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Rather Too Soon

Posted by lex, on August 30th, 2011

Writing in the New York Times, opinionist Roger Cohen pats himself and our president on the back for our successful intervention in Libya:

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Posted by lex, on August 31st, 2011

The hits keep coming: *

A Navy commander cited by police in New York for driving under the influence of alcohol has lost his command.

(He) is the 17th Navy commanding officer this year to be canned, which means the service has now tied the record it set for all of 2010 for CO firings and with four months left in the calendar year.

Until he was fired Aug. 24, (he) was commander of Support Activity Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Officials said Rear Adm. Mark S. Boensel, commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, relieved Bell after losing confidence in his ability to command.

Alcohol also played a part in the firings of two other commanders this year, including (a) commander of Electronic Attack Squadron 129 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., and (the) former commander of Electronic Attack Squadron 141, also at Whidbey Island, according to the Navy.

A shame, really, to have come so far and been laid so low by something so pedestrian as a DUI.

Shouldn’t have come as a surprise, though.

 

** 05-26-18 Link gone; replacement found  – Ed. 

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Off the Grid

By Lex, on October 8, 2008

 

Magic Mountain all day, at the behest of SWMBO V3.0 and one of her cohort. The Hobbit having taken a pass.

Pray for me, and talk amongst yourselves.

Update: A pretty good day. Traffic up the 5 was smooth at 0730 – herself can be quite the slave driver when it comes to her entertainment – and we got to the park with time to spare. Your correspondent immediately saw the X2 ride and determined to have at it, but the lady insisted upon intervals of warm-up in lesser contraptions. Wise beyond her years as it turns out.

Only $29.99 if you purchase on line, as against $59.99 at the door. Which makes it a no-brainer. They still nickle and dime you here and there: It costs a dollar to stow all loose gear in a little locker for the two minutes spent shrieking on the ride. A smarter man might have left it all in the car, but who goes anywhere without a cell phone anymore?

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The Landing at Shah-har-adin

Posted by lex, on September 1st, 2011

Army medivac pilot in the Af.

Damned good writing.

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I Was Told That There Would Be No Math

Posted by lex, on September 1st, 2011

Courtesy of occasional reader Tuna, the algebraics of an aircraft carrier launch.

33 m/sec2, +3gs, 2.2 secs, for the gouge-meisters out there.

Quibbles: Acceleration is non-linear. Initial velocity is not zero. It feels like more than 3 gs.

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The Gangs of London

Posted by lex, on August 15th, 2011

An interesting AP article on the way that criminal youth gangs in London and elsewhere – the vanguard of the recent street violence and looting within Britain – have consciously emulated their transatlantic cousins from Los Angeles:

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Flying Warrants

Posted by lex, on January 8, 2008

 

I spoke at the retirement of a master chief petty officer a few years back. Over supper the night prior he told me that when he’d been a brand-new boot in his first squadron the senior chief petty officer there had been one of the Navy’s last enlisted flyers, a program that dated back to World War II.

Well, here we are again:

The U.S. Navy awarded wings to its first two non-officer pilots in over sixty years. Faced with a growing shortage of pilots, the U.S. Navy has finally adopted a solution the U.S. Army implemented long ago; warrant officer pilots. The first fourteen navy warrant officer pilots were commissioned a year ago and sent off to flight school.

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