WOW, just… WOW!!!

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South Dakotan sculptor John Lopez creates life-sized scrap metal sculptures with a uniquely Western American twist. In his hands, old discarded farm equipment is recycled into sculptures of iconic creatures from the American West like a bison, a horse plowing a field, or a Texas Longhorn.

Lopez already had a career as a bronze sculptor, but after creating a family grave for his deceased aunt using scrap metal, he began creating recycled metal sculptures out of found or donated pieces of metal as well.

My favorite part about these pieces is the texture,” explains Lopez. “I just start grabbin’ stuff from the pile and welding it, in and if you weld enough of the same thing on over and over it creates this really cool texture that I’ve never seen in these kinds of pieces before. And I think that’s what draws people in.”

The rest of the collection can be seen HERE

The ‘big’ picture is pretty amazing and so are the little details!  Creative doesn’t begin to describe this man’s work!

Urg…

Some days are just NOT fun…

And this Monday was one of them…

Little sleep, long meetings and WAY too much coffee…

Instant coffee at that… Note to self, BRING GOOD COFFEE next time…

STILL Monday

Just trying to hang on a stay awake long enough to try to go to sleep in the ‘right’ timezone…

Trust me there is not a damn thing to do at 0300 in Perth… And they only gave me six of the little instant coffee packets…

Hope your Monday is better than mine…

Good times…

Snuck out yesterday and had lunch with Julie and her family.  We met at a nice little local winery and had some nice little lunch ‘plates’ that we shared among the table.

I passed along greetings from the usual suspects, and she ‘promised’ to get a post up…

As usual, real life is interfering with the online stuff, but they are all progressing.  The girls are getting BIG! :-)

They are bright, smart and smart alecs… Nothing like taking after mom and dad…LOL  The oldest is doing well in her new school and the younger is now also looking at a ‘magnet’ school, although they don’t call them that down here.

Julie reminded me that ‘we’ are upside down for them, being almost 12 hours out of sync, so she doesn’t have as much time to jump on in the morning as she had in the past.  But she does check the usual suspects blogs and comments occasionally.

It was way too short a time, but thanks to Julie and the family for making time to see me and thank you for lunch!!!  And it’s no fair when you KNOW the owners and they won’t take my money…  Next one’s on me!

Another YGTSM…

This one HAD to have come from California…

When you go read the first petition, just think about what it would do for those of us who believe in training our children…

It would make us felons!!!

californiahttps://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/enact-child-and-firearms-safety-act-establishing-minimum-age-18-handle-fire-or-possess-firearm/lMw7Fh71

Consider signing this one instead:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-it-unlawful-enact-child-and-firearms-safety-act/dkGWl6dr

h/t to Brian for this one!

WWII poster…

Civilians kicked in an tremendous amount of money in the form of War Bonds to support WWII, there were at least seven bond drives, and the one I could find info on, the 2nd bond drive, raised $13,000,000,000 dollars.  They best estimates are the total cost of WWII in dollars was in the neighborhood of $340 billion dollars.

WWII war bonds There were paintings, movies, rallies, and pictures like this used routinely…

People DID make huge sacrifices not just in dollars, but in food, material things (like gasoline, oil, and tires) and everyday items to benefit the war material production.  As seen in this picture, women were quickly integrated into the workforce, filling just about every job.  From factory to final assembly and everything in between…

This poster was used by multiple agencies…

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It was done by James M. Flagg, and was originally a US Army recruiting poster, but was repurposed for the 7th War Bond drive.

And no, it’s not PC…

Book Review, Unbroken…

This is simply an amazing story…

It is the story of Louis Zamperini, from his childhood through his running the 1500M at the Olympics, but the real guts of the story is that of he and his pilot surviving ditching their B-24 in the Pacific in WWII, followed by their story as POWs for the rest of the war, his trials and tribulations after the war, and his redemption.

Click the picture to go to Amazon.

Unbroken This is truly an impressive true story, and Laura Hillenbrand does a superb job with it.  Well researched, documented and very well told.

HIGHLY recommended!

Finally…

1 1/2 hours late out of DC, landed in LAX as the SYD flight was boarding…

OJ though LAX from gate 67 to 74…

But I got an upgrade!!! :-)

LAX-SYD even!!!

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Sunrise over the Pacific…IMG_1769

And another…IMG_1770

And we ‘were’ on the approach… Till we got sent to holding… for a half hour…IMG_1772Ended up landing AFTER an Emirates 380…

Customs/Immigration was AFU to put it mildly…

OJ through SYD to get the bus from international to the domestic terminal, made it with 10 minutes to spare.

And got stereo screaming kids for the flight from SYD to PER.  And a middle seat in row 52…   Sigh…

32 hours…  Sleep is now on the agenda!!!

 

Remember those predicted job losses???

This is one of those ‘I told you so’ situations…

When BO was elected, lots of folks in the know looked at the handwriting on the wall and said the defense industry was going to be in trouble…

POLITICO’s analysis included Lockheed, Boeing’s defense unit, Raytheon, General Dynamics and Northrop, with Northrop’s numbers adjusted to account for its 2011 spinoff of its shipbuilding business (now called Huntington Ingalls).

The five defense firms have in total eliminated 70,000 jobs since 2008, largely through layoffs, buyouts, attrition or, in the case of Boeing, moving employees to the commercial side of the business. Some companies have also made significant divestitures; the most prominent is Northrop’s spinoff of Huntington Ingalls, but it also sold TASC in 2009.

Full article HERE on Politico.com.  And this is not over yet…  While the article says sequestration isn’t the main driver, I’d take that with a grain of salt, since those hits to the military budget weren’t ‘just’ absorbed by the active duty forces.  Quiet a bit of those cuts funneled down to the contractors working for/on various projects.

Now remember, these are JUST the big 5, this doesn’t take into account the literally hundreds of small companies that have also lost some or all of their workforce.  Due to the overhead requirements (security people, facilities, etc.) it’s damn near impossible for a small defense company to compete in the commercial market.

Some studies say the total reductions are somewhere in the neighborhood of 125-150,000 highly skilled workers that are now gone.  Maybe you know of or ARE one of them…

Light posting and commenting…

Gotta go do that work thingie… Willie’s playing, and playing, and playing… well you get the idea…

Back in a few weeks.  Beers in the fridge, I hid the wine since it’s all going up in price.  Dog food is in the pantry.  Y’all have fun and play nice…

Tired of the BS…

I’ve pretty much stayed away from any comments on the situation in Ferguson, but THIS article, and the reports coming from the funeral (and attributed to Sharpton), ramping up the rhetoric pretty much pissed me off…

Especially in light of THIS story, which has received pretty much zero coverage, since it was a white victim and a black cop…  Bias??? You tell me…

Rather than giving the Grand Jury time to work, they (Sharpton, Jackson, et al) come in throw threats around. Inflame the people, blame everyone and everything BUT the person who started it, tacitly condone the looting, and pander to the race baiters/excusers/apologists out there who ALWAYS blame the system.  Oh yeah, and scream for the cop’s head… Truth be damned…

Johnathon Gentry is one of the ‘few’ that is telling it like it is- His video is HERE. Of course, ‘it’ is not getting any coverage…

Star Parker is another one who is telling it like it is, but she’s a conservative, so I’m sure she will be branded as an Uncle Tom… Her article is HERE.

Michael Ramirez hits it out of the park (as usual) with this one…

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But I guess what really upset me is that Obama sent THREE aides to Brown’s funeral, but couldn’t be bothered to either attend or even send a representative to General Greene’s funeral at Arlington on the 14th…

What happened to America???  To the values we grew up with??? Personal responsibility?  Working for a living, rather than taking handouts?  Pride in one’s self?

Kicking the soap box back in the corner…