Friday, April 30, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Hypersonic heavy payload cruise missiles...
I don't see how you defend troop formations from these things.
Hypervelocity AA defense artillery, maybe. Or do it the North Korean way...
put a nuclear warhead on a yacht and leave it parked in Los Angeles harbor till you want it.
"It would travel through the atmosphere at several times the speed of sound,"
- U.S. Push for New Class of Weapons Alarms Russia - NYTimes.com (view on Google Sidewiki)
Monday, April 19, 2010
"Both men were found in a hole?"
A bomb crater? A "spider hole" like the one in which Saadam was hiding? A convenient declivity where retreating insurgents ditched the bodies?
I notice that the Odierno quote is uninformative, too. I wonder if the full text is somewhere...
in any case, "Al Qaeda in Iraq" is no longer the problem. The problem is thousands of angry Sunnis who are not being paid the money they were promised when they flipped to our side.
The United States made promises on behalf of the Maliki government to those men, and the Maliki government has not only failed to fulfill those promises, it has systematically harassed, arrested and disarmed the "Awakening Councils."
My hope is that the new coalition government will include some Sunni parties. That won't stop the former Baathists (probably responsible for the horrible execution of prominent Sunnis a couple weeks ago) but it will prevent the kind of sectarian bloodbath we saw through 2007.
"Bring 'em on!"
My God, will that ever stop sticking in my throat.
"Both men were found in a hole in the ground. “The security forces surrounded the hole, and when they got them out they were dead,” Mr. Maliki said at the news conference. Mr. Maliki said computers and letters were found that included communication between the men and Osama bin Laden."
- Top Qaeda Leaders in Iraq Killed in Raid - NYTimes.com (view on Google Sidewiki)
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Pens Goals For: 3.04 (5th) Sens Goals Against: 2.84 (18th)
Sens Goals For: 2.68 (15th) Pens Goals Against 2.87 (20th)
Advantage Pittsburgh. 5 on 5, it's hard to match Pittsburgh line for line. If you contain Crosby, the following shift you have to contain Malkin. The following shift, you have to contain Stahl. And if by some miracle you manage all that, you've got Gonchar and Goligoski and Letang jumping into the play. Ottawa shouldn't be able to keep up.
Pens Power Play: 17.2% (20th) Sens Penalty Kill: 84.3 (7th)
Sens Power Play: 16.9% (21st) Pens Penalty Kill: 84.1 (9th)
Advantage Neither. The statistics indicate that special teams play shouldn't be much of a factor, with both teams mounting an anemic power play and both having quite good penalty killing units (the Pittsburgh tandem of Stahl and Dupuis being particularly good). I don't believe it. Pittsburgh's power play will be quarterbacked by an entity I call "Playoff Gonchar", a defenseman of enormous talent who appears for only 10 or so games in the regular season. (The rest of the time, his position is filled by "Soft, Pink Gonchar) I think our power play is going to score at will, for the first few games. Ottawa will adjust.
Fleury Save % 90.5 Elliot Save % 90.9
Advantage: Ottawa (marginally). Neither one of these teams should feel good about their goal-tending. A save percentage lower than .91 is average. This should be of particular concern to Pens fans given Fleury's 1) recent meltdown, and 2) propensity for giving up astonishingly soft goals in a couple of the series last year. Fleury's going to win a Vezina someday. But this year, he's making me nervous.
People keep worrying about New Jersey, or Washington.
There are no other teams in the league, except Ottawa. There are no other games except for the one tonight. If the Pens forget that...
it's going to be a long summer with no hockey.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
whatever will shut us up, but he feels he has to talk tough about NATO to maintain very shaky support at home. He lacks support at home because he stole the election.
What he says about us is only as relevant as we allow it to be. We can do most of what we need to do there by working through the local elders, and ignore Karzai.
He can be the Mayor of Kabul. I just want Bin Laden.
"“If you and the international community pressure me more, I swear that I am going to join the Taliban,” Mr. Karzai said, according to the Parliament member. A spokesman for Mr. Karzai, Waheed Omar, could not be reached for comment on Sunday."
- News Analysis - Karzai Steps Up Attacks on NATO, Leaving West in a Box - NYTimes.com (view on Google Sidewiki)
It's instructive that the premature detonation took place in Sadiyah. My understanding (and I'd welcome any additional information) is that this is a Sunni neighborhood, formerly popular with Baathists. If the bombs were assembled here, it seems likely that these attacks were carried out by them. Combined with the murders of Awakening Council members on Friday (in an operation breathtaking in its audaciousness), it seems probable that we're in for an uptick in sectarian violence in the coming months as a new government is formed.in reference to: Bombings in Baghdad Aim at Diplomatic Locations - NYTimes.com (view on Google Sidewiki)