sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Monday, April 11, 2016

This and That

Bill Whittle encounters the World's Finest Navy


"I wish to have no Connection with any Ship that 
does not Sail fast for I intend to go in harm's way."
--Captain John Paul Jones, 16 November 1778

I've been aboard 688 Class boats as supercargo, but never as crew. Y'all may think it strange that I like submarines but I do. I have more experience with the 637's, but there's something about pushing all that steel through the ocean so quietly that appeals. The last of the 637's were adapted for special warfare missions.

There are two kinds of ships. Submarines and targets. 

Meanwhile, Ashore


A Pause for the Cause

"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all."  -Thomas Jefferson

I've heard it said by some that the Founding Fathers would be upset when they saw politics in America today. There is another way to look at things. Maybe they'd say that things needed to be shaken up and that the power elite who rule the nation are running the place into the ground? And how different are the people inside the beltway who rule this nation (that they call, "mostly fly-over country") that they so despise, from the old King who ruled it from across the Atlantic?

We need to change pay-to-play, and the pandered parasites who have been riding on the backs of the taxpayers need to get a job. The Obama relatives who have been relocated here during his administration (all of whom are on welfare) must be invited to return to Kenya.

Not Politically Correct


No, you can't buy this music on i-tunes or any of the current electronic music marketing outlets. It's not the sort of music that is pleasing to the ears of the politically correct elites.

LSP put me onto Rebel Son.



Hillaries?

My daughter is in Mobile, Alabama today, picking out a future pair of boots...She's holding it. Or is that politically incorrect too? I suggest that the boots be named "Hillaries" after the old reptile skin that will be stretched over the boot mold.

Fast and Furious

(Washington Times)  President Obama had claimed executive privilege in trying to shield the documents from Congress, but a federal judge rejected that, insisting lawmakers had a right to see the information in order to complete their investigation into an operation that saw thousands of guns trafficked into Mexico, with the administration’s knowledge.

If they delve a bit deeper, they will find that USGOV knew affirmatively where on the order of 80% of the firearms were warehoused in Guadalajara, and refused to give the order to MEXGOV to scoop them up.

This started out with a ramp-up of similar but factually unrelated programs to those pursued by previous administrations. In the case of Fast and Furious, there was an implied hope that the firearms would make their way back into the US, people would die, and a case could be made for extensive gun control. ATF botched the job. The Second Amendment stands. And there are a lot of dead people who provide mute witness to skulduggery at the highest levels of power in America. No, you need not be surprised. It's business as usual.



30 comments:

  1. Fast and Furious would have ended the careers of any Republican who was in power. No doubt about that. But with Barry, that botched attempt at subverting the Constitution was just another day in the life.

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    1. At the time, many people chalked up Fast and Furious to simply the 'outrage of the day', with a new outrage coming the following day - Acorn scandal, NSA spying or IRS targeting political opponents. It's like AG Holder lying to Congress - just another day in the life.

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  2. This was entirely too much to handle at 5am.

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    1. My mind runs in many directions at the same time. Sorry.

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  3. I enjoy a blast of Rebel Son now and again but I've never been on a submarine. I think it'd be neat to have a mini sub, take it out on the lake or whatever. That'd make a neat change from all the jetskis etc.

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    1. First the submarine, then you'd want a torpedo, then you'd want to torpedo something. I know how your mind works. I'm sure that there are 5 foot long channel cats in that lake that would require a torpedo to end their reigns of line snapping and bait eating.

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    2. And monster Gar. Let's not forget them.

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    3. It might be possible for a monster Gar to swallow a small (Mk 46) torpedo.

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  4. Love the video, but not for me. I'm tin can all the way. I was at the mall and wearing my ship cap, and ran into a dude wearing a sub cap. We were talking and he said the sun-dodgers call us targets. I told him we call them dead. He did not see the obvious truth to that. Imagine! I guess he didn't get enough Vitamin D in his Navy career.

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    1. And he didn't mention the Hot Racks.

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    2. There are women on destroyers now - and trannys. Maybe on subs as well. Things have changed to the surreal.

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    3. I did a day cruse on the USS Kidd (DDG 100) a couple of years ago and those women humped the lines as well as any of the men. They gave a 50 cal demonstration and a lady GM2 did the firing. She hit the water with every round. Amazing.

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    4. The Dead Admiral Class DDG's were nice. I don't know whether or not they're still in service. I'm sure that there are rates that women can perform well in. I'm surprised that the GM2 was able to hit the ocean. In the Air Force, she'd get a medal for doing that.

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  5. When you mentioned "Fast and Furious" I thought you were referring to the video, Fast women and Furious motorcycles.

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    1. I'm clearly not going to criticize fast women and furious cycles.

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  6. Not surprised at all. I just hope the Good Lord gives is the strength to change things for the better!

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    1. It can only change one-human-heart at a time. Right now people clamor for the beast. And they get what they pine for.

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    2. "On the sixth hour of the sixth day, the followers of the False Prophet (Caiaphas) looked antichrist in the face and wrote the mark of the Beast on their foreheads saying, 'We have no king but Caesar.'" As it was then...

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    3. We build temples of greed (shopping malls) and worship there -- no king but Caesar, indeed.

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    4. The Beast. But is Obama/Hillary its prophet? Maybe not far off the mark.

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  7. I don't like enclosed spaces, so no subs for me. Give me wide open spaces under starry skies...
    Such a beautiful daughter, and those are going to be some gorgeous boots.

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    1. Brig, the bulkheads of the submarine close in as you get deeper. There is a game that's played. You tie a string or line from one bulkhead to the other and make it fast (taunt). When at operating depth, it's sagging touching the deck.

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    2. Interesting game, I'm not playing...

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    3. You'd really like locking out of an escape trunk (it floods and you swim out) on a boat.

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  8. Never been on a submarine. The most menacing thing I've seen in the USS Ohio coming up Hoods Canal. Armageddon under way. Just the conning tower out of the water but you sensed the rest pushing all that water around.

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    1. One Ohio Class boat could end a big piece of the planet.

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  9. I liked 637s better too... Ohio's are boring!

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    1. Yes, but that's because you were flying around over them doing 'constructive kills'...

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  10. As a sub-hunter on an S2, and later, an S3 carrier-borne aircraft, we practiced several times with an LA Class sub to hone our skills. Even the earlier models in the class were relatively stealthy. I can only imagine what technology has brought to the hunter-prey world of sub-surface warfare. Wish I were 40 years younger...

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    1. With those new deep-diving MK 50 torpedoes with the pump jet propulsion, you stand a better chance of a kill than with the old MK-46 fish. However some of the Sov subs like the Typhoon are very very difficult to kill with a conventional warhead.

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