Saturday, December 06, 2014

Chechen Death Threats To Ukraine MP's: Kremlin ally Kadyrov demands kidn...

White Men Over 20 - Labor Force Participation

Feds: Navy engineer tried to steal schematics for new carrier class - Stars & Stripes

A Navy engineer was arrested and charged Friday with attempting to steal plans for the Navy's most advanced aircraft carrier, now under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding.
Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, 35, a York County, Va., resident who worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia, was indicted on two counts of attempted exportation of defense articles and technical data, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on each count.
Awwad inten;postID=772578852820032233ded to send the schematics to Egypt, authorities said....

Friday, December 05, 2014

Hawk vs. Drone! (Hawk Attacks Quadcopter)

The Red Baron & The Flying Circus in full HD at 1080p

Wired - America’s Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle

... An undisclosed number of Warthogs, part of the “Blacksnakes” 163rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron based at Fort Wayne, Indiana, have been deployed to Middle Eastern airbases to provide air cover to troops fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria....

-bth; Excellent decision and if this is going back into Iraq it is a sure sign that the US is going to be very serious about ground support.   Just by the way for anyone to say that the F-35 is a suitable replacement for the A-10 is just full of shit.  There is now way it can do what the A-10 was designed to do near the ground and it is impossible expensive.  The Air Force will never commit F-35s to support men on the ground who need close air support.  McCain is right about keeping the A-10.  I would only add that retrofitting Kiowas with unmanned control systems or creating low cost unmanned drones might add an alternative.  We will see what comes off the drawing boards in a couple of years.   Also Michael Yon makes the case for a new verions of the A-10, the A-11 with a smaller main weapon better suited for non-armored ground support.  This makes perfect sense to me.

Jordan's King Abdullah on ISIS

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Jean-Marie Le Pen Admits KGB Loan: French nationalists receiving Russian...

This quote about Putin's machismo from Angela Merkel is just devastating - VOX

The incident of Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, and the dog is a famous one. It was 2007 and Merkel, Germany's Chancellor, was visiting Putin at his presidential residence in Sochi to discuss energy trade. Putin, surely aware of Merkel's well-known fear of dogs, waited until the press gathered in the room, then called for his black Labrador to be sent in. The Russian president watched in unconcealed glee as the dog sniffed at Merkel, who sat frozen in fear.
Later, in discussing the incident with a group of reporters, Merkel attempted an explanation of Putin's behavior. Her quote, reported in George Packer's recent profile of Merkel in the New Yorker, is one of the most pithily succinct insights into Putin and the psychology of his 14-year reign that I have read:
"I understand why he has to do this — to prove he's a man," Merkel said. "He's afraid of his own weakness. Russia has nothing, no successful politics or economy. All they have is this."
Merkel is not the first person to suggest that Putin's machismo — everything from his harassment of fellow heads of state to his shirtless photos to his invasion of Ukraine — are shows of strength meant to mask feelings of weakness. But she has put her finger on this phenomenon with remarkable bluntness....

-bth: an article worth reading in full