Friday the 13th Linkzookery – 13 Sep 2013

Al-Qaida leader calls for attacks inside US
A friendly reminder that we are, in fact, at war with terrorists.

‘I give you my word I’ll be back’
Extraordinary chivalry of British PoW who returned to German prison after visiting dying mother because of promise he made the Kaiser

U.S. weapons releases in Afghanistan drop dramatically
Lowest monthly total in over a year.

US Navy Renews Call for Missile Sub Funding Plan
The current Ohio-class boomers are set to retire in the late 2020s. Murdoc predicts the replacement will start entering service in the early 2040s.

Navy Confronts Anticipated Submarine Shortfall
Murdoc’s written (and worried) about the looming shortage of attack subs in the past. Things are developing as expected…rather badly.

Wisconsin’s third-largest school district says no thanks to union representation
The result goes to show that when workers have a choice on whether to join a union instead of being forced into one by law, they often choose to vote down the union.

Joe Biden wants Janet Napolitano on SCOTUS
Murdoc checked twice to make sure it wasn’t the Onion.

Rep. Charles Rangel Cites Possible Intervention in Syria as a Justification for his Call for Reinstating the Draft
Sounds like the Onion, but Murdoc didn’t check twice…Rangel always plays this card.

Boeing delivers last C-17 cargo jet to Air Force
There are existing foreign orders so the line will remain operational for now. Murdoc wouldn’t be surprised to see calls for more USAF C-17s in the future.

Global Workhorse
AF Magazine write-up on the C-17. The fleet averages about 10,000 hours per plane right now, with the oldest close to 20,000. They were designed with a 30,000 hour service life.

GAO Blasts Navy’s Ford-Class Carrier Program
22% cost increase since 2008.

Obama’s Successful Foreign Failure
The president may look incompetent on Syria. But his behavior fits his strategy to weaken America abroad.

Global warming cleverly hides itself with 1 million sq miles more arctic ice
Six years after the BBC reported that global warming would leave the Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013.

Arctic Sea Ice Update: Unlikely To Break Records, But Continuing Downward Trend
Still, this year’s melt rates are in line with the sustained decline of the Arctic ice cover observed by NASA and other satellites over the last several decades.

Illinois Supreme Court: Second Amendment Protects Carrying Outside the Home
Though a lot of knee-jerk legislation has been passed recently, the overall trend is toward more freedom for gun owners.

USS Cole case judge: Spiral-bound notebooks are ’boutique’ items
The spiral binding wire could be used as a weapon.


  1. Al-Qaida leader calls for attacks inside US

    A friendly reminder that we are, in fact, at war with terrorists.

    Someone needs to tell that to McCain and company. On the home front they continue to demand more and more immigration. How many “Boston Bombers” are running around thanks to our open borders policy ready to follow their leader’s orders?

    On the foreign front they demand that we become “Al-Qaeda’s” air force in Syria.

    Please, someone tell these clowns we are at war.

  2. I am not sure why you posted two completely contradictory Climate Pieces. Fortunately one of them is from an authoritative source who actually works in the field, and knows that a trend line consists of considerably more than two data points. Good on you Murdoc.

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