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Missile launched off Southern Californian coast

But no one's 'fessing up about it:

Someone launched a missile near Los Angeles Monday night and as of Tuesday morning, the Pentagon still doesn't know who.

A local television station showed video of the launch spotted around 5 p.m. captured by a traffic helicopter around sunset. The location was reported to be west of Los Angeles, north of Catalina Island and approximately 35 miles out to sea, KFMB reported.

It does appear a substantial missile was launched into the skies over Southern California Monday evening but no one in the military is owning up to it yet, according to NBC Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski.

Hey... maybe it was a Ted Rall warning shot...


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Comments (28)

THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY... (Below threshold)
galoob:

THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING!

Quick! Someone reattach gal... (Below threshold)
914:

Quick! Someone reattach galoobs morphine drip!

Much ado about nothing at t... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Much ado about nothing at the moment.

It was Lex Luthor.... (Below threshold)
Dr. Evil:

It was Lex Luthor.

Mr. G and his ilk opine....... (Below threshold)
Brucepall:

Mr. G and his ilk opine....but, but, but...neither NK, Iran, or those poor disturbed human beings has a ballistic missile which can reach our shores!

Ever hear of a TEL (Transporter Erector Launcher)? Put one (or a dozen) in a hold of a tramp steamer and and park it in international waters, right off our shores... and what could happen now? About one minute warning to impact.

The USA needs an effective comprehensive ABM system in place... like yesterday. And with the rapid spread of ballistic missile war-head technology, the continued existence of our major cities is at risk. A 25 MT warhead will, if surface burst, will make a hole about 1/4 mile deep and 10 miles wide.

Thus the price of an ABM system to protect them is worth it... at any cost...and at any price.

Of course the liberal Democrats in power don't support an effective comprehensive ABM system... Duh, They just can't see it.

Our worst nightmare would be to have to hear, one minute from impact, some talking head on TV (like you Mr. G) saying... but...but...but...

Screw that!, Build the ABM system. Sleep at night.

Semper Fidelis-

Okay... if it were the US m... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Okay... if it were the US military, they'd have notified everyone in the area - unless there was some operational protocol that mandated silence... and the military said it wasn't one of theirs.

If it were some private group doing a commercial sea-launch test, they'd have notified (and gotten authorization from) the FAA and the military, to avoid potential problems with airline traffic so it would have been known.

It wasn't a small one, either - that rules out the HPR (High Power Rocketry) hobby set - besides, they usually like to recover (in some form or another) their constructions. That thing was climbing pretty well and angled to the west - kind of hard to follow to get the remains.

Something odd, to be sure.

Ah -

Digging around a bit...

KZLA LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.

A2832/10 - THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS ARE REQUIRED DUE TO NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIVISION ACTIVATION OF W537. IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY, ALL NON-PARTICIPATING PILOTS ARE ADVISED TO AVOID W537. IFR TRAFFIC UNDER ATC JURISDICTION SHOULD ANTICIPATE CLEARANCE AROUND W537 AND CAE 1176. CAE 1155 WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR OCEANIC TRANSITION. CAE 1316 & CAE 1318 WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR OCEANIC TRANSITION. CAE 1177 WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR OCEANIC TRANSITION. W537 ACTIVE, CAE 1176 CLOSED. SURFACE - FL390, 09 NOV 20:00 2010 UNTIL 10 NOV 01:00 2010. CREATED: 08 NOV 20:52 2010 Translated, it looks like that particular area was closed down to commercial transoceanic traffic for a weapons test, from about noon local to roughly 5 PM.

Looks like the Navy was having fun, and whoever the station talked to didn't get the memo...

I hope thats the case JLaw.... (Below threshold)
914:

I hope thats the case JLaw. As Bruce says a defense shield of some sort should have been in effect for many years now. Just like closing the border to foreigners should have been accomplished long ago.


Interesting how the politicians spend billions on getting elected but not a dime to protect our borders and Country. I would surmise it is all about them.

That wasn't a missile, that... (Below threshold)

That wasn't a missile, that was alGore's carbon footprint.

Mr. Lawson,Makes s... (Below threshold)
Brucepall:

Mr. Lawson,

Makes sense. Looks like the down range was over the Pacific. Your pretty good there on the internet. Thanx.

SF-

Lot of different milblogs, ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Lot of different milblogs, Brucepal - got the info off www.blackfive.net...

Nothing that big could come... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Nothing that big could come from nowhere. The only plausible explanation is a sub-launched ICBM, and the area restrictions cited by JLawson @ #6 tend to verify that.

The Pentagon is under no obligation to tell the media anything about such tests. Let 'em squawk and squirm.

It does seem beyond coincidence that a show of power like this happens to come with Obama off bowing, scraping, and shaking his booty in Asia.

Yeah, guess I still think o... (Below threshold)
Brucepall:

Yeah, guess I still think on one plane (horizontal), never really got the hang of the vertical (like them air scouts). Semper Fidelis -

You might want to read this... (Below threshold)
mpw280:

You might want to read this before committing to the missile launch theory.
http://uncinus.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/4/

mpw

And once again CBS lies. W... (Below threshold)
Mycroft:

And once again CBS lies. Who'da thunk it?
/sarcasm

No, it wasn't a US sub. We'... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

No, it wasn't a US sub. We've strapped ICMBs on to humpbacks migrating to the Sea of Cortez for the winter. Duh.

I know what it is. It's SHA... (Below threshold)

I know what it is. It's SHARKS. Sharks with frickin' LASER BEAMS on their heads.

One of them must have suddenly achieved escape velocity.

"You might want to re... (Below threshold)
John S:

"You might want to read this before committing to the missile launch theory"

Well, that spoils the fun. And I just got my tin-foil hat adjusted. As for missile defense: What part of California deserves protection? Turning LA and Hollywood to a glass-lined parking lot would be a great improvement.

OregonMuse:Not jus... (Below threshold)
epador:

OregonMuse:

Not just SHARKS. MEGASHARKS! All low flying JumboJets need to beware!

For those who are not perce... (Below threshold)
epador:

For those who are not perceptually vertically challenged, NOTAMS through the FAA is where one looks up these things:

https://pilotweb.nas.faa.gov/PilotWeb/noticesAction.do

AIM HIGH! (what were they thinking when they came up with THAT one!?!)

Epador, Probably f... (Below threshold)
Brucepall:

Epador,

Probably from some educated derelict appointed civilian. I still remember Operation Allied Force - pronounced "OAF," and CINCUSNOW as in CINC-US-NOW (CINC's Commanders In Chief - pronounced SINKs, US - United States, NOW As in NOrth West)...some Admiral was put in charge of this Approach.

And they think us enlisted are too much of a box-of-rocks to get their sophistication BS. Pfffft.

Semper Fidelis-

Brucepall:In the U... (Below threshold)
epador:

Brucepall:

In the USAF there are plenty of folks flying desks who have developed the bureaucracy to idiotic heights to blame this stuff on without having to go civilian. Write your own OPR but it has to fill the entire box completely down to each space - blank space is a no no - was one of the most idiotic things I ran into. I am sure somewhere in the Pentagon is a USAF OIB - Office of Idiocy and Buffoonery.
AIM HIGH!
Hey, it does rhyme with Semper Fi! And it describes proper small arms training for the USAF officer. They are less likely to shoot themselves in the foot and likely to hit something more vital.

I hear ya Epador, we use to... (Below threshold)
Brucepall:

I hear ya Epador, we use to call em KOOKs -

(Keepers Of Odd Knowledge)

Semper Fidelis-

The other FUBAR (Fouled Up ... (Below threshold)
Brucepall:

The other FUBAR (Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition) thing I heard was the DOD (Department of Defense) has a SUSSDC - Secretary to the Under Secretary to the Secretary of Day Care.

Semper Fidelis-

Hey mpw280, I foll... (Below threshold)
Brucepall:

Hey mpw280,

I followed your link to uncinus.wordpress.com and I'll save you the trouble of following through. This is what I posted on their thread (Quote):

"So to summarize things up:

The angle of the observable engine infarction is directly proportional to the height of the plume divided by the refraction of the sun times the ambient temperature which must then be squared by the expanding vapor coefficient.

And you folks are telling me, "Dude, you got way too much time on your hands?"

Bwahahahahaha! (End Quote)

Oops, No sense of humor there at all...Dang.

Truth is: It's just something to do while I watch the scrolling numbers on the world's stock markets.

Semper Fidelis-

The latest news is that the... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

The latest news is that the missile was purchased at a gun show by a tea partier who was over reacting to the Glenn Beck show in his attempt to blow up the Left Coast;)

Next time, aim it toward Lo... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Next time, aim it toward Los Angeles.

Did anyone find the note, <... (Below threshold)

Did anyone find the note, "So long and thanks for all the fish."

Since the contrail didn't s... (Below threshold)
kalashnikat:

Since the contrail didn't spell out "Surrender Dorothy" we know it wasn't Nancy Pelosi...




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