We’ve Moved

I probably should have posted this earlier.  I have moved the site to here.  If you weren’t redirected there I apologize I thought I had that all worked out.  Click on the hyper link.

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Changes In Store

I’m going to make some wholesale changes here.  Things maybe a little rough for a few days.  I apologize in advance for that.

Radar Trap Defense

Here is another little story that has been floating out there for a while.

Top this for a speeding ticket

Two California Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding enforcement on I-15, just north of the Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar California . One of the officers was using a handheld radar device to check speeding vehicles approaching the crest of a hill.

The officers were suddenly surprised when the radar gun began reading 300 miles per hour. The officer attempted to reset the radar gun, but it would not reset and then turned off.

Just then a deafening roar over the treetops revealed that the radar had in fact locked on to a USMC F/A-18 Hornet, which was engaged in a low flying exercise near the location.

Back at the CHP Headquarters the Patrol Captain fired off a complaint to the USMC Base Commander. The reply came back in true USMC style:

Thank you for your letter. We can now complete the file on this incident.

You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Hornet had detected the presence of, and subsequently locked on to, your hostile radar equipment and automatically sent a jamming signal back to it, which is why it shut down.

Furthermore, an Air-to-Ground missile aboard the fully armed aircraft had also automatically locked on to your equipment location.

Fortunately, the Marine Pilot flying the Hornet recognized the situation for what it was, quickly responded to the missile system alert status and was able to override the automated defense system before the missile was launched to destroy the hostile radar position.
The pilot also suggests you cover your mouths when cussing at them, since the video systems on these jets are very high tech. Sergeant Johnson, the officer holding the radar gun, should get his dentist to check his left rear molar. It appears the filling is loose. Also, the snap is broken on his holster.

Thank you for your concern.

Semper Fi.

So, while I think that we all agree that this is a bit far fetched let me tell you a similar true story.  You may have noticed the little Hawk missile launch at the top of the page.  Back in the day, my job was to maintain control components of a HAWK missile battery and make sure that all of the components were aligned and integrated correctly.  Where I was stationed, the HAWK battalion was located quite a distance from the main Air Station at a satellite location.

One day, the MP’s decided that it would be appropriate to set up a speed trap at our little out of the way facility.  Since the speed limit was 15 MPH they had a bit of fun writing tickets that day.  Well, they caught one of the SNCOs going a little too fast on his bike and were kind enough to write him a ticket.  As a result he was late for formation, and so on.  He was seriously pissed off.  After a chat with the First Sergeant he came stomping over to the Platoon Command Post, and fired up the system.  Using the TASS (video tracking system) on the HiPWR radar he locked on to the MPs and zapped them with the radar from about 700m.  Since the usual range of that radar is measured in many km you can imagine the results.  The MPs hopping around from being microwaved themselves for a couple of seconds, the handheld radar gun was fried and you could see them trying to get it back working again, etc.

While this kind of punitive action was not something that was terribly common, it did happen often enough that the speed traps that were placed out there were not frequent.

On My Honor

Hey Murdoc’s got a post up about a new book by Rick Perry, the governor of Texas.  Looks like it will be an interesting read.   I am thinking that we’ll see a Perry run for President in 2012?

Go read Murdoc’s post for more details

What Class /Character

I Am A: Lawful Neutral Human Ranger/Wizard (4th/3rd Level)

Ability Scores:

Strength-15

Dexterity-18

Constitution-17

Intelligence-16

Wisdom-14

Charisma-15

Alignment:
Lawful Neutral A lawful neutral character acts as law, tradition, or a personal code directs him. Order and organization are paramount to him. He may believe in personal order and live by a code or standard, or he may believe in order for all and favor a strong, organized government. Lawful neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you are reliable and honorable without being a zealot. However, lawful neutral can be a dangerous alignment because it seeks to eliminate all freedom, choice, and diversity in society.

Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Primary Class:
Rangers are skilled stalkers and hunters who make their home in the woods. Their martial skill is nearly the equal of the fighter, but they lack the latter’s dedication to the craft of fighting. Instead, the ranger focuses his skills and training on a specific enemy a type of creature he bears a vengeful grudge against and hunts above all others. Rangers often accept the role of protector, aiding those who live in or travel through the woods. His skills allow him to move quietly and stick to the shadows, especially in natural settings, and he also has special knowledge of certain types of creatures. Finally, an experienced ranger has such a tie to nature that he can actually draw on natural power to cast divine spells, much as a druid does, and like a druid he is often accompanied by animal companions. A ranger’s Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.

Secondary Class:
Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard’s strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

Saddle Up

It’s time again to jump back in the saddle, and send a few kind supportive words out to the men humping the hills.  This time in Afghanistan.

The gang over at Blackfive have the details if you want to delve into them.

If you don’t need all the justification, put your thoughts down and send them along to skysoldiers173rd@gmail.com

So even though it is an Army unit, and all that inter-service rivalry thing is driven into my psyche, put that support down in an e-mail, or a card and get it out there!

Blonde Joke of The Day

I just couldn’t resist this one.

A blonde hurried into the emergency room late one night with the tip of her index finger shot off.

‘How did this happen?’ the emergency room doctor asked her.

‘Well, I was trying to commit suicide,’ the blonde replied.

‘What?’ sputtered the doctor. ‘You tried to commit suicide by shooting off your finger?’

‘No, Silly,’ the blonde said, ‘first I put the gun to my chest, and then I thought, I just paid $6,000.00 for these implants. I’m not shooting myself in the chest.’

‘So then?’ asked the doctor.

‘Then I put the gun in my mouth, and I thought, ‘I just paid $3,
000.00 to get my teeth straightened. I’m not shooting myself in the mouth.’

‘So then?’ asked the doctor.

‘Then I put the gun to my ear, and I thought: ‘This is going to make a loud noise. So I put my finger in my other ear before I pulled the trigger.’

H/T to the good folks over at Last of the Few