Happy Hour


Mother, Mother Ocean

Mother, Mother Ocean, I've heard you call
Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall
You've seen it all, you've seen it all
Watched the men who rode you, switch from sails to steam
In your belly you hold the treasures, few have ever seen
Most of 'em dream, most of 'em dream
Yes, I am a pirate, two hundred year's too late
The cannons don't thunder, there's nothin' to plunder
I'm an over-forty victim of fate
Arriving too late, arriving too late


"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is."
―Yoda, to Luke Skywalker

Counted the Stars

Counted the stars on the 4th of July
Wishing we were rockets bursting in the sky
Talking about redemption and leaving things behind
I have these pictures and I keep these photographs
To remind me of a time
These pictures and these photographs
Let me know I'm doin' fine
We used to be so happy once upon a time
Once upon a time
But the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line
And the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Jury Duty.

Got the notice about three weeks ago. I had to show yesterday. Got picked.
Still get paid regular from work. Not too bad.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Funny one.

From my friend, Lana Taylor. This was on her Facebook page.
Terry Mercer
IRS Inspector

At the end of each tax year, the IRS office sends an inspector to audit the books of a local hospital. While the IRS agent was checking the books, he turned to the CFO of the hospital and said, "I notice you buy a lot of bandages. What do you do with the end of the roll when there's too little left to be of any use?"

"Good question," noted the CFO. "We save them up and send them back to the bandage company and every once in a while, they send us a free roll."

"Oh," replied the auditor, somewhat disappointed that his unusual question had a practical answer.

But on he went, in his obnoxious way. "What about all these plaster purchases? What do you do with what's left over after setting a cast on a patient?"

"Ah, yes," replied the CFO, realizing that the inspector was trying to trap him with an unanswerable question. "We save it and send it back to the manufacturer and every so often they will send us a free bag of plaster."

"I see," replied the auditor, thinking hard about how he could fluster the know-it-all CFO. "Well," he went on, "What do you do with all the remains from the circumcision surgeries?"

"Here, too, we do not waste," answered the CFO. "What we do is save all the little foreskins and send them to the IRS office, and about once a year they send us a complete prick."

Monday, February 27, 2012

Some Red Flag for you all

Got the pics finally! I think there are more coming. These were on the shared drive at work.
The Line

Falcon Maintainers: Smitty Pose!

Weapons Troops, Drizzy and Gonzo

John is the Crew Chief on the left. I am under the jet on the right. Doing our checks.

Skulls in the Break

Guess Who!
All in all it was a good trip. I would do it again.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cartoon Round Up....

From Theo Spark.........
Excellent as always.........

The rest are at the link right here: http://www.theospark.net/2012/02/cartoon-round-up_26.html

To Be 8 again!

Got this from a friend in North Dakota. Railroader.
A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, watching hiswife, who was looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she'd like tohave for her birthday.

'I'd like to be eight again', she replied, still lookingin the mirror .

On the morning of her Birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Coco Pops, and then took her to Adventure World theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the ScreamingRoller Coaster, everything there was.

Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down. He then took her to a McDonald's where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.

Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite
 candy, M&M's. What a fabulous adventure! 
Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted.
He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, 'Well Dear, what was it like being eight again?

Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed.
'I meant my dress size, you @*#*! retard!!!!'

The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is gonna get it wrong.

An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147

Argonauts. New and improved.
The Super Hornet is an awesome airplane. It can do the multi role thing. Air to air, air to ground and pass gas!
An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 - Click to expand

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Emmanuel Gedeon directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 onto catapult 2 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). VFA-147 is embarked aboard Ronald Reagan underway conducting carrier qualifications as part of a composite training unit exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord/Released
Photo source: US Navy
Link is here to see more pics of the Super Hornet at Air Attack.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Expectant Dad, Ex-Pastor, Newly Engaged Among Marines Killed in Crash

KTLA 5 had this today. Condolences to the families.

Six of the Marines were from Camp Pendleton, and one was from Yuma.

YUMA, Ariz. -- A mid-air helicopter collision that killed seven Marines is among the Corps' deadliest aviation training accidents.

Six Camp Pendleton-based Marines and a seventh stationed in Yuma, Ariz., were killed when two helicopters collided during a nighttime training exercise out of the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

From Blog Bud Buck at EIP: It Worked. Except For When It Didn't.

Various little tidbits for your perusal.
I do like the eye candy from the Ukraine. Especially the one he has showing at the post.......Sulty is a mild description IMHO. But we all know that line about opinions, do we not?
Detroit lost. I, as a fan of Les Habitants of Montreal............................do enjoy when the Evil Red Wings lose.......It is a double thing as my youngest daughter, Amanda is a Red Wings fan as well.
Kudos to Buck's Grandson, Sean.......just might be the beginning of a career.

I had to, OK!

A Classic from a friend

How's this for apocalyptic literature?
This was written by a pastor's wife in biblical prose as a commentary of current events. It is brilliant.

And it came to pass in the Age of Insanity
that the people of the land called America ,
having lost their morals, their initiative,
and their Will to defend their liberties,
chose as their Supreme Leader that
Person known as "The One."

He emerged from the vapors with a message that had no meaning;
but He Hypnotized the people telling them, "I am sent to save you."
My lack of experience, my questionable ethics, my monstrous ego,
and my Association with evil doers are of no consequence.
I shall save you With hope and Change. 
Go, therefore, and proclaim throughout the Land
that he who proceeded me is evil,
that he has defiled the nation,
And that all he has built must be destroyed.
And the people rejoiced,
For even though they knew not what "The One" would do,
he had promised That it was good; and they believed.
And "The One" said
" We live in the greatest country in the world.
Help me change everything about it!"
And the people said, "Hallelujah! Change is good!"
Then He said, "We are going to tax the rich fat-cats."
And the People said "Sock it to them!"
"And redistribute their wealth."
And The people said, "Show us the money!"
And the he said,
"Redistribution of wealth is good for everybody.."

And Joe the plumber asked, " Are you kidding me?
You're going to Steal my money and give it to the deadbeats??"
And "The One" Ridiculed and taunted him,
and Joe's personal records were hacked and publicized.
One lone reporter asked, "Isn't that Marxist policy?"
And she was Banished from the kingdom.
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Then a citizen asked, "With no foreign relations experience and
Having zero military experience or knowledge,
how will you deal with Radical terrorists?"
And "The One" said, "Simple. I shall sit with 
Them and talk with them and show them how nice we really are;
and they Will forget that they ever wanted to kill us all!" And the people
Said, "Hallelujah!! We are safe at last,
and we can beat our weapons Into free cars for the people!"

Then "The One" said "I shall give 95% of you lower taxes."
And one, Lone voice said, "But 40% of us don't pay ANY taxes.
" So "The One" Said, "Then I shall give you some of the taxes the fat-cats pay!"
And the people said, "Hallelujah! Show us the money!"
Then "The One" said, "I shall tax your Capital Gains when you sell Your homes!"
And the people yawned and the slumping housing market Collapsed.
And He said. "I shall mandate employer-funded health care
For every worker and raise the minimum wage.
And I shall give every Person unlimited healthcare and medicine
and transportation to the Clinics."
(And no Muslim shall pay for their share of healthcare.)
And the people said, "Give me some of that!"
Then he said, "I shall penalize employers who ship jobs overseas."
And the people said, "Where's my rebate check?"
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Then "The One" said,
"I shall bankrupt the coal industry and Electricity rates will skyrocket!"
And the people said, "Coal is Dirty, coal is evil, no more coal!
But we don't care for that part About higher electric rates.
"So "The One" said, Not to worry.
If Your rebate isn't enough to cover your expenses, we shall bail you out.
Just sign up with the ACORN and you troubles are over!"
Then He said, "Illegal immigrants feel scorned and slighted.
Let's Grant them amnesty, Social Security, free education, free lunches,
Free medical care, bilingual signs and guaranteed housing...
" And The people said, "Hallelujah!" and they made him king!

And so it came to pass that employers, facing spiraling costs
And Ever-higher taxes, raised their prices and laid off workers.
Others Simply gave up and went out of business
and the economy sank like unto
A rock dropped from a cliff.
The banking industry was destroyed.
Manufacturing slowed to a Crawl.
And more of the people were without a means of support.

Then "The One" said, "I am the "the One"- The Messiah –
and I'm here To save you!
We shall just print more money so everyone will have Enough!"
But our foreign trading partners said unto Him.
"Wait a Minute. Your dollar is not worth a pile of camel dung!
You will have to pay more...
And "The One" said, "Wait a minute.
That is unfair!!"
And the world said, "Neither are these other idiotic programs you have embraced.
Lo, you have become a Socialist state and a second-rate power.
Now you shall play by our rules!"

And the people cried out, "Alas, alas!! What have we done?"
But yea, verily, it was too late.
The people set upon The One
and spat upon him and stoned him, and his name was dung.
And the once mighty nation was no more;
and the once proud people were without sustenance or shelter or hope.
And the Change "The One" had given them was as like unto a poison
that had destroyed them and like a whirlwind that consumed all that they had built.

And the people beat their chests in despair and cried out in anguish,
"give us back our nation and our pride and our hope!!"
But it was too late, and their homeland was no more.

You may think this a fairy tale, but it's not. It's happening RIGHT NOW!

THIS really tells it like it is.
After reading it -- and before you go into the bathroom to throw-up –
forward it to your friends and those you know who care about our country
and what is happening to it under the rule of Commissar Obamanation.

P.S. -- Yeah, this is too true to be funny..
Tragic, but not funny; Tragic but true.

Thanks and a Hat Tip to James E. Frame at Facebook for this one.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Patrick wins pole for Nationwide race

Not a NASCAR fan. I admit it freely. I was as a younger man in HS, OK. Cale Yarborough in the 21 Ford Torino with the Wood Brothers in the pit. No restrictor plates, cookie cutter bodies and all that parity. Racing was R and D back when.
But this one must be getting to the hard core fans who also consider themselves "experts." I like it when those folks blow gaskets!

.....A day after being involved in a frightening accident racing in a Sprint Cup Series qualifying race, Patrick answered with the day’s best lap of 182.741 mph in the JR Motorsports No. 7 Go.Daddy.com Chevrolet, becoming only the second woman to ever win a NASCAR national series pole position and the first since Shawna Robinson in 1994.....

Drive4COPD 300 - Qualifying

Drive4COPD 300 - Qualifying

Gatorade Duel 1

And mighty good looking as well!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Palin: When does Karzai apologize for one of his troops killing two of our soldiers over the Koran-burning?

This one was at Hot Air.
The apologizer in chief is at it again.
I am so sick and tired of the effluent that flows from the Sand Crawler and his mouth piece, Jay "Stumbles" Carney.
That is all that we can expect from the Sand Crawler? As for Karzai........fuel-air warheads are a definite necessity here.
As Buck would possibly say...........time for The Diety at Hand to intervene and right the ship that is Our Republic.
Here is an excerpt........about the waste of sperm known as Jay Carney...........................

Jay Carney added a Romney-esque flourish by offering his own “severe apologies”during a White House gaggle this afternoon. He’d better be prepared to ramp up the adjectives tomorrow: Friday is, after all, the day of prayers, so if you think the uproar is insane now, wait until demonstrators reconvene after a morning of sermons about how demonic America is. Exit quotation from Eli Lake: “It would be nice if just once Afghans would protest how the Taliban kills innocents and sells drugs.”

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Gas price too high?  Thank the greens, Dems, and Clinton

We must add in the current maggot in the white house as well..........along with that shit bird salazar at interior.
It was at $4.219 for regular today in Cal City. Yesterday it was $4.019.
I blame Obama. No getting around it. His administration is detrimental to every thing we do in what was a normal life for most of us. What a low life.
And I saw a bit where he completely denies any and all culpability and responsibility. Sort of his MO, ain't it? A young man in the Armed Forces who behaved in this manner would be in the brig at a minimum for performance such as this.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Playing with the Blog...............again

..........and other tidbits from a shortened three day weekend.......
Saturday got ten hours of OT........$407.30 for the day. Not bad.
Sunday did some maintaining on The Missus' PT Cruiser. Got the wiring redone from the radiator fan to the switch I had to install a couple of years ago. Then did a lift support remove and replace on the rear door. Needs a few other little things to do yet but for her running around here and to the Commissary it is all up and up.
Today, did an oil change on the Titan. $44 and change. For a 7.5 Quart capacity not bad this day and age.
Finally got a new male Zebra Finch for the one we lost while we were in Vegas, yesterday.
Playing with the blog. I figured it needed some pizzaz. So, what the heck.
Did see the Ducks pull off another one yesterday evening.
We are headed down to the big towns to get wipers for both outfits, air filters and other sundry items not available out here in the desert scrub or at our friendly AAFES Base Exchange.
I do have a boring life at times, don't I? But it is all good.....................

Friday, February 17, 2012

From Primm to Bakersfield photo series - part one Continue reading on Examiner.com From Primm to Bakersfield photo series - part one

Was doing some goofing off and a bit of back and forth with a friend on Google+ about a place called ZzyZx Road. It really does exist.
Part Three of this article at The Examiner has some images of the exit signs for it.
It is out past Barstow, Yermo and Newberry Springs on both I-15 and I-40.
The article covers a trip goes by where I both live and work, in The Mojave Desert.

Continue reading on Examiner.com From Primm to Bakersfield photo series - part one - National America in Photos | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/america-photos-in-national/from-primm-to-bakersfield-photo-series-part-one#ixzz1mi6kB8tC

Baker water tower

Zzyzx Road sign

Wind farm in distance

My Desert. I love this place.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The 'Pompeii' of the Western Front: Archaeologists find the bodies of 21 tragic World War One German soldiers in perfectly preserved trenches where they were buried alive by an Allied shell

  • Men were killed when a huge Allied shell exploded above the tunnel in eastern France in 1918, causing it to cave in

  • Engineers find trench network 18ft beneath the surface near town of Carspach while excavating for a new road

  • Scene likened to Pompeii after skeletal remains found in same positions the men had been in at the time of the collapse

  • From the Daily Mail in the UK. 

  • Good read for all.

  • I do hope that the Commission in Germany finds living relatives to whom the remains can be returned to. These men deserve to be laid to rest with full honours.

  • Germans on the Western Front pose for a photo that shows the elaborate construction

  • Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2099187/Bodies-21-German-soldiers-buried-alive-WW1-trench-perfectly-preserved-94-years-later.html#ixzz1mCPj0aeH

    Hundreds strip down in Washington, DC for charity ‘Cupid’s Undie Run’ [SLIDESHOW]

    Mankinis and lingerie, red and pink body paint, and plenty of half-naked people — this was the scene of the annual “Cupid’s Undie Run” in Washington, D.C.
    More than 800 men and women showed off more than their athletic capabilities Saturday for the 1.5 mile run on Capitol Hill. Many stripped down to nearly nothing, wearing only Valentine’s Day underwear, bras, stockings, tutus and speedos.
    What started three years ago as just an idea between two roommates has since sparked a nationwide fundraiser that has spread to six cities and involved thousands of supporters.
    Founders and event organizers Bobby Gill, 28, and Brendan Hanrahan, 27, collaborated to raise money for suffers of neurofibromatosis (NF), a disease that causes noncancerous tumors to grow on the body’s nerves.
    The rest is at the link below............. 
    Plus a pic to persuade you to check it out. Having had a go around with cancer, I am all for this. Good on em.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/12/hundreds-strip-down-in-washington-dc-for-charity-cupids-undie-run-slideshow/#ixzz1mCBBht40

    Check out those socks! Yes, guys -- the SOCKS. "Cupid’s Undie Run" revelers braved the cold Saturday to raise money for neurofibromatosis research.

    Saturday, February 11, 2012

    Choosing Life and Beating the Odds: Accepting Down Syndrome

    From Cassy Chesser at PJ Media.
    "Ninety percent of babies with the diagnosis end up aborted. But that wasn't an option for me."
    This is an excellent read. It is about what transpired and how Cassy and Matt are dealing with the situation.
    I can't do it any justice. So read it yourself. 
    Prayers and Positive Waves to Cassy and Matt, if you please. 

    Canadiens–Maple Leafs rivalry

    Tonight on Hockey Night in Canada is the game. Montreal at Toronto.
    No longer played in such great venues as Maple Leaf Gardens or The Forum on St. Catherine's Street.
    Now the rivalry plays out in Air Canada Centre and Bell Centre. Centre de Bell and Centre de Air Canada.
    No Howie Meeker, Danny Galivan or Dick Irvine. Danny Galivan left us in 1993.
    But the rivalry is still there. Not as important as it once was in the grand scheme of things. English Canada vs. French Canada. Barry Melrose said that and he is from Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Been there as a kid for an air show.
    I am a Canadiens fan. Loved Jean Beliveau, The Flower, Mahovolich, Henri Richard, Dryden, Sevigny and Bunny Larocque. The Missus and I got to know Bunny's son, Stephan one winter in Wichita with the CHL Wichita Thunder.

    For forty years, Hewitt was Canada's premier hockey play-by-play broadcaster on Hockey Night in Canada, the first radio program widely listened to in Canada. He coined the phrase "he shoots, he scores!" and was also well known for his sign-on at the beginning of each broadcast, "Hello, Canada, and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland." (Newfoundland was an independent Dominion before joining Canada in 1949.)

    I remember that call on occasion in 68 on the radio when we first moved to Alberta. 
    This is our game.


    Want to stir the pot? You got it. (with several updates)

    My friend Dbie Johnson at FB had this up. Dbie is an Army Wife as is my Daughter in Law. Seems the regular Army Wife has issues with the Guard and Reserve. The Eldest Son is a Staff Sergeant in The Army Reserve. His job requires this. It is a Military Reserve Technician position in the Civil Service. He has to meet all the same criteria as his active brethren.
    I step down off the soap box and let this lady handle it. Awesome post and she is now on the blog roll.
    ....................excerpt for your perusal and to pique your curiosity...................

    The Vermont National Guard is just that, they are State Militia. The Hubs is a federal soldier. The National Guard spouses around here like to refer to themselves as ‘Army Wives’. They aren’t. I respect their significant others for the things that they do, but they are not, by any stretch of the imagination, soldiers. That being said, the Hubs is not a Marine, he is not a Sailor, he is not an Airman. He is a Soldier. A dog is not a cat, it’ll never meow.
    When you try to explain this to a Guard spouse, they get defensive, and often times throw a huge fit.
    My husband is a soldier, he got deployed, just like yours!
    I agree, your husband got deployed just like mine, but when he came home, he got to go back to a normal civilian life. When my husband got home, he still had to put on his ACUs and go to work, as a soldier.
    I agree, your husband got deployed, just like mine, but when he came home, he knew he wouldn’t get deployed again for at least another four years, in which time he probably wouldn’t have re-upped his contract. When my husband got home, he knew he could turn around and get deployed again. Period.
    My husband is a soldier, he has to go to drill!
    Yup. One weekend a month, two weeks a year.
    Now, having spent four years as an active duty Soldier, and four years in the Virginia Army National Guard, I must take issue with Precious Cupcake and her petty arrogance.
    Just who the bleeding, snorkeling fuck does she think she is?

    Thursday, February 02, 2012

    Update on The Missus

    She is back here at the hotel, asleep. The surgery went well. The Doc said it went better than he anticipated considering the severity of the break.
    So tomorrow, I should go to the line and do my thing in the morning.
    Then it is get ready to head home and arrange for follow ups.

    Wednesday, February 01, 2012

    A picture is worth a thousand words

    It has a great caption all of it's own.
    I cannot add anything to it, at all.
    Need I say more..............
    I will not go down and tell my children I didn't have the courage, the conviction, the commitment or the character to fight for this country...Don't go home and let your children down~~ LTC Allen West

    Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

    ‎"Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum.("Therefore, he who desires peace, let him prepare for war")" from "Epitoma Rei Militaris," by Vegetius (Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus)