Great Blog…

Go over an visit Brigid-A Celtic gal who loves to cook and shoot and write and travel – with a badge and some guns and lot of open space.

You will enjoy it!

Management Styles…

First- I like the 4th of July. As a Captain I was once stationed with in an unnamed third world sh!t hole years ago use to say, “I love Independence Day, the fourth of DAMN Jooool-ly! It’s the best holiday ever, and it’s the whole reason we exist as a nation today!”

That old Capatin had a point!

Now on with the management quiz… Does any of this sound familiar?

(1) Insist on doing everything through “channels.” Never permit short-cuts to be taken in order to expedite decisions.

(2) Make “speeches.” Talk as frequently as possible and at great length. Illustrate your “points” by long anecdotes and accounts of personal experiences. Never hesitate to make a few appropriate “patriotic” comments.

(3) When possible, refer all matters to committees, for “further study and consideration.” Attempt to make the committees as large as possible – never less than five.

(4) Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently as possible.

(5) Haggle over precise wordings of communications, minutes, resolutions.

(6) Refer back to matters decided upon at the last meeting and attempt to re-open the question of the advisability of that decision.

(7) Advocate “caution.” Be “reasonable” and urge your fellow-conferees to be “reasonable” and avoid haste which might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on.

(8) Be worried about the propriety of any decision – raise the question of whether such action as is contemplated lies within the jurisdiction of the group or whether it might conflict with the
policy of some higher echelon.

Sound like somebody you know or work with???

You won’t believe where this came from…

The Office of Strategic Services, WW II-era precursor agency tothe CIA, had these helpful management tips to offer back in the day to use for SABOTAGE of businesses!!! Don’t believe me? Here’s the link , page down and down load the attachment- OSS simple sabotage manual!

Ye Haaa… Talk about an E ticket ride…

This video is from an airport in Brazil known for it’s severe crosswinds…

Boeing and Airbus use it to test side loading and stresses on landing gears. This is a place where the company test pilots REALLY earn their pay!

Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!!!!

Well, this det is almost over, two more days of herding cats and I can go home and get some sleep! Yea!!!

I just have three words of advice for those who come to Hawaii-

Sunscreen you Idjits!!!

Geez… It’s bad enough when the ‘adults’ get crispy crittered, but when you see the kids sunburned (I’m talking red as a beet), you just want to kick somebody’s ass!

sigh…

YES!!!!

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a constitutional right to keep guns in their homes for self-defense, the justices’ first major pronouncement on gun control in U.S. history.

The court’s 5-4 ruling struck down the District of Columbia’s 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment.

The decision went further than even the Bush administration wanted, but probably leaves most firearms restrictions intact. The court had not conclusively interpreted the Second Amendment since its ratification in 1791.

The amendment reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” The basic issue for the justices was whether the amendment protects an individual’s right to own guns no matter what, or whether that right is somehow tied to service in a state militia.

The decision was that the right of the people, as used in the first, second and fourth amendments stands as a right for ALL people, not just the militia. Also, since the first and fourth amendments have been ‘updated’ to reflect current technology, the ruling states that current arms are legal under the second amendment!

This is a GREAT ruling in that it allows us to keep our arms in the home for self defense!!!

Thanks to the SCOTUS for standing up for us against the LWL!!!!

Idiots are everywhere…

I was out working and we were headed back to the beach when we saw an interesting sight out the door…
Now bear in mind, this is a number of miles at sea. The idiot on the jet ski decided he would run in on the submarine as it headed back to port. As he came closer, we just watched and waited to see what would happen.
All of a sudden, the jet ski slowed down and we figure he finally realized that they were watching him… Our guess is he realized that maybe, just maybe, this was NOT a real good idea, and he was out weighed by a ton or two…
As soon as the jet ski slowed down, the sub pulled it’s pipes down and went on it’s way. We dipped down low enough to make sure the idiot had not run out of gas, and we headed back for the beach and let the Coasties know they needed to go write a rather large federal ticket.
Why is it people are SOOOO stoopid on vacation???
sigh…

What’s missing???

What’s missing in Iowa?

The place is flooded, homes and lives are in ruin and Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson et al are nowhere to be seen. Wonder why???

Every photo I have seen shows people working to save their stuff, to my knowledge no one has cried for the government to save their ass, no looting no shooting. What’s missing, why is this so different than New Orleans???

Simple, these people work for a living and don’t live off the government dole…

You ain’t gonna like losing…

“You ain’t gonna like losing.” -Author unknown

President Bush did make a bad mistake in the war on terrorism. But the mistake was not his decision to go to war in Iraq Bush’s mistake came in his belief that this country is the same one his father fought for in WWII. It is not.

Back then, they had just come out of a vicious depression. The country was steeled by the hardship of that depression, but they still believed fervently in this country. They knew that the people had elected their leaders, so it was the people’s duty to back those leaders.

Therefore, when the war broke out the people came together, rallied behind, and stuck with their leaders, whether they had voted for them or not or whether the war was going badly or not. And war was just as distasteful and the anguish just as great then as it is today. Often there were more casualties in one day in WWII than we have had in the entire Iraq war. But that did not matter. The people stuck with the President because it was their patriotic duty. Americans put aside their differences in WWII and worked together to win that war.

Everyone from every strata of society, from young to old pitched in. Small children pulled little wagons around to gather scrap metal for the war effort. Grade school students saved their pennies to buy stamps for war bonds to help the effort. Men who were too old or medically 4F lied about their age or condition trying their best to join the military. Women doubled their work to keep things going at home. Harsh rationing of everything from gasoline to soap, to butter was imposed, yet there was very little complaining.

You never heard prominent people on the radio belittling the President. Interestingly enough in those days there were no fat cat actors and entertainers who ran off to visit and fawn over dictators of hostile countries and complain to them about our President. Instead, they made upbeat films and entertained our troops to help the troops’ morale. And a bunch even enlisted. And imagine this: Teachers in schools actually started the day off with a Pledge of Allegiance, and with prayers for our country and our troops!

Back then, no newspaper would have dared point out certain weak spots in our cities where bombs could be set off to cause the maximum damage. No newspaper would have dared complain about what we were doing to catch spies. A newspaper would have been laughed out of existence if it had complained that German or Japanese soldiers were being ‘tortured’ by being forced to wear women’s underwear, or subjected to interrogation by a woman, or being scared by a dog or did not have air conditioning.

There were a lot of things different back then. We were not subjected to a constant bombardment of pornography, perversion and promiscuity in movies or on radio. We did not have legions of crack heads, dope pushers and armed gangs roaming our streets.

No, President Bush did not make a mistake in his handling of terrorism. He made the mistake of believing that we still had the courage and fortitude of our fathers. He believed that this was still the country that our fathers fought so dearly to preserve.It is not the same country. It is now a cross between Sodom and Gomorra and the land of Oz. We did unite for a short while after 9/11, but our attitude changed when we found out that defending our country would require some sacrifices.

We are in great danger. The terrorists are fanatic Muslims. They believe that it is okay, even their duty, to kill anyone who will not convert to Islam. It has been estimated that about one third or over three hundred million Muslims are sympathetic to the terrorists cause… Hitler and Tojo combined did not have nearly that many potential recruits. So… We either win it – or lose it – and you ain’t gonna like losing.

America is not at war. The military is at war. America is at the mall…

We REALLY need to turn this attitude around, but I don’t see it happening.

In Australia, the new liberal PM Rudd, is cutting support to the military because they have too many people supporting them, vowing to cut back to 15,000 total civilians to support the military. His rationale? More money needs to go to ‘social programs’… The next set of cuts being discussed is in active forces, which are ALREADY understrength!!!!

I am afraid if Obama gets in, we will see the same mentality, putting us even further under the gun than the military already is.

Answering Machine…

Too bad no school has the balls to actually put this up…

Hello! You have reached the automated answering service of your school. In order to assist you in connecting to the right staff member, please listen to all the options before making a selection:
To lie about why your child is absent – Press 1
To make excuses for why your child did not do his work – Press 2
To complain about what we do – Press 3
To swear at staff members – Press 4
To ask why you didn’t get information that was already enclosed in your newsletter and several flyers mailed to you – Press 5
If you want us to raise your child – Press 6
If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone – Press 7
To request another teacher, for the third time this year – Press 8
To complain about bus transportation – Press 9
To complain about school lunches – Press 0

If you realize this is the real world and your child must be accountable and responsible for his/her own behavior, class work, homework and that it’s not the teachers’ fault for your child’s lack of effort:
Hang up and have a nice day!

If you want this in Spanish, move to a country that speaks it!

Range Report C&S Carry Commander


I’m in wuv…. 馃檪


Went to NRA yesterday and shot my new Bill Laughridge (Cylinder & Slide) Carry Commander-

Specs:


路 C&S Officers Model Frame
路 C&S Forged Commander Slide
路 Bar-Sto Semi Drop-In Barrel
路 Deburr & Polish all internals
路 Round Bottom of Mainspring Housing and Frame
路 Throat Barrel and Frame for Reliable Feeding
路 Cut Lubrication/Debris Grooves in Frame and Slide Rails
路 Cut Lubrication /Debris Grooves Inside of Slide in Front of Slide Locking Lugs
路 Cut Lubrication/Debris Groove in Barrel Bushing
路 Round all External Corner & Edges
路 Radius Extractor and Set Tension
路 Lower Ejection Port & Cut Bullet Nose Relief on Front of Ejection Port
路 Shorten Slide Stop Shaft on RH Side & Counter Sink Frame Hole
路 Bevel Mag Well for Speed Loading
路 Machine Stipple Mainspring Housing & Front Strap
路 Re-crown Barrel 11 degrees
路 Serrate Back of Slide & Rear Sight 50 LPI
路 Trigger Job 3 lbs
路 Silver Solder Grip Screws & Plunger Tube on Frame
路 Hand Lapped Slide to Frame Fit
路 Checker Sides of Novak Low Mount Rear Sight
路 C&S Stainless Tactical Ambi Thumb safety
路 S&A Beavertail High Grip Safety w/Palm Swell
路 C&S Medium Aluminum Solid Smooth Face Trigger w/overtravel stop
路 Novak Low Mount Carry Rear Sight & C&S Dovetail Front Sight
路 C&S Extended Ejector
路 Thin Green Micarta Grips
路 Officer Model Smooth Mainspring Housing
路 Wolff Recoil Spring 20lbs
路 C&S Tact II Trigger pull set 5 piece
路 C&S Extractor Series 70
路 C&S TM Hammer Strut
路 C&S Hex Head Grip Screws (set of 4)
路 C&S Checkered Slide Stop
路 Commander Recoil Spring Plug
路 Commander Recoil Spring Guide
路 Tritium Insert Front Sight
路 Cerami-Cote Matte OD Green Frame
路 Cerami-Cote Matte Armor Black Slide


Put 100 rounds down range to get the feel of the pistol, then tried some ‘serious’ shooting (above). I was pulling all the double taps low (note three in the neck and the two bottom nine and one eight ring), but I couldn’t be happier! This pistol is MUCH more accurate than I am…

Of course, as soon as I started feeling good about MY shooting, I glance over a couple of lanes, there is a Dad with two daughters (9 and 11) and an AR-15 on the bench. Target comes back from 50 yards, all 9/10 ring, I compliment the Dad, he chuckles and says, “Oh that wasn’t me, that was the 9 year old; she out shoots me all the time!”

So I wander back over to my lane, only to watch the guy on the other side of me start shooting the 1 inch Shoot n’ See DOTS at 10 yards! sigh…

Humility restored, I packed up and exited with what was left of my tatters of dignity…

Still in all, I feel MUCH better 馃檪 Got rid of some frustrations, got to shoot a very nice pistol and vindicated the choice I made to purchase it!

My sentiments…

Handle every stressful situation like a dog.

If you can’t eat it or play with it, pee on it and walk away!

Other than the 600 watt Phillips bulb in the oncoming train, it hasn’t been a bad week, since we made it to Friday!

On a different note, today is the anniversery of D-Day, June 6, 1944 64 years ago-

President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the nation the evening of June 6th.

鈥淢y Fellow Americans:

鈥淟ast night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our Allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.

鈥淎nd so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:

鈥淎lmighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

鈥淟ead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

鈥淭hey will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

鈥淭hey will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest — until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

鈥淔or these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

鈥淪ome will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

鈥淎nd for us at home — fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas, whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them — help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

鈥淢any people have urged that I call the nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

鈥淕ive us strength, too — strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

鈥淎nd let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

鈥淎nd, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment — let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

鈥淲ith Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace — a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

鈥淭hy will be done, Almighty God.

鈥淎men.鈥

Many of the survivors have gone now, but we need to remember their sacrifice, even as we remember the sacrifices being made by our troops today in the GWOT.