Friday Linkzookery – 05 Oct 2012

Air Force Launching Secretive X-37B Space Plane in October, Could Land in Fla.
Unmanned X-37B OTV-3 to fly soon.

Video – Underwater Glock
Boom and splash at the same time, I guess.

China Dismisses Reports About Second Aircraft Carrier
Says that claims they’re building another big deck carrier are false.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G
Murdoc loves his Kindle. I know how a lot of people “just like real books better” but the advantages of the Kindle are well worth it. The free 3G is very nice, too.

George Washington, John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Groups Patrol Western Pacific
Operating together in the Asia-Pacific region.

US to field GPS-guided artillery shells in South Korea
Excalibur 155mm shells to be added to Korean arsenal.

Questions raised over Marine Personnel Carrier’s future
Proposed LAV with propellers will be a tough sell.

The Guns of Russian Special Forces
Pics and more at The Firearm Blog.

A Marine Corps 1st: Women take infantry course
Allowing the women to volunteer for the course is part of an “experiment” to determine how they perform in the rigorous regimen of physical and psychological stress that Marine infantry officer candidates are put through.

Public High School Math Teacher Allegedly Tells Student to Leave Class for Wearing Pro-Romney T-Shirt
The teacher allegedly told the girl to take off the shirt, saying it was like wearing a Ku Klux Klan sheet.

More Linkzookery below!

Air Force launches third GPS Block IIF satellite aboard Delta IV
The Block IIF satellites have a design life of 12 years.

James Bond 50th Anniversary Blu-rays for only $007.99
Shaken, not stirred. Limited time only.

Wary of Israel, Iran Is Said to Err in Strikes
Apparently fired on some civilian airliners and one of their own F-14 Tomcats. Unsurprisingly, they didn’t hit shit.

4 missile cruisers to remain in service
Cowpens, Anzio, Vicksburg and Port Royal were supposed to be decommed in March.

Pentagon shuts MRAP production line
Through September this year, a total of 27,740 MRAPs rolled off the assembly lines of seven manufacturers, including BAE Systems, Oshkosh Defense and Navistar, and 12,726 remain in theater in Afghanistan, according to Defense Department figures. About 870 have been sold to foreign militaries and another 700 are on order for allies.

Moondoggle: The Forgotten Opposition to the Apollo Program
For most of our lunar adventure, a majority of Americans did not support going to the moon. On the 50th anniversary of JFK’s “We choose to go the moon” speech, we examine why.

Big WWII-era gun comes to Golden Gate
One of the 16″ guns from USS Missouri to be displayed in San Francisco.

USS West Virginia crew reunites
Eleven veterans from World War II, including some Pearl Harbor survivors, visited the Raleigh County Veteran Museum, which houses a model of the BB-48 battleship.

Why Studios May Start Suing Over Mockbusters
It doesn’t seem to Murdoc that they’d have much of a case except in some specific cases.


  1. 4 Cruisers to remain in service:

    I can’t believe they were going to decommission those four ships. The oldest one, the Cowpens, was only commissioned in 1991. The others aren’t even twenty years old yet. These are still modern ships.

  2. Obama & Panetta with the aid of David Petraeus and numerous other Social reformers are planning on dismantling or at least severely weakening the U.S. Military as per the “Plan”.

    What’s the “Plan”, you say?

    The “stealthy” background has been in progress for over 50 years. Now the game has gone overt with the ascendance of Emperor Obama to the throne.

    The Plan is simple, actually: The total restructuring of America from a free, Capitalist country into a pure Socialist Nation.

    It’s a long term plan that won’t be totally completed for decades, but President Obama has started the ball rolling and once it gains momentum it’ll be vertually impossible to halt.

    1. I agree with a lot of what you write. But I wouldn’t lay the blame on O. This country’s future has been ‘baked in the cake’ long before he ever got involved in politics. I would say LBJ is much more responsible. Others might be even go as far back as FDR to lay the blame.

  3. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G

    I bought a NookColor from Barnes & Noble 2-years ago and really love it. I travel a lot and the only drawback is I can’t download books from outside the U.S. So when I’m back home I really splurge.

    It’s the only way to go if you’re a reader and international traveler. I don’t have the capacity to carry 10+ hardbound or paperbacks in my luggage.

  4. “China Dismisses Reports About Second Aircraft Carrier”
    Sure, we can believe what Beijing says about their long-term naval interests! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go play a few games of Blackjack in the floating casino they built out of the Varyag…

    “Questions raised over Marine Personnel Carrier’s future”
    The best candidate under consideration is unquestionably the AMV-based Havoc, but the best for the job would be a full-track vehicle (e.g., the PAL AFV, ARISGATOR, MTVL, BMP-3, etc.) — why these aren’t considered for a vehicle role that entails driving up a wet, sandy slopes (such as, for example, a *beach*) defies reason.

    “Public High School Math Teacher Allegedly Tells Student to Leave Class for Wearing Pro-Romney T-Shirt”
    It’s funny that she would say it isn’t allowable to make such a statement on grounds that it’s similar to the Ku Klux Klan, because the Supreme Court already upheld long ago that even *they* have a right to free speech. Moreover, it’s also blatantly illegal for a US-government-run school (i.e., a “public” school) to in any way regulate speech, including wearing tee shirts promoting a presidential candidate.

    “Wary of Israel, Iran Is Said to Err in Strikes”
    If they used Sparrow or Phoenix missiles, it’s no big surprise. The Sparrow has a demonstrated kill probability of only 0.05% The Phoenix did even worse. At the Gulf of Sidra, 2 were launched at Ligyan Mig-23s — both fell into the sea after flying 50 miles (the official range is 100 miles). 2 more were fired at an Iraqi Mig-25 on January 5th 1999 — both flamed-out and fell out of the sky. One last Phoenix was fired at an Iraqi Mig-23 on September 9th 1999 — it *also* flamed-out and fell out of the sky. That’s the entire confirmed combat record of the Phoenix.

    “4 missile cruisers to remain in service”
    That’s nice and all, but where’s the replacement class of Cruisers? It’s been more than 30 years since the first Tico was commissioned, after all. And maybe this time we can build an *actual* Cruiser, instead of pretending that a Destroyer is a Cruiser (compare the stats of the Ticos to the Bruke class Destroyers — they’re so similar, that the different designations are illusory, almost to be point of being DElusory).

    “Pentagon shuts MRAP production line”
    It’s at least 5 years too late to matter. There was never any point in them, with all the M115 Gavin APCs we had in storage (over 6000).

    “Moondoggle: The Forgotten Opposition to the Apollo Program”
    This was a fascinating read, because it sounds so much like the plot behind the anime movie “Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise”. You can read an overview on it here;

    Here’s a trailer of said anime;

    “Big WWII-era gun comes to Golden Gate”
    They could have had an entire BATTLESHIP, but they blew it. Now all they get is one gun.

    “Why Studios May Start Suing Over Mockbusters”
    They don’t have a case — these films are parodies, which are protected by the First Amendment;

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