I was Kim I'd be as bellicose as I wanted to be if I already had my agents sitting on hydrogen or even atomic bombs in Hawaii, San Diego, LA, San Francisco and Seattle. The US Customs people inspect less than 1/10th of 1 percent of all the shipping containers that arrive in the United States every year and they come from all over the world.

I figure if Kim is smart the bombs are in Pearl Harbor and San Diego. If he's crazy mad and vicious they're going to be in LA and San Francisco. We need to stop getting wrapped up in what we're going to do to Kim and the Norks and consider what he is going to do to us.

Oh, and all that nonsense with missiles, just misdirection for the credulous who still play 3 card monte on the sidewalk or think they know which cup the magician hid the little ball under.

I sure hope the alphabet agencies really do have orbital nuclear detectors that can track a bomb moving across the ocean and pinpoint its location. I'd look to the shipping news to see if there have been any unexplained sinkings mid-Pacific but I don't think their wet work teams are going to leave any survivors to explain that they were just innocent fishermen when they were attacked out of the blue by an LA-688I and ADCAP torpedoes.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

SPOT THE FASCIST

This is an easy exercise for civilization. See if you can spot the fascist.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

FIRE THEM ALL

Every single cop that took part in this crime needs to be convicted, lose their right to carry a firearm or ever wear a police badge again and that includes the cop in green who stood by and the other cop in blue who stood by while a brutal crime was committed by one of 'their own.' This kind of behavior is exactly why all those guys with rifles showed up last year in the confrontation that the government was having with a rancher. The public is losing or has already lost confidence in the police to actually carry out the law and is getting tired of the gestapo tactics they've decided are necessary to subdue the populace. There's a word for that kind of behavior and it is criminal.

UPDATE: I have deleted the email from the hospital POV. Too Long, Didn't View. The police camera shows it in all it's gruesome detail in under 3 minutes and it's 'focused'. Yeah, focused. Police going crazy on a citizen who is doing no more than pointing out the law. I think it happens a lot more than most people realize.

Friday, September 1, 2017

THERE'S SOMETHING MISSING

I hear that one of CNN's hosts was at the riot in Berkeley. Hear the man speak!
W. Kamau Bell, who fronts a show on CNN called the “United Shades of America,” grabbed a bullhorn at the rally and bellowed that "when the Nazis leave, as they have left…you have to stand up for the brown people, the black people, the LGBT people, the immigrants–everybody everyday!” The mob roared in approval.
 I could delve further into the full text of his shoutout for hatred but I'd rather not. I'll simply leave it to the reader to discern what he thinks is most descriptive of everybody who isn't black, brown, LGBT or an immigrant....

That's right, we're all nazis acccording to him and all those like him. And what else did he say up there in that paragraph?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

HOUSTON UPDATE

EPA declares all areas currently underwater to be protected wetlands. States that they must now be maintained at home owner and local government expense.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

COMPACFLEET IS A BOOB

He thinks firing the commander of seventh fleet is a good move. What he utterly failed to get/to understand/to comprehend, is that naval forces are trained and certified by second and third fleets and so, the one that needs to be fired is named Nora and so won't be fired.

If I was president? CINCPACFLT would be putting his resume together and searching for a new job.

I'm like all the old coots that say, "well that didn't happen in my day!"

The fleet I served in had money to burn for fuel and fuel coming out our ears. The current navy is starved for fuel. Synthetic training does now replace real experience driving ships. The only time ships get fuel to steam now is when they are posted to 5th or 7th fleet.

Oh, and their officers suck. I mean they really really suck. I remember sitting next to the COS of the MCM squadron in Korea and hearing him tell his little minions to tell the CO's of MCMs that they were not allowed to so much as put a zodiac in the water without his permission. He was a piece of work. He's probably an admiral.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I STARTED A MOVEMENT ONCE

I also kicked off a couple of phrases. I was a staff officer at Naval Forces Central Command. I was there for one particular reason and I did it. Unlike every other staff officer in Bahrain, I had to go and start up some 5 ton and deuce and a half trucks, a couple of generators and walk a water buffalo every week or two. As the cognoscenti here know, unless you 'exercise' the vehicles and the road gear, they don't work. I had a full set of surveillance gear prepositioned in the Banz warehouse next to ASU. It needed to work. As it happens, we used it, a lot.

Wearing khakis to do this resulted in some really crappy looking uniforms so I started to wear my desert weight nylon ripstop cammo to the office. I was soon joined by the new MCM commodore, then by the EOD officer and finally, reluctantly by the SEAL. We shared an office trailer known as cats and dogs since we were kind of unique.

Soon Admiral Fargo was wearing ripstops and after that, everybody on the staff except the COS. He was the one that stood to argue with the N2 during the admiral's update one day that if we wanted to put ships into the Caspian Sea we could, at any time....dammit. P3 pilot doncha know.

I really shouldn't laugh. He left us in Bahrain to, as I recall, become the same thing to COMNAVFORJAPAN and then left the service, entered the SES and became deputy to the admiral commanding whatnot in Texas where I bumped into him once again. Out there in Japan he relieved a man I knew, from personal experience, to be the stupidest officer in the naval service and that includes the Marines. He competed with J.K Sapp for the title. Unlike Sapp, to the best of my knowlege, Terry never held command.

As I recall, he could read about 4 words/minute. His office floor was stacked waist deep in all the things forwarded to the admiral for his signature. CAPT C never really understood that the job is not to rewrite every damned word, just move them out.

OTOH, I know some parents that never grasped that. My own? They charged my little brother rent and made him pay to install his own phone line. Their revenge? They made me take him to California with me and live in my place. I think parenting classes must teach them to show no mercy. I'm sure glad I never took such a class.

Why we don't stick any ships in the Caspian Sea. A ship would need wheels.


SILENT

Their names need to published. We need to know them, those who stood watch and killed their shipmates.

It was only a couple years ago that the NAVY wanted to promote a man to admiral who shot down an Air Force jet with two men in it and whose promotion was only stopped by the disgust of the public.

All of the fools that killed our sailors need to be named so they can never be promoted, ever. They need to go to jail for about 9 to 16 years.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I KNOW

The headline for the daily mail asks where the fallout crackers went. I know. On a ship very much like the one in the masthead of this magnificent blog, I found the XO, who was notoriously prone to sea sickness, sitting in the wardroom while we were underway heading to Canada in a Force 9 blow. The waves were beating the ship pretty badly and by the end of day, when I took the watch as OOD, stuff was getting torn off the ship by the waves.

However, this is an XO story and so, let us pick up the thread of our earlier conversation where we came across the XO sitting in the wardroom eating something that looked very much like a saltine cracker from a plastic looking envelope of them. They looked like the ones I found in the Fall Out shelter I made my way into in Newport, RI long ago. They had that vintage look to them. They also had little black bugs.

Todd and I left the wardroom without mentioning the bugs the XO was eating while trying to keep down yesterday's breakfast. We did, however, laugh about it. It became a treasured memory alongside the skipper demanding to know over the 1MC, who had peed in his coffee cup up on the bridge and assuring the ship's company that there would never ever be liberty call again until the miscreant confessed. I was sitting in Damage Control Central at the time (AKA wardroom) and my DCA turned to me and said, "I did it 10 days ago when we pulled in to BASREC."

We didn't like that skipper, a lot.

Monday, August 21, 2017

PROMISE

It's a verb. It's also a noun.

I got a kick out of this article.
More than anything else, this attrition for women was associated with having children.  I have spent many, many fruitless hours in my life trying hopelessly to convince highly talented female associates that they really wanted to come back from maternity leave to the 12 hour days and over-the-weekend injunction motions and four weeks on trial in Kansas and leave their little kids at home with a babysitter.  It never worked once.  The number of women with children who stick with the high-end litigation business for a long term career is very few.  What I don't understand is why anybody feels guilty about that or thinks that it is important to change.    
No, not for what you might think. I thought it was funny for the other obvious reason.

When I tend to think of lawyers, very very rarely do I think of them, the idea that they are putting in 12 hour days is on par with the dead lawyer showing up at the Pearly Gates, greeted by St. Peter with the words, I thought you were two thousand years old based on the hours you billed. I don't think Peter let the lawyer in. Heaven is reserved for people without sin or at least a damned good excuse.

And truly, when you hear someone talk about the 'high end litigation business', does Kansas spring to mind?

Make no mistake, I lived in Kansas, not once, but twice.