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


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Generals Say Troops Understand Need for Pay Cuts

Found this little item this morning.
Makes one go Hmmmmmmmmm.
"Personnel officials from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and the Department of Defense met with the House Armed Services' Military Personnel subcommittee to talk about cuts to pay and benefits the Pentagon is proposing for its upcoming budget.
These include a smaller pay raise -- 1 percent raise, an average 5 percent reduction in housing allowances, and higher health care fees for some retirees."
As a resident of a state where the dependent-entitled population is very high, I wonder when and if those things are even being considered for cuts. But then that would cause harm to the voting base of those legislators who like the paychecks and benefits of being the "Ruling Elite."
A lot of us busted our tails for twenty or more years and now we are almost to the point of being second class citizens.
Just the way I see things lately.
More is at the link.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Retention Woes?


Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Brampton Beast: Life in hockey’s wilderness

Found the link to this on the Central Hockey League website. Interesting piece on life in AA Hockey. It was actually from The Toronto Star.
"Two levels below the NHL and a world away from its glamour, the members of the Central Hockey League's Brampton Beast ply their trade for a modest salary. While some players hang on to faint NHL dreams, for many, getting paid to play the game they love is their fantasy come true. The Star travelled with the Beast on a recent bus trip to Moline, Ill., to find out what life is like for minor-pro hockey players on the road and what drives the players to stay in the game."
Click the link and read the whole story. It is quite good.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Yeah! I would ride in that! World’s Biggest Aircraft Is Funded by Iron Maiden’s Frontman

Pretty Cool Concept.

"It looks like a sketch from Howard Hughes’ notebooks, but this massive air ship is real, and currently the biggest aircraft ever produced. It can also be remote-controlled and land on water. And the lead singer of Iron Maiden is an investor.
The HAV 304 “Airlander” is just over 300 feet long. That’s nearly 60 feet longer than a Boeing 747, 80 feet longer than the Spruce Goose, and 30 feet longer than the Antonov An-225, the previous title-holder for the world’s largest aircraft.
The flying leviathan was produced by British aeronautics firm Hybrid Air Vehicles, and it’s being considered for commercial and rescue applications–at around $100 million each."
Think of the places one could go in something like this.

Airlander 1

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Air Force releases report on refueling tanker that crashed in Kyrgyzstan in 2013 Wichita Eagle

From Today's Eagle.
Sad thing that happened.

"An Air Force KC-135 refueling tanker that crashed in Kyrgyzstan last year lost its tail, then its right wing, in an uncontrollable high-speed dive before exploding in mid-air, the Air Force said during a report of the findings Thursday.
The 50-year-old tanker had been based at Wichita’s McConnell Air Force Base. Its crew was from Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Wash."

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2014/03/13/3344195/air-force-releases-report-on-refueling.html#storylink=cpy

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Niece is getting married-Official Engagement Pictures

Ashlee Marie Luque and Michael Quick..........Dusty in here all of a sudden. This is one Special Young Lady to Missus ORPO and I.................................

Jeepers, I am getting old.........................

From The Hometown: Brewery to open in Havre - Havre Daily News

The hometown is in the Craft Brew Business. Amazing.

I wish them the best!

Brewery to open in Havre - Havre Daily News

Sunday Morning Coffee

Replete with Tigger Mug filled with Cascade Pride Java Rocket...............
MMMMMMM GOOOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have A Great Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

You Gotta Be Shitting Me! The Story of the first U.S. SAM-hunters in Vietnam

You Gotta Be Shitting Me! The Story of the first U.S. SAM-hunters in Vietnam

"In addition to be the first of the so called “Century Series” fighters and the first U.S. Air Force plane able to reach supersonic speed in level flight, the North American F-100 Super Sabre was also the first of the Wild Weasel aircraft." I fixed the spelling error.......................


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bob Hoover to receive Outstanding Aviator Award

Saw this one on the web this morning....................The man could do things with a P-51 and a Shrike Commander that were simply amazing!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Making Fun of Wolf Bltizer


CNN has confirmed that last evening in our nation's very capital, around sunset, the sun disappeared for several hours, only to reappear thousands of miles off course from its previous known location early this morning around dawn. We will stay on this breaking crisis around the clock with Wolf Blitzer screaming his own opinions at numerous experts in the guise of questions.

"The loss of the sun would be disastrous for world financial markets," says Wolf Blitzer, CNN's Senior Alzheimer Anchor, "clearly, the U.S. is under attack, most likely by the Borneans, since it has been widely reported that while the sun was missing, many saw it hiding in the sky over Borneo..."
Stay tuned for more of CNN's comprehensive coverage of this critical crisis after we sell you some toothpaste, car insurance, and air fresheners...

Sunday, March 09, 2014

The Hi-Line

Actually this could apply to all of Montana east of the Front Range.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Repost from Buck: A Re-Run of a Different Sort

I was going to have one today....................Buck is better at it than me. So here it is.............
Good Lord I do miss the man...............
"We... the collective we, all of us... lost a good man two years ago today.  It's hard, nay, impossible to adequately describe the impact Carroll "Lex" LeFon's death had on the milblogging community and beyond.  But let me try:"............Buck Pennington.

Rule 5, Faith Hill

She did this one with Carlos Santana....................Awesome................................

Monday, March 03, 2014

Mad Dog Mattis


Saturday, March 01, 2014

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)