Which the missus and I are celebrating ours at home, the chillens being growed up or nearly so. For those of you such as are going out, watch out for them English, for they’re a hazard on the roads when they’ve a drop taken.
Here at Chez Lex, the year 2011 has had its [...]
From the Youtube link:
Old color shots of rare US Navy aircraft aboard USS Enterprise and around the San Diego area. Filmed for the 1941 movie “Dive Bomber”. Scarce aircraft such as the Douglas TBD-1 Devastator, Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver and the Vought SB2U Vindicator are shown. It was during the filming that the [...]
The French are once again stifling the animal spirits of the free market with the dead hand of l’etat:
Sales of petrol and other combustibles will be limited on New Year’s Eve in a bid to curb what has become an annual tradition of revellers (sic) torching hundreds of cars, police said.
Youths in [...]
Courtesy of occasional reader Jason, a 360-degree cockpit view of a MiG-29 Fulcrum at an airshow in Poland.
Man, what we wouldn’t have given for a view like this 20-odd years ago.
And while you’re getting your plane pr0n on, check out this approach to Paro Airport in Bhutan sent along by [...]
After a 40-year estrangement, first over the Vietnam War and then – ostensibly – in protest to DADT, the nation’s Ivy Leagues and its military have finally shaken hands to much fanfare and mutual appreciation.
Which is about where the celebrations stopped:
One year after Congress voted to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” elite [...]
I’m no submariner, but this can’t be good news:
After battling for hours to extinguish a blaze aboard a nuclear submarine, Russian firefighters finally gained control of it early Friday by submerging the stricken vessel at a navy shipyard.
There was no radiation leak, the authorities said.
Television showed a giant plume of smoke [...]
President Obama is famously a basketball fan, preferring to watch games rather than TV talking heads during his weekend downtime. Now the country he leads is contemplating the notion of putting up a fadeaway jumper on its way to the Afghan exit:
The Obama administration is considering transferring to Afghan custody a senior Taliban [...]
I do not think it means what the city of Philadelphia thinks it means: Councilwoman Marian Tasco is cashing out her retirement to the tune of $478,057 under the city’s “controversial”, but “revenue neutral” DROP system.
And then she’ll report back to work on Monday to begin her seventh term.
Also: Check the comments [...]
National security policy on detainees in Washington seems finally to have gelled:
This is the upshot of the detention language in the defense policy bill that Mr. Obama signed this month and has received too little media attention. Congress has confirmed the power claimed by both the Bush and Obama Administrations to detain and [...]
As if live wasn’t hard enough on the Hindu Kush, innocent villagers are being accused as spies and murdered by a Pakistani death squad known as the Khorasan Mujahedin:
Pulling up in caravans of Toyota Corolla hatchbacks, dozens of them seal off mud-hut villages near the border with Afghanistan, then scour markets and homes [...]