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, December 30, 2012

Sunday Kipling from The Warrior Class

'The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because He loves what is behind him.' -G. K. Chesterton

 "Angutivaun Taina"
 Song of the Returning Hunter (Esquimaux)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Giving back and more…Meet MSGT Shayne Meder USAF (Ret)

The Retired Master Sergeant is a Facebook friend of mine. I got to see some of her work when I was at the 2102 MCAS Miramar Air Show in October.
There are some really nice pics at the link. Enjoy!
BTW, any of you airplane fans might want to add the Photorecon site to your favourites list. I did.

Shayne Meder 1

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas from The ORPO Clan! Crash Test Dummies and The First Noel

From the Great Plains of South Central Kansas to all  my few followers and readers everywhere, We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and A Splendid New Year!

When Santa at the Mall Is Jewish – Forward.com

Got this little piece from a friend of mine in Chicago. Melissa is Jewish and has been helping me reestablish my own relationship with my faith.
All the credit is hers. I think all will enjoy the story at the link. 
When Santa at the Mall Is Jewish – Forward.com

Taliban Bingo

A rather funny little photograph for your enjoyment.

It's Funny!

Sunday, December 23, 2012


Just found out today about this.
It is a few months old as we just found out.
Mark and I were in The Argonauts of VA-147 together.
One of the guys came up with a pic that was taken on The Good Ship Kitty Hawk when we were on our World Cruise during the Shellback Initiation.
Here it is.

AD3 Mark Carroll tying his boot on a spotting dolly. The CO and I are behind him.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Polish air force retires last An-2 transport

This was at Flight Global.
I do get to see one of these at Edwards AFB from time to time. It shows up for the USAF Test Pilot School.
These are amazing airplanes. Sixty years of service!

Polish air force Antonov An-2

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejewelled trees, Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, “Merry Christmas” to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a crib, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her: “How could God let something like this happen?” (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said: “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”

In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbour as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said okay.

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.

If not, then just discard it.... no one will know you did. But if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

We Owe Our Mothers .... My mother taught me about CHOICE. "Do you want me to stop this car?"

We Owe Our Mothers ....
1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE .
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside.. I just finished cleaning."
2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."
3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
4. My mother taught me LOGIC.. "Because I said so, that's why."
5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC . "If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."
6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
7. My mother taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."
8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS .
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."
9. My mother taught me about CONTORTION-ISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"
10. My mother taught me about STAMINA ..
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."
11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."
12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"
13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.."
14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION .
"Stop acting like your father!"
15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."
16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."
17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING .
"You are going to get it when you get home!"
18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."
19. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"
20. My mother taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."
21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT .
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."
22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."
23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"
24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."
And my favorite:
25. My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you !"

Only you folks my age understand these profound statements!!!

But, there is one missing from this list~~my personal all time favorite!!

My mother taught me about CHOICE.
"Do you want me to stop this car?"

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A note from the road

We rolled out of Cal City yesterday at mid day. Due to the necessities of travel we ended up only as far as Kingman AZ. Today we got to Grants NM. It was snowy on the Arizona Divide to Flagstaff. Cold......................
Then there was stopping at the Indian stores along I 40 looking for gifts for grandchildren.
Posting when possible.........................................................

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Guest Post: On the Tragedy in Newtown CT

My friend Jennifer Myers Soliz had this one up on her Facebook page this morning.
It's go folks, regardless of your values and belief systems. Just a Mom and her views.

Oh. My. Goodness. Someone make the stupidity stop! I have seen video games, psych drugs, autism, working parents, public school, lack of gun control, and even God blamed for what happened yesterday. Just stop! I know we are all searching for answers after so many children and adults are slaughtered. I get that. It's beyond our abil
ity to comprehend because we are not mass murderers. Folks- I'm not going to pretend to be some philosopher with all the answers. I don't know why God allowed this to happen. I don't have spiritual eyes- I'm still here on earth. I won't see the spiritual forces until I get to the other side. This much I know: I absolutely believe the Bible- for more reasons than I can type with my thumbs on an FB status. That means I believe in unseen angels - some work for Almighty God and some for Satan. I believe in personal choice and responsibility. We choose to be swayed by good or evil. This mass murderer chose evil. Now- feeding young minds a constant diet of violence, sex etcetera is going to make them weaker against those forces, but don't blame music, movies, video games for all of that. They are about supply and demand. If people demand trash and are willing to pay for it, business will supply it. Don't blame psych drugs- some folks have chemical imbalances and they need those meds to live a somewhat normal life. I'm VERY pro natural, but sometimes our bodies need help. Don't blame guns- murders, rapes, robberies happen all the time without guns! I've worked with some criminals as I've walked this strange life of mine. Not a single one of them said they refused to have a gun because the gun was illegal. Funny thing about criminals- they don't seem to obey the law. Smh. And blaming God? I've seen comments that God was allowed in church where kids were molested, Hitler was a Christian, what God are we praying to who would allow this to happen, etc. *sigh* I'm not wanting to get into a long debate (and don't get long winded in the comments about it either as I know a few of you can) or details, but quite simply you either believe Christ died and rose again or you don't. You either believe God loves you (and He does) or you don't. I pray and hope that you do. Message me if you want to talk about it! God doesn't dictate that we follow Him. I believe the murders yesterday were of a person with a depraved heart. I will continue to pray for the first responders, families, loved ones, CT, and our nation. But taking the weapons away from law abiding citizens, meds away from those who need them, and blaming God are not the answers. May God comfort our nation, and may souls seek Him in the midst of this horror.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Rule 5 Patti Ann Browne

The Fox at Fox News.
That is all.

Presented with no further comment..................................................................
Credit goes to Reaganite Republican..........

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Updated this morning: Family Tragedy: UPDATE: Janesville police release name of woman killed in apparent homicide -- GazetteXtra

The cause of death has been determined to be strangulation.
This is not supposed to happen in our family.............................It can happen to anyone............
The Missus is coping............................................................

The deceased is the cousin of Missus ORPO.
Prayers, please.
ORPO sends.
UPDATE: Janesville police release name of woman killed in apparent homicide -- GazetteXtra

Police say a Janesville woman found dead in the Fourth Ward was at the home of her estranged husband. According to a news release, Janesville police report that they found Tracy L. Moyer, 46, dead of an apparent homicide early today inside a house in the 300 block of West Racine Street.
According to a news release from the Janesville Police Department, police found Moyer dead in the home of her estranged husband, Krystopher R. R. Carlisle.
Carlisle was in the house too, and police reported he was in "medical distress." Carlisle is being treated at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, where he was in critical condition with undisclosed medical problems, a nurse supervisor at the hospital said.

The Missus' Aunt said this................is not supposed to happen in our family.........

Illegal immigrant gets kidney. For Free?

Really? Fucking Really!?!?!?!
This no good god damned wet gets one on the taxpayer's dime and I still have an empty space where my left kidney used to be?
What in the Fuck is going on? Would someone care to enlighten me? Please, some no good piece of shit liberal needs to answer up! This is fucking despicable on so many levels.
First and Foremost, I have actually done something for this country and this fucking criminal gets a free kidney and the care that requires?
That god damned, no good fucking camel jockey in the white house and his fucking no good minions in the cabinet are to blame. There is no excuse for this shit at all!
20 Fucking Years of Loyal and Dedicate Service to The Republic and this Shit is allowed to happen?

Illegal immigrant gets kidney

Middle East Facts & Fiction: Interview With a Biblical Scholar.

This was at Facebook by my friend Lainie Sloane from just over the hill in Valencia CA.
She is a contributor and member of the Politi-Chicks site here in California.
As always, make up your own mind.
I told her that I would put it up here and at Among The Joshua Trees.
Middle East Facts & Fiction: Interview With a Biblical Scholar

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Locomotive Pr0n

From the Rail Pictures site.
The Norfolk Southern has this SD60E painted up in honour of all Veterans of The Armed Forces of The United States of America.
I salute the Norfolk Southern Railway!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Navy admiral hints at jettisoning F-35 fighter - Washington Times


Washington Times from July. With the arresting hook being a bit short and other such problems, one does have to wonder.
But keep in mind that it is from July and the Aide has his take on the situation as well.
As always, make up your own mind.

Navy admiral hints at jettisoning F-35 fighter - Washington Times

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Bob Costas addresses 'mistake' and gun control

 Curious case of foot in mouth disease. I quit watching the NFL fifteen years ago. No longer entertaining. More posturing and spectacle than anything.
That being said, we know he was a 'quality' sportscaster. I have had issues with his views though. I guess he and Whitlock have a clouded view of reality. Seems the football player had some issues. Sadly those lead to the death of a young lady.
No mention of anything resembling personal responsibility or accountability at all.
The link is to USA Today. It is a fish wrap that I do not read at all.

Bob Costas addresses 'mistake' and gun control

Monday, December 03, 2012

Sit Rep Update Part 1

The drought is over. I am the proud owner of a brand spanking new Acer Aspire One. It is a smaller laptop but I am digging it already. I have already loaded Firefox as my browser.
I am back, Ladies and Gentlemen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Sit Rep

To all: My laptop took a major powder a couple of days ago. Blogging will be very sparse. This is not any fun at all. So I ask all to bear with me, please?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Not your typical Rosie the Riveter.

My buddy, Nate Wilburn had this at Politically Incorrect Aircraft Nuts Organization on Facebook. A history lesson and a single Rule 5 pic to go with it.
Norma Jeane’s first job was working for Radioplane Corporation, where she had various duties. She mounted propellors, helped make parachutes, and also worked on painting the side of fuselages. In the Spring of 1945, the US Army’s 1st Motion Picture Unit sent photographer David Conover to the Radioplane Corporation to take pictures of the Women in War Work. He wrote a book about it all called Finding Marilyn: A Romance(This was during World War II, and Norma Jeane was one of many women who worked at factories all over the USA to help with the war effort.) David Conover was instructed to get pictures of pretty women at work for the soldiers abroad. He spotted young Norma Jeane, and the rest is history…

No more 'Dirty Jobs' on Discovery

From the LA Times.
I truly enjoyed this show. It is one of my all time favourites.............
Mike Rowe and Dave Barsky became a team that made us laugh.

Mike Rowe
Mike Rowe took the normal, mundane, dirty and repetitive and turned it into an American Icon.

Thanksgiving memories Guest Post Linkage

At Pixie Place II. My sister's blog.
Thanksgiving Memories from 1965.
On the wide open prairies of Southern Alberta.
I do miss that place.
In a way, I am Canadian. It will never leave me.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Thanksgiving from a different time and I wasn't even there!

My Shipmate and Dear Friend Donald L. Locke had this on the Argonaut page at Facebook today. 
I miss that little blue D50 that is mentioned in the story.............It was one helluva good little four wheel drive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I remember Donald's CJ as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
VA 147 Work Center 230 Thanksgiving
This is a no Shitter it was November 1987 in June we returned from the taking the USS Kitty Hawk on her World Cruise, more recently returned from a short det to Luke AFB playing war games with the Air Force (that is a another story). Now we wanted some fun, Thanksgiving was just around the corner my guys and I were debating what we were going to do for the holiday. We were the Night Check Ordnance shop and Ordies always know how to have fun. So AO3 Goldstrom (Goldie), AOAN Adams (Booger), Radar from the AE shop two others and myself AO1 Locke ( my old timers is kicking in and I can not remember the name of the others sorry) after some brain storming we decided we would go camping and cook our Thanksgiving dinner on a camp fire. I had a 350 cid powered 76 CJ5, Booger had a full time four wheel drive CJ7 let’s go four wheeling. Three hours south on Interstate 5 is Frazier Park just west of there is Mt Pinos ORV Park this is the place. So for the next couple of weeks we gather our gear and planned the menu things were looking good. That is until I was showing off in my CJ and twisted the out put shaft off flush with the transfer case. The really bad news it would not be ready before our trip. My good buddy AMH1 Glenn Cassel comes to the rescue. He let me loaned me his Dodge D50 Ram with a few do’s and don’ts. Last night of work I let Chief Rhodes night check Maintenance Chief where we were going he wasn’t sure the woods would be safe with that many AO’s on the loose. We had all better be back to work Monday night in one piece. The next morning we were loaded . Goldie was riding with me the others with Booger. The camp site I was headed to was 30 minutes of easy four wheeling from the main entrance. About 20 minutes later Booger was falling behind finding a spot I pulled over. About this time Booger CJ started bouncing down the trail out of control slamming into the side of the mountain. Doors flew open bodies came flying out Booger had passed gas everyone was dying. After this Booger was no longer allowed to drive. We made to the campsite without any more trouble. Setting up the campsite was going along fine when Radar tells me Goldie had cut his finger really bad. The OD rag wrapped around his finger was now becoming bright red. With Goldie in the Ram Frazier Park was the next stop. I was hoping there would be a Clinic open that took Champus or Bakersfield would be the next stop. To our luck we found a Clinic open. Walking up the window I explained to the nurse we were sailors from NAS Lemoore and my friend had almost cut his finger off. One look at Goldie’s finger we were in the back I was filling out the paperwork Goldie getting 20 plus stitches. When we returned the guys had the camp up and the mess deck was open. The rest of the weekend was spent four wheel’n just having fun with shipmates. We headed back on Saturday. 10 miles from the base I got pulled over for doing 60 in a 55 zone so I figured coming back with a ticket, Goldie’s 20 plus stitches the woods had survived the AO invasion. This Holiday will always rate one of the very best for me.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

OLD SCHOOL MAN: Gran Torino and the 31 Old School Man Habits of Walt Kowalski

My Friend and one of our Fellow Lexicans had this link at Facebook this morning.
Got some of those things I remember from Dad, Uncles, Great Uncles and those Dads of my childhood friends.
Perhaps we need a return to these again?
I thought it might be interesting to all of you out there, in the 'sphere.
I found it to be so.
The link is right here:  http://www.deathvalleymag.com/2010/04/20/gran-torino-and-the-31-old-school-man-habits-of-walt-kowalski/#more-3675
I am going to have to book mark the Death Valley Magazine for further reference.
BTW, Kanani is over on the blogroll, http://kitchendispatch.blogspot.com/

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Registered User is now in effect for comments

I got one of those robot comments today.
No choice on the tightening of things.
If you are Google/Blogger account holders and are also using OpenID, you are good. 
I apologize for the inconvenience.

Rule 5 News Special Report: Lebanese Loreleis « The Camp Of The Saints

Rule 5 News Special Report: Lebanese Loreleis « The Camp Of The Saints

Haifa Wehbe..........
 I had to have some eye candy this weekend. 

Tom Wolfe's California by Michael Anton, City Journal Autumn 2012

 Saw this on the City Journal Site.
Sort of a history lesson as well.
There are some good articles here and I recommend it. That is just my view, ya know.
If it were not for the idiots who elect the idiots in Sacramento, this would be an awesome place to live.
I admit that I like it where I live and work. The Mojave Desert is a beautiful place. I also have the Mountains to the West and South that I see every day. The Ocean is but three hours away. One can, if so inclined, snow ski or snow board in the morning and surf in the afternoon. The Colorado River is three hours away. Just from where I am located.
I enjoy my drive to work every day................
Always remember the idiots in Sacramento.

"There is, in California, an inherent strangeness that has always attracted loners, dreamers, and outliers. Hemmed in on all sides by mountains, forests, deserts, and the sea, California is an island in every sense but the literal, with its own distinct climate, air, soil, flora, and fauna. Geographically and culturally, California is a world unto itself."

 "The first white man to lay eyes on it was the Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who anchored in San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542. It was more than 200 years before a party of religious ascetics finally returned, bent on saving souls. The first settlement they built, Mission San Diego de Alcalá, was 1,500 miles from the colonial capital of Mexico City, a four-month trek on foot through treacherous desert. Over the next 50 years, the Franciscan friars managed to crawl their way north, one mission at a time, 21 in all, each a day’s walk from the next. And walking was necessary, at least northbound. The prevailing winds on the coast blow from the north-northwest, and the California Current streams south virtually every day of the year. Sailing “downhill” is, to this day, a breeze and a blast; north is a miserable business. Rather than beating relentlessly upwind, the Spanish in Mexico would head to their more important possession, the Philippines, all the way across the Pacific, and recross the ocean to visit California on the return trip. Well before the term was invented to describe Australia in the age of sail, California was afflicted by the “tyranny of distance.” Only the mildness of the weather and the abundance of the land mitigated what was, in every other respect, a hard, lonely life. Naturally, it drew a certain kind of man—and they were all men."

Tom Wolfe's California by Michael Anton, City Journal Autumn 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Nobody Asked Me...: A little Navy Humor...

Nobody Asked Me...: A little Navy Humor...

A Seaman saying, "I learned this in Boot Camp..."

A Petty Officer saying, "Trust me, sir..."

A Lieutenant JG saying, "Based on my experience..."

A Lieutenant saying, "I was just thinking..."

A Chief chuckling, "Watch this shit..."

The rest is at the link. Many thanks to the Old NFO.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Greg Gutfeld: Conservatives Must Fight the 'Tyranny of Cool'

Greg Gutfeld. Spot on.
I read this at work on my lunch break. The AF will not let me access my own blogs. Rat. Bastards.
I had to wait till I was at home.

"..............................The Joy of Hate focuses on the hypocrisy of modern tolerance — that it thinly disguises a growing, acceptable intolerance for the things that made America super-awesome. The origin of this phony intolerance springs from one source: the desire to be cool. Everything done in life these days springs from a fear of dorkiness. I called this "dorkophobia," and every time you use it, I get three dollars. Despite the fact that it’s the uncool who make the trains run on time, it's the cool to get the cred. The definition of cool: mass popularity without much achievement. It's how Obama got elected. Ask anyone who voted for him, "Why did you do it?" and the convoluted, wide-eyed answer will ultimately be translated into: "He's cool and that other guy wasn't." The media pushed this to the hilt; and much of the public bought it; giving stuff away is cool — especially when it's others people stuff — and perceived as philanthropic.
So what is perceived as cool, when it's really the opposite?
- Bureaucrats spawned in teacher's lounges chiseling at your income, to the cheers of a pliant media
- Creating dependency as a romantic lifestyle, independent of achievement
- Ridiculing women, minorities, and gays who reject the culture of dependency
- Fake work that doesn't require building, moving or doing things. In 2008, a community organizer beat a war hero who spent years in a prison camp. Apparently that's cool.
- Movements that reject American values in favor of American guilt (Occupy)
- Anti-Americanism as a needy appeasement to our international adversaries
- Hero worship of celebrities based on artificial edginess (Johnny Depp is not really a pirate)
- Destroying things. Did Pete Townsend ever think of the maid as he trashed his 25th hotel room?
- Victimhood. The elevation of the David and Goliath myth as a universal storyboard dictating that evil can be good, as long as it's smaller than the good. If America was a house, the left would root for the termites.
- Code words. Language that aptly describes things is uncool. However, euphemisms created to avoid hurting the feelings of our adversaries is not. Hence, Ft. Hood terror is workplace violence. Which, I guess that makes Hurricane Sandy a pool party.
- Talking about your identity. If you're gay, bisexual, transgendered, Raelian, or Eskimo, chances are I'll hear about it. If you are less proud of what you do than who you do then you're considered cool.
Where does the tyranny of the cool begin?....................................."
 The rest is at the link to the post at Breitbart.

Tyranny of Cool. That is some description. When reading the list in the piece, one does go hmmmmmm. OK, I did, anyway.
To me it comes down to dependency is now 'cool.' When I was a kid in North Central Montana, life on a good day was tough at times. My Dad hunted to keep the freezer full. Both of my folks worked. A movie on Saturday was two bits. A Coke was a nickel.
Cool? No concept. Now being a real burden on the rest of us is cool. Got to wonder about shit now days. I do know that my Lee Precision Press is going to get used finally. Take that as you may.
The Rant is now over.
God save us because the idjits inside the beltway sure as hell won't.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Disgusting and sad: War memorial defaced with jihadist graffiti on Veterans Day

Seems that the deeds of The Canadian Armed Forces are not popular with a segment of the population in Toronto.
This was in The Daily Mail today:

Vandals defaced a war memorial with jihadist graffiti just hours after Veterans Day services were held at the site.
The vandal scrawled 'Canada will burn; Praise Allah' in black marker pen across a memorial sculpture in Coronation Park, Toronto.
It came just a few hours after anti-war protesters interrupted the two minute silence during the ceremony at Toronto's Old City Hall Sunday morning by chanting slogans.
Clean up: Council workers inToronto scrub jihadist graffiti off a war memorial in Coronation Park
Clean up: Council workers in Toronto scrub jihadist graffiti off a war memorial in Coronation Park

In my views, the West should treat the Muslims in the manner in which Japan does. They have very tough restrictions on them. I read that last night. When I find it, I will post it.
Now it could have been any hippy, liberal, dependent anti war scum and not Muslim Jihadists. But were I a betting man...............................................
Full story is at the link below.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month - Conservative News

The 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month - Conservative News
 On the evening of November 10th, 1918, General John J. Pershing – overall commander of the American Expeditionary Force in France – issued out his orders for the next day. They were for continued and unrelenting attack throughout the American sector of the line. Though the announcement had already been made to all units that a Cease Fire was to take effect at 11:00 am that following day, few had faith in its realities; General Pershing included. History tells us, however, that on that momentous day – at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month – the guns did indeed fall silent for the first time in four years and four months. With that general armistice of hostilities, the First World War effectively drew to a conclusion. It had cost some 13 million lives, the greatest tragedy the world had yet seen, and it made a permanent mark on the generation that had experienced it.
For the rest of the article, hit the link above.

The 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month

Veteran's Day

To all.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Turn Them Over: Feinstein Moves To Ban ALL Assault Rifles, High Capacity Magazines, and Pistol Grips

I have always said this woman is a traitor. I hold to that even more so after this. It is the simple and unvarnished truth.
She has as a trademark of her tenure in the senate a track record of attacks on individual liberties.
Always remember this, Dianne Feinstein is a Traitor. Nothing else matters. She should be arrested and tried by a court of law.
She has failed to uphold that most critical part of the oath of office. That is to "preserve and protect the Constitution of The United States, against all enemies, foreign and domestic." This does, give aid and comfort to our enemies.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

James Pisano at Google Plus on the election yesterday

Here's what I'm seeing from what happened last night:

1. The American people have spoken. Although I do not believe Conservatism is a minority mentality in America, what is exposed through the evidence from yesterday's election is that Conservatives are not well represented, and thus will not be able to well represent Americans in its political endeavours. This needs to change if America is going to become a powerful leader on the world stage again, instead of a complicit follower.

2. Americans, as a whole, do not understand the damage that has been done to our ability to sustain ourselves as a Nation. We've forgotten what self reliance means, and have traded hard work and dignity in for revenge politics a la Valarie Jarrett, David Axelrod and President Obama. America, to our dismay, has shown that the sensationalism of the dirty political game is what makes them happy.

3. We, as a Nation, are in for a devaluation of the dollar as a world currency. The world, as we know it, will begin to stop trading commodities in our currency and we will begin to see a downward spiral into banana republic status as we continue to try to print our way out of the obligations Keynesian fiscal policies will create for our progeny, and theirs. America will see its credit rating dropped from the As and we will become the biggest Greece this world has ever known. The rest of the world will be forced to cut us off for fear of our failure taking us down with them.

4. Because the House remained in GOP control and the Senate did not change control we will see a perpetual Continuing Resolution built on a 2009 budget baseline that included over $1T in spending that was intended to be temporary. Instead of what President Obama promised in a reduction of our National Debt and reduction of our Deficit Spending we will see at least $5T more added to our debt with $1.3T/yr deficit spending per year until Obama leaves office.

5. There will be continued attacks on the non-governmental institutions that have helped define what it means to be an American. The Constitution will see attack after attack as Justice Ginsburg retires and two more lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court are appointed by President Obama and Harry Reid. These appointments will be divisive, have defined designs on their personal interpretations of the Constitution and what it means in terms of how the Government can control the individual and the individual entity. We will see an increased fervor from those already in our Government for Command and Control governance, where the regulatory state will determine your outcome regardless of the legal ramifications of your actions within your state of residency. If you wish to succeed it will be at the behest of the Government, not because of your desire to do so.

6. Iran will be emboldened by our inability to throw off the shackles of tyranny which bind us to our fate. Ahmadinejad will see this election as akin to what happened in 2009 in Tahrir Square through violence and unproductive demonstration against a totalitarian regime, and recognize our unfulfilled will to oust a dictatorial despot as further evidence that we do not possess the means to prevent him from developing a nuclear device. Iran will reach that goal or Israel will be forced to stop them, and they will have to do so on their own. This will spark the powder keg that is the Middle East into what could very well become the catalyst to WW3. Under President Obama we will not be prepared to protect ourselves or our allies, and we will not be prepared to feed and power ourselves without the rest of the world's resources available for our purchase because the Command and Control state will not allow for continued domestic energy and agricultural development.

7. Because the President and those in the Senate will see their continued status in power as a mandate from the people for them to lead us to their designs of what this Nation should be we will see massive increases in taxes for the wealthy and what is known as the upper middle class. Those who have means will leave this country for nations friendlier to their wealth, and those who do not have means will suffer at the hands of a Nation that does not value their productivity as much as it values punishing it through wealth redistributive measures. Those who are in the so-called middle class will find it harder to succeed, and those who are poor will become poorer still. There will be a rash of selling of stock and a retraction from the market by those who have capital but are unwilling to spend it in anticipation of the increased taxation that will come beginning in 2013 and continue with the implementation of ObamaCare.

We're in for a very rough four years, everyone. If you measure our Nation's success in terms of the unemployment numbers and GDP, both are in store for a respective downturn as those who produce begin to find new markets to move their productive activities into. War will not become a thing of the past, and we will see many more instances where Libya's failures will become the norm.

We have been shown to be the moral minority. That doesn't need to be our death knell, but at present it will be discouraging. Do not despair. When confronted with the truths about Conservatism in the face of the lies of Liberalism and outside of the echo chamber that is the mainstream media, the American People invariably choose the former over the latter. We have to find a way to cleanse the GOP of those less than upstanding examples of who and what we stand for, and better educate those who are willing to listen. Our message is clear, but the minds of those receptive to it are not, and the hearts of those who would co-opt our souls for avarice and power are all too common.

This is not the end, everyone. It is a beginning. Fight Club and the Dogs of War are not dead. Eventually Americans will realize what they've done to themselves. Once they do we will be there to help guide them out of the dark and into the light that is Freedom, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

My two cents starts here.
 I freely admit this, I am not very happy with what occurred last night. There have been many reports of improprieties around the country. I think the process was compromised in several locations. I will wait and see if there are proper investigations into such activity. I do have this little bit from a friend of mine in Madera County, California.
"In Madera County, voters were given TWO ballots for POTUS. I know...I vote in Madera Co. THAT is how obama won...double-voting." Pam McKinney.

"ABSOLUTE VOTER FRAUD. Across the board/across the nation. Look toward the union thugs. Remember, the Election Depts in YOUR county are run by government workers, the socialist democrats, the union members. In Madera County where 89% of the population is Mexican (and a LOT of them illegals), they were given TWO ballots. I KNOW. Republican Congressmen had better form an investigative committee and have every single democrat signature checked for legitimacy and then count the signatures against ballots. There WILL be more ballots than signatures." Pam McKinney.

Remember, this is a state that actively supports and coddles illegal aliens over and above the citizens. The Democrats, as they are called, are directly responsible for this. Governor Brown needs to be held accountable as well along with our Attorney General. That individual, Kamala Harris is a Card Carrying Member of the American Communist Party. Nuff said there.

After the shameful manner in which the voting was handled in many locals along with the blind faith of those who voted for a second term for the Current Occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, I will no longer give any respect to Barack Obama. To me he is a pretender, usurper and a charlatan. 
I am now considering liquidation of assets and heading to Belize. 

The unintended consequences are already happening as reflected in the Dow dropping 300 points immediately upon opening of the stock exchange.

The United States of America is no longer the Republic which I served for the best twenty years of my life. It is now a third world septic tank. We allowed UN representatives from other countries to "monitor" our electoral process. Our currency is not what it was at all. Our "leaders" act as if they could care less. I include a number of GOP Senators in this as well. 

All of those who voted and enabled the outcome of last night are going to be surprised when things start to fall in on them as a result of their lack of proper judgement.

As for California, the liberals who make up the majority in this once vibrant and productive state have decided, among other things, that a tax hike is in order. Prop 30 was passed along with other dubious measures.   
California Ballot Measure Results at this link
 Diane Feinstein 'won' her fourth term in the Senate.Term limits seem like a good idea to me.
I guess I am done for now.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween with two of my grand daughters

These are fresh from Facebook courtesy of my youngest daughter.
Bailee is in the fried egg and Piper is the Goth Bride! 
They live in our house in Wichita, Kansas.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Stolen from my sister

Dennis Miller: What kind of morally bankrupt cretin tells my teenage daughter that voting for him is the same as losing your virginity?
It does make one go Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Or does it cause one to become angry and outraged at such conduct?
I go with the latter.  
Got to hand it to Dennis Miller for the description of the current occupant: morally bankrupt cretin is a new one on me. 
That description seems so fitting as observing the current occupant's demeanor and carriage during this campaign season.  

The photographer at Auschwitz: Man forced to take chilling images of inmates and their Nazi guards was haunted until his death at 94

From the Daily Mail.
  • Photographer Wilhelm Brasse died this week aged 94
  • He had taken up to 50,000 photos in Auschwitz for the Nazis
  • Mr Brasse hid negatives which were used to convict the very Nazis who commissioned them
  • Wilhelm Brasse took some 40,000-50,000 photographs inside Aushwitz for the Nazis including these shots of Czeslawa Kwoka after she was beaten by a guard
    Frightened victims: Wilhelm Brasse took some 40,000-50,000 photographs inside Aushwitz for the Nazis including these shots of Czeslawa Kwoka after she was beaten by a guard

     The full story with photos and a video.........
    Sobering it truly is.


    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    Saint Crispian's Day Speech

    Sir Kenneth Branagh's version of Henry V
    Today is St. Crispian's Day.

    Henry V- Speech - YouTube

    Cancer Survivor Continues to Lead

    This was on my Facebook this morning. It is at Marines Blog.
    Good read, my friends. I can relate even though my go around with cancer was very short.

    So please hit the link and read about SSGT Nestor Cruz.
    Cancer Survivor Continues to Lead

    Monday, October 22, 2012

    Banning Food Trucks And Man Camps Is Creating A Development Bubble In Western ND

    I found this little tidbit at Say Anything Blog from North Dakota.
    Western ND is sort of an old stomping ground when I was on the ballast trains and our most esteemed Blog Bud Buck Pennington when he was in the Air Force.
    There is an oil boom in places like Williston, Minot, Stanley and other little hamlets along the Glasgow Subdivision and US Route 2.


    Saturday, October 20, 2012

    Ghosts of war: Artist superimposes World War II photographs onto modern pictures of the same street scenes | Mail Online

    Ghosts of war: Artist superimposes World War II photographs onto modern pictures of the same street scenes
    | Mail Online

    This haunting collection of images shows what it would look like if the ghosts of World War II returned to our streets.
    The remarkable pictures overlay modern scenes from France with atmospheric photographs taken in the same place during the war.
    Historical expert Jo Teeuwisse, from Amsterdam, began the project after finding 300 old negatives at a flea market in her home city depicting familiar places in a very different context.
     Dangerous crossing: Soldiers race up Avenue de Paris in Cherbourg in 1944, speeding past the rubble and over modern-day road markings

    Really awesome stuff here. Go and have a look!

    Rule 5 News: 20 October 2012 A.D. « The Camp Of The Saints

    Rule 5 News: 20 October 2012 A.D. « The Camp Of The Saints

    Leading off with Anna Kournikova.................

    A Big Hat Tip and Thanks to Bob Belvedere at The Camp Of The Saints.
    Got a muscle spasm in the back and not a lot of ambition today. This was in the inbox.
    Have a nice day, y'all.

    Sunday, October 14, 2012

    MCAS Miramar Air Show 2012

    For your enjoyment.
    Plane Pr0n of the highest order.
    No commentary required.
    Other than it was a tad on the really warm side.

    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)