Month: July 2008


GDP accelerates to 1.9% pace in 2nd quarter Boosted by stimulus checks from Uncle Sam and a big drop in imports, real growth in the U.S. economy accelerated in the second quarter to a 1.9% annual rate, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Also: The U.S. economy contracted in the fourth quarter of 2007, the first […]


USS Midway (CV 41) and USS Independence (CV 62) in Pearl Harbor in 1991. Midway was decommissioned in 1992 and Independence in 1998. Aircraft Carriers Are Crucial Mackenzie Eaglen of the Heritage Foundation: In an age of guerrilla warfare and counterinsurgency operations, many U.S. officials appear content to overlook the importance of conventional weapons such […]

Littoral Combat Ship Under Way

Freedom (LCS 1) Begins Builder’s Sea Trials Freedom (LCS 1), put to sea for the first time, marking the beginning of Builder’s Sea Trials for the first-in-class coastal surface combatant. The agile 378-foot Freedom, designed and built by a Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led industry team, is conducting Builder’s Sea Trials in Lake Michigan. The trials […]

DDG 1000 Debate Not Over?

Critics blast move to end DDG 1000 Navy Times: The Navy’s decision to build at least nine more DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and end the new DDG 1000 Zumwalt class at two ships has drawn hearty applause from some corners. But supporters at the Pentagon and in Congress are insisting the issue is far […]

Friday Linkzookery – 25 Jul 2008

Iraq banned from Beijing Olympics For “unacceptable government interference” with Iraq’s panel. Militants blow up girls school in Pakistan In Swat, which saw the government reach a treaty with the militants earlier this year. How’s that working out? Fact-checking Barack Obama on climate change Barack Obama is just wrong. Sea levels have been declining, not […]

Rangel was Right

Charlie Rangel has been carrying on and on for years about how the draft would be back. It hasn’t quite happened how he predicted, but now forces are in motion which might make his predictions a reality: The National Service Act: H.R.393 Title: To require all persons in the United States between the ages of […]