Really???

Ramirez hits another home run…

The ONLY place this is believed is by the MSM!

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Maybe it’s time for Americans to take BACK control of the government…

It’s two weeks until the election.  Look beyond the sound bites, look at the candidate’s record.  Do your research and go VOTE!

Your country’s future depends on it.

Sequestration Redux…

The chickens are coming home to roost in military aviation…

This is just one of the many examples that are now leaking out from the military via various means…

The F/A-18s needs spare parts and in too many cases they’re being taken from brand new jets. This is a risk to national security and pilots’ lives.
The U.S. Navy’s elite cadre of fighter pilots—made famous by Top Gun—are not flying nearly often as they would like. Instead, many of the Navy’s elite Boeing F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter squadrons are sitting on the ground with only two or three flyable jets available. The rest of the jets are awaiting maintenance for want of critical spare parts—and some of those parts are being cannibalized from brand new jets in an increasingly vain attempt to keep squadrons flying.

The full article from the Daily Beast is HERE

It’s not ALL bad news, just most of it…

Thankfully the USO and entertainers are continuing to support our troops whereever they may be.

And a special thanks to Chris Daughtry and his band for giving up the time and money to come do a USO tour.

How accurate are Naval Guns???

I was asked in an email how accurate the 3 inch Naval gun was in Monday’s post…

According to Capt Kouta (JMSDF Retired), they are this accurate…

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This snow lantern top is made out of the center of a military target from the time period (early 1900s) that was shot by the 3 inch guns from an average range of 4000 yards on the gunnery range.  The legs are made from the pieces removed from the Mikasa to repair battle damage after the defeat of the Russian Baltic Fleet.

This is the ‘standard’ bridge, used in normal times on the Mikasa, which was actually built in Britain and in March 1902 MIKASA was commissioned at Vickers Shipbuilding, so many of the instruments are in English…

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This is the topgallant forecastle, where Admiral Togo (corrected thanks Joe) ‘directed’ the Mikasa and the battle against the Russian Fleet.   According to drawings, it was ‘shielded’ by sandbags around the sides and the compass was also wrapped in sandbags.  The speaking trumpets on each side of the compass go to the bridge above, and to the armored bridge two decks down (below).DSC01297

This is looking through one of the ports to the armored bridge.  Roughly 12 inches of battle steel.DSC01289

And then there’s keeping a gun in the office, taken to the next level…

Two of these two inch guns are in the Admiral’s workroom/mess at the stern of the Mikasa…DSC01325

If anybody is curious, the Mikasa’s website is HERE.

Mikoshi Festival…

Well, there was a Mikoshi Festival here Sunday, and it’s quite the experience if you’ve never seen it…

A mikoshi (神輿 or 御輿?) is a divine palanquin (also translated as portable Shinto shrine). Shinto followers believe that it serves as the vehicle to transport a deity in Japan while moving between main shrine and temporary shrine during a festival or when moving to a new shrine. Often, the mikoshi resembles a miniature building, with pillars, walls, a roof, a veranda and a railing.

And they not only carry it, they dance, and there are drummers, and ‘everybody’ gets in the act…

Dancing…

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Pulling the drum wagon…  Even the little ones help…DSC01259

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The base opened the gates and easily 10,000 came in to ‘help’ the festival and enjoy the time on base…

It seemed their ‘favorite’ take home food was pizza!!!

And a short video of one of the palanquins…  I’d have needed a beer or three (dozen) after listening to that for a couple of hours of ‘dancing’ that thing along…

But it was fun! And it is amazing how the Japanese clean up after themselves.  No messes, everything piled by the trashcans, and everyone was polite!

WWII Poster…

It’s back around to the Navy, and this one is a ‘tad’ different…

It’s for the Naval Reserve…

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This is another one from McClelland Barclay.  Barclay was actually in the Navy as a Naval Constructor starting in 1938, and was a LCDR when he was lost at sea off the Solomons Islands after LST 342 he was aboard was torpedoed.

The sailor is tightening down a tampion in the muzzle of probably an 8 inch gun. An interesting little side fact, ONLY the USN uses a standard five pointed star for ALL tampions.  Other naval services allow the ship’s crest on the tampions…

WTF???

The new Ebola ‘czar’ has NO medical background, he’s a former lobbyist, and was the chief of staff to Gore and Biden…

And this makes him qualified HOW???

Ron Klain is going to be a political sop… This will be a spin job from the get go…

I really need to go buy some upgraded biohazard equipment… Sigh…

Vito…

Does NOT like noisemakers…

And the expression on Jace’s face is hilarious!  Something to the effect of “Mommy what did you just do?” Then the look at Vito…LOL

Willie’s playing my song again, y’all go read the folks on the sidebar. I’ll post/comment when I can.

The Grey Man- update…

Thank you to all who’ve put down hard earned $$ to buy my book!!!

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For those who asked for signed copies, those should go out today.

Also, all those who donated to KTKC your books went out yesterday! :-)

I would appreciate it if you’d post an honest review on Amazon if you have time.

The sale is over on The Grey Man- Vignettes, it’s going to $2.99 for the duration.  If you know anybody that wants one, they can go to my author page HERE.

Thanks again, especially to those who’ve graciously linked and posted on the book!!!  And yes, I am working on #3 in the series…

 

And now insult to injury…

Today BO signed an executive order allowing call up of the Reserves and National Guard to ‘support’  the African Ebola mission…

It’s on AP, so I won’t quote it, but the link is HERE.

The Reserves and Guard are ‘supposedly’ only used when active duty personnel aren’t available…

WTF???

I can’t help but wonder if this is yet another ploy by the administration to run people out of the Reserves and Guard units, or whether they even care about these folks at all… So far Marines, Seabees and Army are in play.  I’m betting the USAF will end up flying hardware/people into the area.

So will they also be quarantining airplanes?  What if???  The Air Force is hurting NOW for enough planes to accomplish their transport missions, if they have to take 3,4,5 out of service and quarantine those aircrews, then what happens? And where do they do it???

IMHO, this has the potential to get really ugly for our folks going (once again) in harms way…