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.

Phried Phunnies…

A little humor for your Friday…

Watch for these consolidations in 2009:

1.) Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush, and W. R. Grace Co. will merge and become: Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace.

2.) PolygramRecords, Warner Bros., and ZestaCrackers join forces and become:
Poly, Warner Cracker.

3.) 3M will merge with Goodyear and become:
MMMGood.

4. ZippoManufacturing, AudiMotors, Dofasco, and Dakota Mining will merge and become:
ZipAudiDoDa.

5. FedEx is expected to join its competitor, UPS, and become:
FedUP.

6. Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers will become:
Fairwell Honeychild.

7. Grey Poupon and Docker Pants are expected to become:
PouponPants.

8. Knotts Berry Farm and the National Organization of Women will become:
Knott NOW!

And finally….

9. Victoria ‘s Secret and Smith & Wesson will merge under the new name:
TittyTittyBangBang


Hey, I don’t come up with em, I just pass em along on recycled electrons…

A little humor…

Everybody else is beating the hell outta the congresscritters and Wall St., so I’m going in a different direction…

Don’t know if this is real or faked, but it IS funny as hell! Tattoo it on your forehead- Don’t piss off little old ladies 🙂

Fannie Mae CEO calling Obama and the Dems the

Fannie Mae CEO calling Obama and the Dems the “family and conscience” of Fannie Mae…

Hmmm… And Pelosi and Reid are gonna fix it???

The OTHER side of the coin…

Got this one from Family in Louisiana… This is from an RN who wrote to the local paper concerning her volunteer time in an evac shelter…

How far over backward are we supposed to bend to cater to the evacuees??? At what point does the local law enforcement need to stop being nice and start taking proper steps?

I know what MY answer would be…

I am a nurse who has just completed volunteer working approximately 120 hours as the clinic director in a Hurricane Gustav evacuation shelter in Shreveport, Louisiana over the last 7 days. I would love to see someone look at the evacuee situation from a new perspective.

Local and national news channels have covered the evacuation and ‘horrible’ conditions the evacuees had to endure during Hurricane Gustav. True – some things were not optimal for the evacuation and the shelters need some modification. At any point, does anyone address the responsibility (or irresponsibility) of the evacuees?

Does it seem wrong that one would remember their cell phone, charger, cigarettes and lighter but forget their child’s insulin? Is something amiss when an evacuee gets off the bus, walks immediately to the medical area, and requests immediate free refills on all medicines for which they cannot provide a prescription or current bottle (most of which are narcotics)? Isn’t the system flawed when an evacuee says they cannot afford a $3 copay for a refill that will be delivered to them in the shelter yet they can take a city-provided bus to Wal-mart, buy 5 bottles of Vodka, and return to consume them secretly in the shelter?

Is it fair to stop performing luggage checks on incoming evacuees so as not to delay the registration process but endanger the volunteer staff and other persons with the very realistic truth of drugs, alcohol and weapons being brought into the shelter?

Am I less than compassionate when it frustrates me to scrub emesis from the floor near a nauseated child while his mother lies nearby, watching me work 26 hours straight, not even raising her head from the pillow to comfort her own son? Why does it incense me to hear a man say ‘I ain’t goin’ home ’til I get my FEMA check’ when I would love to just go home and see my daughters who I have only seen 3 times this week? Is the system flawed when the privately insured patient must find a way to get to the pharmacy, fill his prescription and pay his copay while the FEMA declaration allows the uninsured person to acquire free medications under the disaster rules? Does it seem odd that the nurse volunteering at the shelter is paying for childcare while the evacuee sits on a cot during the day as the shelter provides a ‘daycare’? Have government entitlements created this mentality and am I facilitating it with my work?

Will I be a bad person, merciless nurse or poor Christian if I hesitate to work at the next shelter because I have worked for 7 days being called every curse word imaginable, feeling threatened and fearing for my personal safety in the shelter?

Exhausted and battered.

My cousin owns a couple of franchised mini-mart gas stations around Shreveport, he was run out of gas two days before the hurricane hit by all the evacuees, and wasn’t able to get more, due to gas distribution being interrupted; he had to close the stores to keep his employees safe, and pay off duty cops to keep people from destroying the stores because they didn’t have gas… pretty sad state of affairs.

What If ???

Since the Dems don’t have a clue what to do about Palin, and Biden has already inserted both feet a couple of times, this little tidbit is gaining validity… One wonders if the Dems are REALLY that desperate???

The Grapevine says…

On or about October 5th, Biden will excuse himself from the ticket, citing health problems, and he will be replaced by Hillary.

This is timed to occur after the VP debate on 10/2. There have been talks all weekend about how to proceed with this info.

Generally, the feeling is that we should all go ahead and get it out there to as many blog sites and personal email lists as is possible. I have already seen a few short blurbs about this – the “health problem” cited in those articles was an aneurysm.

Probably many of you have heard the similar rumblings. One wonders if this Obama strategy will be a go???

If it is, it seems that the best strategy is to get out in front of this Obama maneuver, spell it out in detail, and thereby expose it for the grand manipulation it is…

This all may be the fevered rantings of some overheated libs, but it should be interesting to watch…

ON another note- Here is some light reading about the financial crisis from Bloomberg… Kevin Hassert is a columnist for them and pretty savvy; he lays it all out in understandable English even 🙂

How the Democrats Created the Financial Crisis: By Kevin Hassett

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aSKSoiNbnQY0

And this is good how???

I need one of those ‘knowledgeable democrats’ to ‘splain this one to me…

House passes off-shore drilling bill (HR 6899) – Except…

No profit sharing for the States (so no impetus to approve drilling), no drilling closer than 50 nm to coast (which is where ‘most’ of the readily available oil is) so as to not interrupt oceanfront views, allows drilling beyond 100nm (which is already in place), large fees from the oil companies (whether oil is found or not), attached items like alternative fuel requirements for utility companies, energy tax incentives and the phasing out of some $17 billion in tax breaks for the oil industry and lifts a moratorium on an oil shale leasing program for Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, but only IF a state decided to move ahead with leases. . .

Now, I’m just a dumb ol’ country boy, but if this isn’t a political scam by the dems I don’t know what is… They will parade around how they passed this bill over “objections” of the Republicans, but it won’t be their fault when the Senate doesn’t go along… Sigh…

Oh yeah, the benefit to us? Nada… no oil anytime soon, no alternatives, no new nuclear plants, nada %^&* thing. Just more of the same…

For your viewing pleasure- Dems on the Escalator

Now THIS just pisses me off…

I don’t have a reference for where this was originally published, but THIS is just ridiculous…

Obama has stepped WAY over the line with this crap…

Senator Obama told Iraqi officials that President Bush’s government was in a ‘”state of weakness and political confusion'” so the negotiations should be postponed until after the election.

http://wizbangblog.com/content/2008/09/15/during-his-july-tour-of-iraq-obama-tried-to-undermine-negotiations-between-the-us-and-iraq-for-troop-drawdown.php

Sen. Obama has no clue about the separation of the executive and legislative branches, and which one is actually the commander-in-chief. Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July. By asking Iraqi leaders to delay a withdrawal plan, Barack Obama hopes to make the GOP look bad so that he can get elected.
“He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington,” Zebari said in an interview.

While campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence. “Obama has given Iraqis the impression that he doesn’t want Iraq to appear anything like a success, let alone a victory, for America. The reason? He fears that the perception of US victory there might revive the Bush Doctrine of “pre-emptive” war – that is, removing a threat before it strikes at America.”

Despite some usual equivocations on the subject, Obama rejects pre-emption as a legitimate form of self -defense. To be credible, his foreign-policy philosophy requires Iraq to be seen as a failure, a disaster, a quagmire, a pig with lipstick or any of the other apocalyptic adjectives used by the American defeat industry in the past five years.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/09152008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/obama_tried_to_stall_gis_iraq_withdrawal_129150.htm?&page=0

Hoshyar Zebari didn’t hide behind a “high-level source in Baghdad” tag for this story. Zebari’s testimony puts the onus on Obama to explain why he attempted to interfere with the Bush administration’s negotiations despite his having absolutely no authority to do so. If Obama wants to negotiate a defeat for America, he needs to wait until Americans elect him to the White House before betraying our allies and our troops in the field.

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/09/15/did-obama-try-to-scotch-an-iraqi-us-agreement-on-military-forces/

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister worries about the senator’s “political debt to the anti-war lobby” which is determined to transform Iraq into a disaster to prove that toppling Saddam Hussein was “the biggest strategic blunder in US history.”

http://www.floppingaces.net/2008/09/15/politics-before-country-the-obama-doctrine/

This should be part of the debates, malicious ineptitude or just plain stupidity? Imagine trying to undermine the negotiations of one’s own government in a war zone without authority. Now, that is audacity!

While chatting with the Foreign Minister of Iraq:
Mr. Zebari, who has served as foreign minister in every Iraqi government since 2003, finds Mr. Obama’s proposal worrying. In a meeting with Post editors and reporters Tuesday, he said that after all the pain and sacrifices of the past five years, “we are just turning the corner in Iraq.” A precipitous withdrawal, he said, “would create a huge vacuum and undo all the gains and achievements. And the others” — enemies of the United States — “would celebrate.”

Mr. Zebari said he told Mr. Obama that “Iraq is not an island.” In other words, an American withdrawal that destabilized the country would also roil the region around it and embolden U.S. adversaries such as al-Qaeda and Iran. “We have a deadly enemy,” Mr. Zebari said. “When he sees that you commit yourself to a certain timetable, he will use this to increase pressure and attacks, to make it look as though he is forcing you out. We have many actors who would love to take advantage of that opportunity.” Mr. Zebari says he believes U.S. forces can and should be drawn down. His point is that reductions should be made gradually, as the Iraqi army becomes stronger.

The foreign minister said “my message” to Mr. Obama “was very clear. . . . Really, we are making progress. I hope any actions you will take will not endanger this progress.” He said he was reassured by the candidate’s response, which caused him to think that Mr. Obama might not differ all that much from Mr. McCain. Mr. Zebari said that in addition to promising a visit, Mr. Obama said that “if there would be a Democratic administration, it will not take any irresponsible, reckless, sudden decisions or action to endanger your gains, your achievements, your stability or security. Whatever decision he will reach will be made through close consultation with the Iraqi government and U.S. military commanders in the field.” Certainly, it makes sense to consult with those who, like Mr. Zebari, have put their lives on the line for an Iraq that would be a democratic U.S. ally. Mr. Obama ought to listen carefully to what they are saying.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/17/AR2008061702034.html

Considering that Obama has now been called to task on trying to derail impending decisions on troop withdrawals and status-of-forces agreement, obviously to benefit his own political prospects! Is this not treason? Working privately to try to derail official US govt. negotiations in a WAR zone over such highly sensitive and important matters…what the hell is the matter with Obama?

Odd, how a person with no governmental authority whatsoever, has the impertinent belief, that because he is the presumptive nominee for president at the time, that he can negotiate anything having to do with official United States forces actions.

http://quipster.wordpress.com/2008/09/15/behind-the-iraq-curtain-act-at-the-obama-show/

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.

The Logan Act (18 U.S.C.A. § 953 [1948]) is a single federal statute making it a crime for a citizen to confer with foreign governments against the interests of the United States. Specifically, it prohibits citizens from negotiating with other nations on behalf of the United States without authorization. Congress established the Logan Act in 1799 and last amended it in 1994. Violation of the logan Act is a felony punishable under federal law with imprisonment of up to three years.

Hypocrisy isn’t the issue here; it’s the interference of Obama in military and diplomatic affairs. Just on diplomacy, interfering with the United States in its diplomatic efforts is a Logan Act violation. Interfering with war policy treads on even more serious ground, especially since the primary motivation appears to be winning an election without regard to whether it damages our ability to fight the enemy or drives wedges between us and our ally, the elected, representative government in Baghdad.

Big and little…

As usual I’m on the road, but thought y’all might be interested in this picture…


In the foreground is the little Hughes 500E we are renting for some stuff, in the back is an AH-124, the largest aircraft in the world … The Hughes weighs about 1300 lb fully loaded, the AH-124 weighs 864,211 pounds fully loaded.

Oh by the way, you can rent it if you really need a BIG load hauled…

http://www.volga-dnepr.com/eng/charter/fleet/an124/specific/

A side note- The AH-124 crew pays for everything in cash… $100 bills to be exact! It was pretty funny when the ground support guy got handed a whole bunch of $100 bills to pay the invoice 🙂 He was just a tad paranoid, especially since he didn’t know if his boss would take cash…

And yes, the helo moved when the 124 taxied out! The pilot didn’t want his helo to end up in the wall of the hangar…

Please keep those folks in South Texas in your prayers as they dig out from Ike.