Obama shuts down Magic Kingdom

You’d think after 3 years, he might have picked up a thing or two about how to be presidential.

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21 responses to “Obama shuts down Magic Kingdom

  1. What A Hoot

    don’t know where to post this.

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    • What A Hoot

      The wording for video “Hundreds of Military tanks on a train in Watsonville, CA heading to Santa Cruz…. WW3? Apparently dozens of tanks already went by before recording started. PROPS Andrew Tuckman”

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      • Wow, that’s kinda scary….

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        • What A Hoot

          Well, actually, comments elsewhere are saying they are not tanks. I personally don’t find it alarming to see a train of them. They could be going to another “outfitter” to put something else in/on. Not all builds on vehicles are done at one factory. Neither are rebuilds and/or modifications to old/refurbished one. Maybe it is the same way with “tanks” or whatever these are.

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          • What A Hoot

            Question, if troops are/have been brought home from Iraq, don’t we have to bring the equipment back too and we are going to be seeing alot of the stuff?

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        • chrissythehyphenated

          I think it’s comforting. If we didn’t keep our troops trained and our equipment ready, we’d hardly be in a position to protect and defend anything much.

          We had very little military capability when WWII started. My father was one of the “too old to enlist, but wanted to serve” people who was hired to do hurry-up prep for Navy officer training on college campuses.

          Another relative of a relative crossed the Atlantic “berthed” on a patch of the floor of one of the swimming pools on a luxury liner that had been commandeered for troop transport.

          That would really put the fear of God into militaristic whackos like Ahmadinnerjacket, wouldn’t it? He threatens to close the Straight of Hormuz and we threaten to send the Love Boat to stop him.

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    • Oh, good…My order finally arrived!

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      • chrissythehyphenated

        LOL!!

        I’m fairly clueless about military hardware, but based on the pics below that I got from surfing the net, the train could be carrying tanks or troops carriers. The bases look the same. I’m guessing they use similar hardware as much as possible to make repairs easier.

        I do know from the horse’s mouths that we ship equipment over and back all the time. We also ship it around the country for repairs and for troop maneuvers. As in, practice not warfare.

        But the equipment on that train didn’t come home from Iraq. Wrong color.

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  2. chrissythehyphenated

    carrier.jpg

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzCGBYcCta0
      Different video, same train: Jan. 19, 2012 – The train originated in Oxnard and is headed to the Sierra Army Depot in Herlong via the Coast Line.

      http://www.sierra.army.mil/Public/
      Sierra Army Depot: “We have a highly dedicated staff of expert and skilled machinists, craftsmen, equipment operators and support personnel that are vital to the current and future Army needs. This type of expertise allows us to receive store, maintain, and ship material anywhere or anytime in the world – ON TIME. Sierra has been designated as the Center for Industrial Technical Excellence (CITE) for all Petroleum and Water Distribution Systems (PAWS). With the Depot’s 36,000 acres of high desert terrain we are able to provide distinct storage advantages of ample space, low humidity and low precipitation; excellent for the long term storage of mechanized vehicles located here.”

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    • Oh, that is SO a tank. Great shot above. You can see exactly where the barrel of the gun attaches.

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  3. What A Hoot

    Well, here is what I picked up. Seems to be on a technicality they are not tanks???
    “The Bradley was developed largely in response to the Soviet BMP family of infantry fighting vehicles, and to serve as both an Armored personnel carrier (APC), and a tank-killer” (Like Wiki is the end all for information, huh? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradley_Fighting_Vehicle )

    Picked up at the fun, but maybe not reliable, Harrison J. Bounel FB (!!)
    “they are armored personnel carriers called Bradly Fighting Vehicles. With a big gun on top. Not a tank at all. Painted green, just like the middle east.”

    And from HowStuffWorks, http://science.howstuffworks.com/bradley.htm

    Seems to me it is a tank on steroids, which is still, well, a tank! Doesn’t seem too popular, though, to call it that. I am glad our troops have them.

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    • I think you’re right. Also from Wikipedia’s entry on Tanks…

      Present
      The role of tank vs. tank combat is becoming diminished. Tanks work in concert with infantry in urban warfare by deploying them ahead of the platoon. When engaging enemy infantry, tanks can provide covering fire on the battlefield. Conversely, tanks can spearhead attacks when infantry are deployed in personnel carriers.[27]

      Tanks were used to spearhead the initial invasion of Iraq. As of 2005, there were 1,100 M1 Abrams used by the United States Army in the course of the Iraq War, and they have proven to have an unexpectedly high level of vulnerability to roadside bombs.[28] A relatively new type of remotely detonated mine, the explosively formed penetrator has been used with some success against American armoured vehicles (particularly the Bradley fighting vehicle). However, with upgrades to their armour in the rear, M1s have proven invaluable in fighting insurgents in urban combat, particularly at the Battle of Fallujah, where the Marines brought in two extra brigades.[29] Britain deployed its Challenger 2 tanks to support its operations in southern Iraq.

      I think the biggest distinction is that traditional tanks had a much larger caliber weapon. So, we could sit around and debate it all day and never convince those who don’t want to think it’s a tank that it is, but I say it’s a modern-day tank!

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      • chrissythehyphenated

        I’m thinking the main distinction is whether the majority of the space inside is devoted to seating for troops or racks for ammo.

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