Posted by Lex, on October 15, 2010
With classic British understatement, a UK helivac pilot informs his passengers that, well: He’s been shot in the head.
Not to worry.
Posted by Lex, on October 17, 2010
Courtesy of occasional reader Phil from Downunda – who tends to keep us honest when we veer too far out of the naval aviation fairway – a Centennial Hornet in Navy Working Uniform colors.
No matter how you come down on the article of NWU, you have to admit to the artistry of it.
For my own part, I rather prefer the retro paint scheme on this T-45.*
Update: Once again, the for-profit world demonstrates that when it comes to innovation, ** they beat the government every time. Rock on, Fedex!
* 04-27-18 The link Lex provided was dead, and no replacement could be found. So I Googled “Nice T-45 paint job and came with this. Can’t make any guarantees that this is what Lex meant 😉 – Ed.
** 04-27-18 This is the link Lex provided – it is still on the web so for speed’s sake took it away from the Wayback Machine link. Both versions do not have the Fed Ex plane so the author must have deleted that before the Wayback Machine captured it. But they are still worth seeing. -Ed
Posted by Lex, on May 27, 2008
The private security company Blackwater has been attempting to build a west coast presence here in San Diego for quite some time now. A 2006 attempt to build a rifle range, tactical driving course and helipad in the rural, east county township of Potrero received stiff opposition from locals who objected to the prospect of traffic and noise pollution more than their planning board favored the economic stimulus that the project might bring to the economically disadvantaged area. That board was recalled and Blackwater – faced with increasingly agitated opposition across the county – quietly canceled their plans.
Posted by Lex, on October 20, 2010
Cultural equivalency check: Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud (who, if you can’t tease it out, is a royal member of the House of Saud) has been convicted in the UK for the murder of his manservant. His sentence will be “life” in prison, which means he’ll probably have to serve at least 20 years.
His royal status was not sufficient to protect him from justice in Britain, although had the crime been committed in Saudi, he’d have probably have gotten off on that charge.
They’d have executed him for being gay, though.
Once released he’ll likely be offered asylum in Britain.
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.