Thomas Paine- The Second American Revolution…

Sadly, nobody cares about educating themselves or reading history anymore. We are doomed to repeat it.

Folks are too busy watching American Idol, snacking on a McHappy Meal to take a second thinking about this country and what made us what we are today…

Think, read, and VOTE!!!!

Random stuff…

Well, went and shot an action pistol match this morning at the local range- 32 steels per round, 18-9″ floppers, 14- various size swingers and I just flat sucked… I guess I used all my accuracy last week 🙁 I wasn’t last, but I sure as hell wasn’t first!

To top everything else off, I had two failure to feeds on two different mags, bottom line- NOT a good day on the line, but a great day, since I was on the range and getting trigger time…

I “really” want to talk to the guy that designed this setup though… one of the batwing swingers was about 3×5 inches! Try hitting a black swinger in dappled sunlight from 15 yards… sigh…

Oh yeah, while I’m thinking about it, for those of you with M-16/AR-15/M-4 type guns, and especially if you are lefties, go here and get your ambidextrous magazine releases! They are good guys, I’ll personally vouch for them, and more importantly the product WORKS! Even though I shoot right handed, I got one because I do occasionally change out mags with my left hand and it’s dead easy! If you’re military, there is an NSN and it is approved for USN/USMC issue.

Got these two last night and about fell out of my chair laughing…

Notice to All Employees

If on November 5, 2008 , President Obama is officially elected into office, our company will instill a few new policies which are in keeping with his new, inspiring issues of change and fairness:

1. All salespeople will be pooling their sales and bonuses into a common pool that will be divided equally between all of you. This will serve to give those of you who are underachieving a “fair shake.”

2. All low level workers will be pooling their wages, including overtime, into a common pool, dividing it equally amongst yourselves. This will help those who are “too busy for overtime” to reap the rewards from those who have more spare time and can work extra hours.

3. All top management will now be referred to as “the government.” We will not participate in this “pooling” experience because the law won’t apply to us.

4. The “government” will give eloquent speeches to all employees every week, encouraging it’s workers to continue to work hard “for the good of all.”

5. The employees will be thrilled with these new policies because it’s “good to spread the wealth.” Those of you who have underachieved will finally get an opportunity; those of you who have worked hard and had success will feel more “patriotic.”

6. The last few people who were hired should clean out their desks. Don’t feel bad, though, because President Obama will give you free health care, free handouts, free oil for heating your home, free food stamps, and he’ll let you stay in your home for as long as you want even if you can’t pay your mortgage. If you appeal directly to our democratic congress, you might even get a free flat screen TV and a coupon for free haircuts (shouldn’t all Americans be entitled to nice looking hair?) !!!

If for any reason you are not happy with the new policies, you may want to rethink your vote on November 4th.

And the other one…

Dear Fellow Business Owners
My brother and I take pride in having started from scratch a small family-owned business which is domiciled in coastal Connecticut. After twenty difficult years of working our arses off, our payroll now totals about thirty (30) people. Because we worked hard to steadily build this business, we have earned a modest net profit every year since we started.

However, allowing for the probability that Barack Hussein Obama will be our next President, we are trying to figure out how to remain in businesses and cope with Barack’s “share the wealth” mind-set. Since federal taxes are sure to increase under Barack’s administration, our customers must bear some of the burden because we can’t.

We therefore foresee the likelihood of having to increase the cost of our products and services by about eight (8%) percent across the board.

We must also lay off 6 employees. Furloughing employees is the hardest part.

How best to identify who goes and who stays? Here’s how we finally resolved the problem.

We took a little stroll thru the parking lot this afternoon and found eight (8) employee-owned vehicles bearing Obama bumper stickers.

We have decided six of these eight will be the first to be laid off. Seniority will rule in who stays and who gets the axe. We can’t think of a fairer way to approach this problem. If you have a better idea, let us know.

We’re sending a copy of this letter to all the small business owners we know. Trust you will forward this to all the small business owners you know.

Giuseppe and Vito
Milford, CT.

Now the reason I was laughing, I was at a site earlier this week where I had to park hellandgone out in left field… As I was walking through the parking lot, I saw this little clutch of about 9-10 POS Prius(i since it’s plural?) and every damn one of them had an Obama sticker on it! Then I started looking around- seemed like every pickup truck (and there were quite a few) all had McCain stickers! Interesting little dynamic there…

In Closing, I don’t care who you vote for of Tues, that is between you and God, but PLEASE go and exercise that right to vote!

Now back to the regularly scheduled trash… 🙂

Internet censorship…

It’s not just in the Muslim and Communist countries that people are talking about and making internet restrictions! The Australians are doing it, but for euthanasia and anorexia… And mandantory blocking of illegal material… What if???? 2A, certain religious material (fill-in-the-blank) religion, freedom of speech, Republican or Democratic sites… Who will make those decisions??

This from an Australian news service:

THE Federal Government is planning to make internet censorship compulsory for all Australians and could ban controversial websites on euthanasia or anorexia.

Australia’s level of net censorship will put it in the same league as countries including China, Cuba, Iran and North Korea, and the Government will not let users opt out of the proposed national internet filter when it is introduced.

Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy Minister Stephen Conroy admitted the Federal Government’s $44.2 million internet censorship plan would now include two tiers – one level of mandatory filtering for all Australians and an optional level that will provide a “clean feed”, censoring adult material.

Despite planning to hold “live trials” before the end of the year, Senator Conroy said it was not known what content the mandatory filter would bar, with euthanasia or pro-anorexia sites on the chopping block.

“We are talking about mandatory blocking, where possible, of illegal material,” he told a Senate Estimates Committee.

Previously the net nanny proposal was going to allow Australians who wanted uncensored access to the web the option to contact their internet service provider and be excluded from the service.

Groups including the System Administrators Guild of Australia and Electronic Frontiers Australia have slammed the proposal, saying it would unfairly restrict Australians’ access to the web, slow internet speeds and raise the price of internet access.

EFA board member Colin Jacobs said it would have little effect on illegal internet content, including child pornography, as it would not cover peer-to-peer file-sharing networks.
“If the Government would actually come out and say we’re only targeting child pornography it would be a different debate,” he said.

But the Australian Christian Lobby yesterday welcomed the Government’s proposals.
Its managing director Jim Wallace said he expected resistance from the industry but the measures were needed.

“The need to prevent access to illegal hard-core material and child pornography must be placed above the industry’s desire for unfettered access,” Mr Wallace said.

Here is the link to the article http://webmail.east.cox.net/do/redirect?url=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.news.com.au%252Ftechnology%252Fstory%252F0%252C25642%252C24569656-5014239%252C00.html

H/T Julie from down under.

Not for the faint of heart…

This one is NOT pretty at the end- but it does end well for the LEOs involved (they all get to go home in one piece).

Team work at it’s finest- and score one for the good guys! The helo pilot most probably saved the officer’s life by telling him NOT to follow the bad guy into the back yard.

This video also shows what our LEOs face on a daily and nightly basis when pursuing bad guys on foot.

Take a minute and say a little prayer for these men and women that are the thin blue line…

Scribbler Award…

RT has done a super-nice thing and bestowed upon me the Superior Scribbler Award. For once I didn’t get told NO you can’t publish that because (fill in the blank)….

Thanks RT!
The best part about this award is that I get to nominate five other bloggers!

I give this award to:

Earl for his humorous look at the world and the work he does helping people

Murph for the reminders that every cloud had a silver lining somewhere, when we were in the military

JPG doesn’t post often, but when he does, it is though provolking and worth the read

Breda for her well thought out posts and female perspective on shooting

And last but not least Brigid she cooks, she shoots, she is one hellva writer!

Hell, as far as that goes, everybody on my sidebar deserves one!


Now, according to the rules….
Every Superior Scribbler will name 5 other Super Scribblers.If you are named you must link to the author & the name of the blog that gave you the award. Then you must display the adorable award and link to
THIS POST, which explains the award. The same post also allows you to add your link. Then they will have a record of all the people who are Super Scribblers!

Trigger Time!!!!

Taking a ‘few’ people’s advice, and actually having a weekend day where I could do something, I went to the local range and spent some quality time shooting on Sunday.

I know, I know, this is Tuesday, but I’ve had a battle with my little old camera, that poor thing is on it’s last leg, singular. So it’s been two falls out of three trying to both take pictures, and get pictures out of the damn thing… sigh…

Anyhoo, I decided this was going to be revolver day, so dug out the Pythons and the S&W 637 and went at it.

Here is a pic of all three on the lane, and the leftovers from a box of ammo. 150 rounds and I’ll tell you, my wrist and thumb are STILL telling me about it!

These are the returns from the Pythons only (suffice to say, if I’m INSIDE the barn with the 637, I can hit the barn 4 out of 5)…

And I drug one other thing to the range- and I don’t have a good picture, but it’s a 1943 HRA M-1 Rifle. It’s a new rifle for me, purchased from CMP and I was shooting some 1965 30.06 LC Match 173 gr through it.

I’m EXTREMELY happy with the rifle, as it gauges very well and shoots even better! Now I will admit I cheated on these, and shot off a bean bag rest, but I’ll take this for accuracy at 100 yards!

Here’s a close up of an 8 round clip, about 2 inches with open sights! YES!!! 🙂

From another point of view…

One of the better presentations for it’s skewed perspective on gun control…

I finally got back from my little WESTPAC “vacation” so I’m playing catch up on the news…

One thing is for sure- CNN worldwide is BIASED!!!! All of the presidential coverage was slanted pro-Obama; never saw a positive story on McCain the entire week and a half. This was both CNNj (Japan) and CNNs (Spanish, which came on at midnight), were rooting for Obama and his “positive” impact on the world.

Most of the Sailors and Marines I talked to are worried, about their jobs, and more so about the level of committment to the military Obama has.

Oh yeah, it was actually nice NOT to have internet access for a few days 🙂 Amazing how relaxing that is…

A must read…

Go read Voodoo Medicine Man’s post on the entitlement mentality

He got it in one, and said it MUCH better than I can.

Herding cats time…

Last night was one of those you had to be there situations…

A group of us went out to dinner at a Japanese (local not tourist) restaurant. They had the plastic presento food in the front window, with Kanji and prices only. The menu came, only Kanji, no English, no pictures…

So everybody either orders off their best guess or price (from the front window). Most of us ordered what are called sets (like prix fixe) but two guys got creative…

Soooo

The wait staff starts bringing out dishes, sets one in front of one of the ladies with 8 little plates, and motions around the table (can we say appetizer?), so she takes a little plate, one piece and around the table we go… The last guy, a PHD, says, “hey, this kinda looks like what I ordered for dinner”. Next they bring out a few bowls of rice, which get placed around the table and some of the group take them…

Again the last guy is left out… Now they bring out the rest of the meals, he now has nothing sitting in front of him, and he mumbles something about thinking he ordered a bowl of rice…

We end up getting the manager over to the table, and find out that we had, in fact, eaten his dinner AND his rice 🙂 So he orders again…

20 minutes later we are finished, and his second set of food finally gets to the table. We wait for him, then go up to pay. Now this is where it gets interesting…

They don’t speak English, we don’t speak Japanese, there is nothing on the bill indicating the prices, and the Mamasan is getting frustrated. So I go track down the manager and get a menu, we guesstimate how much we owe, and start going back and forth to the front window and pointing out what we had. The Mamasan totals it up, points to the register and that is what we pay…

Last guys gets up, points to his appetizer and rice (times 2), and she rings up about 4 times the value… Last guy gets frustrated (reminder: he’s a PHD and he doesn’t deal well with not getting his way) so I end up in the middle of it, and through pantomime, etc. we figure out she never charged us for any drinks, so tacked it all on his bill… We finally get enough yen together to pay the last part and leave…

We get outside, and of course, to add insult to injury, it is now pouring rain! Last guy decides to wait on a taxi, while the rest of us head back. About 30 minutes later, we’re at the bar having a nightcap or three, when he finally comes in; he walks over and tells us he needs yen to pay for his taxi!!! The idjit called a taxi for what was effectively a 4 block ride, which cost almost $10, and he didn’t even have the money to pay for it, and tried to pay with his credit card!!!!

So collection time again, including trading people dollars for yen to finally collect enough to pay his taxi fare, meanwhile he leaves and goes to bed!!! So I get stuck doing the go min esai dance with the taxi driver…

Note to self: DO NOT bring this guy next time… sigh…

Now that was interesting…

At about 315pm, felt a small earthquake here in Yokosuka, Japan. Chair was vibrating, computer (desk) started shaking, and I ‘finally’ realized what was happening; yep, I’m awake….

About 30 seconds before it hit, I heard a bunch of dogs start barking/howling… Don’t know if this was a bigger one elsewhere, and we got the fringes or what. No aftershocks so far, but the dogs are going nuts again, so I’m gonna take a break and go outside 🙂

Well, 15 minutes later and nothing has happened… I don’t think most people even noticed!

Biggest news over here today is that the Nikkei (Japanese Stock Market) has dropped 9.4% today, along with most of the Asian markets (largest drop Indonesian Market 10.5% before they suspended trading). Toyota was off 10% of their total value today alone! Add this to the London Exchange problems, the Brit buyout, etc. closure of the Russian markets after 10 and 15% losses respectively and yes, the Wall Street problem really has upset markets world wide…

BBC is saying there is now ‘officially’ a world wide panic in progress, thanks to the US!

We decided to do something different for dinner, so we took the train up to Yokohama, went to Chinatown, and ate in a Brazilian restaurant serving Argentinian beef… Talk about Globalization… Burp…


USS Grunion (SS216) Identified…

On October 1, 2008, Commander, Submarine Forces Pacific Fleet, Rear Adm. Douglas McAneny announced that a sunken vessel off the coast of the Aleutian Islands is in fact the World War II submarine USS Grunion (SS 216).

66 years after the fact, and in no small part due to the persisitance of LCDR Abele’s sons; along with a chance input from a Japanese source, closure has been granted to those families.

Details here:

http://www.csp.navy.mil/ww2boats/grunion.htm

and here:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081003193648.htm

And here is the site about the search:

http://www.ussgrunion.com/

RIP and go with God Gentlemen; you will always be on Eternal Patrol.