13 Rules to Remember When Using a Gun

Originally posted on USNA or Bust!:

More excellent Gun Wisdom162_gun_owners_of_america (from Clint at Thunder Ranch)

  • Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.
  • If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.
  • I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy.
  • When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.
  • The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense.
  • The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either.
  • The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.
  • A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him ‘Why do you carry a 45?’ The Ranger responded, ‘Because they don’t make a 46 .’
  • An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity.

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Meet the Voice of Siri! An Interview with Susan Bennett.

Originally posted on Susie Lindau's Wild Ride:

When followed by the “Voice of Siri,” Susan Bennett, on Twitter, I freaked out. She’s REAL! I contacted her for an interview, crossed my fingers, and began my research. Along with her website, I found several videos and a podcast. I discovered she is also the voice of ATMs, GPS, Delta Airlines, Ford, Coca-Cola, Macy’s, McDonald’s, The Home Depot, Fisher-Price, Goodyear, VISA, Hot Pockets, Club Med, and Cartoon Network. Wow! She’s been busy.

Siri is an Apple IOS application which serves as a web navigator and all-round personal assistant. We all know Siri’s voice from Apple commercials. If you own an iPhone, you can press a button to ask Siri any question.

Siri and Susan Bennett

“Hey Siri. What’s the weather like outside?” She answers and includes a five day forecast. I thanked her this morning and she responded, “I live to serve.” Ha!

When Susan agreed to be interviewed, I just about fell off…

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Brain Scan.. Not as pretty as my artwork…

Kevin Brent:

Off my usual topics I know, but you’ll understand why. Feel free to re-blog and pass on to anyone.

Originally posted on Ray Ferrer - Emotion on Canvas:

Dearest friends, fans, FAMILY!
Please reblog, share, tweet, FB, you name it!

Over the years it has been my freehand spray paint artwork that many of you are accustomed to seeing.  There will be more but for now, there is this.  My wife and I are working hard on keeping you up to date.  We are blown away by the more than 60K followers who show there support to us daily on the blog and other social media platforms!

So, here is a scan of my brain and the Tumor is circled. Its bigger than first thought.  On the 9th I have one more MRI w/ spectroscopy to determine the rate of growth and cell types.  Then it gets really hairy.

Ray Brain

I am doing the best I can to be in good spirits and will continue to strive! It really helps knowing I have touched so many people with my artwork…

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US amnesty for illegal immigrants becomes a blame game

An article I wrote for World Review about Pres. Obama’s slight of hand known as ‘Executive Amnesty’ for illegal immigrants. For those of you who may not know, there is no such thing, he lied. Obama never signed one. But, Republican Speaker of the House Boehner believed it and couldn’t wait to get his name on it too. This is why I call Boehner, ‘Speaker Quisling’. ;-)

MAIN LINK: http://www.worldreview.info/content/us-amnesty-illegal-immigrants-becomes-blame-game


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Sri Lanka: China’s Pearl Harbor

China's Critical Sea Lanes. - University of Texas.

China’s Critical Sea Lanes. – University of Texas.

In February 1941, Pres. Franklin Roosevelt ordered the U.S. Pacific Fleet moved from its west coast home base at San Diego in California, to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, in order to cut the enormous distance the fleet had to sail to confront the Imperial Japanese Navy if war broke out in the Pacific.

Despite the devastating Japanese carrier strike on Pearl Harbor in December of that same year, moving the fleet there was sound military logic. Pearl Harbor remained the prime Pacific Fleet naval base throughout World War II.

China faces a very similar strategic though more critical naval scenario today in the Indian Ocean. Rather than protecting overseas territories, China’s economy and military machine are heavily dependent on imported oil. Ironically, the very same dilemma Imperial Japan faced in 1941.

A war with India, the United States, or a renewal of hostilities with erstwhile enemy Russia would place China’s seaborne supply of Middle East oil under threat. In the long-term future, Japan may also pose the same threat.

China has taken enormous steps in recent years to extend a naval & air footprint outward to counter this threat, primarily into the South China Sea.

Effectively annexing the Spratly Islands, China has established a permanent military presence right on the doorsteps of Malaysia & the Philippines and projects naval power toward Singapore and northern Indonesian waters.

Added to a longstanding military presence in the Paracel Islands; the building of air bases & ports following land reclamation in the Spratlys has laid the foundation of a Chinese maritime footprint extending southwest to Singapore and from the coast of Vietnam to Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan.

However, there remains the vast vulnerable area of the Indian Ocean in which Chinese bound oil tankers could be stopped, seized or if Chinese flagged, simply sunk on sight in any conflict with India, Russia, the U.S. or potentially Japan in the future.

A solution clearly had to be found and Beijing explored three options; oil pipelines transiting Myanmar & Pakistan; a military presence in Maldives; and a major naval base in Sri Lanka.

The pipeline deal with Myanmar appears to have fallen through. However, the pipeline deal with Pakistan sustained and has the advantage of allowing oil to be offloaded by ship at the Chinese built port of Gwadar in Pakistan without having to transit the Indian Ocean or South China Sea.

However, that option is dependent on defending against terrorist or military special forces attacks and enemy air & missile strikes to destroy vital sections of the pipeline. Such attacks only have to succeed once, to shut down the oil flow.

The more viable solution is an effective Chinese naval presence in the Indian Ocean capable of protecting seaborne Chinese commerce from the East African and Arabian coasts, to Singapore.

The Maldives can be used to operate Chinese maritime patrol aircraft to attack enemy naval forces, and/or to refuel & provision Chinese warships & diesel submarines with pre-positioned oil tankers, and supply vessels.

Though in the event of war with India or America, either nation would in all likelihood employ carrier strike forces and/or an amphibious assault to eliminate this option for China in very short order.

A Chinese naval base in Sri Lanka however, poses a major problem for any naval adversary of China. Sri Lanka is not merely an island, but a large one, and a nation of over 20 million people. Destroying or seizing Chinese naval & air bases there, is far more problematic.

Beijing is courting the Sri Lanka government with heavy investment in the nation’s infrastructure including the new seaport at Hambonata, now set to be expanded with exclusive berthing rights for Chinese vessels.

Agreement has also been reached for another Chinese built seaport at Colombo and a Chinese run aircraft maintenance facility to be built near Trincomalee to support the Sri Lanka Air Force, which of course will have an adjacent military grade airfield.

Most likely in the minds of Chinese naval planners is staging a sizable number of diesel-electric submarines, maritime patrol and perhaps even tactical aircraft from Sri Lanka in the event of hostilities, to combat both surface warships and submarines threatening oil tankers bound for China.

Chinese submarines operating from there and others forward deployed to Maldives would quite effectively bottle up the Indian Navy along India’s coast protecting India’s own seaborne commerce, naval bases and capital ships.

In the event of hostilities with the United States, American facilities on Diego Garcia would also be open to attack by submarine launched cruise missiles.

Russia would be the easiest adversary for Beijing in the Indian Ocean, as Russian warships and submarines would be operating at their furthest point from any naval facilities; unless operating from Indian naval bases were an option.

It’s unlikely China would deploy any major surface warships or nuclear attack submarines to Sri Lanka, unless the conflict were strictly with India alone. Those warships are vital to protect the Chinese coast from clear threats posed by Russia, the United States and Japan; if one or more of those nations were in conflict with China.

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USS Arizona BB-39

Today, you will also see USS Arizona’s end a million and one times via ‘train wreck’ news media. But, she had a life before Dec. 7th 1941. More posts coming soon!

USS Arizona BB-39 at sea, circa 1930's

USS Arizona BB-39 at sea, circa 1930’s

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Relearning Anti-Submarine Warfare

Kevin Brent:

And we better relearn it PDQ too.

Originally posted on global aviation report:

An air-to-air right side view of an S-3A Viking aircraft assigned to Air Anti-submarine Squadron 32 (VS-32) on the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66). An air-to-air right side view of an S-3A Viking aircraft assigned to Air Anti-submarine Squadron 32 (VS-32) on the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66).

Welcome back to history, mariners of the world! Your post-Cold War holiday from history is drawing to a close—if it hasn’t expired already. Last week’s episode between the Swedish Navy and an apparent Russian submarine in the Stockholm archipelago was only the most recent reminder of certain verities about combat at sea.

For the full story in The Diplomat click here.

Editor’s note: This talk about bringing the S-3 back for C.O.D? Forget about it! The S-3 Vikings – many tucked away in The Boneyard with multiple flight-hours remaining on their airframes – need to be brought back onto the carrier to provide LR ASW coverage. Perhaps in conjunction with new autonomously-patrolling submersible drones, or as directed to distant CZs by ships pulling the latest sound-sensing towed arrays. Maybe covertly with help from SSNs…

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