Friday Links and Stuff

CDR Salamander has a great post on the Naval War in the Falklands… version 1.0.


The Blue Angels are still sequestered, but AirPigz gives us a look back at them in their glory days flying the fantastic A-4 Skyhawk.  As an added bonus, he throws in a bit of a rant.


Sadly, life in the Blues, just like life in the fleet, can be hazardous.



The Aviationist has a brief clip of French helicopters (and a C.160) in action in Mali.


I had lunch with Outlaw 13 this past weekend in Dallas, and this episode came up in the conversation.

The video that lead to Wikileaks becoming famous, and Bradley (Breanna) Manning becoming infamous.

To watch just the clip Wikileaks posted, one might surmise something illegal had happened. But to watch the entire film of the engagement clearly shows a righteous shooting.


We’re boned.



I cleaned the garage today.

Final body count:

  • Six Black Widow Spiders

  • Countless non-venomous spiders like Daddy Long Legs
  • One perfectly mummified dead toad
  • Lots of dirt

UN Torture Chief rules Bradley Manning’s treatment inhumane

From the Guardian:

The UN special rapporteur on torture has formally accused the US government of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment towards Bradley Manning, the US soldier who was held in solitary confinement for almost a year on suspicion of being the WikiLeaks source.

Juan Mendez has completed a 14-month investigation into the treatment of Manning since the soldier’s arrest at a US military base in May 2010. He concludes that the US military was at least culpable of cruel and inhumane treatment in keeping Manning locked up alone for 23 hours a day over an 11-month period in conditions that he also found might have constituted torture.

(More here)

I don’t know what concerns me more:

A:  Some poor security guard had to strip search Manning every day in order to prevent a suicide attempt.

B:  A UN investigator burned 14 months looking into conditions of a 11 month solitary confinement.

On the plus side, the way things are going the UN will soon consider RoboCalls inhuman torture….