De-icing the ride in the run-up to April at DIA.

The best things about flying private are: no lines, no masks, no scheduled departure.


Bruce Jenner’s Next Big Thing

Caitlyn Jenner

(a trans governor for California?) He was Vogue’s “woman of the year” and he’s a former star of the Kardashian’s reality TV show. Jenner would run as a white Republican woman to try and capture the seat currently held by Gavin Newson. He couldn’t do worse than Newson has done – laying a very low bar for the next California governor to leap.

Jenner occupies an interesting niche that is 100% California.  Female, lesbian, former male, pro-gun, conservative… There is a lot of appeal at the voting booth, I guess.

Will the woke turn on what would be California’s female governor? Stay tuned ‘as the stomach turns’.


Limpet Mines

Just a quick note on limpet mines. They continue to be in the news as Iran (and possibly Israel) are using them to damage shipping.

If the target ship has a lot of barnacles on the bottom, you can’t place the mine there. shaped charges of this sort need direct contact, not contact with a foot of barnacles. All you will succeed in doing is cleaning part of the bottom and creating a boom.  Maybe a dent?

This means that they are almost ALWAYS placed AT the water line, clear of barnacles. Thus they “send a message” short of sinking a ship. If the Israelis or Iranians for that matter, want to sink a ship, they will use a torpedo or a much LARGER mine – or a cruise missile, etc. Any nation with submarines, can come up with a better solution than a limpet. Or they can use some sort of captor mine, which works well too in shallower waters. As Mike_C and others suggested, infiltrating a saboteur onto the ship’s crew also works wonders. You can poison the crew’s food, place a small charge in a vital area of the engine, etc. The options are nearly endless.  So why use a limpet mine? — for the press.


The Senkaku Islands Flap

Japan is proposing an expanded role for its Coast Guard (ZeroHedge) The new proposed law comes at a moment of more frequent and heightened incidents between Chinese and Japanese vessels around the contested Senkaku islands near Taiwan (and which happen to also be claimed as Taiwan’s). Currently Japan doesn’t have a mechanism which would activate its Self-Defense Forces in any entanglement with Chinese fishermen landing on the islands, which might escalate to involve Chinese military patrols.

But that could change, especially after Beijing recently allowed its own coast guard to be militarized at a moment it attempts to stave off regional rivals’ claims to islands in the East and South China Seas. Tokyo is preparing to beef up is own ability for an immediate and rapid response, as Nikkei details of the new legislation“The Japanese government says the Police Duties Execution Act allows ships to fire on vessels to halt an unauthorized landing,” Further it explains, “If the police or coast guard is unable to mount an adequate response, then a phone call and a snap decision by the Cabinet would mobilize the Self-Defense Forces to a police operation.”





The only thing that it lacks is a threaded barrel. On the way from Lone Wolf.


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  1. Ah, Communist China, so farked up they have Japan re-arming and expanding their ability to ‘police’ and driving them into the arms of the other nations surrounding the PRC.

    And Japan will do it well, with efficiency and bravo and cleanliness and it will be brutal. Japan, even when losing in WWII, had the balls to stand up and fight like the in-bred warriors that they are.

    Funny, though, when you look at Japan’s population, if the PRC just stepped back and waited 30 years, they’d have Japan with little effort. Until you look at the PRC’s demographics and notice they’re going to be in a severe lack of military-aged persons, even worse than Japan’s problems.

    And, you know, if the Emperor and the governments would just make having babies and having sex be a national pride thing, Japan could probably turn their demographics back to ‘On’ and increasing pretty darned quickly.

    Regarding California, (s)He could get the governorship, but then would probably pull an Arnold and go all leftist squishy.

    Limpet mines are either what people who don’t have the actual usable ability to sink ships use, or it’s just yet another string of terroristic acts by a regime of terror. If this crap keeps up, I fully expect the return of anti-torpedo nets or something. Or, well, a couple contractors on patrol 24/7 whenever in port or in slow passage. Only problem with any defensive measures is that rebreathers have come so far and dropped in price so much even the most underfunded group of terrorists can afford them. And without bubbles, there’s no real trace of someone in the water, especially in Middle Eastern ports that tend to be very filthy.

    And, well, I don’t discount the ChiComs from playing the ‘limpet mine’ game just to stir up excrement and as a way of pushing their European-Asian rail and road system.

    Just saying…

    • China jumped the gun by twenty years, that’s a fact. President Xi had a problem though as some have pointed out. China was becoming like San Francisco, hollowing out, becoming decadent, and the solution he found was to tighten the ship and begin a program of imperialistic conquest (Chinese style). Whether that can be maintained remains to be seen. If President Trump had 4 more years, the cracks would have become dramatically enlarged. That might still happen.

    • Japan’s population in 2050 is projected to be close to 100 million, which is almost 30 million people more than 1940, when they were involved in a land war in China and about to get expand that war to include the West. I certainly don’t think a ‘severe lack of military-aged persons’ is something the Japanese need worry about, unless they plan on fighting the next war like they did that last one.

      • The percentage of elderly in Japan will be even higher in 2050 than it is now. Their birthrates have been well below replacement level for decades. Right now, nearly 1/3 of Japanese are over age 65 and it will only get worse unless something dramatic happens.

        • The total numbers of military age citizens will still be greater than 1940 and they certainly aren’t going to fight the same kind of war as they did then.

          • Japan is also having Portland-type population problems.

            You don’t just need people, you need people capable of fighting.

            I expect they will maintain an effective military, though.

          • Japan wants to have enough regional military power to keep from being absorbed by the PRC amoeba. I suspect that they’ll be able to do that as they continue their ambitious program to expand their blue water navy.

            The military age male population numbers matter more when there is a lot of attrition.

    • Uh, the frogs did a wonderful job on the Rainbow Warrior. Guess what they used.
      Italy, Japan, UK, U.S. all used limpets to every neasure of success.
      Oh, you mean nowadays? Well, their toys might have changed, but people havent changed in thousands of years. I expect we haven’t seen the last, new technology, same application.

      • If you want to SINK something like Rainbow Warrior, limpets aren’t a great idea. If you with to damage a ship like the Rainbow Warrior, they work just fine. A big hole at the waterline – or several big holes – will keep the ship in port undergoing repairs.

  2. A few years back I got to try one of the T&E copies of the P10C and when they became available, grabbed the first one I saw. I’ve never regretted it. I did install an after market trigger on it, otherwise it’s stock. If you have a G19 or 23 some, though not all, holsters will fit. I understand CZ is bringing out a full sized version in .45ACP. I could be interested in that one.

  3. I am in the market for a new (at least, new to me, i. e., used) hand gun. The CZ haven’t escaped my attention. So I am eager to know the qualities of the CZ10.
    (Unlike what seems many other owners, I am not inclined to buy only to find if it fits me well, then to sell if it doesn’t.)

    • I’ve flown to DIA during twister season. There is a lot of wind there at times in the summer and yes, it’s sporting.

      • One summer afternoon, Fargo to Denver, the turbulence was bad. For whatever reason, we maneuvered around for thirty+ minutes. The lady sitting next to me had been prim and proper, even haughty, at the start. By the time we landed she was clinging to me and trembling.

        I’m glad I’m old and no longer a frequent flyer.

  4. Private aviation is the only way to fly.
    The photograph evokes a memory of a lengthy ground hold which necessitated going to the de-ice station a 2nd time. Still, there are not many feelings which equal that when you go wheels up, detached from those suckers unfortunate to remain ground bound.

  5. During WWII, there were UDT in every theater. A British team was tp attach limpets to several IJN light and heavy cruisers moored in a shallow bay in Thailand.

    The 3 man team had safely passed through two anti-shbmarine nets. To avoid detection, they parked their submersible beneath a heavy cruiser. They hadn’t expected such heavy marine growth on the ship’s hull. This delayed their mission by several hours as they had to scrape away the marine growth to properly attach the limpets.

    The delay lead to other problems: the tide was ebbing, which would likely trap the divers in the scoured hole beneath the ship. And the multiple demolition teams were expected to coordinate the explosions on various hulls within the bay. Now that objective was dangerously unknown if it could be achieved.

    As it was, one of four teams was never seen again. Another team was spotted and depth charged, resulting in one KIA, two WIA. A third team abandoned their submersible to swim out. They were observed at the inside anti-sub net and fired upon as the charges exploded. The fourth team was in their submersible proposing alternately for concealment and to take a gulp of air as their equipment was fully discharged. Their craft was damaged by the explosions and dove at the bottim. One man was unable to be extracted before rynning out of air.

    The AAR indicates the unexpected large amount of marine growth was causitive and delay which allowed the ebbing tide to as contributive to deaths of team members and compromise the mission. The mission was deemed unsatisfactory.
    (Shallow water was beneficial to greatest amount of damage. That was evidenced by the UDT mission against the Tirpitz.)

  6. I’m liking the dot sights. As my eyes get older, I have trouble focusing on the front sight. The dots make hits easier

  7. The Senkakus are just the tip of the iceberg. And the Japanese are now ‘converting’ from a ‘self-defense’ force to an offense capable force. They did put ships in the Gulf as part of the coalition a couple of years ago. They’re cocked and locked if the Chinese try anything…

    • Yes, they can defend themselves and are working diligently to put a true blue water fleet out that can contest the PRC on the high seas. I don’t think that the Chinese want to beat that bee hive with a stick.

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