30 December 2010

Syria can do no wrong

On February 23rd, 2010, Assad meets with Ahmadinejad and Nasrallah.

[author's note: In researching this post, there was simply too much information to quote. Please click through to the plethora of links below for much, much, more...]

According to Obama, Syria must have been repentant enough in the past few days in order to deserve a tight diplomatic hug in the form of a new US ambassador. The unemployed chinless ophthalmologist must have triple-pinky-swore that he'll be good this time. Hey, but you gotta give BHO credit, he realized that this move was so ludicrous that he did it while the US Congress was in recess (thereby removing the otherwise needed congressional approval for ambassadorship).

The US pulled the ambassador six years ago after Syria killed the Lebanese Premier Rafik Hariri. But that's not all. They are actively aiding Hezbollah in taking over Lebanon and waging war against Israel (smuggling weapons, missiles, and fighters). They imported terrorists into Iraq to kill US troops. They are actively rebuilding and updating their huge, horrible chemical weapon arsenal. They illicitly developed nuclear technology and built a nuclear reactor to make nuclear bombs. They have allied with Iran, North Korea and Venezuela. Syria is hiding Saddam Hussein's biological and chemical weapons (and Haaretz thinks that they've found where). Syria is a haven for internationally wanted murderous terrorists. Syria is funding terrorists. Syria is hiding radioactive material stolen from Yemen.

They are just bad guys.

But Assad said yesterday that the Arab world is “always peaceful”, Iran doesn't want nuclear weapons, and that the reason there is no peace in the Middle East is because of Israeli “occupation.” Riiight.

But Barack bought it, hook, line, and sinker. Or maybe he has an alternate agenda?

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29 December 2010

Memorial Day for Holocaust Victims

Last week was the day we Memorialize all of the victims of the Holocaust who's actual memorial date is unknown.

So I went to Dachau Concentration Camp to remember and honor the victims.

Prisoners of Dachau were brought to the camp on trains.

I took the train from Munich Centeral Station to Dachau.

Entrance that all of the prisoners passed through
Arbeit Macht Frei (German for Labour Brings Liberty)

"Dachau, 1933 - 1945, will stand for all time as one of history's most gruesome symbols of inhumanity. There our troops found sights, sounds and stenches beyond belief, cruelties so enormous as to be incomprehensible to the normal mind. Dachau and death were synonymous." William W. Quinn, 7th US Army, Liberator of Dachau Concentration Camp

The Perimeter fence

Only a few buildings remain surrounding the "Parade Ground"
On the Parade Ground
The Prisoner Barracks

The Main Road in the Camp, lined with Trees
Guard Towers and Fences

Memorial to the Jewish People that were murdered at Dachau
Inside the Jewish memorial

The Gate of the Jewish Memorial

The way to the Crematorium

The Crematorium
Entering the Crematorium
Gas Chamber Door
In the Gas Chamber
The Opening used to inject the Gas into the Gas ChamberIn the Gas Chamber
In the Crematorium
In the Crematorium
The Remaining Administration Building now a Museum

For more informati0n on Dachau see here

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25 December 2010

Shooting the Glock 19

I recently had the opportunity to go to the range and try out some new products from the Zahal IDF online store.

The FAB Defense Tactical Expandable Folding Grip
  • Quickly transforms from a horizontal grip to a vertical grip
  • Unique mechanism allows adjustment of forgrip length
  • Quick attachment/removal mechanism
  • State-of-the-art ergonomic design
  • Heavy duty polymer construction
  • Fits all standard Picatinny rails
  • Fits most handguns and rifles with front Picatinny-type accessory rail
  • Specifically designed so it will not interfere with handgun firing when in horizontal position
  • Available in black, desert tan, olive drab green

Here's a video me shooting with the FAB Defense Tactical Expandable Folding Grip on a Glock 19

Also in the video are the Tactical Shoulder Stock

 the Universal Scope Mount for pistols with rails

and the Self Healing Target System

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23 December 2010

US Navy wants electric boom-boom and pew-pew

Foremost on every Israeli's mind when it comes to security is missile defense. How are we going to best defend against nation states (and their proxy armies) who aim tens of thousands of rockets and missiles at our civilian population centers? Israel has acknowledged this threat with a dazzling array of kinetic missile defense systems which aim to knock the offending missile (teel in Hebrew) out of the sky. This topic took center stage at the International Aerospace Conference in Jerusalem, which I attended. Rather than discuss these kinetic hit-to-kill systems (which would take its own blog post), let's discuss lasers here, because they're pretty nifty, and it seems to be the way that the US Navy is trending.

Ten years ago, Israel (together with TRW) developed a truck-mounted laser which successfully knocked down shorter range katyusha rockets and artillery shells, but unfortunately this program was scrapped due to the immense cost of developing a new powerful laser system.

Tactical High-Energy Laser (THEL)

Enter Uncle Sam, and Mike Rinn, VP of Directed Energy Systems, Strategic Missile & Defense Systems at Boeing. At the Aerospace Conference referred to above, Mike Rinn discussed using lasers today to do what Israel tried to do before - to shoot down missiles, both short- and long-range, as well as enabling many shots per hour. Mike also proudly showed us the UAV shoot-down video below, with the caveat that it was only a technology demonstrator, and still a work in progress.

For Israel's security, it behooves us to help and watch our wealthier allies develop better systems to help keep our nation safer.

Let's talk Navy.


The U.S. Navy seems to be trending towards electric-powered everything, and not just lasers. They do want to get their hands on the new Boeing airborne laisser technology, and not just 'cause it's cool. It actually works, and the only ammo would be electricity (eventually). But that is a ways away, and the Navy realizes that. The Boeing airborne laser is currently a chemical laser, which is not practical for field deployment (too many super-dangerous chemicals and super-sensitive support systems needed). BUT, Boeing is concurrently working on a free-electron laser utilizing the technology gleaned from their airborne laser, which would only use electricity. And then they can pew-pew the bad guys or incoming missiles. Recently, the Navy tested a mini-me laser which shot down 4 UAVs over the water. pew pew.

Next: The electric railgun. Recently, the navy blew away the previous record of the most powerful railgun evah (set by themselves, of course), with a mind-blowing 33 megajoules propelling a hunk of metal to supersonic speeds. This railgun can reach out and touch someone at 100 miles with violent intimacy. They are working towards developing a stronger one that can reach 200 miles. By the way, one megajoule is the equivalent of a one-ton car hitting something at 100 mph. And they packed 33 of them into a very small and cheap package. boom-boom.

Here's a video of Navy electricity at work. At the end of the video, they display their unit's shield which bears their apt motto: Velocitas Eradico. Speed destroys.

And lastly, the Navy just successfully tested their electric catapult. This catapult (made by General Atomics, of the Predator fame) works off of the same principles behind the railgun, just that it holds an F-18 instead of a lethal projectile. Anywho, this catapult is a prominent feature in the new Gerald Ford class of aircraft carriers currently being built in the Newport News shipyards. The electric system obviates the need for the caustic, slower, and outdated steam system, which was so prominent in the iconic opening scenes of Top Gun. sigh.

Here's a video of the catapult test:

So even with all of these electric systems being developed, and with the US Navy developing increased electricity capacity on their new carriers to power their pew-pew, there'll always be a place for some good old-fashioned boom-boom.

A mini-mushroom cloud billows behind Army engineers from E Company, 1st Battalion, 77th Armour Regiment "Steel Tigers" and Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians attached to 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division. Click for hi-res version. (via: militaryphotos.net)

[written for DoubleTapper by Yishai from Digital Irony]

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