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The Lightbringers’s one month RECAP

1, The American people elect a president with a total of 42 days experience as a U S Senator from the most politically corrupt state in America whose governor is ousted from office. The President’s first official act is to close Gitmo and make sure terrorists civil rights are not violated.
2, The U.S. Congress rushes to confirm an Attorney General, Eric Holder, whose law firm we later find out represents seventeen Gitmo Terrorists.

3, The CIA Boss, Leon Penetta with absolutely no experience, has a daughter Linda we find out, that is a true radical anti-American activist who is a supporter of all the Anti-American regimes in the western hemisphere.

4. We got the most corrupt female in America as Secretary of State; bought and paid for.

5. We got a Tax Cheat for Treasury Secretary who files his own taxes.

6. A Commerce Secretary nominee who withdrew due to corruption charges.

7. A Tax cheat nominee for Chief Performance Officer who withdrew under charges.

8. A Labor Sec’y nominee who withdrew under charges of unethical conduct.

9. A Sec’y HHS nominee who withdrew under charges of cheating on his taxes.

And that’s just the first two weeks. . . but who’s counting.

America is being run by the modern-day Three Stooges~ Barrack, Nancy, and Harry ~ and they are still trying to define stimulus after spend $787B of our money and now coming back for more!

It was interesting to note that The Lightbringer’s latest speeches sound like he is STILL campaigning!

Stimulus is where the government gives a smidgen ($13) of your tax dollars back to you making you feel so good about yourself [stimulated] that you want to run out to Wal-Mart and buy a new Chinese-made HDTV and go home and watch Telemundo!

Here are a few notes on the “stimulus”…

Billions in outright pork and wasteful spending: $300 million for buying cars for federal bureaucrats;$3.7 billion for something called “green research” on military bases; $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts; $2 billion for “neighborhood stabilization” to radical groups like ACORN;$1.3 billion for Amtrak (of which Reid gets a chunk for his high speed rail from LA to Las Vegas) ; $10 million for”urban canals”(I’m not making this up); etc. including $30M for Pelosi for some mouse in San Francisco…

The Road to Government Run Health Care $1.1 billion for “comparative effectiveness research” that will establish a federal government board to begin rationing health care by having bureaucrats deciding which medical treatments will be appropriate for which Americans.(Page 52 of final conference report)

Overturning the Historic Welfare Reform of 1996 $264 billion for direct welfare payments while overturning the historic welfare reform of 1996. The Pelosi\Reid\Obama bill will reward states with federal welfare funds based on the number of people they put on their welfare rolls – a perverse incentive that will in effect give states “bonuses” for adding more people to welfare rolls AND work requirements are ignored in this legislation…

$53.6 billion for a “state stabilization fund” otherwise known as a slush fund. This massive infusion of our tax dollars is designed to alleviate the need for genuine budget reform and cutting at the state level…

So, when you hear folks saying this Pelosi\Reid\Obama “stimulus” bill was a “compromise” that cut waste to the bone while focusing only on “shovel ready” priorities, call them on it!

They are shovel ready alright… shovelling shit down our throats!!!

DEDICATED TO ALL THOSE WHO FLEW BEHIND ROUND ENGINES


Ev, this one’s for you!

We gotta get rid of those turbines, they’re ruining aviation and our hearing…

A turbine is too simple minded, it has no mystery. The air travels through it in a straight line and doesn’t pick up any of the pungent fragrance of engine oil or pilot sweat.

Anybody can start a turbine. You just need to move a switch from “OFF” to “START” and then remember to move it back to “ON” after a while. My PC is harder to start.

Cranking a round engine requires skill, finesse and style. You have to seduce it into starting. It’s like waking up a horny mistress. On some planes, the pilots aren’t even allowed to do it…

Turbines start by whining for a while, then give a lady-like poof and start whining a little louder.


Round engines give a satisfying rattle-rattle, click-click, BANG, more rattles, another BANG, a big macho FART or two, more clicks, a lot more smoke and finally a serious low pitched roar. We like that. It’s a GUY thing…

When you start a round engine, your mind is engaged and you can concentrate on the flight ahead Starting a turbine is like flicking on a ceiling fan: Useful, but, hardly exciting.

When you have started his round engine successfully your Mechanic looks up at you like he’d let you kiss his girl, too!

Turbines don’t break or catch fire often enough, which leads to aircrew boredom, complacency and inattention. A round engine at speed looks and sounds like it’s going to blow any minute. This helps concentrate the mind!

Turbines don’t have enough control levers or gauges to keep a pilot’s attention. There’s nothing to fiddle with during long flights.

Turbines smell like a Boy Scout camp full of Coleman Lamps. Round engines smell like God intended machines to smell.

Pass this on to an old guy (or his son, or anyone who flew them, ever) in remembrance of ALL those who know the meaning of BMEP.


I learned about Radials as a young sailor, starting S-2F and EC-121s. And yes, you did develop a feel for them or you blew them up… 

You learned how to count blades, which engines on which acft were hard starters, which ones were easy, which ones liked to give you a stack fire, etc…

Random Road stuff…


Oh boy, this road trip is finally at an end…  My butt is draggin…


I get to go home for a whole thirty mumble hours before I have to leave again… sigh…

Main thing is everybody is going home in one piece, so I’m happy about that. A few more random pics from the road for ya.

Now you may have thought I was a little overboard about the rain in LA last week, but when I saw this thing come taxiing by, I really began to wonder!  It’s a Grumman Albatross (better known as a Coast Guard HU-16).  It is beautifully restored! 


And while we were sitting on our butts waiting for our bird to come back, I took a little walk… I call this one a Pearl amongst the Swine…


What kind of pearl one asks?  It’s a J-3 Cub with the tip mods for even shorter takeoff and landing…  It is down here from Alaska to be refurbished for next winter.  And yes, those are real Alaskan brand tires!  What that means is this little airplane cannot land on a regular runway, because it will blow the tires out, so it lands on grass or snow (or in between the runway, which is what this guy did)…  I can just see the guy in the Tower now…  “You want to land WHERE???”

And one of the traffic… This is NOT rush hour!  
You know how to tell??
The cars are more than six feet apart… sigh…

And a little humor.

A beautiful fairy appeared one day to a destitute refugee claimant outside a U.S. immigration office.

‘My good man,’ the fairy said, ‘I’ve been sent here by President Obama and told to grant you three wishes, since you just arrived in the United States with your wife and three children.’

The man told the fairy. ‘Well, where I come from we don’t have good teeth, so I want new teeth, maybe a lot of gold in them.’

The fairy looked at the man’s almost toothless grin and —

PING! — he had a brand new shining set of gold teeth in his mouth!

‘What else?’ asked the fairy, ‘two more to go.’

The refugee claimant now got bolder. & said; ‘I need a big house with a three car garage on the water, with eight bedrooms for my family and the rest of my relatives who still live in my country. I want to bring them all over here..

PING! – In the distance there could be seen a beautiful mansion with a three car garage, a long driveway, a walkout patio with a BBQ in an upscale neighborhood overlooking the bay.

‘One more wish’, said the fairy, waving her wand. ‘Yes, one more wish.

I want to be like an American with American clothes instead of these torn clothes, and a baseball cap instead of this turban. And I want to have white skin like Americans.

PING ! – The man was transformed, wearing worn out jeans, a Yankees T-shirt and a baseball cap. He had his bad teeth back and the mansion had disappeared from the horizon.

‘What happened to my new teeth?’ he wailed. ‘Where is my new house?’

The fairy said ‘Tough luck, Mac, Now that you are a White American, you have to fend for yourself.’

Tiger Woods Speech…

Tiger Woods accepted the invitation to speak at the inauguration…….. But he didn’t deliver the message his inviters had expected!

Tiger Woods spoke Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington during “We Are One,” an inauguration celebration for President-elect Barack Obama. Below is the text of his speech, entitled “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as posted on his Web site:

I grew up in a military family — and my role models in life were my Mom and Dad, Lt. Colonel Earl Woods.My dad was a Special Forces operator and many nights friends would visit our home. They represented every branch of service, and every rank.

In my Dad, and in those guests, I saw first hand the dedication and commitment of those who serve. They come from every walk of life. From every part of our country. Time and again, across generations, they have defended our safety in the dark of night and far from home.

Each day — and particularly on this historic day — we honor the men and women in uniform who serve our country and protect our freedom. They travel to the dangerous corners of the world, and we must remember that for every person who is in uniform, there are families who wait for them to come home safely.

I am honored that the military is such an important part, not just of my personal life, but of my professional life as well. The golf tournament we do each year here in Washington is a testament to those unsung heroes. I am the son of a man who dedicated his life to his country, family and the military, and I am a better person for it.

In the summer of 1864, Abraham Lincoln, the man whose memorial we stand, spoke to the 164th Ohio Regiment and said:”I am greatly obliged to you, and to all who have come forward at the call of their country.”Just as they have stood tall for our country — we must always stand by and support the men and women in uniform and their families.

Thank you, and it is now my pleasure to introduce the U.S. Naval Glee Club.

You know he was greatly pressured to be there. You know the liberals have been mad at him for a decade for not joining their ranks. You know he didn’t want to be there. So instead of paying homage to Obama, he paid tribute to our soldiers. Not one time did Tiger mention Obama or the inauguration or the new administration. You know, he knew he would disappoint, even anger, many, many liberals. but Tiger is his own man. His old man taught him to be his own man. Somewhere in that cold, gray Washington sky, old Earl was smiling down on his son.

Good on ya Tiger!

I’ll play along…



Here is the link to the Hero Factory, go play 🙂

Ironically, the logo is actually our shooting team logo, minus a bullet hole…

Random Road stuff…

On the way in this morning, everybody was ducking/dodging something in the road; as I get up close, move over and get ready to dodge… There is a student driver!


That poor sucker was doing 55 and everybody else was doing 80…  He was up on that wheel like a NASCAR veteran and the instructor was kinda crouched down like he was expecting them to get hit any minute…

The cat herding is going about as well as can be expected, minor changes have cause major perturbations with the cats, but at this point I am expecting nothing less… sigh…

I also screwed up, forgot what day it is, and missed going to the California NASCAR race at Pomona. What’s even worse, I had a %$^&* free ticket…   (pardon me while I go bang head against wall)

AND it’s Oscar night in LA, so all the industry people are in town, some staying at the same hotel I’m at.  How do I know this, you ask?  Well, when I come back and see NINE extended limos in the parking area near the lobby, and bunches of people in Tuxes and designer dresses.  A couple I “think” I recognize, including one older woman with a 20 something boy toy in slavish attendance…

That means there is no way in hell I’m going anywhere near down town tonight!

In the insult to injury category- My work computer (which is the only one I brought) decided to die last night, so among other things, I had to go buy a computer today… Since Circus City is going out of business, I thought I might get lucky, but Noooo.  That place looked like scavengers had attacked it!!!  There was not a single thing left I would have paid money for…  

Anyhoo, I’m sitting here trying to reconfigure a computer, download updates, and salvage address books, in addition to getting work going.  Guess this is gonna be a room service salad night…. sigh…


Whales…

No- not THAT kind…

A3D Skywarriors, also known as Whales, also known as All Three Deads… Built in the 1950’s, accepted by the Navy in 1956, still flying in 2008. Er… Do. The. Math… 52 years and tens of thousands of hours later, they are still serving.

Since I had a little time and access, a couple of pics for those airdales who read this blog.

Steam gauges… This is Ron’s office, Ron is the high time pilot in the world on this aircraft… The yellow handle is the blade fold handle, which blocks the throttles- Not a bad idea, as this sucker won’t fly too well with the wings folded…


And the unofficial call sign for both the pilot and airplane is Dinosaur…

This is why it was called an All Three Dead- This was the only way in/out of the aircraft, no ejection seats, just an escape slide that went out the bottom of the aircraft …

AND this was the largest aircraft to routinely fly on/off the carrier. On the older boats (CV-41/43) there was about four feet of clearance between the wing tip and parked aircraft when landing this thing…
A side note- One of my co-workers is one of the few to survive a water landing in an A3- And that is the way they logged it… 🙂

To see this airplane in flight, and read more, go to the A3 Skywarriors site – HERE and start the A-3 Takeoff video on the front page.

It’s all good…


Zero dark 30- the bird has been prepped, unplugged from “shore power” and is being towed from the hangar. As it bounces over the door tracks, the wings flex, almost as if stretching and getting ready for flight.

We step out into the pre-dawn chill of the ramp, enjoying a pilot’s breakfast (a cigarette, cup of coffee, and a donut) talking about the flight, what needs to be done, and the weather. As we talk, we start laughing about it, remembering how many times and places we have done this before…

Greg walks back into the hangar, gets geared up and climbs into the cockpit as the NC-8 cart starts into its load cycle. The ground crewman gives the thumbs up, and master power is turned on, the cockpit comes alive as the displays, radios and nav systems start spinning up.

One last walk through the kneeboard cards on powering up the package, and I have to get down, not able to go flying. dammit…

The package is cycled, checks good, the engine started and one more check of the package is done. Greg gives a thumbs up, the ground crew and pilot do the dance of checks, wipeouts and minutia of the pre-taxi routine. Chocks are pulled, and off he goes.

We stand on the ramp, once again silent in the early morning. Just as the sun starting to peek over the hills, we hear the power come up, and the bird lifts off cleanly, climbing into the new day…

We turn around to walk back to the hangar, the sound of a radial engine in full pitch causes us to turn around. It’s an old Navy T-28 doing a break for the field…

Not a bad way to start the morning…

GImme a minute…

Gimme a minute, I’m trying to get the seat cushion outta my ass…

Sigh… Let me count the ways I hate LA… Traffic, traffic TRAFFIC!!! 1.5 inches of rain, 4 lanes wide, STILL doing 65mph bumper to bumper, wrecks everywhere and these idjits are honking and cussing each other; and this is at 0630 BEFORE rush hour starts! “Best” wreck seen, Mercedes AMG55 rear ended one of the big 7 series Bimmers- Two blondes out in the middle of the lane, yelling at each other as their hair styles melted and their $1000 dresses got soaking wet. I just kept on driving…

The Grapevine is snowed in, CHP is kicking people off, radio is saying don’t even go that way… Any bets there will be 5-6 hour traffic delays???

Finally get off on the surface streets, one section is about 3-4 inches deep, I’m poking along through it; here comes a little lowered fart mobile, he hits the water at probably 50mph and goes for a hydroplane ride, until he gets stopped by a palm tree… sigh…

We do our conference call, find out there are four of us in the same building, all calling in from different offices… yep, this day is gonna be a REAL winner…

So, we decide to go to lunch, I end up driving, and damned if I don’t get pulled over for a turn signal being out! At least I didn’t get a ticket, but now I’ve got to hassle with that sometime today!

Oh joy- just checked the weather, calling for an inch or more rain later today! LA’s gonna be swimming!

Edit- This was actually from yesterday, this morning was not much better… sigh…

And on the Lightbringer’s rule, we have this…

Norman Mattoon Thomas (November 20, 1884 – December 19, 1968), and some of us are old enough to remember him running for President, was a leading American socialist, pacifist, and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America.

Norman Thomas said this in a 1944 speech: “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of “liberalism,” they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.” He went on to say: “I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”

Heard probably the best description of the porkulus bill a while ago- Congressional ReAllocation Program- CRAP! Yep, works for me, cause they are sure as hell reallocating my money from MY pocket into theirs in the form of more taxes!!!

A dumb question here- IF this CRAP is so important, why has the Lightbringer waited until Tuesday to sign it? Why is the trip to Denver being called a “campaign” appearance?

It looks like our total debt is over $78 Trillion dollars when you add the national debt, Social Security, and Medicare/Medicaid costs together. That exceeds the economy of the ENTIRE world…

We will be working for the rest of our lives to try to pay this off. Retire? I think not…

Oopsie…

Big ocean, small (well relatively speaking) submarines…

The HMS Vanguard was towed back to a submarine base in Scotland with visible dents and scrapes, the BBC reported. The Le Triomphant suffered damaged to a sonar dome in the front of the submarine but returned under its own power to its base on L’Ile Longue on France’s western tip, according to the French military.

Neither France nor Britain would confirm the exact date of the collision, but said it took place earlier this month. France issued a brief statement Feb. 6 saying the Le Triomphant had struck “a submerged object” that was probably a shipping container.
Yep, submerged object alright… Sigh… SOMEBODY was WAY out of their box. Suffice to say, this should never have happened, but as usual, I’m betting the French were off the reservation because they are notorious for this kind of crap…

And of course all the media is in full O.M.G. mode… they have Nuclear MISSLES aboard, why it could have been a world wide DISASTER. HOW could this possibly have happened…

Without going into detail, their entire goal is to be invisible from the time they submerge until the return to port. They don’t use their SONAR at all, the move slow, etc. to minimize their noise signature, and move randomly in (well, supposedly in) their assigned boxes.

Except the USSR has lost four Nuc subs on the bottom over the years and we have lost two (USS Thresher and USS Scorpion). Link is here.

More Chi-town politics…
Horror of horrors, a Chicago politician lied! Burris is now questioning what the definition of is is after being caught up in the Blago scandal, after saying he was squeaky clean…

Taking Chance…

HBO will be showing Taking Chance this weekend. If you can either watch it or TiVo it do so. This is a very special story written by LT Col Michael Stroble, the officer who volunteered to escort the body of PFC Chance Phelps home in 2004 after Pvt. Phelps was killed in Iraq.

This was originally posted in 2004 on Blackfive’s blog (here) and I do not know a single person who read it that was not in tears… Now, five years later, HBO will show it Saturday night in prime time. Talking to folks in the business, it’s about 95% correct.

I will tell you, having been a CACO twice while on active duty, this is if not the hardest, one of the hardest duties there is in the military. After you watch it and dry your tears, say a prayer for those still fighting for our freedom around the world and those who take on the duty of bringing those who die in the line of duty home.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, please go watch!

Old NFO