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China Infiltrates Public Schools Near American Military Bases, Experts Testify

The Chinese Communist government has infiltrated more than 500 kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms across America, with CCP-run programs strategically concentrated around U.S. military bases, a panel of experts testified before Congress on Tuesday. Throughout the last decade, China has spent more than $17 million establishing what are known as Confucius Classrooms in around 143 school districts across 34 states and Washington, D.C., according to Nicole Neily, president of Parents Defending Education, a watchdog group that obtained records outlining this funding. A significant portion of these Communist Party programs operate near U.S. military bases, giving CCP-affiliated teachers access to student data.

Canceling the F-22: A 2009 Mistake


In 2009 the Senate voted to end funding for the Lockheed-Martin F-22.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to stop production of the F-22 fighter plane, handing President Barack Obama a victory as he tries to rein in defense spending.

A pyrrhic victory for Obama now that the new threats come from China and Russia. The Afghan War was one that did not need the F-22. Afghanistan did not have an air force, so there was no need to establish air superiority to protect A-10’s, Apache helicopters, and the AC-130 gunships.

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If you are interested in WW II vessels,  the USS LST – 325 is on Cruise. It is in LaCrosse, WI Labor Day weekend (now), then in Dubuque IA Sept. 7-12, and in Hannibal MO from Sept 15-18, before heading back to its port in Evansville IN. Self-guided tours are available.  Preview Open

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How Demoralization Undercuts Recruitment


The United States military position is of increasing vulnerability as the Army, Navy, and Air Force all fail to meet their annual recruitment goals. It is no accident, for the situation dates back to the botched withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan in August 2021. It is hard for young men and women to want to join a service that was humiliated by an operation that left thousands of Afghans in the lurch—only to be executed after receiving the Taliban’s worthless promise of amnesty. Acts of this sort have long-term consequences, including precipitating what is now widely acknowledged to be an ongoing recruitment crisis for the military that could jeopardize the status of the all-volunteer force that has been a staple of American policy for fifty years. The shortage is fed by a general loss of confidence in the military by the American public—the number stands at 60 percent, the lowest in over two decades.

There are, as ever, multiple innocent explanations for the shifts in supply and demand, so the now-chronic shortages can be attributed in part to other socioeconomic factors beyond the ability of the military to recruit. The low unemployment rate offers potential recruits an enlarged set of nonmilitary options. A second factor is the apparent increase in parental pressure to attend college before settling on a career, which reduces the supply for military positions. There are additional difficulties on the supply side. High on this list are the declining fitness of potential recruits, who grapple in increasing numbers with obesity, drugs, and criminal records. This effect is then compounded by a reduced willingness to serve. It is possible of course to increase the number of recruits by lowering the standards for enlistment, as is being done, but only at the cost of a likely reduction in the performance levels of the military services. And it is also possible to sweeten the pot for potential recruits by offering them signing bonuses of up to $50,000, which, however necessary, counts as an open admission that all is not well within the system.

These alternative explanations for faltering recruitment do not directly point a finger at the military and how it conducts its operations. But government policies have helped to distort military priorities. There is a real sense that the budget cuts for the military are great enough that they will harm overall preparedness, with shortages in new equipment, a higher level of repairs, and extended tours of duty to offset shortages in equipment and personnel. Beyond that, the Biden administration is well-known for its fierce (and misguided) commitment to take control of global warming, which it regards as a “clear and present danger” to the United States. This devotion has the administration lurching toward declaring the climate situation some kind of national emergency by pointing to the recent disaster in Maui, even as it becomes blindingly clear that massive mismanagement of the fire area by both the government and the public utilities suggests a complete and inexcusable failure to remove vast accumulations of dry grass. That same fixation describes the Department of Defense with its overwrought commitment to energy “resilience,” which in all likelihood will further impair the overall military preparedness to respond to the immediate threats that confront the United States everywhere from the Middle East to Ukraine and the China Sea. Who wants to join a loser?

Women in Combat Has Always Been a Terrible Idea


From the time that the military decided to put women into combat roles, I knew that it was going to be a bad decision for everyone: for men, for women, and for the military. I don’t object to women being in the military, especially in a volunteer army, and with the shortage of candidates. But the premises that were hidden underneath the explanations of equal opportunity to put women in combat roles are what disturb me the most.

A new report was just issued regarding the status of women in special operations units:

Female soldiers face rampant sexism, harassment and other gender-related challenges in male dominated Army special operations units, according to a report Monday, eight years after the Pentagon opened all combat jobs to women.

F-18s Over the Scottish Highlands


Two F-18E Super Hornets flew over the Highlands of Scotland. Richard Hanrahan, one of the pilots, edited the video and added some musical selections.

Both aircraft used some Go-Pr0 cameras to record the flight over the West Highlands from take-off to landing from their carrier off the coast of Scotland.

Bill Millin, ‘The Mad Piper’ of D-Day


Black-and-white photograph of Millin in uniform, standing and playing his bagpipe, while uniformed soldiers lay and lounge around him on the grass in a fieldWilliam Millin, born July 14, 1922, and passed away on August 10, 2010, was the personal piper for Simon Fraser, the Fifteenth Lord Lovat from Scotland.

Bill Millin was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. His father had emigrated to Canada and moved the family back to Scotland when William was three years old.

He joined the Territorial Army in Fort William, where his family had moved, and played in the pipe bands of the Highland Light Infantry and the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders before volunteering as a commando and training with Lovat at Achnacarry along with French, Dutch, Belgian, Polish, Norwegian, and Czechoslovak troops.-from Wikipedia

Oppenheimer’s Rival


I have never posted a review of a good book I have not finished. Until now. And I can’t wait to see Oppenheimer, as my dad was a WWII Marine pilot who would have gone back to the Pacific (luckily after impregnating my mother), but for the atomic bomb. My pal gave me The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell, published in 2021. Only about 200 pages, but amazing stuff I did not know despite my fixation on WWII history.

It starts with Carl Norden, a true weirdo who invented a bombsight that would put a bomb in a “pickle barrel” at 30,000 feet. The book also praises the Air Force pilot acolytes who congregated at Maxwell AFB in Alabama, away from the Navy and Army, to make it work.

Are Russia and Ukraine Locked in a Stalemate?


Like two boxers that have gone 12 rounds, bloodied, and spent, that can no longer keep their gloves above their waist there has been no spring and summer offensive by Ukrainian or Russian forces.

Both sides have had internal command issues. Generals have been or are being removed on both sides. Trenches have been dug and both sides are measuring losses and gains in kilometers.

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Although my Marine Corps pals would never admit it and my Navy and AF friends only reluctantly, the U.S. Army is the bulwark of our nation’s defense and has  been since 1775.  What is happening now, topped off with the idiot feminist Sec. of Army wanting to reject recruits from military families so the Army […]

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I hope I’m not writing a redundant post, but I could only find this mentioned in one podcast on Ricochet. I’ll quote the article from the always-helpful Not the Bee site. Biden to arm Ukraine with cluster bombs in clear violation of international treaty in new $800-million aid package Preview Open

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