It’s going to be a busy weekend, so there’s not much time for blogging, but I wanted to leave you with a couple of interesting links to follow:
First, it seems the Harbinger of Hope, Change, and Waffles can’t wait to be inaugurated, let alone elected, before he gets his own Seal of Office:
(courtesy: NY Daily News)
From the article:
Barack Obama’s presidential campaign raised eyebrows and elicited snickers Friday when it unveiled the Obamamania version of the presidential seal.
At a meeting with Democratic governors in Chicago, Obama sat behind a rostrum with a seal that looked not-so-coincidentally like the official seal of the President of the United States.
Featuring an eagle clutching arrows and an olive branch, the seal contained a Latin phrase for a touch of gravitas that roughly translates to "Yes, We Can."
Has this man got an ego, or what?
The Revolution in Military Affairs was based upon silicon, in particular the computer chips that make for precision-guided weapons. In the 1980s, the United States developed the technology to drop munitions near enough to their targets to ensure a high chance of destruction. In World War II, the circular error probable–the radius of a circle into which a projectile will land at least 50 percent of the time–was more than half a mile. Today, thanks to GPS systems and laser- and infrared-guiding devices, the radius is less than two dozen feet. Almost any given target can be knocked out by the use of just one or two conventional bombs.
In the face of the threat of such efficient destruction, Iran has not stood still. Some of its countermeasures are themselves based upon computerized systems, including highly effective Russian-made surface-to-air missiles that Iran is set to take delivery of this fall. But Iran is also employing a far older means of warfare: deep burrowing.
For various reasons, the US has shelved development of an earth-penetrating nuclear "bunker buster" bomb. We are, however, building the 30,000-pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator, the largest conventional bomb ever made.
I wonder how long it will be before we have to MOP up?