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, May 29, 2013

DOD Furlough Observation from Pinch Paisley

Bill Paisley had this up on his Facebook today. Shipmate, Blog Bud, Lexican and Friend.
It is excellent. As one who is also going to be furloughed in this mess, I am in agreement.

Furlough letter today. Yay. Makes me feel better when I'm losing 11 days of work and Major Nidal Hasan is getting his full pay. Or when the White House has parties for Justin and Beyonce. Or millions of dollars are spent on a study of Chinese prostitutes to try and make it more difficult for American businessmen to become HIV Positive while on a trip to Hong Kong. Ain't that America.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Springtime in The Mojave

Wind blowing to beat the band. These are the current conditions, more or less.

Severe Weather Possible across Much of Plains and into Lower Great Lakes

The NWS Storm Prediction Center is forecasting a risk of severe thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening across much of the Great Plains and into the lower Great Lakes. Large hail and damaging winds will be the main threats, though isolated tornadoes are possible.
California City CA
Blowing Dust
High: 80 °F
Blowing Dust
Low: 63 °F

High: 86 °F

Low: 64 °F

High: 90 °F

Low: 64 °F

High: 94 °F

Low: 64 °F

High: 94 °F


  • This Afternoon Areas of blowing dust. Sunny, with a high near 80. Windy, with a west northwest wind 25 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph.
  • Tonight Areas of blowing dust before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 63. Windy, with a west northwest wind 30 to 35 mph decreasing to 20 to 25 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.
  • Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 86. Windy, with a west northwest wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.
  • Wednesday Night Clear, with a low around 64. Windy, with a west northwest wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.
  • Thursday Sunny, with a high near 90. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
  • Thursday Night Clear, with a low around 64. Breezy, with a west northwest wind 15 to 20 mph.
  • Friday Sunny, with a high near 94. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming east northeast in the morning.
  • Friday Night Clear, with a low around 64. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight.
  • Saturday Sunny, with a high near 94. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
  • Saturday Night Clear, with a low around 66. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west northwest in the evening.
  • Sunday Sunny, with a high near 95. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming east in the morning.
  • Sunday Night Clear, with a low around 66. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
  • Monday Sunny, with a high near 92. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the morning.


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Memorial Day. Two Poems.

I thought perhaps these were fitting...................
Just me folks. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Can't think of anything else that works...................................
To all my Brethren......................Anchors Aweigh, Semper Fi, Semper Paratus, Army Strong, Aim High.................................
ORPO sends............................................

 WESTMORELAND. O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England
That do no work to-day!

KING. What’s he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;
If we are mark’d to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
God’s peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more methinks would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man’s company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say “To-morrow is Saint Crispian.”
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say “These wounds I had on Crispian’s day.”
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

Halfway down the trail to Hell,
In a shady meadow green
Are the Souls of all dead troopers camped,
Near a good old-time canteen.
And this eternal resting place
Is known as Fiddlers' Green.

Marching past, straight through to Hell
The Infantry are seen.
Accompanied by the Engineers,
Artillery and Marines,
For none but the shades of Cavalrymen
Dismount at Fiddlers' Green.

Though some go curving down the trail
To seek a warmer scene.
No trooper ever gets to Hell
Ere he's emptied his canteen.
And so rides back to drink again
With friends at Fiddlers' Green.

And so when man and horse go down
Beneath a saber keen,
Or in a roaring charge of fierce melee
You stop a bullet clean,
And the hostiles come to get your scalp,
Just empty your canteen,
And go to Fiddlers' Green. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Linkage from Four Right Wing Wackos: Peace or Freedom: Ragin' Dave's Quote of the Day, publik skool edish...

I haven't been to 4RRW in awhile. Need to be a regular as it is on the Blog Roll........................

Peace or Freedom: Ragin' Dave's Quote of the Day, publik skool edish...: From Clair : Behavioral health problems means “lack of obedience” or “trouble with the factory skool model” which requires long hours o...

Friday, May 17, 2013

New definition of having a bad day. Cirrus Chute Deployment Fails Over Texas, Pilot Still Makes Safe Landing

Cirrus Chute Deployment Fails Over Texas, Pilot Still Makes Safe Landing:

You know you're having a bad day when a flight goes so bad that you feel you must resort to using a parachute to see you safely through the flight... but the day is TRULY bad when that chute fails and leaves you to battle the emergency that you thought you had escaped from.

The link above has the entire story. Makes one go hmmmmmm.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

CVN77 UCAS Launch

The times they are a changin. Note the rather substantial size of this puppy...................I must admit that I would have loved to be there for this.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Beer Blogging from The Hippie Store

Did our once a month run to Lancaster today. It included a stop at Whole Wheatery.
Found this in a cooler. Not bad at all.
Hippies make good beer!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Grand Nephew

Delivered by C Section about 7 weeks early. My niece was having some issues.
Mother and baby are doing fine!

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)