Will Eagles Soar Again?

 

Two articles tease a new F-15 fighter variant to bridge the huge gap between aging fourth-generation fighters and the too expensive, too few in number, stealthy F-22 and F-35. The first is cautious and notes the plane has not been pitched, as it might be, like the new run of F/A-18 Super Hornets. The second is a full-length sales pitch. This, in turn, was picked up and summarized on Popular Mechanics’ website. It makes sense, including dollars and cents, at first glance.

The basic problem the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps face is arithmetic. The stealthy aircraft, on which they bet, ended up too expensive to field in the numbers needed. The F-15 and F/A-18 fleets are aging. So how can the gap be filled? The Navy, after the none-too-subtle shove from the Commander-in-Chief, is buying a new set of updated Super Hornets. The Marines, apparently, will get low mileage Navy jets, to replace worn-out equipment. These will meet most missions, at a fraction of F-35 operating costs. But, what of the Air Force?

The Air Force brass has fought desperately to prevent consideration of updated F-15s with supercruise engines or semi-stealthy modifications. These would clutter the simple procurement picture being painted to Congress. But Congress and the last administration balked at the unit prices, development issues, and simple picture of all fighter requirements being met by two super-duper planes. This has put the Air Force, including the politically potent Air National Guard, at risk.

Arizona DPS Officer Slain

 

A young Navy veteran, who was almost finished with his Arizona Department of Public Safety (state patrol) field training, was killed in the line of duty Wednesday night. He reportedly died at the hands of a mentally ill man who grabbed the training officer’s service weapon. The officers put their own lives at risk, to close with and secure a young, black, male pedestrian, who was reportedly wandering on and off of I-10.

The first officer to respond to the report of a pedestrian on the interstate immediately called for backup. The backup unit was Trooper Tyler Edenhofer, who had just graduated from the academy, and his training officer, Trooper Sean Rodecap. In the struggle, the 20-year-old pedestrian apparently grabbed Trooper Rodecap’s weapon, wounding the initial responding officer and fatally shooting Trooper Edenhofer.

“Today is evidence of the violent nature of policing in our nation,” [Department of Public Safety Director Col. Frank] Milstead told reporters Thursday afternoon. “It’s also evidence that just because somebody is unarmed doesn’t mean they won’t become armed and harm somebody.”

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Note to future employers and bad readers: This is satire. I think I’m pretty woke. I know at least six of the letters in LGBT: Extended Cut; I call prostitues and porn stars “sex workers;” and I’m extra nice to Muslims to ensure they know I don’t think they’re all terrorists. I may have a […]

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I’m an amateur at everything I do. But I do a lot of thinking and trying to figure out why things happen the way they do and why people think and say the things they do. So, I guess I’m an amateur philosopher, in a way. We keep having these discussions on Ricochet around the […]

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  The phony media “fact checkers” are at it again on robust 4.1% GDP growth this quarter under the villainous President Trump. Before we delve deeper into this topic, let’s just get a few things out of the way from the outset. I took several economics and finance courses in college, so I didn’t just […]

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I enjoy telling them part of a story, up to the point where something unexpected happened, and then instead of immediately revealing what it was, pausing my narrative to say: “Take a wild guess.” There is no expectation that the guess be amazingly accurate, or even that, when I do make the revelation, the listener […]

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This movie starred Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. It was one of three they made together. Too Many Girls, made in 1940, is credited, by them both, for bringing them together. Forever Darling came out in 1956, and I am pretty sure it was the last one they made together, certainly as husband and wife. […]

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Conversations with Bill Kristol: Steven F. Hayward on Winston Churchill and Statesmanship

 

Steven F. Hayward is a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and author of important books on Churchill, Reagan, and many other subjects. In this Conversation, Hayward analyzes Churchill’s wartime leadership and his domestic political concerns—as well as his often neglected writings, which contain both timeless and timely political insights. Highlighting Churchill’s attachment to principles as well as his understanding of circumstances, Hayward demonstrates that Churchill remains vital to understanding statesmanship. Kristol and Hayward also compare and recommend their favorite speeches and works by and about Churchill.

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One is reminded of the movie “Weekend At Bernie’s,” where people feel the need to pretend that their employer is still alive. We have become accustomed to members of Trump’s cabinet contradicting the person they work for.  Ramesh Ponnuru provides some examples in his column titled, Trump Seems Barely In Charge of His Own Administration:  […]

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Mark Krikorian has an interesting article at NRO on the Department of Homeland Security funding bill for fiscal year 2019 approved by the Appropriations Committee. Republican Representative Kevin Yoder of Kansas joined with Democrat Representative David Price of North Carolina to gut the current enforcement provisions of President Trump’s immigration policy one day after a […]

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I was just looking at a NYT map of voting patterns. I was looking at the voting in Tennessee, my home state.  It’s all blue islands surrounded by a sea of red.   Why is it that all the cities are Democrat strongholds?  I assume it’s the same in the rest of the country.  What […]

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“The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy.” Happy belated birthday to Milton Friedman, born 7/27/1912. And a shout-out to Jonah Goldberg, who runs with […]

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Many of you by now have read my Ricochet post that I uploaded on Wednesday night. I have been reading the comments carefully and respectfully without trying to sound both unhinged or annoyed at the responses. Instead I have kept my peace. Tonight however I think I do need to give further clarification to my […]

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Spare Me the Facebook Data Outrage

 

Yesterday Facebook made news, and not in a way any company would ever want to: the company lost more in one day that many companies, like Macy’s, are even worth. It was the steepest single-session decline for any public U.S. company. Ahead of yesterday’s earnings call, the company’s shares were at an all-time high, but then word came down that its revenue and user engagement targets had both missed their estimates.

CBS News reported on the company’s troubles:

Standards and Anti-Standards

 

lol i dont know why sooooo many millennials hate grammar but whatchya gonna do about it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Joking aside, this phenomenon drives me mad. Scarcely a day passes when I don’t see some flagrantly ungrammatical Facebook posting by someone who should know better. Twenty-something scientists, mathematicians, historians, poets, journalists, and even editors — editors, for goodness’ sake! — all write in the same quasi-illiterate nonstyle. When the social-media output of America’s aspiring literati is indistinguishable from that of its middle-school dropouts, something is deeply, deeply wrong. Our language’s Millennial gatekeepers haven’t merely abandoned their posts; they’ve joined the barbarians in storming the castle.

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Serious question for a new member, has any prominent conservative who is labled “Never Trump” shown ANY humility or a mea culpa? I have lived in NYC my entire life and am all too familiar with President Trump’s shortcomings however he has governed policy wise in a way that I would of expected the intelligentsia […]

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From National Review: Generation Z appears to demand safety over intellectual discomfort on campus. It is too early to tell whether other students will push back against this campus shift in favor of open debate and academic freedom, but the trend is not at this moment favorable. Preview Open

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