When conservatives take up armed resistance against D.C. despotism, theyll really regret some of the toys they gave the government. Rubio and Palin want the populace to be able to arm itself with assault rifles. But they want the government armed with F-35s — a $100 million-plus stealth plane with a top speed of Mach 1.6. When President Obama discovers his inner tyrant, it wont be a fair fight.

via Great Gun Gobbledygook: The Paradox of Second Amendment Hardliners – Dominic Tierney – The Atlantic.



Mayhem, as Long as the Power Is On

The benefits of lasers are many, the authors claim. For one, DE weapons don’t constantly run out of ammunition…

via Study recommends deploying lasers on ships, bases and planes – Stripes Central – Stripes.

Semper Ridiculous

The climactic courtroom scene in the 1992 motion pictureA Few Good Men” is an iconic one, perhaps sadly, in the oeuvre of Jack Nicholson. As most people know, Nicholson’s character is Col. Jessup, a sadistic and fastidious commander who is tricked by a beer-and-softball-loving Navy lawyer, played by Tom Cruise, into implicating himself in the death of a young Marine. Jessup’s disappointment in falling for the ruse, and for his actions being questioned in the first place, manifests itself in a violent outburst, during which he famously growls, “You [messed] with the wrong Marine!”

Cover of "A Few Good Men (Special Edition...

Cover of A Few Good Men (Special Edition)

This became a catchphrase in pop culture, and the scene and the film retain considerable currency even after two decades. Nicholson’s character is clearly not a Marine you should [mess] with. To the point, he precedes his profane admonishment with a more vulgar threat — “I’m gonna rip the eyes out of your head and [urinate] into your dead skull!” — that reveals unusual tenacity and sense of purpose.

It all raises an obvious question that I do not think anyone has ever answered: Is there a Marine you should [mess] with?

Droning On

Much of the Army’s UAS activity will be devoted to UAS operator training conducted at or near military facilities, the policy indicates.  But beyond such training activities, the military also envisions a role for UAS in unspecified “domestic operations” in civilian airspace, according to a 2007 Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Defense and the Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates domestic air traffic.

via Army Foresees Expanded Use of Drones in U.S. Airspace | Secrecy News.