ASW and ‘other’ missions have a long history, going back prior to WWII…

These guys were the original lowriders…

Not a lot of fun there, probably somewhere in the South Pacific, WWII era. I ‘believe’ there is a raft just off the nose they are making for. I can’t find it now, but I remember something about one TAXIING almost 200 miles! Proud to have met some of these intrepid heroes!

Edit- I blew this one! Al provided the correct information:  The Catalina is in RAF colours with a type A1 roundel which was used between 1940 and 1942. RAF planes in the Pacific had the red centre of the roundel painted over with white so that it would not be mistaken for the Japanese “meatball” insignia.

I believe the black object in front of it is a mooring buoy. Coastal Command had a large seaplane base at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland with Catalina and Sunderland squadrons. Above the rudder there is a dark smudge that could be an island and there is a shoreline in the background so I’m guessing this photo was taken at Lough Erne.

The next generation was the high riders…. P5M Marlin, long days, noisy engines, better in rough water landings (didn’t tend to submerge itself). One of my sea daddies flew in these for a number of years, before transitioning.I didn’t get in the community until the early 1970s, but ‘we’ didn’t have to worry about landing on water (routinely)… Moved to land based exclusively after the P-2 came into the fleet.

P-3B off Honolulu in the 1970s. I actually have time in my log book on this airplane!

Hard to believe that was 45 years ago…

And then I get up and look in the mirror… Not slim and trim anymore, but I wouldn’t trade my career for anything. Never made a lot of money, but we were the tip of the spear, and the only airplane that ever ‘practiced’ against our actual real world targets…

Sometimes we even let them know we were there! 🙂


The Grey Man- Twilight…

Woo hoo! It’s real!!!

Now comes the ‘fun’ of roofpreading it…

Soon!!! Thank you all for your patience!

NRA Annual Meeting…

Is coming to Dallas! 4-6 May!!!  🙂

And of course after the Parkland shooting, the Mayor Pro Tem, jumps on the media and says the NRA needs to go, HERE

Now a little background… Caraway is NOT the real mayor, he’s a jumped up appointee and member of the city council, with no official voice outside the council. In other words, he’s pandering to his base. And I guess he considers $40 million to be an acceptable loss for Dallas to incur.

Of course the reality is the NRA won’t move, and were they to actually threaten to do so, a whole bunch of Dallas businesses would be camping on his desk for a retraction! Interestingly, the ‘real’ mayor of Dallas, Michael Rawlings has said nothing…

Had an interesting chat with a Delta employee this weekend, he’s an NRA member, and coming to Dallas for the NRA AM, however, he WILL NOT fly Delta! He’s looking at alternatives, and he’s apparently not the only one.

Watching the posturing by various governors over the last couple of days has NOT done anything good for my blood pressure, either. They are ‘against’ allowing teachers to be armed, want LEOs to ‘step up’, but I didn’t hear any of them coming up with money to either secure the schools, or PAY for the LEOs that it would take to actually put deputies at every school, much less any way to recruit those people in a timely fashion. LEOs are already under the gun in most locations, short staffed, underpaid, and being forced to put in a lot of overtime to cover their current duties. Now what will happen if they have to pull 10, 20, or 30 MORE officers off the streets?

One positive note, I saw this over at John’s blog, HERE. That’s a $1750 class. Kudos to Gunsite for stepping up!

I’ll be curious to see how many actually take them up on it, but I believe it’s money well ‘spent’ as it were.




Another Olympics is in the bag…

The USA didn’t ‘shine’ particularly well this time around, and the coverage pretty much sucked, but there were still some impressive performances by all the athletes!

We were talking about it at dinner last night, and it’s really about money and viewership…

America is no longer the premier economy in the world, having been overshadowed by the SE Asian combination of China, South Korea, and Japan. And they are the technology leaders, have the most tech savvy kids and the highest viewer numbers for TV, even if there are only ‘state’ channels in China.

And the Olympics are chasing the money and viewers… Plus Beijing gets to reuse all the stuff from 2008. Although apparently the swimming arena will be the new location for curling and who knows what else… Hope that ice doesn’t break, it’s a long way to the bottom of the pool…

It was interesting to watch the closing ceremonies, and see the 4-star CFK standing behind Ivanka Trump, considering the size of the NORK bounty on him.

If there is a bright side, no one was seriously injured (other than the Aussie that broke his neck), nobody got killed participating in their sport, and there were no attacks on the athletes. I’d call that a win for everybody.

I do wonder where the opening/closing ceremony shows are going, considering that each time, they seem to ramp up more and more, with this one having more computer graphics than any I can remember… I wonder if they built a powerplant just to power all the systems running those ceremonies, and all the lights, graphics, etc.

The medal count for the top ten were:

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
Norway 14 14 11 39
Germany 14 10 7 31
Canada 11 8 10 29
United States of America 9 8 6 23
Netherlands 8 6 6 20
Sweden 7 6 1 14
South Korea 5 8 4 17
Switzerland 5 6 4 15
France 5 4 6 15
Austria 5 3 6 14

And from what I saw, there was pretty good sportsmanship, other than the female Canadian who took her silver medal off during the ceremony for women’s hockey.

So four years from now, we get to watch it all again, and hopefully with better commentators and better coverage…

Logical extension???

Cobbled together from various things I’ve hear/seen over the last couple of days…

So, apparently the Legal age to own/buy a gun needs to go 21 since liberals and progressive are projecting their distrust onto teens they don’t believe are responsible or mature enough to handle the ownership of a weapon.

Ok, if that’s the hill they want to die on…let’s go there.If they’re not mature and responsible enough to own a gun until they’re 21:

No driving a car until their 21. They’ll kill more people.

No voting until they’re 21…that’s a huge responsibility and they’re just not mature enough to make a reasoned and mature decision.

No video violent games until they’re 21. self explanatory.

No credit cards until they’re 21…self explanatory.

No military service until 21. Same reasons.

Want to keep going?  What else can we add?


TGM- Twilight is moving through the Createspace process as of tonight. So I’m a proof away from it going live!!!

This is the final cover. Tina did a great job, as always!!!

In other news, this is a pic of our panel from LTUE, last weekend!

Left to right- LawDog, me, Peter Grant, and Larry Correia.

h/t Eric for the pic!

A question…

Well, actually a couple of them…

Who is paying the bills for these kids to rent buses to go to Tallahassee?

Who is flying them around?

Who got them access to the pols?

Who is coordinating these supposedly ‘spontaneous’ demonstrations?

Who is providing them the posters, flags, and other accoutrements?

Why is nobody in the MSM asking these questions???

All of these things are well beyond the capability or access of a high school kid, regardless of the overarching circumstances…




An oldie but a goody that came across the transom…

And I failed, because the scheduler didn’t schedule… LOL


You walk into a room and notice that a picture is hanging crooked.  You…

  1. Straighten it.
  2. Ignore it.
  3. Buy a CAD system and spend the next six months designing a solar-powered, self-adjusting picture frame while often stating aloud your belief that the inventor of the nail was a total moron.

The correct answer is “C” but partial credit can be given to anybody who writes “It depends” in the margin of the test or simply blames the whole stupid thing on “Marketing.”


Engineers have different objectives when it comes to social interaction.  “Normal” people expect to accomplish several unrealistic things from social interaction:

*Stimulating and thought-provoking conversation

*Important social contacts

*A feeling of connectedness with other humans

In contrast to “normal” people, engineers have rational objectives for social interactions:

*Get it over with as soon as possible.

*Avoid getting invited to something unpleasant.

*Demonstrate mental superiority and mastery of all subjects.


To the engineer, all matter in the universe can be placed into one of two categories:

(1) things that need to be fixed, and

  • things that will need to be fixed after you’ve had a few minutes to play with them.

Engineers like to solve problems.  If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems.  Normal people don’t understand this concept; they believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet.

No engineer looks at a television remote control without wondering what it would take to turn it into a stun gun.  No engineer can take a shower without wondering if some sort of Teflon coating would make showering unnecessary.  To the engineer, the world is a toy box full of sub-optimized and feature-poor toys.


Clothes are the lowest priority for an engineer, assuming the basic thresholds for temperature and decency have been satisfied.  If no appendages are freezing or sticking together, and if no genitalia are in plain view, then the objective of clothing has been met; anything else is a waste.


Dating is never easy for engineers.  A normal person will employ various indirect and duplicitous methods to create a false impression of attractive-ness. Engineers are incapable of placing appearance above function.

Fortunately, engineers have an ace in the hole.  They are widely recognized as superior marriage material: intelligent, dependable, employed, honest, and handy around the house.  While it’s true that many normal people would prefer not to date an engineer, most normal people harbor an intense desire to mate with them, thus producing engineerlike children who will have high-paying jobs long before losing their virginity.

Male engineers reach their peak of sexual attractiveness later than normal men, becoming irresistible erotic dynamos in their mid-thirties to late-forties.  Just look at these examples of sexually irresistible men in technical professions:

*  Bill Gates.

*  MacGyver.

*  Etcetera.

Female engineers become irresistible at the age of consent and remain that way until about thirty minutes after their clinical death.  Longer if it’s a warm day.


Engineers are always honest in matters of technology and human relationships.  That’s why it’s a good idea to keep engineers away from customers, romantic interests, and other people who can’t handle the truth.  Engineers sometimes bend the truth to avoid work.  They say things that sound like lies but technically are not because nobody could be expected to believe them.  The complete list of engineer lies is listed below.

“I won’t change anything without asking you first.”

“I’ll return your hard-to-find cable tomorrow.”

“I have to have new equipment to do my job.”

“I’m not jealous of your new computer.”


Engineers are notoriously frugal.  This is not because of cheapness or mean spirit; it is simply because every spending situation is simply a problem in optimization, that is, “How can I escape this situation while retaining the greatest amount of cash?”


If there is one trait that best defines an engineer it is the ability to concentrate on one subject to the complete exclusion of everything else in the environment.  This sometimes causes engineers to be pronounced dead prematurely.  Some funeral homes in high-tech areas have started checking resumes before processing the bodies.  Anybody with a degree in electrical engineering or experience in computer programming is propped up in the lounge for a few days just to see if he or she snaps out of it.


Engineers hate risk.  They try to eliminate it whenever they can.  This is understandable, given that when an engineer makes one little mistake the media will treat it like it’s a big deal or something.


*   Hindenberg.

*   Space Shuttle Challenger.

*   SPANet(tm)

*   Hubble space telescope.

*   Apollo 13.

*   Titanic.

*   Ford Pinto.

*   Corvair.

The risk/reward calculation for engineers looks something like this:

RISK:   Public humiliation and the death of thousands of innocent people.REWARD: A certificate of appreciation in a handsome plastic frame.  Being practical people, engineers evaluate this balance of risks and rewards and decide that risk is not a good thing.  The best way to avoid risk is by advising that any activity is technically impossible for reasons that are far too complicated to explain.  If that approach is not sufficient to halt the project, then the engineer will fall back to a second line of defense:

“It’s technically possible but it will cost too much.”


Ego-wise, two things are important to engineers:

*   How smart they are.

*   How many cool devices they own.

The fastest way to get an engineer to solve a problem is to declare that the problem is unsolvable.  No engineer can walk away from an unsolvable problem until it’s solved.  No illness or distraction is sufficient to get the engineer off the case.  These types of challenges quickly become personal—a battle between the engineer and the laws of nature.

Engineers will go without food and hygiene for days to solve a problem.  (Other times just because they forgot.)  And when they succeed in solving the problem they will experience an ego rush that is better than sex— and I’m including the kind of sex where other people are involved.

Nothing is more threatening to the engineer than the suggestion that somebody has more technical skill.  Normal people sometimes use that knowledge as a lever to extract more work from the engineer.  When an engineer says that something can’t be done (a code phrase that means it’s not fun to do), some clever normal people have learned to glance at the engineer with a look of compassion and pity and say something along these lines:  “I’ll ask Bob to figure it out.  He knows how to solve difficult technical problems.”

At that point it is a good idea for the normal person to not stand between the engineer and the problem.  The engineer will set upon the problem like a starved Chihuahua on a pork chop.

A follow-up…

I had some thoughts yesterday evening (yeah, I know that’s dangerous) about the situations in schools today…

Growing up, we routinely had either shotguns or rifles in the gunrack in the truck, and usually a pistol under the seat in high school. A lot of schools had rifle teams, and none of us ever thought about using them for other than hunting or target practice.

Obviously, today is SIGNIFICANTLY different…

I would posit that there are four reasons.

Lack of positive male role models, and many single parent homes (or kids farmed out to relatives).

Lack of training in firearms. (We grew up and were trained by people who had used guns for hunting and WWII/Korea, so we were taught to respect them and use them correctly.)

Lack of religion/lack of discipline in schools. (No longer saying prayers, no longer getting your butt beat/expelled when you did something stupid.)

And last, and probably most important, Progressives/Liberals have taken over the school systems and, IMHO, are holding the kids hostage to their agenda/desires, which include outright banning of guns, emasculating males of all ages, and ’empowering’ women through micro/macro aggressions, etc.

They are also pushing the us against them agenda, shutting down conservatives who are in education, and they are deathly afraid of getting armed teachers, or increased security in schools. That would mean conservative, and better trained people who would be positive role models, not agenda driven ‘agents of change’.

The media is pushing the gun banner’s agenda hard, and relying on ’emotions’ to bully legislators into reacting with changes in the heat of the moment rather than critically thought out, measured changes.

The Israeli model works, and has for 40 years, but they don’t want to hear that… Ever…

Kicking the soap box back in the corner…  Comments?

Here we go again…

The media and the left, but I repeat myself, are up in arms, again…The practical reality is that this is a horrible situation, and children were shot and killed in a gun free zone. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families and the injured, and at the same time it frustrates the hell out of many of us, who would really like to see teachers and others be able to carry on campus. Criminals DO NOT obey laws, ever! No law is going to change that.

But the expected calls are being pushed by those dancing in the blood of these dead children- Ban, confiscate, do away with those ebil black rifles. But, let’s not look beyond the base issue of ebil gun to the missed clues, lack of activity by LEO/FBI even after multiple warnings. As always, the left is pandering that it’s for the ‘chilluns’…

Now some in the media want to have an age limit to buy an AR/AK/etc. “No one should be able to buy an (insert rifle here) until they are 28-30 years old.

Um, the military trains people at 17-18 how to use ARs, so are you going to ban the military from training them/issuing weapons? What will be issues to the ‘chilluns’ in the military?

JB did a great job, HERE of laying out what it will actually take to make those legal changes. Five ‘easy’ changes…

Michael Z. Williamson responds, HERE.

Aesop over at the Raconteur Report has a rather ‘blunt’ response, HERE.

HERE is some background on gun control vs. mass shootings in other countries, from Townhall.com

But if you actually take a step back, this is really about agendas, still, again.

h/t JP

Let’s look at the ‘other’ successes in banning things:

Prohibition- How’d that work out? (For Joe Kennedy, pretty damn well!)

Illegal Drugs- How’s that working? (Marijuana is legal in some states now, is Heroin or Cocaine next?)

‘Assault’ weapons- Actually ‘real’ assault weapons are already regulated, and the AWB of 1994 was how successful?

How about actually enforcing the laws on the books, and actually taking action on mental health issues, rather than burying them, or ‘giving them space’?