Trips To Russia Are Always A Blast

This may surprise you, but during a lovely summer day, the city of Achinsk in Siberia set off a belated Independence Day fireworks display… which caused the evacuation of nearly 6,000 people.

Massive explosions at a Russian military ammunition depot in Siberia injured at least eight people and prompted the evacuation of thousands Monday.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said a fire triggered the explosions at a storage facility for gunpowder charges near the city of Achinsk in Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk region.

Authorities declared a state of emergency in the region and ordered the evacuation of residents of several districts in Achinsk, as well as towns and villages within 12.4 miles of the depot.

In fairness, it’s been fifteen months since the last ammo dump explosion in Russia, but only ten months since the last one in Ukraine. There is video at the link, and it’s rather, um, explosive.

Idiots Set To Storm Area 51

Nearly half a million people signed up to storm Nevada’s Area 51 in September, after a Facebook joke went viral. While the event was an obvious joke, far too many conspiracy theorists and random dullards are seriously considering the raid.

Should everything go according to plan, more than half a million strangers will gather in a remote Nevada town in mid-September, united by a common goal: raid Area 51 in the wee hours of the morning – using a strength-in-numbers approach to reveal any extraterrestrial treasures stashed within the notoriously clandestine government base.

Or, put more simply, “Lets see them aliens.”

Kyle told me about this last week, and said, “That would be awesome.” I reminded him Area 51 is on the grounds of an Air Force base, they have heavy weapons, and they don’t take too kindly to invasions.

By Friday evening, more than 540,000 people from around the world had signed up to attend the event: “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” – and just as many had indicated they were “interested.” Planned for Sept. 20 in Amargosa Valley, an hour’s drive away from Las Vegas, the event page is currently filled with thousands of posts theorizing the best way to break into the top-secret facility.

“They Can’t Stop All Of Us.” I wonder how much it costs to put that phrase on half a million tombstones?

Russian Troops Land In Venezuela

Good news, everyone! Russian forces landed in Venezuela this weekend, adding muscle to dictator Nicolás Maduro’s regime.

Two Russian Air Force reportedly planes landed in Venezuela’s main airport on Saturday carrying a Russian defence official and around 100 troops.

One flight tracking website shows two aircraft left a Russian military base for the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Friday, with a further jet leaving on Sunday.

The arrival of the military jets was confirmed by Javier Mayorca, an independent journalist, who said an Antonov-124 cargo plane and a smaller jet touched down late on Saturday. He said approximately 100 soldiers – led by General Vasily Tonkoshkurov, who is head of the Mobilization Directorate of Russia’s armed forces – was also seen, as well as 35 tons of equipment.

Venezuela may be on the brink of civil war, and the insertion of Russian troops makes the matter much worse. Here’s hoping the president stays out of this conflict, and allows Venezuela to solve their own problems.

In Soviet Russia, Ship Sinks You!

Forget Russian collusion; the big story these days is Russian collision.

A floating dock sank early morning in Murmansk, dropping a crane on the deck of the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier, the United Shipbuilding Corporation said.

The corporation’s chief, Alexei Rakhmanov, said the 70-ton crane left a hole of 215 square feet, but added that it didn’t damage any of the ship’s vital systems. Rakhmanov said it may have been caused by a sharp power surge that led to pumps’ failure.

Rakhmanov acknowledged, however, that the loss of the huge, 80,000-ton dock would disrupt the planned modernization of other Russian navy ships. The dock is the only structure of that capacity that Russia has, and it wasn’t immediately clear whether it could be lifted.

Here’s a novel idea; instead of paying billions for a floating dock, why not try building one near, let’s say, land? The country’s been around for 1,200 years and it’s just as backwards now as it was in 862 A.D.

We Have A Broken Arrow

A B-2 Stealth Bomber was forced to make an emergency landing in Colorado Springs – Colorado? Eww, it must have been an emergency – after an engine malfunctioned and the electronics failed.

A US Air Force B-2 stealth bomber safely landed at Colorado Springs Airport Tuesday morning after suffering an in-flight emergency, a spokesperson with the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base confirmed to CNN.

The $1.2 billion aircraft was en route to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Two pilots were on board and both aviators were unharmed, and the exact cause of the in-flight emergency is under investigation, according to the Air Force.

“The aircraft experienced an in-flight emergency. Our pilots are trained to handle such emergencies and safely landed the aircraft. A Maintenance Recovery Team will assess the aircraft and determine the cause,” Air Force spokesperson Lt. Allen Palmer said in a statement Wednesday.

A US military official told CNN on Wednesday that the aircraft was diverted after experiencing a number four engine failure, followed by complete electrical failure.

The worst part was not the emergency landing; it was the fact the crew couldn’t see the end of the Avalanche-Flyers game.

“Hold My Pale Ale!”

Recently, President Trump received a lot of backlash after criticizing many of our NATO partners.

The president claimed some countries were not carrying their weight, which is odd, because all our allies are top-notch military outfits

On 12 October, we received information on the incident: a technician was working on an F-16 when he accidentally activated the six-barrels 20mm Vulcan M61A-1 cannon. The cannon was loaded and some bullets hit another F-16AM (FA-128). That aircraft had just been refuelled and was – together with another F-16 – being prepared for a (training) mission. Due to the bullets, the F-16AM exploded and damaged the other F-16.

Two technicians were injured after the blast, the Belgian Aviation Safety Directorate opened an investigation into the accident. The Belgian Air Force had 60 active F-16 aircraft remaining, including 48 on duty for NATO.

How do you “accidentally” activate a Vulcan cannon? Oh wait, the tech was dusting the joystick and held down the fire button long enough for the cannon to make its revolutions and strafe the airfield. Got it.

Israel Brings The Rain

Iranian forces in Syria fired missiles into Israel yesterday, prompting retaliatory strikes on Damascus.

ISRAEL has blasted Iran’s bases in Syria with 70 missiles killing “at least 23 fighters” in revenge for rocket strikes on Golan Heights.

Fighter jets bombarded military bases, munitions warehouses and intelligence centres, after Tel Aviv stoked fears of a war by warning: “If it rains in Israel it will pour in Iran.”

The strikes hit “nearly every target” and were in response to “20 rockets” fired by the Iranian Quds Force, Israeli military chiefs claimed.

Boy, I sure am glad we didn’t withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal. These guys are honest, straight shooters who have nothing but our best interests at heart.

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Korea?

South Korean president Moon Jae In and North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un personally met yesterday near the border of their two countries. The hope is the two men can agree to finally end the Korean War and normalize relations.

The golden doors on the stately North Korean building swung open and leader Kim Jong Un, in a black Mao suit and surrounded by a gaggle of officials, descended steps towards the border. Not since the 1950-53 Korean War had a North Korean leader set foot on South Korean soil.

With a smile, Kim stretched out his hand toward a waiting, and smiling, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who stood between the squat, blue buildings that straddle the border at Panmunjom.

So, how do you solve a problem like Korea? Apparently, you get President Trump involved. What, we can only give the president blame, and never some actual credit?

Speaking Of Russia

An American strike fighter destroyed a T-72 main battle tank Saturday. The tank was being operated by pro-Syrian forces, and was firing on U.S. special operations personnel.

A US jet operating in Syria destroyed a Russian-made T-72 battle tank near Al Tabiyeh, Syria, Saturday.

The US has been training, equipping, and backing the SDF rebels in Syria’s civil war for years as Russia has provided similar assistance to forces loyal to the Syrian government in close proximity.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson first reported the news of the tank’s destruction and said three crew members were killed, though their identities and affiliations were unclear. Tomlinson said the tank was destroyed after “pro-regime forces” fired on US special operations troops near the location where 500 pro-government forces attacked a headquarters used by SDF and US troops last week.

This… will get messy. Between destroying a Russian tank and Syria shooting down an Israeli fighter, the Syrian conflict just got much more complicated.

NFL To Veterans: Drop Dead

AMVETS, a national veterans organization, spent $30,000 on an advertisement which was to be placed into the Super Bowl LII program. The NFL, “which wholeheartedly supports our troops,” refused to accept the ad.

AMVETS officials are decrying “corporate censorship” from the National Football League for their decision not to run an ad in their Super Bowl program which responds to league players’ decision to kneel for the national anthem in protest of national equality issues.

The ad features the tag “#PleaseStand” with a picture of service members saluting the American flag and information on how to donate to the organization. Group leaders said NFL officials refused to include the ad in their Super Bowl publication, but did not issue a reason why.

Maybe because the NFL is chock full of anti-American, anti-military, anti-police leftists?

In a statement, NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy said the Super Bowl game program “is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams and the Super Bowl. It’s never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement.”

Yes, the NFL has a strict policy against political statements… unless they include kneeling during the National Anthem or raising the Black Power fist.

I realize this will fall on deaf ears, but the majority of NFL owners, administrators, and players hate this country, hate the military, and hate the police. The NFL does not deserve your support on Super Bowl Sunday, or any other day of the year.