Well this is nice.
Bo has a new best friend in the White House.
President Obama and his family took in a second Portuguese Water Dog named Sunny, an adorable addition who will serve as playmate and “little sister” to First Dog Bo, according to the White House’s official website.
Sunny, named by Michelle Obama for her cheerful disposition, officially joined the family on Monday. The puppy was born in Michigan just last June.
“We suspect Sunny will follow in Bo’s footsteps and keep the President company in the Oval Office, go for walks with the First Family after their 6:30 family dinner and even jump up on the First Lady’s lap from time to time!” reads a statement on the website introducing the pup.
Liberals used to love pointing to the Osprey as their project of choice to criticize the Pentagon. Not only was it “unsafe,” but it was also costly as hell.
I’m a relatively big fan of the F-35, usually known as the “Joint-Strike Fighter.” As a fifth-generation aircraft, it could become not just the United States’ military of aircraft of choice for the next 25 years, but interested friendly governments like the U.K., France, Germany and Israel could pretty much make it the NATO / Allied aircraft which replaces the hangers full of F-16’s still out there.
There’s a lot to go before the JSF officially joins the fleet in 2015, when the Marine Corps wants them to replace aging F-18s.
Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) and the Pentagon on Tuesday said they reached an agreement for 71 more F-35 fighter jets, with lower pricing allowing the U.S. government to buy all the planes it had planned despite budget cuts that took effect in March.
The agreement, which was first reported by Reuters on Monday, covers 36 jets in a sixth batch, with each warplane to cost about 4 percent less than the previous lot, and 35 planes in a seventh batch, also at a 4 percent discount, Lockheed and the Pentagon’s F-35 program office said in a statement.
The statement did not provide an overall value for the two contracts, but analysts say they will be worth over $7 billion.
The agreement is good news for Lockheed, which generates about 15 percent of its revenues from the F-35 program, and its key suppliers: Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N) and Britain’s BAE Systems Plc (BAES.L). At a projected procurement and development cost of $392 billion, it is the Pentagon’s biggest arms program.
The government is negotiating a separate contract with engine maker Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp (UTX.N), and an agreement is also expected there soon.
The lower cost of the planes, coupled with lower prices on a number of other smaller contracts, “will allow the Pentagon to buy all the aircraft originally planned, including those that were in jeopardy of being cut” as a result of mandatory budget cuts imposed on the Pentagon in March, the statement said.
It is unknown yet if the Pentagon will give the go-ahead for the full order of F-35’s. That’s said to be nearly 2,500 to 3,000 planes, and will be used by all branches of the United States military, with three different variations to fit the particular needs of carrier groups, air bases and strike forces needs.
No longer the fantasy weapon of tomorrow, the U.S. Navy is set to field a powerful laser that can protect its ships by blasting targets with high-intensity light beams.
Early next year the Navy will place a laser weapon aboard a ship in the Persian Gulf where it could be used to fend off approaching unmanned aerial vehicles or speedboats.
The Navy calls its futuristic weapon LAWS, which stands for the Laser Weapon System. What looks like a small telescope is actually a weapon that can track a moving target and fire a steady laser beam strong enough to burn a hole through steel.
A Navy video of testing conducted last summer off the coast of California shows how a laser beam fired from a Navy destroyer was able to set aflame an approaching UAV or drone, sending it crashing into the ocean.
“There was not a single miss” during the testing, said Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder, chief of Naval Research. The laser was three for three in bringing down an approaching unmanned aerial vehicle and 12 for 12 when previous tests are factored in.
But don’t expect in that video to see the firing of colored laser bursts that Hollywood has used for its futuristic laser guns. The Navy’s laser ray is not visible to the naked eye because it is in the infrared spectrum.
The video which the Navy provided the media is pretty unimpressive. The target is never shown being shot by anything visual, but it does catch fire quite quickly until it crashes. The rear admiral running the presentation called the rays actions similar to a blow torch cutting through steel.
It is the future of military tech, and so far it is ours and ours alone.
Though, you’d think it would be.
Political correctness crosses a line when it no longer conveys stupidity but pathetic weakness to our enemies.
Last Friday, the U.S. Army formally decided not to award Purple Heart medals to the victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, which claimed 13 lives and wounded 32 people. The Army preposterously claims that handing out medals would damage Major Nidal Hasan’s “ability to receive a fair trial.”
The Army issued a “position paper” in which it expressed concern that awarding the medal to the shooting victims “would set the stage for a formal declaration that Major Hasan is a terrorist.” This is because the Purple Heart is awarded to those who have been “wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States.”
But Hasan clearly was a terrorist. A Muslim, he consulted with a radical overseas imam and shouted “Allahu Akbar” before beginning his deadly rampage. The FBI and Congress have found his carnage to be an act of terrorism, while the Obama administration insists it was an incident of “workplace violence.”
Hasan faces the death penalty if he is convicted by a military jury on 13 specifications of premeditated murder. His court martial is set to begin in July.
Neal Sher, a New York lawyer who represents the Fort Hood victims, called the Army’s findings “rubbish.” “These victims have been given the back of the hand by their government,” he claimed. I’ll go further. In its absurd ruling the Obama administration has given them a kick in the gut.
So political correctness has taken precedence over the actual events of 2009. That’s so idiotic that there’s almost a level of brilliance to it.
It will be interesting to know if the Army is denying “Black Hearts,” the traditional medal for those killed in action during the assault on Fort Hood by Hasan. Naturally, given my connection to one of the victims (I went to high school with one of the fallen), I’ll keep myself informed on the latest.
What was the MoveOn.org meme from 2004–2007 again? That Bush was going to bring back the draft or something like that.
It got so bad and so ill-informed that among 18–29 year olds in 2004, a majority seriously believed it was going to happen.
Of course back then, the only ones really pushing for a re-introduction of the Draft were Democrats. Most of them using it as an anti-war tactic to turn public opinion against any future war (like they did in Vietnam) or to just confuse the general public.
Then there’s Congressional representatives like New York Democrat Charlie Rangel who say there isn’t enough “sacrifice” being done in America and the only way to remedy that is forced military conscription, not so that young people can learn things like honor, discipline, duty and selflessness. No, Rangel’s idea is all about his belief that the military is full of dumb, ignorant minorities (It is not) who the country feeds into an all-killing war machine.
So he’ back with his idea. The only change to it this time: Include women.
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Friday said he plans to introduce legislation that would bring back the military draft and extend it to women for the first time.
Rangel, who has pushed for years to bring back the draft, said the Pentagon’s decision to allow women to serve in combat means that they too should register for the Selective Service.
“Now that women can serve in combat they should register for the Selective Service alongside their male counterparts,” Rangel said in a statement. “Reinstating the draft and requiring women to register for the Selective Service would compel the American public to have a stake in the wars we fight as a nation. We must question why and how we go to war, and who decides to send our men and women into harm’s way.”
Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed an order rescinding the ban on women serving in combat units last month, potentially opening up as many as 237,000 positions to female service members.
The move raised a number of policy issues, including whether women will now be required to register with the Selective Service. The Pentagon is required to report on how changing the ban effects the constitutionality of the registration being males only.
In an interview on MSNBC, Rangel said the draft should be reinstated because the majority of Americans make “no real sacrifice” when the country goes to war.
“The Congress never gets a chance to vote up and down on these war questions. Every president just puts our kids in harm’s way and we just foot the bill, but there’s no real sacrifice in what’s going on. Less than 1 percent of American families are involved in the military and they really pay the price for it,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Military conscription has been proven not to work and many even in the Pentagon at the moment doesn’t want. Studies have shown that you tend to get more accomplished by those who want to be there, not by those who are forced to be there against their wills. A draft would create the latter situation.
Perhaps someday the military will indeed see the need for another draft, but at the moment, the world is a long ways away from any type of World War II scenario where millions of brave, young adults are needed to save the world once again.
Rangel doesn’t want to bring back the draft to help the American military. He wants to bring back the draft to have the military destroyed from within by recruits who never wanted to serve in the first place.
By the way, can someone explain to me how Rangel’s still in Congress and not spending the rest of his days in an orange jumpsuit for his numerous ethics and criminal violations?
“Chesty” is like Uga of the University of Georgia, a bulldog. And since he’s a dog, he will have to be replaced from time to time with younger — sometimes cuter — versions of himself.
The Chesty will the 14th “Chesty” the United States Marines Corps has used for mascot purposes. He is kept in Washington, DC and often in the personal care of a battalion at Marine Barracks — Washington, the famous ones near the Naval Yards at the corner of 8th and Eye SE.
The Marines rolled out the red carpet for 9-week old Chesty the Recruit Thursday night at the Home of the Commandants at the Washington, D.C., Marine Barracks. Bonnie Amos, the wife of Marine Corps Commandant James Amos, met the latest Chesty Thursday night.
“My gosh this is the cutest puppy … I think this one will be fine as wine,” Mrs. Amos said in an interview Friday. “He has a great little personality.”
The Marine Corps first announced the arrival of Chesty the Recruit on Facebook and put out a release. After a period of between six and eight weeks of “boot camp,” Chesty the Recruit may have a chance to appear alongside Sgt. Chesty during the Summer time Friday Evening Parades at the Marine Barracks in Washington.
At the end of the parade season, the Marines plan to officially hand over the mascot duties to the new Chesty. (All Marine mascots are named after Lt. Gen. Chesty Puller, the most decorated officer in Marine Corps history.)
“Sgt. Chesty,” officially known as “Chesty the XIII,” is the first of the Chesty’s to be promoted from “Private First Class Chesty” to full sergeant.
Apparently the word is it was a field promotion caused by winning “a growl-off” with out-going SecDef Leon Panetta’s golden retriever “Bravo” last August. Chesty, who’s normally pretty calm because he’s a standard photo-op for small children attending the Friday Evening Parades, apparently decided he was going to be “Top Dog” when Panetta brought Bravo along for a visit to the Barracks.
Just two weeks before his promotion, the Marine Corps mascot, an English bulldog formally known as Chesty XIII, had a run-in with Bravo, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s golden retriever. Chesty, usually known for happily mugging for photos with kids, revealed his inner grunt when he spotted the larger dog at the conclusion of a pomp-filled military parade held in honor of the Pentagon chief. Chesty growled, barked and ignored his choke-chain of command as he went nose-to-nose with Bravo.
As Chesty’s growl erupted into an angry bark, an officer urgently whispered in the ear of his handler, Sgt. Chris Harris: “Keep the leash tight.”
That kind of breach of decorum at the headquarters barracks, where the top generals and their wives reside, could have been career-ending for most Marines.
Chesty weathered the controversy and came out of it with a new stripe on his uniform.
Word on the barracks was that most of the senior officers wives opposed the promotion for Chesty XIII.
No word yet if White House dog “Bo” visits the Barracks with Pres. Obama. (He didn’t when the President attended the same Evening Parade I did in 2009.)