Frontier Former Editor

August 25, 2007

Pole position . . . .

In my mind, when it comes to talking realistically tough and frighteningly to one’s rivals and opponents, Zbigniew Brzezinski is the question to the Jeopardy answer, “He’s going to tell me to ‘stuff it up my ass’ while he tears off my arm and begins the insertion.”


Suffice it to say, I was moderately intrigued when I read this little nugget tonight . . . . .

““Obama is clearly more effective and has the upper hand,” Brzezinski, who was President Jimmy Carter‘s national security adviser, said. “He has a sense of what is historically relevant, and what is needed from the United States in relationship to the world.”

Brzezinski, 79, dismissed the notion that Clinton, 59, a New York senator and the wife of former President Bill Clinton, is more seasoned than Obama, 46. “Being a former first lady doesn’t prepare you to be president,” Brzezinski said.

Clinton’s foreign-policy approach is “very conventional,” Brzezinski said. “I don’t think the country needs to go back to what we had eight years ago.”

Who says the Democratic nomination race isn’t going to get interesting, especially with a Cold Warrior who makes Dick Cheney look like a fat kid in a sandbox?

March 22, 2007

Modeling can be harmful to your mental health . . .

Filed under: Cold War, mad science, models, nukes, old times, weapons — Frontier Former Editor @ 8:55 pm

I was taking a break from the sheer pleasure of writing HTML code this afternoon and riffling through my pile of unbuilt model kits when I found my F-106 Delta Dart – a true Cold War icon in its own perverse way.

Sorting through the box’s contents, I saw the parts for one of the Dart’s more ‘interesting’ weapons – the AIR-2 Genie. Rain and Metro‘ll both appreciate this one, since Canada’s government also saw fit to get in on the act.

 And what does a Genie do? Well, be thankful that it’s not around anymore to grant its masters’ wish.

Live Test of nuclear AIR-2A Genie rocket

May 14, 2006

Bird watching in England

Filed under: Cold War, history, old times, weapons — Frontier Former Editor @ 9:43 am

One of my big (literally) memories from England was the Shackleton. If you’re interested in the minutiae of the Shackleton, just google ‘Avro Shackleton’ – I could prattle on a great length about her, but that’s not the point.
The photo above, while not taken when we lived there, gives a good idea of the view from RAF St. Mawgan’s tennis courts at the upwind end of the main runway in 1967.
Imagine being five years old and watching your parents play tennis when, all of a sudden, approximately 6,800 horsepower surrounded by a few tons of dural, steel, welds and rivets roar over your head.
Actually, I ran for cover in the family car a few times. Still bewilders me how I developed a strong interest in aviation despite the experience.

April 30, 2006

Here’s a trip in the wayback machine for you . . .

Filed under: Cold War, old times — Frontier Former Editor @ 12:11 pm

I just started watching “Poltergeist” a few minutes ago, and the opening includes the background sound of a “Star Spangled Banner” end-of-broadcast-day television spot.

When’s the last time YOU heard and/or saw one of those?

April 11, 2006

It’s just a shelter that my dad built . . . in case the Reds decide to push the button down . . .

My most sincere apologies to Donald Fagen but, still, what a great song.

Anyway, fresh from the Frontier Editor archives deep under Cheyenne Mountain, Wyoming, here’s some excerpts from that seminal 1961 literary work, “Fallout Protection: What to Know and Do About Nuclear Attack.” (Dick Cheney and I have an understanding: I keep my collection there and he doesn’t let loose with the birdshot and start injuring all the Air Force security police.)

Anyway, for your viewing pleasure and in preparation for our peaceful Islamic Iranian Republic friends . . .

Not telling where I got my copy, but it was in good condition and free.

Beats duct tape and plastic sheeting, but I’m still waiting for those other versions under development . . .

And now for the Popular Mechanics gallery in our collection . . .

The question I still have, though, is just how much pineboard, Quikrete and sand it takes to protect from direct radiation when the device detonates in an airburst about 5,000 feet overhead . . .

And then I wonder just how long the neighbors are going to respect the sanctity of your sandbagged castle . . .

Been a long time since I’ve seen asbestos-covered anything for sale, unless those white fudge-dipped Oreos are something they shouldn’t be . . .

And also be sure to remember to make sure that the big brick building forming part of your lean-to is down-blast from you . . .

Bears a certain resemblance to a basement in a certain movie about a big burrowing worm . . .

We’ve got provisions and lots of beer . . .

The key word is survival in the New Frontieeeeerrrrr . . . .

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