Anyone Remember “OJ’s Legal Pad”?

A brief and light-hearted note on all the OJ parole mania and trial retrospective.

Does anyone remember this book from back during the trial-of-the-century days?


It’s insanely funny, and not a little offensive too.

Might want to get a copy before they skyrocket in value! 😉

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On a New Frigate for the Navy, and the LCS

A pair of complementary pieces on the state of construction of U.S. naval surface combatants:

The Navy Is Looking for a New Frigate to Replace the Troubled Littoral Combat Ship

Why Do We Keep Building LCS?

(Hint– the LCS figures prominently in both.)

The first paragraph from the first article, regarding the prospective new frigate, lays it out:

The U.S. Navy has solicited industry for a new frigate design, reflecting widespread dissatisfaction with the troubled, frigate-sized Littoral Combat Ships. The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fell victim to a combination of technological overreach and a changing geopolitical environment that made the ships minimally capable, unreliable, and obsolete in a world of variable global threats. In its place, the Navy wants a more traditional guided-missile frigate design capable of tackling larger, more complex roles.*

The article is ostensibly about a new frigate class, but it spends a lot of virtual ink on some significant and well-founded criticism of the LCS.

The second article, by good old CDR Sal, reveals the one, sole, rational reason to keep the LCS, if only on a slow-roll: “The industrial base.” I believe him when he makes the case, but isn’t that a damning statement about the once-great American shipbuilding industry? How far we have fallen.

And don’t get me started on the amphibs, and the lost decade of money and effort poured into the LCS that could and should have gone elsewhere.

America needs her Navy, and it needs to be built here.


* One historical comment here– the difference between “technological overreach” and something like, say, “revolutionary design” is of course how well it works. It’s worth noting that Josiah Humphrey’s design for the original frigate class of the Navy was thoroughly revolutionary, not least because it came from a man who had never been to sea and never fired a shot in anger. Still, it’s sad to see that the U.S. Navy– the United States Navy– can’t manage an effective building program for the most useful class of surface combatants.

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Stray Voltage: Urban Warfare and the VA

Austin Bay looks at urban warfare in his post on “Mosul and Urban Warfare.”

Blogging lesson learned: if one wishes to blog about a tweetstorm, either post right away or use screen captures. Mr. X tweetstormed an interesting take on reforming the US military. The primary theme was unity with egalitarianism. The US military as the People’s Liberation Army (circa Mao’s era of no ranks)? With a new Space Corps under weigh and a Cyber Corps within the next 5 years, is dispersing resources a good thing, or just necessary due to the poor stewardship of the last 8 years?

The VA plans to provide emergency care to veterans who have other than honorable discharges. Just don’t send them to New Hampshire’s VA Medical Center. If I had a say, every American who wants single-payer, government-provided healthcare should be required to be a patient of the VA for 5 years.

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“The Forest Brothers”

Many thanks to the excellent MDL for this tip. (It was also cited, today, at WRSA in another form.)

“NATO Reenacts Baltic Guerrilla War”: a synopsis of the extensive anti-Soviet resistance movements in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania that fought on into the 1950s, and in a few cases even beyond.

The nice, slick NATO-produced video (!) is there, and amplifying text are both worth your time. The Forest Brothers, and the civilians who supported them, were real patriots. Perhaps we can learn from their example.


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Stupid Idea

Another stupid idea from the Sergeant Major of the Army–SMA Dailey let me remind you that Command Sergeant Majors are not general officers.  Maybe if you worried about Sergeant Major entitlements and more about the troops the Army would be better off.

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One of what makes the Army National Guard a hometown force is that the National Guard Armories have always been available to the community.  It would appear no more–once again FEAR has caused us to be stupid.  Slowly but surely we are erecting barriers between the military and the people and the nation they serve.

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One Is None, But Two Is One

Last night, construction work on the roof at the very important FAA center in Leesburg, VA, caused a building evacuation that completely shut down all the air traffic in, out of, and over Dulles, Reagan National, and BWI airports.

(Mine was one of the flights affected. We were even boarded and about to leave the gate. We got dumped back into the terminal where, two hours later, United cancelled the flight.)

If you ask where were the back-up systems that should have come online, oh, within 90 seconds or so, I did too.

Turns out, there are apparently NO back-up systems. We have, then, a fragile critical system with immense commercial and national security implications, and no redundancy. And the whole world know it! This is a problem, and it needs to be addressed. Feel free to contact your Congress-thing, and make sure you call them out on the weasel-ish non-answers they give. When the FedGov takes it upon itself to police the airways, it needs to do that right.

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