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Ukraine War Update

Ukraine has had substantial success throughout the war employing loitering drones – notably the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drone – to strike targets, something Russia’s much-vaunted anti-aircraft missile systems have struggled to eliminate.

Russia has been successful with its concentrated artillery barrages, utilizing them to slowly push Ukrainian positions in Severodonetsk back at the cost of virtually razing the city to the ground.

The Ukrainian military announced that they are retreating from Severodonetsk

American artillery including four HIMARS rocket systems (image of HIMARS below) is now arriving and it remains to be seen whether or not it will be able to effectively counter the Russian artillery threat.

HIMARS can simultaneously launch multiple precision missiles at an extended range of 50 miles, and provide a capability that Ukraine is sorely lacking in the raging battlefields around Severodonetsk and Lysychansk.

US military personnel stand by a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) in Saudi Arabia
The US is cooperating with Ukrainian demands to provide accurate, long-range weapons systems such as the HIMAR to match and exceed Russia on the battlefield
The Himars use precision-guided munitions with a range is about 50 miles (80 kilometres)

Artillery is the king of the battlefield and any of you who have been under fire from arty will attest to its effect. During the early stages of the war in Afghanistan, the US (Special Forces and CIA) used on-call B-52s to drop precision laser guided 500 lbs and 1000 lbs bombs (JDAM) on Taliban positions as overhead artillery. You can do that when you have air supremacy.

 

President Trump

President Donald Trump praised the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the constitutional right to abortion. Pres. Trump told Fox News: ‘This is following the Constitution, and giving rights back when they should have been given long ago.’

When asked about how his reaction would go down among his supporters who are pro-choice, Trump said: ‘I think, in the end, this is something that will work out for everybody. This brings everything back to the states where it has always belonged.’

 

 

Student Debt

I find it interesting that nobody talks about paying back trade school debt. It must be that the students learned useful skills, got paying jobs, and can pay their bills.

 

Where was Jill?

When President Big Guy was taking long showers with his teenage daughter, Ashley?

 

$0.18

Brandon’s federal gas tax holiday is a temporary gimmick that will result in artificially increasing gasoline prices by increasing demand, further eroding the Highway Trust Fund, which has already been hit with higher costs from inflation. It does nothing to change his anti-oil regulatory policies which undermine long-term investment and increased costs associated with oil and natural gas development.

 

For Mike_C’s Bar

I’ve long thought that Mike_C needed to open a bar in the Boston area. His work in the medical field, while bringing him acclaim and fortune is significant, but is it enough? I think not.

Because it wouldn’t be the only bar in town, it would need a theme.

Familiars and talking weapons must show ID before being served (bottom of the sign)

Yeah, that would work.

 

Parting Shot

26 COMMENTS

  1. As always thanks for the Ukraine update.

    The HIMARS works pretty well but I don’t know how many reloads were included in the package of four HIMARS. The article https://english.alarabiya.net/News/world/2022/06/23/Officials-US-to-send-more-HIMARS-to-Ukraine-in-new-arms-package-worth-450-mln also spoke to 36K rounds of 105 ammo which no matter how you cut it is a significant chunk of arty support. Still expect this whole thing to blow up (pun intended) in our collective faces.

    The gas tax relief is just a show, I agree that it will drive up prices. In the words of the great Bugs Bunny “what a maroon”.

    Like the bar rules, I can see something like that in some of the old style pubs in England.

  2. Dwarf tossing!! I’m sorry, there’s a whole new level of meaning at play here. I need this sign for the village pub.

    Talking of dwarves, the postman in my mother’s village, whilst not an actual dwarf, stood only 4ft 6 high and used to frighten people because they couldn’t see him coming from behind the hedgerow. He used to be very “familiar “ and if you didn’t open your door to receive a parcel, he’d let himself in and find you. He once sat chatting to a woman in her bath and couldn’t understand why that might not be appropriate. To get served at the bar he’d stand on a stool and yell. Roger the tiny postie.

  3. “Trump said: ‘I think, in the end, this is something that will work out for everybody. This brings everything back to the states where it has always belonged.’

    Clear and simple, abortion is not in The Constitution…so what’s the argument from the exploding head lunatics? Their insanity is more than schizophrenia.

    “Where was Jill?” At lunch with her gal pals having a $30 salad.

    Everything in their bones disallows them from reopening the domestic gas and oil taps to solve the very problem they created inside of 15 months, so it isn’t about energy independence or useless rainbows and butterflies dinky-doo measures.

    • And the Second Amendment is part of the Constitution. Where people are allowed to carry, it’s more peaceful. An armed society is a polite society. Given that there are somewhere north of 400 million firearms and uncounted trillions of rounds in private hands, it’s very quiet. Imagine the surprise of inner city youth, robbing an honest citizen when he (or she) drops the entire crew? Noise, yes. Call the fire department for a wash-down after the meat wagon has hauled the carcasses away. You’re on the road to a polite society.

      • “when he (or she) drops the entire crew”
        As the saying goes: After the first one, the rest are free.

        I have to watch myself or stuff like that comes out of my mouth at work, which confuses most of the people around here. (When it’s explained then they are horrified. Go figure.) On the other hand, the Pretty Korean Girl has adopted the expression “Friends help you move, real friends help you move bodies.” This makes her laugh. The general consensus is that I am a terrible influence.

        Speaking of work, if you see that fortune I’m earning please give me a hint where it is, because I’m sure not seeing it from where I’m sitting. Maybe a bar isn’t a bad idea.

        • It would attract the bloggers – who are the finest folk you’re likely to meet. They would drive out the medical people dropping by after work to exorcise their demons and would demand a free round or four…I know their kind.

          • I frequented a bar on Minorca where the owner/bartender had a humongous record collection.
            Buy a drink and he’ll play what you want to hear.
            Or suggest something. And then talk about it.
            Always thought I’d have liked to do that.

          • The personality of the publican determines much when you’re measuring how much fun you are going to have in any given pub. The “ladies drink free” policy that brings ladies (who get sloshed) to a bar often brings guys who have to pay. That worked THEN but now when even a female Supreme Court nominee couldn’t tell the Senate what a woman is, it would fall flat.

          • It would give me an excuse to indulge in buying glassware. I came across some “Glencairn” whisky glasses at the thrift store the other day. Enjoying a wee dram of Bruichladdich “Port Charlotte” Islay in my new (to me) glass.

            Jules knows the symbolic significance of this. She knows all kinds of stuff.

            I don’t know any dwarf posties, but I did have a rather short officemate once. We were at a bar in Eindhoven (where the men are tall and many wimmen are too) and after a few beers had to use the facilities. I remember thinking “these urinals are higher on the wall than in the US. Hmmm.” When I got back to the table my officemate toddled off to the john. He returned very quickly, red-faced.

            My Swiss buddy, who was not overly fond of Officemate, cackled, “Urinals too high for you, eh? Hahaha!” Being a bar, there was no lower child-height urinals. Sad. Very sad.

          • I guess he’d need to calculate “trajectory” and thrust when voiding the beer that he cycled. However as the night wore on, his ability to pull that off successfully might have been impaired. There is an art to “pissing when you’re pissed” without wetting your clothing that I won’t go into here. However when the facilities are two stories up stairs, near closing time…oh, you can see how it ends.

            Picking the right location is important for a bar/pub and you need to decide early on who your customers will be because the vibe is critical. Jules is an expert at such things because she’s an art philosopher.

      • Ahhh, artisanal scotch in the perfect whisky glass. Very nice. You definitely need a bar now. A secret hideaway and salubrious gaff for thems that know about things. Bloggers.
        You’ll need that top shelf single malt collection, of course. Laphroaig I find a rather lovely, peaty malt. Now, question is, are you going to opt for a cold beer delivery from the chiller or go with a room temperature pour for real ales?

        • As a Murrikan, it’s my God-given right to drink beer so cold that you can’t even taste it because your tastebuds are numbed. So that’s settled.

  4. I haven’t seen demorats this angry since republicans freed their slaves and gave them citizenship and the right to vote, eliminated Dred Scott, Jim Crow and segregation. Chill.

  5. Where was Jill – probably getting her own kink on, but do we really want to know what that is?
    Probably requires copious mind-bleach.

  6. In addition to gas tax holidays being useless to counter the high fuel prices, we NEED whatever tiny bit of that money that trickles down to get used for it’s actual purpose – road maintenance.

    -Kle.

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