Frontier Former Editor

January 8, 2009

I’d like to see the corresponding odds of . . .

being a Palestinian civilian and being hit by Israeli ordnance.

http://www.ifcj.org

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like seeing civilians of any stripe being hit by rockets, missiles, bombs, cluster munitions, artillery fire, mortar rounds or any other ordnance. But I’ve seen a commercial twice in the last three days from the International Federation of Christians and Jews about how I should drop everything and call a toll-free number to show my support for Jewish victims of Hamas rocket attacks. The commercial states that these rocket attacks are not widely reported in the media.

Funny thing: I’ve been well aware of these attacks for years now.

I’ll do one better. I’m blogging now to show my support for civilians in Israel, Gaza, Jerusalem, Lebanon and associated areas who have to endure rocketing, bombing, shelling, suicide bombing and other violent acts, no matter what the source of the ordnance.

As for ‘eye for an eye’? In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man may be king but he still has lousy depth perception.

September 14, 2007

Now THIS could get me to duct-tape a hamster . . .

Filed under: duct tape, fighting machine, hamsters, pit hamsters, weapons — Frontier Former Editor @ 11:04 pm

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Hadn’t seen this in a while. Thank god Michael Vick didn’t see it and get ideas too

September 7, 2007

Vicariously nuking David Albo . . . . or, ‘Eet’s a beumb!’

Those wild and crazy guys over at the Federation of American Scientists have another neat piece of learning software that’ll make ‘duck and cover’ absolutely uncool . . . . literally.

The Nuclear Weapons Calculator (or Nucular Weapons Calculator to our dumbass buddy at Pennsy Ave.) lets you decide just how much destruction to wreak on your favorite American city.

Stiletto: the yield range for Washington D.C. will encompass your favorite Virginia state legislator’s house, hint hint . . . .

And while you’re going MAD on your favorite metropolitan area, here’s a little mood music . . . .

September 6, 2007

Dr. Strangelove? More like the Nutty Professor.

Thanks to Stepher (via Bagel) and Drudge for this cup of morning BWAHAHAHAHA!

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photo courtesy Federation of American Scientists

 Nuclear warheads mistakenly flown on B-52, landing at Barksdale AFB


A B-52 bomber mistakenly loaded with five nuclear warheads flew from Minot Air Force Base, N.D, to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Aug. 30, resulting in an Air Force-wide investigation, according to three officers who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the incident.The B-52 was loaded with Advanced Cruise Missiles, part of a Defense Department effort to decommission 400 of the ACMs. But the nuclear warheads should have been removed at Minot before being transported to Barksdale, the officers said. The missiles were mounted onto the pylons of the bomber’s wings.read article here

What I love is the name of the website – The Town Talk.

Mrs. Humphreys recently went to visit her daughter and son-in-law in Metairie. The Daughters of the American Revolution on Thursday held their annual tea party. A B-52H brought five special visitors to town in time for the parish church rummage sale.

And here’s our special visitor . . . . (makes it sound like an out-of-wedlock birth, eh?)

Jump in my Stratofortress

It’s as big as a whale

And we’re about to set saillllllllll

It’s small comfort, but the U.S. military really does try to make it as hard as possible for folks to arm these little party favors. Having had an immediate relative who was part of an arming party for tactical nukes, I can say with some measure of knowledge that they don’t have electrical power to the warhead arming and detonation circuits unless you physically open one up and connect the ‘device’s’ battery properly. It’s not exactly the sort of task one can do unauthorized without being noticed and probably shot and killed unless you have a whole lot of people in on a conspiracy. (Where’s SPECTRE when you need them?)

But last week’s little spectacle makes one wonder just how far up ther collective ass, the heads of Minot AFB’s nuke weapons, armorer and flightline safety staffs were that day. Not to mention the watch staff and involved aircraft commander from the bomb wing in question.

As for their indestructibility, yeah, they’re pretty damned tough if mishandled. But there have been some really ‘fun’ incidents, like . . .

 “January 24, 1961, Goldsboro, North Carolina

In what nearly became a nuclear catastrophe, a B-52 bomber on airborne alert carrying two nuclear weapons broke apart in midair. The B-52 experienced structural failure in its right wing and the aircraft’s resulting breakup released the two weapons from a height of 2,000-10,000 feet. One of the bomb’s parachutes deployed properly and that weapon’s damage was minimal. However, the second bomb’s parachute malfunctioned and the weapon broke apart upon impact, scattering its components over a wide area. According to Daniel Ellsberg, the weapon could have accidentally fired because “five of the six safety devices had failed.” Nuclear physicist Ralph E. Lapp supported this assertion, saying that “only a single switch” had “prevented the bomb from detonating and spreading fire and destruction over a wide area.”

Despite an extensive search of the waterlogged farmland where the weapon was believed to have landed, the bomb’s highly enriched uranium core was never recovered. In order to prevent any discovery of the lost portion of the weapon, the Air Force purchased an easement which required that permission be obtained before any construction or digging could begin in the area. Three crew members were killed in the crash.

The accident was apparently so serious that it was reported to newly-elected President John F. Kennedy. According to Newsweek, President Kennedy was informed after the accident that “there had been more than 60 accidents involving nuclear weapons” since World War II, “including two cases in which nuclear-tipped anti-aircraft missiles were actually launched by inadvertence.” As a result of the Goldsboro accident, the U.S. placed many new safety devices on its nuclear arsenal and the Soviet Union was encouraged to do the same.”

Thank you, Department of Defense, for making me feel safe at night.

August 30, 2007

Ultimately, it’s all about leadership and not about PR . . . . .

Filed under: crime, dumbasses, guns, old college days, public relations, sociopathy, Virginia Tech, weapons — Frontier Former Editor @ 9:28 am

 Report of the Virginia Tech Review Panel

(Chapter VII, pp 79-82) 

PREMATURE CONCLUSION?

At this point, the police may have made an error in reaching a premature conclusion that their initial lead was a good one, or at least in conveying that impression to the Virginia Tech administration. While continuing their investigation, they did not take sufficient action to deal with what might happen if the initial lead proved false. They conveyed to the university Policy Group that they had a good lead and that the person of interest was probably not on campus.

(That is how the Policy Group understood it, according to its chair and other members who were interviewed by the panel and who presented information at one of its open hearings.)

After two people were shot dead, police needed to consider the possibility of a murderer loose on campus who did a double slaying for unknown reasons, even though a domestic disturbance was a likely possibility. The police did not urge the Policy Group to take precautions, as best can be understood from the panel’s interviews.

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August 28, 2007

And in a shameless ripoff from Laurie Kendrick . . .

whose toy post induced a flashback to the days of the Sears Wishbook, I give you my favorite childhood toy . . . .

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The Johnny Seven!

Yes, a seven-function pistol/battle rifle/grenade launcher/anti-tank rocket/heavy machine gun/rocket grenade/heavy rocket launcher! And with extra-dense plastic bullets that could leave your neighborhood rival for influence looking like he’d had 20 TB tests before dinner.

 Apparently my folks were able to get an export certificate for mine, because I brought it back from England and still was able to terrorize a moderate-size ville with relative ease.

Now go to Laurie’s place for some less warlike toys, while I go pacify some local sectarian violence . . . .

August 26, 2007

Flying in my own private Domodevo . . . .

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070824/wl_nm/russia_usa_bomber_dc

 “An astounded member of the U.S. delegation said the bomber was not for sale but that it would cost at least $500 million if it were to be sold on the spot.

“That is no problem. It is such a cool machine,” the Russian was quoted as saying by the newspaper, which said its reporter overheard the conversation.”

I hear they did entertain an offer to sell Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson and Keith Strickland . . . .

August 15, 2007

Dogged persistence . . . .

Filed under: dumbasses, scumbags, theft is sincere flattery, weapons — Frontier Former Editor @ 9:23 pm

A big thanks to Bagel for inspiring this bit of derangement and spite toward my fellow Virginian . . .

 Guess what killed the pit bulls at Michael Vick’s estate? Vick’s .44

Go see the doughgirl sometime

August 12, 2007

Now, if I were going to choose a boom stick . . . .

Filed under: cool stuff, weapons — Frontier Former Editor @ 10:49 am

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I’d really forego the S-Mart special and choose this little beauty. From what I hear, the finish is impervious to Cherry Coke Zero too . . . . 

“The Winchester Model 97 was designed by John M. Browning as an improved version of the Winchester Model 93. The shotgun’s firepower was used to stop German attacks cold, something previously only a crew-served machine gun could do. Fitted with a bayonet and barrel heat shield it was a soldier’s best friend in close quarters, when hand-to-hand fighting was upon him. For these reasons, it was called a “trench gun” or “trench broom.””

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

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