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Is Michio Kaku right?

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The theoretical physicist one sees on nearly every science show may have changed  his views  on UFOs.   Should we?

I’ve always regarded UFOs as real but unexplained.   I’ve had a handful of experiences with odd lights in the sky, but I felt there was a rational explanation for them,  especially a large airplane flying high in the night sky which made no noise and its lights suddenly disappeared.   It has become increasingly harder to figure out the objects airborne military gun cameras keep capturing.

What say you?

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September 17, 2019 at 2:21 pm

Fab 4th actual…

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Robert Charles said Trump’s Salute to America  would be  a fine way to celebrate Independence Day,  and he was right.   I laughed when Democrats  complained about  the cost,  and when they said Trump had politicized the event.   Trump delivered a  rousing speech  saluting the U.S. military and quite devoid of any politics.  The speech,  despite a teleprompter malfunction and an inadvertent  anachronism,  was patriotism over  politics,  a feat no Democrat of today could achieve. Various Presidents have handled the holiday  very differently  over the years.

The rainy  weather dampened  the protestors somewhat,  but neither Trump nor  the crowd.  This piece has  a video  of the speech,  which even  Jim Acosta could not find fault with,  though he was no fan of the event itself.   Others characterized the event as  a threat  to Americans.  I’m sure they saw “stay  true to  our cause”  as a call to arms

Many  commentators  were political  in  their responses  to the event in general and Trump’s speech in particular,  but it made them look rather stupid when one considers the  actual words  Trump used.

With one eye on the Weather Channel,  the media  predicted a  tiny crowd,  but one does not fill up the entire National Mall with only a few people.   Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used  the occasion  to screech more lies about the treatment of children dragged here by their parents or smugglers and said the event was poorly attended.   I guess she didn’t see any of the pix in the previous link.

But for me the real jazz was the military hardware,  especially the fliers.  See  this one  and this  one too.  And don’t forget the  fabulous fireworks,  much of them donated.  Impressive all the way around,  don’t you think?







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July 6, 2019 at 2:50 pm

Fab 4th forecast…

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ABC, CBS, NBC and MSNBC all announced  their refusal  -and broadcast boycott- of any July 4th celebrations.   CNN  was especially  horrified.   However, RSBNFox10  and OANN carried it all, as did Newsmax TV and some others.   I taped it to watch today because I was not at home most of the day,

Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe thought it looked like the beginnings of  Tiananmen Square,  the commentator  herd at  MSNBC thought the military display was aimed at American citizens to intimidate them.   Having  all branches  of the military represented will only add to the intimidation, the pundits claimed.   NPR came up with some truly ridiculous lies  about trump’s Salute to America.  Tanks seem  to be objects of terror,  not interest.   Even the President didn’t realize how little damage the heavy tanks and other equipment would  actually cause  to D.C. streets.

Geraldo Rivera for once gets it right — Democrats  hate the  celebration because it’s done by Trump.  Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill makes the perfect observation,

The campus social  justice warrior,  not to be confused with the real warrior cited above who shot bin Laden,  should just not celebrate Independence Day.  Or they could at least quote that  noted scholar  Colin Kaepernick while he quotes those long dead to justify his position and actions,  except he apparently    the speech was after the Civil War and that Douglass was anti-slavery,  not anti-American.    Or you could join up with  Code Pink  and its charmless displays of juvenile behavior.  Perhaps you could read the New York Times which had an  op-ed tantrum  on the event because America was never great, and is actually barely OK.

MSNBC host Chris Matthews oddly  claimed Trump  had violated the Declaration of Independence with the celebration.   I’m not sure how that works,  but it’s on par with Hollywood claiming this is  what dictators  do.  Suffering from a temporary dearth of vitriol,  the WaPo must bemoan the awfulness of  fireworks.   No one mentions that politicians like them as much as they do  the tanks  the D.C. City Council so loathes.

Pete Buttigieg declared the event would make America  look smaller,  which was rather ironic considering the presidential candidate’s own diminutive stature,  and his very overweight dog.








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July 5, 2019 at 12:41 pm

Ninja bomb…

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That sounds a bit far-fetched,  so perhaps its other nickname,  the “flying Ginsu”,  is easier to understand.  Whatever  you call  it,  it is a small drone-fired missile,  but instead of explosives it has six big blades which shoot out the sides in the final seconds before impact,  shredding everything in its path.

Anything which kills bad guys is a keeper in my book,  and it appears this new weapon allows for an astounding amount of precision  —  just the thing when you don’t have a sniper in place.


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May 10, 2019 at 3:12 pm

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I’d smile too…

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…if a beautiful First Lady who actually likes the military  were visiting  my base or ship.   Wouldn’t you?




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December 14, 2018 at 2:55 pm

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Too few good men…

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Hat tip to Ramesh Ponnuru for providing us the link to Mark Perry’s depressing article  on the problems military recruitment is currently undergoing.   And yeah,  that goes for the females as well.

My family has been in America since before it was America,  and every generation has seen military service,  right through to the present.   The current dilemma is largely a result of progressive policies demonizing the military,  the horrors of the modern educational system run nearly everywhere by liberals and progressives,  and idiot parents who produce incurious, arrogant, unfit snowflakes who can’t manage to get their underwear washed and attend a few classes a day without the support of a life counselor and a crying closet.  My parents would have disowned me  if I had been such a pathetic weakling, and they would have been right to.

If you were born in any of America’s ghettos,  you will probably never meet your father,  who your mother may or may not be able to identify. If you live in a progressive city,  you are likely doomed to join a gang for protection since the politicians won’t let the police patrol your neighborhood, or put away the criminals who control the hoods.  But if you can manage to become at least semi-literate,  the military offers you a door not opened for you elsewhere.  Grit your teeth,  hang on by your fingernails and at least get enough education to qualify for the service.  It makes men of many,  and some of them turn out to be very, very good men.


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August 22, 2018 at 2:27 pm

A strategy that works…

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During the Obama Administration,  the Iranians harass our ships and even captured a pair of riverine boats and 10 sailors.   Last year there was a 60% drop in such incidents,  and this year there have been none thus far.  That’s  the result  of having a president who won’t tolerate such behavior and is prepared to strike back.



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July 7, 2018 at 3:15 pm

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