A new writer…

Dorothy (Wing and a Whim) has joined the ranks of published author with her first novella, Scaling The Rim…

It’s an interesting cross between science fiction, romance and interspecies dynamics…

Click on the cover to order!

Here’s the blurb-

Never underestimate the power of a competent tech…

When Annika Danilova arrived at the edge of the colony’s crater to install a weather station, she knew the mission had been sabotaged from the start. The powers that be sent the wrong people, underequipped, and antagonized their supporting sometimes-allies. The mission was already slated for unmarked graves and an excuse for war…

But they hadn’t counted on Annika allying with the support staff, or the sheer determination of their leader, Captain Restin, to accomplish the mission. Together, they will overcome killing weather above and traitors within to fight for the control of the planet itself!

Dot’s writing is evocative of her ‘local course knowledge’ of bad weather, e.g. Alaska and its impact on man or being.

I don’t normally like or read anything remotely resembling ‘romance’, but this one is actually a good story! And no, that’s not damning with faint praise, it IS GOOD!!!  🙂

Go get it and support our starving artist’s colony out here!

Navy ‘Stuff’…

Edit- Sorry about the screwed up pics and dates in the first go round this morning… Apparently something ‘glitched’ in the upload. My bad… All corrected now, thanks Grog for the comm date!

By popular demand, some WWII Destroyers that my readers have connections to…

These first three are Fletcher Class DDs…

First is USS McCord, DD534, she was attached to both TF38 and TF58 under Admiral’s Halsey and Spruance.

U.S. Navy bureau of Ships – Official U.S. Navy photo NH 107248 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command

U.S. Navy bureau of Ships – Official U.S. Navy photo NH 78955-KN from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command

Here’s a pic of one of my reader’s dads who served on USS McCord during the war.

USS McCord survived the war, was shifted to the ready reserve, then brought back for Korea under TF77. She was decommed in the early 1970s.

Next is USS Hazelwood, DD531

Commissioned in 1942, was the second named for Commodore John Hazelwood; a naval leader in the American Continental Navy.

U.S. Navy bureau of Ships – Official U.S. Navy photo NH68373-KN from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command

Underway somewhere in the South Pacific…

U.S. Navy bureau of Ships – Official U.S. Navy photo USN 1045624 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command

On April 29th, 1945, she and the carrier group came under attack. She sunk two kamikazes, but a third screamed out of the clouds from astern. Although hit by Hazelwood’s fire, the enemy plane careened past the superstructure. It hit #2 stack on the port side, smashed into the bridge, and exploded. Flaming gasoline spilled over the decks and bulkheads as the mast toppled and the forward guns were put out of action. Ten officers and 67 men were killed, including the Commanding Officer, Cmdr. V. P. Douw, and 36 were missing.

U.S. Navy bureau of Ships – Official U.S. Navy photo 80-G-187592 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command

Larry’s dad was a GMG (Gunner’s Mate, Guns) on the Hazelwood, but rate changed to YN at some later point.

USS Hazelwood was decomm’ed, but brought back in service for Korea, staying in service through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the search for USS THRESHER, and was the test ship for the DASH unmanned helicopter.

And last but not least USS Haggard, DD555

Commissioned in 1943, named for Captain Haggard of the Louisa, who fought in the Quasi-War. I was unable to find a ship’s crest or patch for her. She was part of the Taffy-2 Group (Battle of Leyte Gulf) and TG38 and TG58.

U.S. Navy bureau of Ships – Official U.S. Navy photo from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command

USS Haggard was acting as a forward picket on 22 March 1945 when shortly before midnight she detected a surfaced submarine with radar, and after the submarine dived attacked with depth charges. Ten minutes later the submarine surfaced on Haggards port beam. Commander Soballe brought his ship into a hard left turn toward his adversary. Haggard rammed the submarine I-371 amidships, sinking I-371 in three minutes.

On 29 April, she was proceeding to picket station and was attacked by a kamikaze making a shallow dive to starboard. The aircraft crashed close aboard and penetrated her hull near the waterline. Soon afterward, her bomb exploded in Haggard’s engine room. As water gushed through the gaping hole in the destroyer’s side and she began to settle, another suicide plane attacked, but was splashed by anti-aircraft fire. Wounded were taken by cruiser San Diego (CL-53) and destroyer Walker (DD-517) arrived to tow the stricken ship to Kerama Retto, near Okinawa.

She departed Kerama Retto 18 June 1945 and arrived Pearl Harbor via Saipan and Guam 12 July. From there she steamed to San Diego and the Panama Canal Zone, arriving at Norfolk 5 August 1945. Decommissioned 1 November 1945, Haggard was scrapped because of war damage.

And a picture of another reader’s father that served on USS Haggard.

HERE is a link to the Peripatetic Engineer’s blog, his dad also served on DDs in WWII and he recounts a story from his dad’s logs on USS Ericsson, DD 440, in the Atlantic, the Med and the Pacific. He also has links to earlier post on her in that post.

USS Ericsson was a Gleaves-class destroyer, one generation older than the Fletcher Class ships above, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named after John Ericsson, who is best known for devising and building the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor. USS Ericsson was commissioned on 13 March 1941.

Here she is in camouflage paint #1 during Convoy Duty. She supported five Atlantic convoys before going to other assignments, culminating in Pacific duty in September 1945.

 They all served with honor, in some of the most trying times in the South Pacific…

And I must add this LINK, Typhoon Cobra or Halsey’s typhoon. 790 men were lost as ships sank in that typhoon during operations off the Philippines.

Tink… Tink…

Is this thing working???

I wanted to take the time to put a plug in for my friend Tom Rogneby, AKA DaddyBear. Tom is one of the good guys, I know him in real life, not just through the net.

Tom’s a new, well, two years and five books new, author. And he’s GOOD! He’s got a three and soon to be four books in the Minivandians world, a book of short stories (Escort Duty), a short story in an anthology (Freedom’s Light) and a historical fiction novel (Via Serica) out.

He’s suffering from the same thing I did starting out, lack of reviews. Do yourselves a favor, get one of his books, or two, or all of them, and give him some reviews! Remember, we need to be over fifty reviews to get a wider audience and have Amazon push our books on their recommended reading list. Y’all helped me out in the past, and it worked out well for me.

Help a buddy out, okay? His author site is HERE.

What do I get out of this, you ask? Well, ‘I’ get to pre-read more of his books, as he’ll be motivated to write more!!! 🙂

How about some humor???

I’m old enough to have grown up watching Jack Benny, Dean Martin, Flip Wilson and Red Skelton back in the day. Their humor was ‘clean’, much of it was based on physical humor and, especially with Dean Martin, often revolved around alcohol. The funny thing was Dean Martin, Brooks and the others were actually drinking apple juice  on the show!!!

And this was all in the days before all the anti-alcohol sentiments…

Anyhoo, Foster Brooks at his ‘finest’, roasting Don Rickles.

Sadly, I now send you back to the regularly scheduled BS going on out there… But at least it’s FRIDAY!!!


We’ve been here before… Under Carter…


The U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet strike fighters are the tip of the spear, embodying most of the fierce striking power of the aircraft carrier strike group. But nearly two-thirds of the fleet’s strike fighters can’t fly — grounded because they’re either undergoing maintenance or simply waiting for parts or their turn in line on the aviation depot backlog. 

There isn’t enough money to fix the fleet’s ships, and the backlog of ships needing work continues to grow. Overhauls — “availabilities” in Navy parlance — are being canceled or deferred, and when ships do come in they need longer to refit.

Every carrier overall for at least three years has run long, and some submarines are out of service for prolonged periods, as much as four years or more. One submarine, the Boise, has lost its diving certification and can’t operate pending shipyard work.

The Navy can’t get money to move around service members and their families to change assignments, and about $440 million is needed to pay sailors. And the service claims 15 percent of its shore facilities are in failed condition — awaiting repair, replacement or demolition. 

Congress has failed for the ninth straight year to produce a budget before the Oct. 1 start of fiscal 2017, reverting to continuing resolutions that keep money flowing at prior year levels.

The dire situation of naval aviation is sobering. According to the Navy, 53 percent of all Navy aircraft can’t fly — about 1,700 combat aircraft, patrol, and transport planes and helicopters. Not all are due to budget problems — at any given time, about one-fourth to one-third of aircraft are out of service for regular maintenance. But the 53 percent figure represents about twice the historic norm.

Sixty-two percent of F/A-18s are out of service; 27 percent in major depot work; and 35 percent simply awaiting maintenance or parts, the Navy said.

Under the continuing resolution, the senior Navy official said, another 14 ship availabilities will be deferred in 2018 — one submarine, one cruiser, six destroyers, two landing ship docks, one amphibious transport dock and three minesweepers.

At least there is some fuel, and most of the pilots and crew are able to maintain their basic quals, if not their complete readiness package, unlike when we were going cold iron on entire squadrons for 30-60 days at a time.

I just hope this can be turned around in time, before things get totally out of hand.

They Hate You…

Sorry for the late post, the scheduler didn’t work this morning… My bad…

An interesting article from Town Hall earlier in the week that I missed-

Leftists don’t merely disagree with you. They don’t merely feel you are misguided. They don’t think you are merely wrong. They hate you. They want you enslaved and obedient, if not dead. Once you get that, everything that is happening now will make sense. And you will understand what you need to be ready to do.

Full article, HERE.

And one more follow-up on Bezerkeley… This is the take-away quote-

In the upside down world of leftist activism, speech is violence while actual violence is an appropriate response.

Full article, HERE at the Washington Times.

And one about the Portland rioters, from Taki, HERE. Amazing… simply amazing that these people are ‘leaders’ of the left…

When you add in Google’s NEW definition of fascism, adding the words right wing, yes right wing to the definition…

As opposed to the traditional Merriam Webster definition of fascism,  it’s enough to make one wonder.

It is almost, no strike that. It IS their way of life!  Political correctness is about slogans, patterns of speech, forbidden topics, acceptable clothes, behavior, type of car to drive (if a car is necessary), where you live, whom you listen to, and so on and so forth. Look at the hate spewed over the Patriot’s win over Atlanta in the Super Bowl, it’s just a game, right? Take at look at what ZeroHedge captured, HERE. In their ‘Utopian’ world, not even a game escapes being a political statement and indictment of the right…

BUT, by the same token, the so called protesters up at Standing Rock (Dakota Access), proclaiming themselves to be eco-environmentalist, yada, yada, abandoned their camp on COE land, leaving literally tons of junk, trash and who knows what else… And that’s all good, as far as they are concerned. Article HERE, from the Washington Times.

We are truly living in a Bizzaro world… sigh

h/t Stretch, Kenny, Eric and others

Blog issues update…

The blog is back up and running, thanks to Barron’s work, but there IS a small issue that still is hanging fire-

ALL comments are currently dumping into the spam bucket. That is being worked, so be patient please. I’m checking it every couple of hours and retrieving comments…

Thanks for hanging in there with us as we work through this.

Old NFO.

Protests, riots and whatever…

As the BS continues, so far it appears nobody has capped one of the violent protesters (yet)…

Found THIS over at Bearing Arms, 15 Actionable Tips for Staying Safe during Civil Unrest…

I’m liking #1-  Don’t go near it: If you don’t have to be there, don’t. There’s no honor in putting yourself in harm’s way, taking a brick to the head, and getting put in a coma. If you can stay away, do it. Leave the ego at home. Don’t look for trouble, because you’ll find more than you can handle.

I’m too old, slow and grumpy to go ‘play’ with the kids. I’m also smart enough to know when to keep my damn mouth shut, BUT if you get up in my face and/or try any crap, I will do my damnest to stop you by any means available to me…

Thankfully, I live in Texas, outside a small town. I don’t see myself having to deal with this stuff any time in the near future, but that doesn’t mean I’ll lower my situational awareness.

h/t ERJ


A damn good read…

Courtesy of Capt Tightpants, a good read on accurate definitions in the Muslim world. This has been an ongoing issue for years, conflated by the MSM to the point that one just tends to ‘lump’ them all together…

This LINK, among others sighted are worth the effort to read them too.

Edit- And a more indepth link, HERE from commenter Peter B.

One comment on the 7 country ban the administration has in effect, if it were REALLY a Muslim ban, wouldn’t they have included Indonesia, the Pakistan and India? They have the largest Muslim populations in the world…

But they aren’t on the list, are they?


Navy ‘Stuff’…

I know I said I was going to do Destroyers this week, but I’m waiting on pictures from a couple of folks to add to the post, so instead, you get an old boat…

U.S. Navy bureau of Ships – Official U.S. Navy photo NH 55913 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command

She was in the ‘Quasi-War’, the first Barbary War, the battle for Tripoli,

U.S. Navy bureau of Ships – Official U.S. Navy photo NH 48472-KN from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command

Did ya get it yet??? Sure you did…

USS CONSTITUTION, 44 gun frigate, built in 1794, nicknamed “Old Ironsides” after a battle with HMS Guerriere on  10 August 1812. She remained on active service until 1881, before being turned into a museum ship in 1907.

She was also used as a barrack ship for Officers awaiting courts martial in the early 1900s.

Library of Congress photograph LC-DIG-det-4a15771

Still in commission after 223 years, she’s been under sail twice in the last twenty years, on the 200th anniversary of her commissioning in 1997, and again in 2012, the 200th anniversary of her victory over Guerriere. This photo is from 1997 and yes, that is the Blues overflying them! 🙂

U.S. Navy Photo by Journalist 2nd Class Todd Stevens (Released)

BOSTON (Oct. 21, 2010) USS Constitution fires a 21-gun salute toward Fort Independence on Castle Island during an underway to celebrate the 213th launching day anniversary of the ship. Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kathryn E. Macdonald/Released)

Hard to believe this little 207ft frigate routinely carried 450 personnel including 55 Marines and 30 ship’s boys. If you ever get a chance to take the tour, you can see how CROWDED that ship really was.