US Olympic Uniforms
OK, so Ralph Lauren designs the uniforms for our Olympic athletes and has them made in China. Harry Reid goes ape shit and demands that we burn them because they are not made in America. Many others follow suit. I see the point, and its a valid point mind you, but give me a break. By that logic we should send troops into every Walmart and burn each and every non-USA made product in there. Hey, we can dispatch tanks and Bradleys on the highways to pick off Honda's and Hyundai's as well. Everybody on the web posting on FaceBook and Twitter about this on your Samsung and iPhones...quick, where was it made? AAAARRRRGGGHHHHH!!!
Ralph Lauren has already come out and said next Winter Olympic uniforms will be made in the USA, end of story. Oh, and by the way...Ralph pays for these himself, the US Olympic committee does not reimburse him.
I am more annoyed at the fact that they apparently let Samuel L. Jackson design the headgear....nothing says "America"..like a French beret...
|Parlez Vous American...|
The F-22 Raptor makes me dizzy...and its pilots too..
The F-22 Raptor is the air superiority fighter that is supposed to lead the US Air Force into dominance for the next 50 years, or so we would be told. Its combination of speed, stealth, maneuverability and avionics were second to none and could counter any foreseeable threat in the future. In reality right now they do dominate...anywhere within 30 minutes of an established airbase and under 44,000 feet. Apparently the plane has a issue with causing pilots to get dizzy. A inflatable vest designed to provide pressure against the chest of pilots to keep their lungs from exploding if the cockpit depressurizes (shattered by shrapnel I guess) is actually pressing hard enough in high G maneuvers to keep the pilots from breathing correctly.
This issue has been attributed to a pilots death already and caused the fleet of Raptors to be grounded in the past. This from the same plane that infamously locked one of its pilots inside due to a software malfunction until ground crews demolished the $100,000 canopy to extract him a few years ago. I guess $211,000,000 per plane does not get you as much as it used to.
In comparison, for the cost to taxpayers for one F-22 you could also buy:
- 1/10th of a Virginia class submarine
- 2 V-22 Osprey VTOL transport planes (and have $20 mil for the premium accessory packages on both)
- 2 F-18 Hornets (which don't make their pilots dizzy BTW)
- 131 Joint Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles
- 49 M-1 Abrams MBT
- 204,457 M4 Rifles
- Approx. 811,530,000 5.56mm M855 rounds of ammo.
- Approx. 29,000,000 MRE's
A "safe" way to end this post...
Its getting to the point that I cannot put it off any longer, I need a bigger safe. Actually what I have a home is a "locker", not overly secure but good enough to keep my kid away from them and its locked behind several doors. Collecting a few recent rifles has just proven too much for my current accommodation to hold . I have been looking at safes in local adds (like above) for a while and while some of these look pretty sturdy, some other info I have found on the web makes me think that these are not all they are cracked up to be. I guess maybe if I lived in a more "crime ridden" neighborhood I might be more discerning, but for my budget these are the types I have been looking at. Check out the video below and post any comments or experiences you may have with these safes. Its a long, but educational watch. I know the guy is selling a particular brand of safe with this info, but he is very knowledgeable and its a good overview of what I am looking at and there is a price/performance ratio consideration as well.