Sigh…

I used to think I was just a regular guy, but . . .

I was born white, which now, whether I like it or not, makes me a racist.

I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which by today’s standards, makes me a fascist.

I am heterosexual, which according to gay folks, now makes me a homophobic.

I am a Christian, which now labels me as an infidel.

I believe in the 2nd Amendment, which now makes me a member of the vast gun lobby.

I am older than 60, which makes me a bit less than I used to be.

I think and I reason, therefore I doubt much that the main stream media tells me, which must make me a reactionary.

I am proud of my heritage and our inclusive American culture, which makes me a xenophobe.

I value my safety and that of my family and I appreciate the police and the legal system, which makes me a right-wing extremist.

I believe in hard work, fair play, and fair compensation according to each individual’s merits, which today makes me an anti-socialist.

I believe in the defense and protection of the homeland for and by all citizens, which now makes me a militant.

Recently, a sick old woman called me and my friends a “basket of deplorables”.

I need to thank all my friends for sticking with me through these abrupt, new found challenges in my life and my thinking!

I just can’t imagine or understand what’s happened to me so quickly!

Funny . . . it’s all taken place over just the last 7 or 8 years!

And if all this wasn’t enough to deal with.

I’m now afraid to go into either restroom!

 

Random….

Stuff…

Go read the folks on the sidebar, I’ll be over here watching the whale go by…

But I DO have a question…

And a comment…

🙂

Different perspectives…

This is from an online chat among some Navy aircrew friends…

We were a make up crew out on a way dark night to chase the Phil Sea Phantom….if you don’t know ask. It was dark…no moon…and we’re double cycle plus. No sub of course…the Phantom was sleeping elsewhere. so we motor back to the boat which was darken ship…and emcon….finally got the drop lites. It’s not bumpy but we had big..big pacific rollers…so the ship was doing a good bit of up and down…..and it’s about 0300 or so. We were single pilot…driver and a NFO in the right front. We’re in at 7500 pounds…..missed the first trap. Came around and did it again…missed again a bit more violently….did this 4 more times and I could tell the driver was pretty flustered, this is when I came to be a believer in dual pilot S-3. We now had both low fuel lights lite, the deck was locked so we had no chance for a tanker launch and were too short of gas to make the beach (Cubi darn it), so we briefed the what ifs..we had gas for one more pass then we were going to fly offset from the track and punch out….nobody wanted to ditch an S-3. Normal preps…tighten straps check gear etc….in we come and he traped a 4 wire….and the deck butt heads parked us right on the bow…..I hate being up there in the day time…night with a pitching deck was worse.

We were into that window that if you hadn’t dipped the tanks you just didn’t know how much gas was left…it wasn’t much though. Since I like the driver I thanked him a lot for not making me go swimming…and got put on the schedule with him the next day as we passed through the ready room.

Oh yeah, on this one we were so low on gas that you could feel the plane float as you went over the deck. But you know…nobody was all that worried…we’d get this pass in and then punch out controlled and close to the boat…the plane guard DD had a helo up so it was a no brainer….you just can’t keep making approaches until you flame out as you see the drop lites……bad juju…and that’s where we were on fuel…but he got it aboard on the 7th pass.

Anybody catch the irony above? Continued below the fold…

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Teh Stoopid…

It should burn…

Occasional Cortex is at it again, even before she gets sworn in, HERE.

And what about all those wymen on the left who have those homophobic tweets, etc? They like bringing up stuff that men/boys have done, and scream and yell, but where is the pushback? One pusher is Nick Cannon, who calls them out, HERE

 And this one is really interesting… Huawai CFO is arrested, the company says nothing, but the Chinese GOVERNMENT is protesting mightily, HERE. If anybody believes large Chinese companies are ‘really’ private companies, you need to read a little more. Huawai is an arm of the Chinese Government, and probably ‘well’ connected to their intel collection services. It IS a good bet they violated the Iran sanctions by playing a shell game with company assets/products, but it’s the long game China always has played. Personally, I think they are more afraid of what ELSE she may be asked about, and that’s why the push to keep her out of US hands.

Paris was burning again, and the yellow vest rebellion is apparently growing rather than subsiding, with others now piling on to the protests, HERE

And the Ebola outbreak in Africa, which is getting almost no coverage here, is about to blow up, it’s now in a city of 1,000,000 people, and less than 500,000 doses available anywhere. It’s complicated by the ongoing local wars endemic to Central Africa, HERE.  

And lastly, the Dems fascination/dreams of getting Trump out of the White House by any means possible. There is no longer any pretense of civility, bi-partisanship, or much of anything else. Don’t they realize even if they accomplish this, Hillary STILL won’t be president? And I really wonder if they have any clue about the response this will generate in the general population/flyover country? Article, HERE, one of many. The other thing I really don’t understand about the whole Mueller investigation is how they have continuously turned a blind eye to what the Dems did, not just Hillary, but the Obama administration… Sigh…

Media vs. Reality…

We’ve seen this before at NRA Annual Meetings with the ‘shading’ of videos and pictures of Everytown and Bloomie’s syncopats.

Here are some other examples from around the world!

The kid in this infamous photo was participating in a pro-immigration demonstration. He wasn’t a detained illegal immigrant. 
Slight difference, isn’t there…
And there is this one… Kinda reminds me of Everytown’s BS…
And from Paris…

It’s enough to make one wonder about what IS the real truth out there… And who is presenting what version of their particular truth…

YMMV…

Dammit…

It appears the loss of the Marine KC-130 comes down to bad maintenance on a prop blade…

Sloppy maintenance work at an Air Force depot was at the root of a tragic crash of a Marine Corps Reserve KC-130T that resulted in the deaths of 16 service members in July 2017.

Full Article, HERE. Of course they say it will never happen again, but dammit, it SHOULDN’T have happened the first time!

16 people lost their lives over this ‘mistake’. And once again, this points out how differences in requirements, e.g. operational/situational like over water, corrosion, etc. between services doesn’t make for good combined maintenance facilities. 

KC130 crash

My personal opinion, we should never have gone away from Navy NADEP maintaining Navy/Marine acft, because those folks know the requirements and strictly adhere to them, especially the corrosion issues.

I know, I know, cost savings, yada, yada, but those people ‘saving’ that money don’t have to put their butts in the seats of those airplanes like our Sailors and Marines do every day! As of today, there have been now 21 non-combat losses of acft this year in the Navy and Marine Corps. That is WAY too many, and I can’t help but wonder how many of those are maintenance related because the birds are old, need rework, and parts are getting hard to come by, but the OPTEMPO isn’t slowing down and giving the troops a break so that they can actually FIX the crap that’s broke.

And that extends across not only the air side, but ships and submarines. Deferred maintenance isn’t the answer, stopping the operations and FIXING problems should be the priority!

77 Years on…

Take a moment and remember those heroes…

I got nuttin…

Trying to play with formatting for the book… I can’t brain now, so you get humor…

Tax cut explained- This is indeed a very exciting prospect.  I’ll explain it by using a Q & A format:

Q. What is a ‘Tax Cut’ ?

A. It is extra money that the federal government will return to taxpayers when they file their “1040 Tax Returns”.

Q.Where will the government get this money that they are going to return?

A. From taxpayers.

Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?

A. Only a smidgen of it, a couple of thousand dollars.

Q. What is the purpose of this tax cut?

A The plan is for you to use the money to purchase an ultra high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.

Q. But isn’t that stimulating the economy of China?

A. Shut up.

Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the U.S. Economy by spending your “tax cut returns” wisely:

* If you spend the “tax cut returns” money at Wal-Mart, the money will  ; go to China or Sri Lanka .

* If you spend it on gasoline, your money will go to the Arabs.

* If you purchase a computer, it will go to India (software), China (hardware) …

* If you purchase fruit and vegetables, it will go to Mexico, Honduras or Guatemala …

* If you buy an efficient car, it will go to Japan or Korea.

* If you purchase useless stuff, it will go to Taiwan.

* If you pay your credit cards off, or buy stock, it will go to banking management bonuses and they will hide it offshore.

Instead, keep the money in America by: 1) Spending it at yard sales, or 2) Going to ball games, or 3) Spending it on prostitutes, or 4) Beer or 5) Tattoos.

(These are the only American businesses still operating in the U.S. )

Conclusion: Go to a ball game with a tattooed prostitute that you met at a yard sale and drink beer all day! No need to thank me, I’m just glad I could be of help.

There there are cartoons…

Snerk…

TBT…

Sigh…

I really DO miss doing this. Many thousands of hours on that bird, and this is actually one of my old squadrons, long after I left.

‘We’ never had media onboard, nor did we want them there… LOL

Of course this is an ‘unclassified’ flight, so basically a ‘lot’ of stuff is being left out of the brief, equipment is being left off, etc… It’s only about six minutes long, out of NAS JAX.

Also, we didn’t usually have the ‘luxury’ of catching a boat on the surface… Usually we were hauling ass to keep from being seen if we thought one was coming up!

Book Promo…

Lloyd Behm has a new book out, Shadowlands!

As always, click on the cover to go to the Amazon link

The blurb-

A universe out of time…a land of no return…

Jesse Salazar is a priest of the Church Militant, who spends his days—and nights—hunting and re-inhuming the monsters that bump humanity in the night. He’s good at his job and gets paid very well to do it. But when the skies go gray, he wakes up to find himself in the Shadow Lands—the world an ancient Akkadian god uses to feed his minions their favorite food…humans. 

Stalked by Abzu, the lord of the realm, and all his minions—including his wife, Tiamat—Salazar must figure out a way to stay out of Abzu’s clutches while assembling a team of survivors and putting together the clues to find a way home. With only limited weapons to protect themselves and no visible means of returning home, Salazar will have to use all of his God-given talents to keep everyone alive.

Especially if there’s no way back.

Next up is Kenton Kilgore’s YA novel- This Wasted Land

The blurb-

Maybe I’ve known for a while, and I just didn’t want to come out and admit it. Because it’s insane, actually for-real insane. But it’s the only thing that makes sense.

I’m not on the Eastern Shore. I’m not in Maryland. I’m not even anywhere on Earth.

I’m somewhere else. And I’m alone. 

* * * 

Alexandra “Alyx” Williams is a misfit: a 17-year Korean-American high school senior, new to Kent Island, MD, who doesn’t like school (except Art class), doesn’t like her family (except for the uncle she’s staying with), and doesn’t like being told what to do (Anger issues? You could say so).

But Alyx does like motorcycles, vintage hard rock, Vanilla Coke, and her boyfriend Sam, who’s a misfit in his own way. So, when a silver-eyed, shape-shifting witch attacks them and snatches Sam onto a ghostly train, Alyx follows, only to find herself in a nightmare world: an endless gray desert of lost things, places, and people, prowled by monsters never imagined by her—or you.

Struggling to survive, find Sam, and return home, Alyx endures horrors and heartbreak as she learns that the witch is but the slave of the ancient, inhuman being who rules this wasted land—and who craves to take Alyx and Sam for himself.

Next up is an anthology Joe Monson has a story in- All Made of Hinges

The blurb-

Cheerful in the face of dark opposition. Innovative to improve a backward world. Industrial as a cure for oppressive conditions. Unyielding beneath all who seek to bind and control them. Faithful until they conquer the fear of death and rise to great acts of heroism and service. Mormons and Steampunks are two faces of the same coin.

Twelve authors spin tales of true believers facing impossible odds, risking this life in the hope of gaining something better after. Mormon Battalion soldiers fight an airship, a bounty hunter crosses Porter Rockwell, cultists attempt to reanimate Brigham Young, and missionaries run into Cthulhu. These are just a few of the amazing tales by award winning, bestselling, and premier authors—
D. J. Butler, John M. Olsen, Steven L. Peck, Elizabeth Mueller, Scott E. Tarbet, Jay Barnson, Joe Monson, Amanda Hamblin, Christopher McAfee, Jace Killan, John D. Payne, and Lee Allred.
Joe’s comment-  My story, “Napoleon’s Tallest Teamster”, is found within its pages. It tells the story of an android helping the last Empress of France escape the country during the fall of the Second French Empire.

Note that the stories, while they are in some sense “Mormon”, can be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys a good story. These are not religious/proselyting stories.

Lastly, Cyn Bagley is releasing an updated and revised version of Hero of Corsindor on 4 January 2019.

The blurb-https://amzn.to/2EdZuLl

In the kingdom of Corsindor, the prince is lost, the king is dead, and the queen is holding the reins of government against disloyal nobles. They want a puppet to consolidate their power over the land. The queen has only one ally, who is not human. 

There are rumors that the borders have been closed. Plus the long-lost prince, who knows nothing of ruling, is returning. Corsindor is being attacked from within and without by nightstalkers. 

Shira, a foundling, trained by the Ahrah, Corsindor’s neighbors, is sent find out the conditions in Corsindor. Warrior and child of another world – her job is to confront the demons and reduce the chaos in the world. Will she survive? 

Will she be tempted to take it all?

Go take a look, you might find something you like!