WTF is going on???

I can’t help but wonder what is going on with the ‘Pubs in DC…

We’ve had a number of discussions on this over lunch, drinks, etc. And the question always is- WTF, has somebody got pictures of (fill in the blank) with a goat or what?

Apparently we’re not the ONLY ones asking that question!

WA Root is asking the same thing HERE!

And in a follow-up to yesterday’s post, I got an email…

DEAR AMERICA: Here’s why everyone thinks you have a problem with guns

THIS is what the left likes. I’m not going to take the time to debunk these, but this gives you an idea of how they ‘tweak’ data to get the answers they want…

Gun ownership declining… yeah, right…

Sigh…

TBT…

Setting the way back machine…

Thanks to Tina for this one, she donated it to this old sailor…

If you ever wondered how they learned semaphore in the Navy, this is one of the ways…

semaphore sendingsemaphore receiving

Sending the letter Y on the left, receiving Y on the right…

This particular training wheel is from WWII. An official BUPERS training aid, it was probably issued as part of the Signalman ‘A’ school or kept by a Signalman as an OJT aid.

And no, I didn’t learn on one of these… 😛

And the games continue…

DC has managed to get the DC circus court to issue a ‘stay’ on the CCW provision that Judge Scullin overturned, and the next hearing with him cancelled…

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Monday issued a stay pending appeal that will again allow the city to enforce a key provision of its restrictive concealed carry laws.

Full article HERE from the Washington Times.

So effectively you can kiss off getting a CCW in DC anytime soon… And don’t get caught with ammo or God forbid, a gun in your vehicle as you pass through DC…

I either go AROUND DC on 495, or if I have to go into the District, I take Metro (and carry a ‘cane’)…

I don’t remember who said it, but someone on one of the blogs nailed it last year- DC will NEVER voluntarily comply with the CCW laws unless they are absolutely forced to.

In other news, HERE are all the states ranked in reverse order…

51. DC

46.MD

The good ones?

11. TX

10. KY

9. VA

8. WI

7. NH

6. VT

5. ND

4. FL

3. WY

2. AK

1. UT

Sigh…

 

Ban everything…

First it was the Army of Northern Virginia battle flag…

Now they want to take down all Confederate statues…

Well, don’t stop there…

Tear down the Jefferson Memorial in DC, the Washington Monument too, they owned slaves… Maybe they could be replaced by the statues of the first gay couple and first lesbian couple to be married…

Didn’t Lincoln too??? Lots of room for PC statues now…

Faneuil Hall in Boston, all those houses in Lexington and Concord. I’m sure slavery was discussed there. Ditto for Independence Hall, Carpenter’s Hall, the President’s house in Philly. Those historic buildings in Annapolis. Gotta tear down the White House, and Congress too…

You know slavery was discussed there. Pretty much all President’s libraries and homes prior to Gerald Ford (and maybe his too). Can’t let those state houses stand in the South…

All those historic homes in the South.  Richmond, Charleston, Savannah, Jekyll Island, Nashville, Atlanta, Chattanooga. All those plantation homes throughout the South and Southwest…

Hell, just to be on the safe side, if a house or building is over thirty years old, tear it down too…

And don’t forget those historic churches… Can’t let them stand…

Destroy all those Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields, plow them under and salt the earth. Destroy any museums that have anything to do with the Revolution and Civil War…

But feel free to go buy the Che shirts, posters, etc.  And all that Nazi memorabilia, and Communist memorabilia. Or do stuff like THIS, or THIS, or even THIS

To me the truly sad part is the class acts by the families and the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston have been overcome by the agenda driven attack dogs…

Oh yeah, and a good one HERE

Kicking the soap box back in the corner…

Great weekend!!!

This weekend was truly a learning experience! Got a chance to meet quite a few really GOOD authors, learned quite a bit about writing, money management, promotion, and got to sit in on some interesting discussions…

And I bought a few books…

signed books

I’d actually read most of these on Kindle, but it’s nice to actually have signed copies… And I’m sorry Steph, I couldn’t ever get past Weber’s groupies to actually get you a signed book…

It’s been a weird week for SCOTUS, the Confederate flag controversy, and numerous shootings in Chiraq and other (typical) locations, but those shootings seem to be buried or not worth comment from the White House.  And the good news, they got the two escapees from Dannamora, HERE

In other news, one ‘should’ want gun owners for neighbors. A good post on that is up at Robar blog HERE.

It looks like the blog is working again, THANK YOU Barron!

Hopefully posting and commenting will be back to normal this week.

Still here…

Going through some hoops with the blog- I understand some folks haven’t been able to comment.

Barron is working on it. If you try to comment and can’t, please email me with a time when you tried a failed.

In other news, one more day of LibertyCon, I’m learning a lot, meeting some interesting people, and at WAY too much at dinner…

If you’re hungry, hit the City Diner downtown in Chattanooga!

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This was the open faced Meatloaf ‘sandwich’… PLUS a ‘dinner salad’ that was a meal in itself… All for $12ish bucks…

One more day of the con, then back to reality… Dammit…

And yes, David Weber DOES have groupies… And yes, they do monopolize him to the point that you can’t get a word in edgewise, anything autographed, or a picture…

One of the funnier things was John Ringo, the real Joe Buckley and a few others sitting around in the smoking pit riffing on Joe and his various methods of dying… There was a complete short story created in about 15 minutes among the group, and it was actually funny as hell… Imagine if you will the Church of Joe… :-)

And many thanks to Barron B for his help in getting the website running correctly (we hope) again!!!

LibertyCon…

Yea, the blog is back up thanks Barron!

Currently at LibertyCon in Chattanooga Tennessee, with Peter and Dot Grant, Sarah Lloyd, and Cedar Sanderson. Learning a lot about how much I don’t know about writing!!!

posted from my iPhone.

Ping Pong…

Sigh… These last three weeks have been road trip central

IAD-NRT and return, IAD-SAN and return, and now IAD-HNL…

By the time you read this, I’m ‘hopefully’ back at IAD for four hours at home to repack the bag and go to the airport and do DCA-CHA…

If anybody sees a drunk body clock with a Mai Tai stumbling by, point it in my direction…

I’m going to LibertyCon to try to learn some writing skills. I’ll be the guy in the Hawaiian shirt snoring in the back row…

Sigh…

A sad orphan…

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Many people don’t realize the history of the US Navy’s interest in a better riding ship…

Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) designs have actually been around since the 1930s.  But the Navy got interested in the late 60’s and built the RV Kaimalino in conjunction with UH Marine Center in the mid-70s.  It was basically a steel box welded on top of two newly designed underwater hull forms.  It also had a helicopter landing pad on top.  I’ve posted about it before, but it just struck me how sad a shape the ship is in. UH has no money to do any repairs, and have pumped the hulls dry to try to keep the leaking rudder post out of the water…

It wasn’t really designed as anything other than a ‘day cruiser’, with minimal services/billeting/etc on the ship.  At only 27 meters, it’s not a real big ship…

It sits today, tied up at the UH Marine Center, slowly rotting away (well corroding away), a sad relic of the early days of R&D.

A good article on SWATH hull is HERE, from American Scientist in the Nov/Dec 2000 issue.

In many ways this reminds me of a few other ‘orphans’ sitting in various places…

One of the first, if not THE first ROVs sits in a bay at Scripps, and some wag put a paper coffee cup in the mechanical arm with the words “Will work for food” penciled on it.  That ROV is a monster, probably 10X10X10 feet, and constructed out of space hardware, as few knew what impact the pressures of the deep would actually have on mechanical devices. It should be in a museum somewhere, but again, no money and no desire to make that happen…

As technology accelerates from years to months of development, I wonder what will happen (or has already happened) to those ‘original’ prototypes of new tech.  Hell, if you’re a SF reader, you’ve seen Buck Rogers gadgets imagined by Nowlan, Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke and others come to life in our generation.

I remember someone posting an ad from Radio Shack back in the day, and EVERY item on that sale page is now contained in the average smart phone…

As we move ever more quickly into this evolving technology age, sadly American kids don’t want to go into STEM – science, technology, engineering and math curriculums. They are hard work…

This US News report gives some information HERE. But these scholarships go begging…

And those people who ARE at the forefront of tech development aren’t American, they are Asian, Indian, Pakistani, Iranian, etc…

Pretty soon WE (America) will be hostage to the rest of the world in the tech sector…

Hillary- Lest we forget…

Sad, but true.

Just wanted to remind you of some of Hillary Clinton’s past accomplishments that are overlooked in her resume!

When Bill Clinton was president, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over a health care reform.  Even after threats and intimidation, she couldn’t even get a vote in a democratic controlled congress.  This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million in cost for studies, promotion, and other efforts.

Then President Clinton gave  Hillary authority over selecting a female attorney general.  Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood – both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration.   Next she chose Janet Reno – husband Bill described her selection as  “my worst mistake.”  Some may not remember that Reno made the decision to gas David Koresh and the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas resulting in dozens of deaths of women and children.

Husband Bill allowed Hillary to make recommendations for the head of the Civil Rights Commission.  Lani Guinier was her selection.  When a little probing led to the discovery of Ms. Guinier’s radical views,  her name had to be withdrawn from consideration.

Apparently a slow learner, husband Bill allowed Hillary to make some more recommendations.  She chose former law partners Web Hubbel for the Justice Department, Vince Foster for the White House staff, and William Kennedy for the Treasury Department.  Her selections went well: Hubbel went to prison, Foster (presumably) committed suicide,  and Kennedy was forced to resign.

Many younger voters will have no knowledge of “Travelgate.”  Hillary wanted to award unfettered travel contracts to Clinton friend Harry Thompson – and the White House Travel Office refused to comply.  She managed to have them reported to the FBI and fired.  This ruined their reputations, cost them their jobs, and caused a thirty-six month investigation. Only one employee, Billy Dale was charged with a crime,  and that of the enormous crime of mixing personal and White House funds. A jury acquitted him of any crime in less than two hours

Still not convinced of her ineptness, Hillary was allowed to recommend a close Clinton friend, Craig Livingstone, for the position of Director of White House security. When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of about 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies  (Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff,  suddenly Hillary and the president denied even knowing Livingstone,  and of course, denied knowledge of drug use in the White House. Following this debacle, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office after more than thirty years of service to seven presidents.

Next, when women started coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and rape by Bill Clinton, Hillary was put in charge of the  “bimbo eruption” and scandal defense.  Some of her more notable decisions in the debacle were:

She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit.  After the Starr investigation they settled with Ms. Jones.

She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor. After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent, Starr’s investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs

Hillary’s devious game plan resulted in Bill losing his license to practice law for lying under oath to a grand jury and then his subsequent impeachment by the House of Representatives.

Hillary avoided indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice during the Starr investigation by repeating, “I do not recall,” “I have no recollection,” and “I don’t know” a total of 56 times while under oath.

After leaving the White House, Hillary was forced to return an estimated $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork that she had stolen.

She is unbelievable ~ literally!

Now we are exposed to: the destruction of possibly incriminating emails while Hillary was Secretary of State & the “pay to play”  schemes of the Clinton Foundation – we have no idea what shoe will fall next.  But to her loyal fans – “what difference does it make?”

Integrity does matter!

And this doesn’t even get into the stuff from Arkansas, the cattle deals, etc…