We must ask "WHY?"

We must ask "WHY?"

WHY?

WHY?

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Walking Dead Season 4

I've done this for Season 1, Season 2 and Season 3.
And now on to The Walking Dead (Season 4)'s ineptitude.

The attempt to raid a Big Lots equivalent. I would think that by now people would not stand around gawking while zombies fell through the roof.

Why does Glenn keep passing by all the batteries at the Big Spot.

Their pig died despite having an experienced veterinarian in the group. Why did nobody think to have Hershel do an examination of the animal?

They know most walker-fights will result in hand to hand combat, yet there was only one sword in the group and no axes, maces or spears?

These people have no idea what "patrolling" means. And they definitely have ZERO idea how to size up the objective, I mean they FAILED to notice a CH-47 (A HUGE honking 99 foot long, 10+ ton helicopter) when they did a 360 degree observation!! Oh wait, this group.... Probably did NOT do a 360. That would take thought.
If they set out a boom box 3 days ago to draw local zombies away from the area... Why didn't the zombies on the roof follow the sound, fall off the roof and go splat? They followed the sound of the booze falling over INSIDE of a building. That had to be more muted than outside noise.

If a child were sick, and told an adult (when leaving 'story time'), that adult should have taken the child to the infirmary. Never mind that one walker inside the walls could kill the entire group, Flu killed more soldiers in World War 1 than enemy action.

Rick goes off by himself with an unknown person, who looks and sounds REALLY crazy. How difficult would it have been to get someone else? Where are the short range walkie talkies that are apparently free for the taking? If they can charge an MP3 player they can charge walkies, and why is ANYONE going outside the fence alone!!! Two people are four TIMES as effective as one.

Add to that the 'casual' way Rick treated the 1911 handgun he found in the garden.
He took the magazine out and tossed it into the wheelbarrow.
First off, It may of been salvageable (and even if it wasn't, it may have provided repair parts).
Tossing a weapon that may be useful = dumb.
Second, He NEVER cleared the chamber. Tossing a possibly loaded weapon, when there is no REASON to = VERY DUMB.

And why is Rick "farming" alone? Everyone who can should be helping. If just to get the production up, Not to mention what if Rick died going outside the fences ALONE.

Clearly, in a post apocalyptic zombie world, and with a crazy ass governor liable to pop up at any time, a fully armoured, bullet proof hummer is NOT a priority when you have a Hyundai. The 4 Hummers at the Big Spot should have been a HUGE priority, even if they would be rarely used.

If you set fire to two human bodies just outside a building, the smoke and smell would be noticeable from a mile away. Two gas cans in the background, that much gas and you'd risk setting the building on fire.

With the size group that they have - they should have offensive patrols walking outside the fence taking out the 1-2 walker stragglers so that there never is a large group of Walkers.

Traps needed to be set up in the woods, not only animal traps but anti-zombie traps like Morgan had last season. Its a war of attrition and they keep going defensive. And going defensive is a losing strategy.

The group KNOWS that anyone who dies will reanimate.
They have older people AND injured (injuries WILL happen).
They know if someone has a heart attack, stroke, bad fall, whatever and dies they will come back, Yet they aren't securing the cell doors!!!! No roving patrols, not even a fire watch!! BTW, I wouldn't 'lock' the doors because then you need a key while in the dark. I would, at the very least, have everyone tie their doors shut. Maybe use a carabiner to hold the doors shut like they did the fences last season.


The prison is far from any city (no city water system) so it must have had a well. Also they are running generators at times, so during those times they should be using the well to fill up the water containers.
Why are they using that vulnerable hand pump system that risks lives to clear every time it clogs?


Daryl fiddling with the radio while driving, Who Taught him how to drive? Lori?.... I mean its not like there were other people in the car too do that while he was driving, oh wait, yes there were..... or I don't know, maybe stopping to tune the radio (which may keep you in range of the signal). But that may back up the non existent traffic.

Roughly 2 years into the ZPAW and they take a rear wheel drive muscle car with street tires on a vitally important run.
Why? Because it can go 0 to 60 about 4 seconds faster than a MUCH more practical 4 wheel drive!!!!!
Come on. That was moronic if just because the 4 wheel drive would have more room. Daryl has been finding people (the latest that we know about was Bob about a week ago), what if they found more people? And it was a leave them to die or take them situation? What if Hershel was right and they found the vet pharmacy untouched? Treat it like the drug store from season 2 and have to go all the way back for the rest?
Also what time they would 'save' by taking a muscle car would be lost (and a lot more) the second they come up on a wreck that blocked the road, a road that was washed out or any situation that caused them to turn around where they may have been able to throw an SUV into four wheel drive and avoid the obstacle or attach a chain and move the obstacle. Damn. Those Hummers would be really usefull..... IF THEY HAD TAKEN THEM.

Hey Carl when a vehicle you don't recognize (Daryl & crew returning with medicine) comes up to the gate, Don't skip down to the gate and open it without checking it out.

Speaking of Daryl, Why didn't the crew (the vet school one) take at least one automatic weapon. It was an important mission, not your average run of the mill run where they could just turn back empty handed. They need to bring some firepower. Not every living person is friendly.

Why the HELL would you leave a large quantity of weapons out in the weather like that! In an OPEN LAUNDRY BIN NO LESS!


Hershel not wanting the kids to see him killing walkers, it had to be done, how long can they be sheltered from things like that? The kids have to learn to fight and protect themselves.

Herschel is working in an area where multiple people died due to a single sick person returning as zombie, yet no gun even though he has limited mobility???????

I really don't get the Gov/Phillip/Brian's plan for the prison. He wants it, but puts cannon rounds into the buildings. They can be safe there, but has the tank run over the fences (those are what make the prison safer). Kills Hershel which sets off a series of deaths in his own group (but numbers are needed to keep the prison viable)

The operator of the tank was a professional tank driver in the military, so we can assume he knew a little something about tanks. Yet, he fires the rounds (at point blank range), never getting near any of Rick's people, but destroying the buildings that he supposedly wants to capture and live in.
WORST
AIM 
EVER (and when talking about this show, that's saying a lot)

There is no such thing as a tank sneaking up on someone. The noise and ground vibrations alone betray its arrival. And yet, in a world with ZERO noise pollution, no one at the prison noticed the 50+ ton diesel monster parked at the fence until it lobbed a wake-up round into the prison tower.

How the hell did the chess piece (the 'Brian' king) get to the prison? The kid was playing in the mud, so she didn't have it and she would've dropped it during the attack if she did. Her mom wouldn't have bothered to bring it. And Brian/Phillip wouldn't have taken it with him.
Talk about hitting us in the face with symbolism.


Hey Daryl, bodies are NOT bullet proof. Especially rotting ones. Rifle bullets will go through cinder blocks, but not a walker (??!!!) because, like Axel, they suddenly become bullet proof?
Right. If zombie bodies don't stop Michonne's sword or the stakes by the gate or a bar thrust through the fence, they won't stop a hail of rifle bullets.

Despite having had a need in the past for a fall back point (it ended badly with the group on the move for MONTHS without one after season 2), and having the fences almost fail multiple times, knowing there was a massive herd out there on the move, and that the Governor was still out there (although they did believe him defeated), the only plan they made was to have a bus ready, but no plan of where the bus should go, or a meeting spot should someone miss the bus or be out on a run, for instance. So we're supposed to believe that this group of 'seemingly intelligent' people never thought to designate a meeting spot. The second half of this season has been them randomly wandering around hoping to find safety and each other. There is no plan, and what plan there was consisted of "get on the bus!", which most of them did not do.

Daryl & Beth, If it's just the two of you (especially if one has a bum leg), Why the HELL would you make ANY noise that may attract walkers? Beth be quiet and leave the piano alone.
Daryl it's been two years, by now you should know not to 'just open the door'. Honestly, I don't do that now and I don't have to worry about flesh eating walkers, just the random Jehovah's Witness (shudder).

Hey let's go through a dark tunnel filled with walkers, without enough ammo instead of going around it. Let me think about it for a microsecond. How STUPID are you, Glenn.
Maggie wants her hubby, not a shambling corpse.

When are these people going to learn that if you put a blade at the end of a stick - you get a spear. And then you can kill zombies from safety.

The picture burning was beyond stupid. What if they got separated again through no fault of their own and Glenn needs to show the picture to people to see if they've seen her anywhere?

Who keeps an unprepared rabbit overnight?

The whole Terminus issue.
The sensible strategy would be to observe from a concealed point and take note of such things as
How many people appeared to live there
What kind of people they are
What kind of living were they doing
How were they handling the zombies
I mean at least have some idea of what you're walking into.

Hey, Rick. Here's a plan. Go in at night and do a proper recon (but then this group NEVER does, They missed a 100 foot long 10 ton helo that crashed on the Big Spot's roof).
And I'm pretty sure a recon would have found the dozen or so sets of butchered human remains (bodies and Georgia heat means SMELLY, BTW where were the flies? Those bodies should've been COVERED with flies and maggots) and the recon may have found the prisoners.
With that info a proper plan could be devised.
But No, this group had to sneak in and then throw ANY advantage that gave them away by walking up and saying, "Howdy Neighborinos".


BTW, I didn't come up with all of these, So to everyone who contributed, Thank you.
Dan Emplit WBFD

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Please

Just a quick post tonight.
These people are parked diagonally, it's the 700 block of North Washington street. Effectively the street is down to one lane. All because people won't even try to dig out their parking spaces.
Doesn't sound too bad right? Now imagine the FD trying to get to a house fire. Having to wait because it is one lane and the oncoming traffic has nowhere to go. How about an ambulance trying to get to your child. Or the PD trying to get to a 'shots fired' and 'Officer Down' call.
Think of how your actions or Inaction will affect others.
Please.

Dan Emplit WBFD

Friday, January 31, 2014

Betrayed by Billy Vaughn

Betrayed: The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as told by a Navy SEAL’s father
"If you’ve seen the recent big screen stories of US Navy SEALS in Afghanistan, in Lone Survivor and Zero Dark Thirty, you are no doubt struck by the sacrifices these elite warriors make on the modern battlefield and the impeccable examples of heroism these movies have portrayed — not propaganda but truth.

However, there is another US Navy SEAL story from Afghanistan that’s not receiving much attention, simply because its truth is an indictment of failure on the part of the Obama administration, US Congress, and senior military leadership.

It is the story of the fate that befell a CH-47D helicopter, call sign Extortion 17.

Back on August 6, 2011, six months after Navy SEALs had terminated Osama Bin Laden, America suffered the single largest one-day loss of life in the ten year combat operation in Afghanistan. It was also the largest loss of Navy Special Warfare life in their history.

The mission that fateful evening entailed US Army Rangers going into the Tangi River valley in Wardak Province in Afghanistan after Taliban leader Qari Tahir.

As the Rangers landed and executed their mission, the Aerial Weapons Team (AWT) in two US Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopters observed two individuals fleeing, but permission to engage with 30mm guns was denied.

The AWT then observed these two individuals, who they assessed to be armed, link up with six others who took up positions near the proposed helicopter landing zone (HLZ) that would be used later. Again, permission to engage was denied.

Back at the Forward Operating Base, the decision was made to launch the Quick Reaction Force (QRF). But just before takeoff, seven Afghan Commandos who were listed on the manifest to accompany the mission were switched out, and the new Afghans were not manifested.

The QRF loaded onto a CH-47D Chinook aircraft headed into a hot HLZ zone where combat operations had been raging for some three hours. The lumbering CH-47D is slow and possesses less maneuver capability than the normal special operations MH-47 aircraft.

Unescorted, the CH-47D made its way to the area of operations in the Tangi River valley, a Taliban stronghold. Because of the rules of engagement, no pre-assault fires were approved on the HLZ and there were no “eyes on” the HLZ to support the QRF infiltration.

It was easy pickings for the enemy. From a prepared firing position atop a building, they launched three rocket-propelled grenades. One hit the CH-47D’s tail rotor blade and in approximately 5 seconds it broke up into three pieces and crashed into a dry creek bed in a ball of flames.

The AWT had eyes on the point of origin of the RPG shots but the AH-64s were denied approval to engage the enemy — who were seen handing down equipment and fleeing the area.

I recommend you all pick up a copy of the book, Betrayed: The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as told by a Navy SEAL’s father by Billy Vaughn. Billy and Karen Vaughn live just north of me in Stuart, Florida, and I came to know them as they reached out to me while I served in Congress on this matter.

I know the story in detail because I received the classified briefing on the incident. In Billy’s book, you feel his pride in his son and the moment when he learned of his son’s death. You share the emotional strain of the family as they deal with the loss of Aaron.

But you also share the anguish of a father who learns he has been lied to as he uncovers the truth. You’ll read the declassified documents and investigation report that Billy had to read to learn the massive cover-up surrounding the death of these brave men, including his only son.

I’m sure you remember President Obama’s May 2011 speech after the killing of bin Laden, but there was no speech after Extortion 17. Billy and Karen Vaughn lost their 30-year-old SEAL Team VI son, Aaron Vaughn in that helicopter shoot down. Along with Aaron there were 16 US Navy SEAL Team VI members, five US Navy SEAL Team support members and one working dog, five US Army and Army National Guard flight crewmembers, three US Air Force members of the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, seven unidentified Afghan Commandos, and one Afghan interpreter.

What is so appalling is the lack of concern from the Obama administration, Congress, and the military to lift the curtain of deceit. As well, you come to realize media hypocrisy is hiding this incident from the American people.

If this were the Bush administration, the story would have been all over the New York Times, Washington Post, and every single liberal media outlet — not that’s not the case. Remember Cindy Sheehan and attention she got? Then why are Billy and Karen Vaughn shunned?

Betrayed is a must read, you will not put the book down. It is a book that MUST be made into a film, albeit controversial. It should be mailed to President Obama, Vice President Biden, Speaker Boehner, Senator Reid, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi with one simple question, “Where is the truth for the Vaughns and all the families who lost their loved ones?” It is a book that should shame the media for not covering this dark moment in US Military history.

Never should our warriors and their families be treated in this manner. Never again should they be Betrayed."

This article was written Lieutenant Colonel Allen West

Dan Emplit WBFD
USN 1986 - 1992

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

SOTU address

So let me get this straight.
Because Obama can't get his 'vision' for America by working with Congress (you know, the OTHER ELECTED officials), he's going to go around them.
The last time I looked, we have three branches in the Federal government, all of which WE ELECT in the hopes that they will represent our views and vote to support what WE want.

"What I offer tonight (BLAH BLAH BLAH). Some require congressional action, and I'm eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still, and neither will I."

"I will act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects"

"The American people aren't interested in refighting old battles," This was a dig at Republicans about the Affordable Care Act, Which is Law (that he keeps illegally changing), But Barry keeps forgetting that the Second Amendment is part of the supreme law of our land.

I don't trust this man at all. Remember “if you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan”

I did not serve for 6 years in order to live in a dictatorship.

Dan Emplit WBFD
USN 1986 - 1992

Saturday, January 25, 2014

G2 research's "R.I.P." Round

There's a new round in town and I expect it's performance will be .......
Mehhh.
These exotic rounds come and go, but with the modern electronic state they make an initial big splash and then quickly and quietly die when people learn about the street results.

Also their web site is down more than the Obamacare site. But a friend was able to get on and played 'copy & paste' with some of the claims for me.
* 16" Penetration 
* Up to 6" diameter spread 
* 96 gr projectile 
* 2" grouping at 25 yards 
* 1265 FPS / 490 Muzzle Energy 
* 9 Separate Wound Channels 
* Precision Machined 
* Solid Copper / Lead Free
* Defeats all known barriers such as sheet metal, sheet rock, windshields, plywood, heavy winter clothing
First off, '16" penetration' is from the base (and I REALLY doubt it with that bullet weight), and that is, basically, a 9mm wadcutter. If you want 9mm wadcutter performance, buy 9mm full metal jacket rounds. They cost a LOT less.
The '6" diameter spread'..... Of what? If they mean the fragments then that is nothing special. Glaser has been producing the safety slug for decades.
96 grain projectile is very light for caliber, and that means a very nasty SHALLOW wound. A bullet must reach vital organs in order to stop an attack. For that a bullet needs weight. This doesn't have that.
"1265 FPS / 490 Muzzle Energy" On this I call BULL$HIT. Unless someone has changed how foot pounds are measured then this works out to 341 foot pounds. Go ahead and plug the numbers (bullet weight and velocity) in for yourself
"Defeats all known barriers such as sheet metal, sheet rock, windshields, plywood, heavy winter clothing"... AND? So what? So does the .22 long rifle and I wouldn't recommend that for self defense.

I'd like to say this performance is impressive, but the web site is lacking in .... ANY substantial details.
What size was the block? Manufacturer? BB calibration depth? 



Balloons should be terrified.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe this is a quantum leap in technology. Maybe my math is bad.
Maybe this is marketing and the R.I.P. round is just a flashy specialty round that will not live up to the hype.
Buy a quality hollow point, train with your weapon and avoid these specialty rounds, at least until they are proven on the street.
Late add on: I added a link for a ballistic calculator.

Dan Emplit WBFD
USN 1986 - 1992