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March 14, 2019

Wise quote of the day

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:41 am
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You can vote your way into socialism, but you have to shoot your way out.

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March 12, 2019

India-Pakistan analysis

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:03 am
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An analysis of the recent India-Pakistan air combat.

March 11, 2019

I don’t believe it

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:15 pm
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Story here.  Frankly, I have noticed a number of these stories in the last 6 months.  The Defense Department and the defense industries aren’t above pushing stories like these to get increased appropriations.  IMHO, the military is will funded, but the funds are wastefully spent.

March 8, 2019

A replay of 1979

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:20 pm
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Could we see a replay of 1979.  I will admit, I think that is one of the more likely scenarios in the South China Sea; a confrontation between Vietnam and China.  The two countries are butting heads more and more in the area.

Fateh SS

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:44 am
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I recently joked about the new Fateh class of Iranian submarine. I speculated there was a 50/50 chance it was a mock up built on an under water barge.  Here is some more information on it. (again, h/t to Jeff Groves for the pointer to this site.)

March 7, 2019

Russian nuclear UUV

I’ve previously blogged about the Russian unmanned underwater nuclear drone Jeff “Inch High”Groves has brought an interesting blog post to my attention with more details about this.  Also this blog has some other interesting posts I will be commenting on in the near future.

March 6, 2019

Flexing muscles

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:30 am
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The US has deployed a THAAD unit to Israel.  The stated reason is a quick deployment exercise.  I have to wonder if maybe there isn’t another underlying reason.

March 5, 2019

More India-Pakistan

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 5:58 am
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A New York Times article on the antiquated equipment of the Indian armed forces.

March 2, 2019

Movie review: Dennis Miller: Fake News, Real Jokes (2018)

Filed under: General,Politics — dknights @ 6:40 am
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I’ve been a Dennis Miller fan since his SNL days.  His signature rants were some of the funniest comedy I’ve every seen.  Miller morphed from a stand up comic into a libertarian radio show host in his later years.  As such his last few comedy specials have taken on more and more political subject matter.  Frankly, I think politics is ruining comedy, but I don’t find Miller’s stuff as troublesome.  I suspect that this is because many of his political attitudes are very close to my own.  His latest stand up special, Fake News, Real Jokes, filmed in 2018 is now out on Amazon Prime.  As he’s gotten older, I think Miller has lost a bit of his edge and is maybe a step or two slower, but then again aren’t we all.  When he is at his best he can make obscure sub-reference after obscure sub-reference and make me laugh hard.  I enjoyed this special and it was 58 minutes well spent. 4 out of 5 stars.

February 28, 2019

India-Pakistan

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:05 pm
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Looks like things continue to be hot on the border, but it doesn’t seem like they are escalating.  Keeping my fingers crossed.

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