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


Friday, February 28, 2014

Concerning Selfies and Salutes: America's Sergeant Major

The Sergeant Major has a really good piece on the subject of the Soldier who took a selfie while dodging afternoon retreat/colors in her car. I have read stuff on how she should be court martialed and dishonorably discharged. The Sergeant Major does a sterling job of putting things into perspective.
The best paragraph is as follows:

"Here's a little secret: most military types who say they never ducked colors are probably lying. There are all kinds of ways to do it. The most common way is to haul ass to wherever you're headed around 1700. Another is to hide indoors until it's over. This isn't uncommon."


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

For Sale Plane Pr0n

Blogbud Jeff had this on that Facebook place last night. I should start taking donations..................

Saturday, February 22, 2014

It snuck up on me.............

At some point this past week, this humble little blog passed the 400,000 view mark. Wow!
I thank again all the usual suspects for getting me started on it.
Particular thanks go to MSGT Buck, Parrothead Jeff, My Sister Karla, Nurse Cindy, Stormbringer, Theo Spark and Wyatt Earp.
In a category by himself is our Blogfather who we miss so much, Captain Lefon.............

Obama to Award Jewish Veterans Posthumous Medal of Honor

This was on FB from a friend of mine in Chicago who is a very observant and devout Jew, unlike yours truly............
I do not presume to make any of this political. It is a good thing, in my estimation that notice is taken of those who served and sacrificed.
Obama to Award Jewish Veterans Posthumous Medal of Honor-The Tablet
Sergeant Jack Weinstein in Korea during the Korean War. (U.S. Army )                

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Iceland Air Meet 2014 at Keflavik airbase

Found this at The Aviationist. I like it because it has a sister ship of the RNoAF Jet I was the ACC on here at Edwards AFB for almost two years.
Due to the downsizing and realignment of our forces, NATO has taken over the defense of Iceland from the United States. At least they are trying to keep the edge.
BTW, I love those Gripens!
Iceland Air Meet 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Central Coast President's Day Weekend Linkage

I had to put this up at Among The Joshua Trees earlier. Blogger was taking forever to load the pics. I am glad I have my "other place" as Buck Pennington calls it.
Travels to The Central Coast-President's Day Weekend 2014
Here are a couple to get you all interested, for the rest hit the link!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Bayou Renaissance Man: .22LR as a defensive round

Bayou Renaissance Man: .22LR as a defensive round: I've had a few readers take issue with my article on Wednesday about defensive firearms on a budget,
particularly my comments about training disabled shooters using table
tennis balls or equivalent targets.  Some people seem to think that such
results are impossible - in other words, they think I'm lying.  Others
believe it's irresponsible to recommend the 'puny' .22LR as a defensive round.  I'd like to take a little time to address both perspectives.

.22 LR is a good defensive round................ I have a Ruger Single Six inherited from My Dad which has the .22WMR cylinder as well. The bullets are small but they can stop by the simple fact that the bad guy will start bleeding, profusely. A well placed shot or six can be a game changer..............

As the post from Bayou Renaissance Man says, there are those with physical limitations who may not be able to deal with the 9mm Parabellum, .40 S&W, .45ACP and the preferred revolver rounds of .38 Special and .357 S&W Magnum....................

Thursday, February 13, 2014

US Troops Fed Up With Insane Rules of Engagement

This was up at the site of Victoria Jackson.............as in Saturday Night Live when it was good Victoria Jackson. So, I guess one should take this with a grain of salt as it were.
That being said, to me it is a well done piece. Remember this is from a lay person considering the subject. I think a unique and different perspective is necessary from time to time.
Begin Soap Box..............
Regardless of how one feels about the War in Afghanistan or even Iraq, the ability of the ground forces to pursue the mission without hindrance of stupid rules is paramount.
I understand that we are "The Good Guys" and must be professional at all levels. But when engaged with a determined and tough adversary, the ability to fight unfettered is a necessity.
End Soap Box.................
This is the link....................................http://victoriajackson.com/10529/us-troops-fed-insane-rules-engagement

Sunday, February 09, 2014

USAF to Retire AC-130H Spectre Gunships Over the Next Two Years

This was at Air Attack. The goings on near our good friend MSGT Buck.
Technicians remove a 105 mm blast diffuser from the AC-130H Spectre

Technicians remove a 105 mm blast diffuser from the AC-130H Spectre


An AC-130H gunship flies over Hurlburt Field

An AC-130H gunship flies over Hurlburt Field

The rest of the story is at the link below.



Saturday, February 08, 2014

‘Work Is a Beautiful Thing’: Mike Rowe Narrates a Powerful New Walmart Ad You Won’t Want to Miss

From the Blaze this morning.
I don't know many folks who do not like Mike Rowe. I miss Dirty Jobs. I may have to buy it on DVD.

From a friend at the FB group PIANO

Eirikur Da Czech had this at our Airplane Group on Facebook................PIANO..........................Politically Incorrect Aircraft Nut Organization. 
The most awesome B-29 known as FiFi...................lighting them big radials up...............What's not to like?!?!?!?!?!?!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Rain in The Desert

Took some shots on the way back from Lancaster and Palmdale this afternoon. I had a 'visual acuity' check at the AV Veterans Community Outreach Clinic. Then to Barnes and Noble to browse a bit.
Fair warning, these were taken with the Android........................

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The Perfect Fallout Shelter

Found this little ditty this AM while enjoying my coffee and Gretchen Carlson on FNC...........
I like it. If I wanted to simply drop off of the grid, this would fill the bill nicely. I would think another one as a storage and utility room would be a good idea.
The Perfect Fallout Shelter
Kind of nice when finished.
Hit the above link for more pictures............

Navy supercarrier USS Forrestal heads to scrap heap after 38 years of service

It begins. That is the dismantling of the Forrestal Class Carriers. I had the good fortune to serve aboard two of Forrestal's sister ships, Independence and Ranger. I imagine Saratoga is destined for the same fate. Independence has been designated for scrapping but there is a movement afoot to save Ranger as a Museum. Independence and Ranger represent about six years of my life. I was ship's company on Independence and in the air wing on Ranger.
Included are two links to the story.
USS Forrestal
USS Forrestal (CV-59) on patrol on May 31, 1962.
 Her final voyage: Navy's first super-carrier USS Forrestal begins journey to the scrapyard after being sold for ONE CENT
  • The 60-year-old vessel headed down the Delaware River to Texas at dawn on Tuesday
  • The Navy paid one cent under a contract to have the ship dismantled by All Star Metals in the Gulf port of Brownsville
  • The 1,067-ft ship is perhaps best known for a fire which broke out on board in 1967 while the carrier was on active service in Vietnam, killing 134
  • Senator John McCain was serving on the carrier at the time of the tragedy
  • Boat was built by more than 16,000 workers and named after James Forrestal, the first U.S. Secretary of Defense
  •  It cost $217 million - the equivalent of $2 billion today 
The USS Forrestal during a shakedown cruise off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1955. The carrier was in service for 38 years before being decommissioned in 1993
The USS Forrestal during a shakedown cruise off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1955. The carrier was in service for 38 years before being decommissioned in 1993


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)