Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday morning on Ajax

This just may be the greatest day in the history of skierkind. A foot of snow yesterday, six inches last night, and the clouds blew off at ten o'clock.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

On women in combat

While the U.S. Marines run tests to see if American women can handle the stress of combat, the Women's Protection Unit is on the front line every day in Kobani, battling Islamic State on behalf of the effective Kurdish state in northern Iraq. The Kurds -- men and women -- are  holding their ground with precious little help from Baghdad or Washington. (This gal is not only a soldier but a unit commander.) I think we could do worse than negotiate to make Kurdistan the 51st state.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Fun with fracking

Not only is Russia carving off territory from Ukraine, Georgia, and other former Soviet "republics," but the thugs in Moscow are deploying fake protesters to make sure that other Eastern European countries remain tied to the Russian economy. Twice in recent months, first in Lithuania and then in Romania, the American oil company Chevron has leased land on which it intended to drill for shale gas. On both occasions, violent faux-environmental protests broke out, sufficient to shut down the projects.

What do Lithuanians and Romanians have to gain from fracking, if oil springs out of their own soil? Why, independence from Vladimir Putin's Gazprom, which supplies most of their energy needs at a price determined by Moscow. And what does Gazprom have to lose? Why, leverage over the Lithuanian and Romanian economies, hence their foreign policy, and by extension the economy and the foreign policy of every European nation.

“Everything that has gone wrong is from Gazprom,” says the mayor of the Romanian town that would have benefited from Chevron's investment.

“Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called nongovernmental organizations — environmental organizations working against shale gas — to maintain dependence on imported Russian gas,” says Anders Rasmussen, former secretary-general of NATO.

“It is crucial for Russia to keep this energy dependence,” says Iulian Iancu of the Romanian paraliment. “It is playing a dirty game.”

And what will Barack Obama, Angela Merkin, and other western leaders do about it? Nothing much, of that you can be sure.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Affirmative action in Ferguson

Jan Lalani calls the insurance company after the Dellwood Market was looted.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Lhude sing cuccu!

I thought I'd seen everything in the way of tacky "Flying Tigers" memorabilia, but this one puts all the rest to shame:

Friday, November 21, 2014

The nihilist in the White House

Peggy Noonan is always worth reading. Here she is, in her "Declarations" column for tomorrow's Wall Street Journal:

The president’s executive action on immigration is an act of willful nihilism that he himself had argued against in the past. It is a sharp stick in the eye of the new congressional majority. It is at odds with—it defies—the meaning and message of the last election, and therefore is destructive to the reputation of democracy itself. It is huge in its impact but has only a sole cause, the president’s lone will. It damages the standing of our tottery political institutions rather than strengthening them, which is what they desperately need, and sets a template for future executive abuse. It will surely encourage increased illegal immigration and thus further erode the position of the American working class.

A barn full of warbirds

This crusty gentleman coordinated the aerial stunts for the 1969 film Battle of Britain -- and he took the planes as payment! Here he is with one of his two Bf-109 Messerschmitts, the lead fighter of the German air force from its intervention in the Spanish Civil War almost to the end of the Second World War. The planes sat in a Texas barn all these years, but now have been sold to American and European collectors.