Jamesb101.com

commentary on Politics and a little bit of everything else

In defense of foreign originated U.S. Military Helicopters…..The U.S. Army's UH-72 Lakota buy…..

If you’ve been here for a while you know I’m on the case about the governments refusal to put the Augusta/Westlands and Lockheed/Martin VH-71A Marine One Helicopterinto service……The chopper, meant as new generation transportation of the nations Commander-in- Chief , is limping along with 9 aircraft completed  and paid for …but unwanted by the President and Secretary of Defense….who wants to spend money to re-bid a new helicopter and start from scratch…..mind you the current chopper are almost as old as the presdient…and most the choppers drivers are younger than the birds they are flying……

Well, the Army’s newest Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) is the Eurocpter EC145…this chopper initially build in Europen , was develivered by the manufacturer on time and on budget…..as a ‘off the shelf’ product (unlike the Marine One VH-71A which experienced mission creep and grew in cost and equipment)…….

The Army will receive 345 aircraft through 2017, they may end up ordering more…….

This program is  a model of how to bid and contract for simple aircraft that get the job done….(the Lakota is to be used for non-combat missions by the Army and the Army National Guard units…a few will go to the Navy for pilot training)…..

Why can’t they do it right with the VH-71A?…..forget the bells and whistles….

Save the tax payers money and go with the best choppers you already have and paid for….the Lakota is a firm example of a foreign chopper that is now built completely in the United States with American’s getting paid to build them…..

Maybe they should give the presdient’s helicopter transportation back to the Army……..

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics, Travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment

In defense of foreign originated U.S. Military Helicopters…..The U.S. Army’s UH-72 Lakota buy…..

If you’ve been here for a while you know I’m on the case about the governments refusal to put the Augusta/Westlands and Lockheed/Martin VH-71A Marine One Helicopterinto service……The chopper, meant as new generation transportation of the nations Commander-in- Chief , is limping along with 9 aircraft completed  and paid for …but unwanted by the President and Secretary of Defense….who wants to spend money to re-bid a new helicopter and start from scratch…..mind you the current chopper are almost as old as the presdient…and most the choppers drivers are younger than the birds they are flying……

Well, the Army’s newest Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) is the Eurocpter EC145…this chopper initially build in Europen , was develivered by the manufacturer on time and on budget…..as a ‘off the shelf’ product (unlike the Marine One VH-71A which experienced mission creep and grew in cost and equipment)…….

The Army will receive 345 aircraft through 2017, they may end up ordering more…….

This program is  a model of how to bid and contract for simple aircraft that get the job done….(the Lakota is to be used for non-combat missions by the Army and the Army National Guard units…a few will go to the Navy for pilot training)…..

Why can’t they do it right with the VH-71A?…..forget the bells and whistles….

Save the tax payers money and go with the best choppers you already have and paid for….the Lakota is a firm example of a foreign chopper that is now built completely in the United States with American’s getting paid to build them…..

Maybe they should give the presdient’s helicopter transportation back to the Army……..

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics, Travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment

When a White House visit turns into breakfast…..

Don’t let the media fool you….Harvey and Paula Darden, of  Georgia, got lucky.……. they showed up for a tour…but found out there wasn’t one….. the staff at the building felt a little bad they made the trip, and wasn’t going to get their tour…..so they were screened, and invited to a White House breakfast for veterans ( Harvey is a Navy veteran)…..

The White House, with the cooperation of the Secret Service invited this couple to an event in the ‘people’s house’….this was no gate crashing….

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Family, Government, Media, Politics, Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

Gas prices are falling where I live……

I live in a suburb of New York City…the price of gas was $2.79 a gallon for the longest…I got gas tonight, and it was $2.68 a gallon….what gives?

You know what?……I have been reading about them finding more gas all over the place…..Iraq, Russia, off Israel, etc……..

Oh, yea…. the price has nothing to do with that…its driven by speculation…….

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Automobiles, Politics, The Economy | | 2 Comments

Subscribe to PoliticalDog 101…..If you want to check us out everyday!

If you want to check us out everyday…….. go to the main page, and scroll down on the lower right column, to the E mail subscription (Sign me up!), and then sign up to get an email every time I post up here!

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Blogs, Media, Other Things | , | Leave a comment

New Rasmussen Poll has GOP Florida senate primary race tied!……

Charlie Crist,  the Florida Governor has lost his entire lead to former state House speaker Marco Rubio…….

The newest poll has both tied at 43% each……

We have all watched as the moderate Crist began to lose his lead to the right leading Rubio…..Crist like others in both parties (a lot of democrats in GOP district’s are not running next year) is a victim of the GOP move to the right to regain voters after the Obama presidential win……

My hope is that Rubio’s ascension in the polls and right leanings, will help Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla) capture the senate seat in the general election……

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls | , , , | Leave a comment

Boeings brand new B-787 completes it first airborne test flight!

After fits, and false starts, the Boeing 787 made its maiden flight, today from Boeing’s Washington state test field…..

Note:…..Check out how big the engines are and the vertical wing travel!….

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Media, Travel, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Star's will pose with little or no clothes for Magazine covers……

Yes, they will …and people will buy the whole magazine for the cover…..

Ah, check Rihanna before and after…Did she visit a surgeon?

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media | , , | Leave a comment

Star’s will pose with little or no clothes for Magazine covers……

Yes, they will …and people will buy the whole magazine for the cover…..

Ah, check Rihanna before and after…Did she visit a surgeon?

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media | , , | Leave a comment

The House GOP line…..'Vote No on Obama and the Democrats'…..

The Hill…is reporting that House republicans have united in voting against anything that smells like spending, taxes and financial reform……

Watching the president’s polling numbers fall..and watching blue-dog democrats bail out of next years re-election contests, along with numerous right leaning purity sweeps has given the GOP an ad hoc path to follow right now….

We’ll see how far it goes…..

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Politics | , , , | Leave a comment