Index – The Best of Neptunus Lex

On March 6, 2012 we lost Lex. He died doing what he wanted to do, teaching Naval Aviators how to be even better.

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Lex as a TOPGUN Instructor

For many of us, the Lexicans, he became more than just a blogger but a friend.  Carroll “Lex” LeFon not only enjoyed writing, but he enjoyed the interaction of the “commentariat”, many of whom he called “the best friends I never met”.

Soon after his accident, his website, Neptunus Lex, went down. If it weren’t for one Lexican, who copied and pasted most (about 70%) of his posts for later reading, “the lightness of Lex”, all 9  years’ worth of his work, would have been gone forever. I am currently combing the Wayback Machine and have also added (as of today, 04-18-18) an additional 270 posts. I should be done in a couple of months.

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In Memory of CAPT Carroll “Lex” LeFon, and the Wonderful Community He Fostered

Welcome. The idea was floated that a ‘talk amongst yourselves’ blog would be a good addition to for the Non-Facebook Crowd. Here it is.

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She prefers the weather

Posted by Lex, on May 28, 2008

 

Ecce, the inspirational tale of Malika El Aroud, widow of the man who killed Ahmed Massoud, the anti-Taliban leader of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan two days before 9/11, an al Qaeda propagandist, harridan and fishwife who scolds Muslim men into fighting and dying in a lost cause via the Internet. Expelled from Switzerland for running jihadist websites, she is now a resident of Brussels and collector of monthly unemployment payments from a state and civilization she loathes.

Writing in French under the name “Oum Obeyda,” she has transformed herself into one of the most prominent Internet jihadists in Europe.

She calls herself a female holy warrior for Al Qaeda. She insists that she does not disseminate instructions on bomb-making and has no intention of taking up arms herself. Rather, she bullies Muslim men to go and fight and rallies women to join the cause.

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A New Tool For Big Oil

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Courtesy Wall Street Journal / BP

Here I am all ready to call it a night – it is 0051 – and I come across an interesting article [Paywall] in the WSJ on a new tool the big oil companies are using to aid in exploration: Super Computers.

In my programming career, I came from an era where the true mainframes were starting to fade away, and the upstart micro computers were taking over.

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His Usual Good Work

Posted by Lex, on October 7, 2010

 

Like herpes, Jimmy Carter is the gift that keeps on giving:

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Editors and predators

Posted by Lex, on May 29, 2008

 

A pair of Blockbuster Revelations!!!! this week. First, former MSNBC reporter Jessica Yellin told CNN co-worker Anderson Cooper that editors at the news outlet pushed her to trim her stories covering the White House to a more positive breeze:

“The press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives, frankly, to make sure that this was a war presented in a way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president’s high approval ratings,” Yellin said.

“And my own experience at the White House was that the higher the president’s approval ratings, the more pressure I had from news executives — and I was not at this network at the time — but the more pressure I had from news executives to put on positive stories about the president, I think over time….”

But then a shocked Cooper jumped in, asking, “You had pressure from news executives to put on positive stories about the president?”

“Not in that exact…. They wouldn’t say it in that way, but they would edit my pieces,” Yellin said. “They would push me in different directions. They would turn down stories that were more critical, and try to put on pieces that were more positive. Yes, that was my experience.”

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Geography Lessons

Posted by Lex, on October 10, 2010

 

Forwarded from an occasional reader in Houston via the email pipe:

GEOGRAPHY OF A WOMAN
Between 18 and 22, a woman is like Africa – Half discovered, half wild, fertile and naturally beautiful!

Between 23 and 30, a woman is like Europe -Well developed and open to trade, especially for someone of real value.

Between 31 and 35, a woman is like Spain – Very hot, relaxed and convinced of her own beauty.

Between 36 and 40, a woman is like Greece – Gently aging but still a warm and desirable place to visit.

Between 41 and 50, a woman is like Great Britain – With a glorious and all conquering past.

Between 51 and 60, a woman is like Israel – Has been through war, doesn’t make the same mistakes twice, takes care of business.

Between 61 and 70, a woman is like Canada -Self-preserving, but open to meeting new people.

After 70, she becomes like Tibet – Wildly beautiful, with a mysterious past and the wisdom of the ages. Has an adventurous spirit and a thirst for spiritual knowledge.

THE GEOGRAPHY OF A MAN
Between 1 and 80, a man is like Iran – Ruled by nuts.

THE END.

I am only the messenger.

 

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Yesterday

Posted by Lex, on October 8, 2010

Four hundred and thirty-nine years ago: *

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This could be a problem

By lex, on May 29th, 2008

 

Perceptions shape reality: *

When U.S. Navy officials tell Congress they have confidence in their shipbuilding cost projections, lawmakers don’t believe them.

When flag officers say they’ve got enough money for maintenance, fleet sailors wonder why high-tech warships aren’t combat ready.

When top admirals say they have a new maritime strategy, analysts struggle to match it with the shipbuilding plan.

When business strategies override operational needs, officers wonder if they’re war fighters or executives.

Navy leaders are suffering from a credibility gap – with Congress, with industry and, increasingly, with the fleet.

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