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20151125 01:24 SteveS Thinking good thoughts for Shipman and Fred while watching the wheels come off the 21st century. So how's that End of History thing working out for everybody?
20151124 16:28 Thing From Snowy Mountain Damn it, Vlad, don't let yourself get distracted by Turkey, find someone to bomb who's a major producer, damnit!
20151124 14:44 swksvolFF My best to Fred and Shipman.

I liked that tiny little car pulling that trailer. Off road even.
20151124 14:16 Shipman I loves me discomfort TW, it brings me morphine.


Yes, I am weak.
20151124 10:08 Grunter And all the best to Fred.
20151124 03:38 Skidmark For the politico targets

20151124 03:36 Skidmark Good animation
20151123 23:05 3dc Get well Fred.
20151123 23:04 3dc Spacecom of Israel loses contact w/ Amos 5, unsure why or whether can be repaired; insured $221M. Business-loss effect could be large.
20151123 20:58 Pappy G'luck, Ship.
20151123 19:50 trailing wife I know you will find unexpected pleasures amid the discomforts, Shipman. You're inspirational like that.

Separately, message from Gloria Pruitt at 5:10 pm ET:

"Fred is home. Pretty wiped out but glad to be out of hospital."
20151123 18:59 3dc Ouch
20151123 17:38 Grunter Good luck Shipman.
20151123 16:31 Shipman Well kids, the spot in my right lung is no longer in evidence.mnext week Gamma knife for the left, I am sanguine about the outcome.
20151123 12:42 swksvolFF Thanks for the help Trailing Wife.
20151123 00:13 3dc Near Funk during the Korean War sabotage caused a train of ammo to blow up here 40.489147, -99.037200
20151122 23:40 Pappy I doubt it Pappy. Our President is an ill educated, bad mannered, spoiled twat.

It's not so much Mr. Obama as his 'people'. And I wouldn't put it past him and them to pull something like that.
20151122 22:57 3dc Re your Funk Hybrid 1955 ad that just popped up on the right side of this lounge, well, I went to high school just a few miles from Funk.
Funk is located https://www.google.com/maps/place/Funk,+NE+68940/@40.4630441,-99.2596037,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x879ecdb38a7e1b59:0x26bc96c2179bfa8f
20151122 21:36 swksvolFF Returned, thank you.
20151122 20:17 trailing wife swksvolFF: email seen, response sent.
20151122 20:08 3dc Something bad obviously happened but mouths appear tight.
20151122 20:07 3dc
20151122 19:28 swksvolFF Nevermind, sent, kids allowed me a minute.
20151122 19:22 swksvolFF Sure, let me get the kids to bed, couple hours.
20151122 18:39 trailing wife swksvolFF, I have a comment, but the O Club will not let me post it. If you could send me an email to jssawicki at gmail dot com, I would be grateful.
20151122 16:02 Shipman I doubt it Pappy. Our President is an ill educated, bad mannered, spoiled twat.
20151122 15:56 swksvolFF Re-submitted; Fall Cleaning chores.
If it isn't up to Rantburg standards or I'm tracking mud onto the carpet, let me know, I'm sure there is plenty to do without having to babysit me.
20151122 14:13 3dc mildly interesting tech testimony
20151122 12:18 Pappy I wonder if Mr. Fernandez ever considered (aside from hiring an editor) the possibility that upending the international order was intentional.
20151122 12:15 Pappy wretchard:

The phrase "Vietnam" came to symbolize a "public aversion to American overseas miltary involvements" after Lyndon Johnson failed to beat Ho Chi Minh. Until Ronald Reagan it was an article of Washington political wisdom that 'Vietnams' were to be avoided. But the ghost of Vietnam had not been permanently exorcised. It returned with a vengeance in the 2008 Obama administration under the new name of the "don't do stupid sh*t".

"Don’t do stupid sh*t" was a synonym for "I'm not going to get trapped in a Vietnam". However you could get into Vietnam by backing into it. The administration's greatest weakness was failing to realize that inaction was also policy. Imagine the administration's horror then when after studied inaction, they heard a foreign policy crisis wailing in this distance which refused to go away. "Vietnam" may be the name of the monster knocking on the Oval Office door.

The intellectual source of the administration's problem lies in their failure to understand in what a "Vietnam" actually consists. It does not necessarily refer to any random overseas commitment, but to any progressively failing security policy from which there is no exit. Inaction expanded Obama's security dilemma to the point where he is in a bigger quagmire than Lyndon Johnson ever was. He is in a kind of Vietnam. Obama has put the entire international order at risk by forgetting that it rested upon active stability. You had to fly it like a plane, not simply fold your arms and refuse to do "stupid sh*t". The most lasting contribution of Barack Obama to history may be to retire the phrase "Vietnam syndrome" from the lexicon and replace it with a single new word: "Obama." It's a genuine claim to fame though perhaps not quite the immortality the administration hoped it would be remembered for.
20151122 11:42 Dale OS and Moose were interesting. Both I believe had medical backgrounds. They added a special seasoning to the base. OH, I have been stepped on a time or two. I however have a thick hide. This PC business can take too much away from exchanges. I enjoy Trump also because he is so direct. It has been my experience that these people often clear the air and generally provide direction for others to consider. The boldness and self confidence are welcome now and then. Seafarious was one before my time here. I am curious about that one. I can tell she(?) is missed.
20151122 11:01 Shipman A long, long, long, time ago me and my SO of the time got a good deal on a truck-load of tightly baled Timothy hay, we paid like a buck fifty per bale when it was going for 3 and a quarter locally. Our two small barns were jammed with the stuff. lol and behold there came a local hay shortage over the winter. We started selling it for 6, 7 and 8!a bale. Then it really got tight, we got offers for 9.50 a bale! Donna looked at the horses, looked at the hay, ran her crazy calculator and announced, 9.50 a bale, all we have. So um, Donna, what about the horses? $ $1.75/ lb.

I started to distance myself at that point.
20151122 10:15 swksvolFF A real pain if they catch fire.

I did a Books post but my internet was funny, did it not go through, or was it thumbs down?
20151122 03:08 Skidmark Round bales: 1200 lbs
20151121 16:11 swksvolFF Thanks Pappy. Am as familiar with earthquakes as seafaring.

Glenmore, if I read a report right, a house was in-line of a tornado and the damage ended just before their house - they found described as big round bales in the trees. I'm told those puppies are 1100+ pounds.
20151121 11:48 3dc MidEvil days: http://www.debka.com/article/25032/Massive-Russian-blanket-air-bombardment-is-flattening-Raqqa
20151121 11:06 Glemore ***SPAM?*** swksvolFF, had a stiff downburst at our trailer in NE TX but no damage (uprooted a tree down the trail); something knocked out our power for a few hours but it was several miles away and knocked out a lot of people so it got fixed quickly.
Here in New Orleans we just had light rain & twig-felling breeze.
20151121 01:21 trailing wife The sad truth is that Western leaders are constantly outwitted not because their foes are so intelligent, but because they are so infernally dull.

And to make it worse, they think themselves brilliant. The road to Hell is paved with smug Ivy League credentials.

OldSpook was indeed exercised by events, but he refused to moderate language that could be harmful to Fred at a time when he was also recovering from the intersection of fingers and bandsaw blade, as I recall. I was furious.
20151120 21:41 badanov I installed Arma 3 this week, and I am still installing addons.

The Chernarus MiG-21 was the most effective SEAD aircraft available to the Chernarusians in Arma 2 OA, and I used it in that role lavishly. Not even the F/A-18E was as effective as the MiG-21 as a SEAD platform.

In Arma 3, they took away my beloved MiG-21, so for missions in Altis, I will have to rely on US Navy F/A-18s for SEAD missions/support. Arma 3 improved the F/A-18 to the point where they can take out AAA effectively, but they still have a hard time with the 23/2 static AAA gun.

They also took away my assault boats, so Chernarusian forces will have to use offmap bases, motor boats and inflatable boats to transport. Gone (for now) are the days of transporting whole squads by boat. Now those squads will have to be reduced from 10 effectives to eight.

No commercial freighters, so the days of transporting BTRs to port are gone. If the Chernarus commanders want heavy marine infantry they will have to prevail on Americans to move them by transport aircraft

Someone ported the Chernarusians to Arma3, but there were no special forces. I have been using Ukrainian Naval Specops and Naval infantry to fill the gaps. At least I have BTRs now.

The AI is improved in Arma 3, and the sounds are amazing. Finally the AK-74 sounds like an AK-74. They improved the echoes, so the sound enhances the immersion factor.
20151120 19:57 Pappy Is there an audial boom which can go along with an earthquake?

Yes, there can be an audible boom. Once in a while you can hear them out here in CA. In fact, there's a river valley in New England (a fault line) where it's a known historical oddity.
20151120 19:16 swksvolFF Glen, hope you all just had wind and rain. We had tornadoes drop after bedtime, except for us on guard. Further complicating thing, the radar at Dodge City was recently updated - and now the wind farms show up. There was a lot of "Did that cell just intensify and form a hook, or is it just by so and so's wind farm."

Question: Is there an audial boom which can go along with an earthquake? My daughter was talking a boom like an acetylene prank couple miles out of town until she described how long the cords spun on the ceiling fan. It has been long enough that is wasn't Farmer Joe's trailer falling off a trailer.
20151120 17:54 SteveS If memory serves, OldSpook was getting rather spun up by what were then current events here in the US of A. (quite justified, IMHO) I always enjoyed his take on things. Hopefully, he either just took a time-out or went off to battle our enemies, whichever is more soothing.
20151120 14:27 Glenmore Skid, I too was wondering about Old Spook recently, I would like to see his comments on Paris.
20151120 13:48 Pappy One from wretchard:

The French have voted to extend the State of Emergency for three more months. The Eurocrats have declared open season on anything which obfuscates government supervision over individual activity; a crackdown on virtual currencies and anonymous payments made online and via pre-paid cards in a bid to tackle terrorism. Even in America, authorities are demanding limitations on the private encryption of messages despite the fact that the Paris attackers coordinated via unencrypted SMS.

The Western decision to deal with Islamic extremism as a law enforcement problem has certain costs. Jihadi attacks are ridiculously cheap in comparison to the gold-plated army of lawyers and surveillance apparatus. It also means Jihadis cannot be regarded as belligerents living outside of ordinary law. To get at the few, the legal system must reduce the rights of all to a very great extent, as the French State of Emergency is now doing. By erasing the difference and unable to name the enemy, Western politicians must treat everyone with equal suspicion. In order to explain away this, the media creates the image of the Jihadi mastermind to square the account. The desire to attribute setbacks to a "mastermind" may be driven less by criminal genius, than by the desire of law enforcement to avoid resembling the Keystone Cops. Perhaps part of the reason for apparent police incompetence is that the Jihadists are not considered "the enemy," but as criminal suspects protected by the full panoply of human rights. Many of the plotters had been known to the European authorities for years yet continued to run rings around the security services until the last moment.

The apparent helplessness of the West against the Jihadi threat is probably the result of an obsolete mental model applied to a modern threat. Therefore Western politicians will not see the danger. They cannot perceive the change precisely because they cannot reason outside their cognitive biases. For this reason the PC elite will do more of the ineffective same in the face of the new challenges: gun control, increased surveillance, warrantless searches, speech codes, and be surprised when they are blindsided again. The sad truth is that Western leaders are constantly outwitted not because their foes are so intelligent, but because they are so infernally dull.
20151120 10:50 Pappy Mwahahahahah! Die, Chinese spam-monkey-robot!
20151120 09:27 Mullah Richard Yikes!
20151120 00:34 badanov Zero idea.
20151120 00:32 Skidmark I wonder where Old Spook went.
I miss that crusty old warhorse.