Sippican Cottage…

I lifted this from Drjim at Every Blade of Grass

Wow….just wow.

Pardon me while I tear up.
My father was a Navy SeaBee in the South Pacific during WWII. He quite possibly helped build the airstrip where this man’s father took off and landed. My Dad never wanted to talk about it, either, except for an occasional comment he made while we watched “Victory At Sea” on Sunday afternoons.
Every time I read a story or post like this, the final line from “The Bridges At Toko-Ri” comes back to me.

“Where do we find such men?”


They were a special generation… Sadly, they are dying at a rate of 2600/month. Soon they will all be gone, and with them the foundation of our greatest generation.

DopeyChangey- Very depressing videos…

I just got this from a friend, and I’m sure as hell depressed…


Go here and watch on YouTube, as I can’t upload to the blog tonight. It’s Glenn Beck with a graphic explanation of the amount of money being printed to cover the bailout(s) and budget expansion.


Regardless of your party affiliation, you cannot watch this and NOT be depressed/worried about inflation and devaluation of the dollar…

And go to Evil Conservative Radio to watch the video of Rangel telling a reporter to mind his own God Damn business when questioned about his tax “problems”. I’m at the point I almost believe all the congresscritters believe they are above the law!!!

If this isn’t a commercial for term limits, I don’t know what is…

I’m on the road again, attending a conference on the Left Coast. This afternoon was check-in for the conference, and contrary to previous years, the majority of the conversations this evening were about the budget, the bailout, and how bad things will probably get. Since most of us are working in the R&D arena, either in or out of the government, there is a real fear there will be no money pumped into R&D for new technologies, based on threats from Frank and other congresscritters who want to pull money from the Military and move it into social programs…

I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but many of the current technologies we all enjoy every day came out of military research- Among others, the Internet, smart wheelchairs, bluetooth technology, CGI for movies, cell phone technology, and quite a few others…

What happens when we no longer have that R&D being done???

Kicking the soapbox back in the corner… now back to the regularly scheduled crap…

HopeyChangey my ass…


AARRGGGHHHH!!! Orszag went on Face the Nation and at least one other talk show and spewed this garbage this morning…

When it comes to dealing with all those pet projects in the big spending bill before Congress, President Barack Obama’s budget chief says wait until next year.

White House budget director Peter Orszag says the Obama administration isn’t happy with the billions of dollars aimed at lawmakers’ pet projects — also known as earmarks. Obama had campaigned on changing the way such money is appropriated by Congress.

Yet Orszag says Obama doesn’t want to revisit the spending bill Congress put together before he was elected and wants to move on. Next year, according to Orszag, when Obama is fully involved in the next budget from the start, earmarks will be handled differently.

Is anybody else getting as frustrated with this as I am??? The Lightbringer wants to let all these earmarks through, blame it on Bush, and then, since THEY ARE ALREADY IN EFFECT, continue to fund them in the out years…

On the arms front- A little truth in advertising about the Mexican arms issues- If anybody really got a good look at the pictures of those so called American weapons exported to Mexico, the weapons are full up M-16’s, full auto AKs, pineapple grenades (which the US hasn’t issued since the 60’s, RPG’s and at least one 60mm mortar! Last time I looked, ALL of those are illegal in the US unless you have a Class III license…

The reality is most of the weapons the drug gangs are getting/using are coming from Mexican Army deserters, the cartels in Columbia, and Nicaragua. Of course, the Lightbringer’s folks and Holder AREN’T telling the public that…

It may be time for a divorce…


I got this today, and it pretty much says it all…

Dear, American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al:

We have stuck together since the late 1950’s, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has run its course. Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right so let’s just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.

Here is a model separation agreement:

Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.

We don’t like redistributive taxes so you can keep them. You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU. Since you hate guns and war, we’ll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military. You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O’Donnell (You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them). We’ll keep the capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street. You can have your beloved homeless, homeboys, hippies and illegal aliens. We’ll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO’s and rednecks. We’ll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood .

You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we’ll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us. You can have the peaceniks and war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we’ll help provide them security.

We’ll keep our Judeo-Christian values.. You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism and Shirley McClain. You can also have the U.N.. but we will no longer be paying the bill. We’ll keep the SUVs, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Subaru station wagon you can find.

You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing doctors. We’ll continue to believe healthcare is a luxury and not a right. We’ll keep The Battle Hymn of the Republic and the National Anthem. I’m sure you’ll be happy to substitute Imagine, I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing, Kum Ba Ya or We Are the World.

We’ll practice trickle down economics and you can give trickle up poverty your best shot. Since it often so offends you, we’ll keep our history, our name and our flag.

In the spirit of friendly parting, I’ll bet you ANWAR which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.

Sincerely,

A WASP Conservative

(Better known to the Left as one of those bitter working-class people who are clinging to their guns and religion in this time of need.)

Medvedev slaps down Lightbringer…

The Lightbringer got slapped down by Medvedev today, after the letter being leaked about the proposed deal to stop building the missle defense network (leaving the Poles et al hung out to dry), if they would get Iran to back off.

Yoo hoo- Hey Washington, this is not backyard deals, you’re now playing in the REAL WORLD…

Medvedev/Putin are going to eat the new administration for breakfast…

Random Road stuff…

Yet AGAIN I’m sitting in a hotel room on the road… sigh…

Anyhoo- I reported in Dec on the amount of NICS checks for Nov being at an all time high. Well here’s an update!

Nov 08- 1,529,635
Dec 08- 1,523,426
Jan 09- 1,213,885

If this is any indicator, guns sales are the ONE area of the economy that is NOT in trouble… ūüôā

On other fronts, ANOTHER democrat didn’t pay is taxes, but he’s going into the cabinet anyway- Kirk, former Mayor of Dallas… I’m at the point I just cannot believe this crap any more…

And Citibank has finally decided to help those behind on their mortgages- but only for 3 months and ONLY if the people bring in a sheet showing they are getting unemployment… sigh… Big Whoop… And now AIG is want more billions or they will fold-

Fine! Let the idjits fold!!! Then the bottom will fall out, the loans will go bad, and we can start back up. If they keep propping these idjits up, who knows how many BILLIONS will go down that rat hole?

A side note- I was talking to a friend in Texas today, the small local banks seem to be NOT having a problem, because they have not been forced to give subprime loans… They actually made people qualify! Gee what a novel concept!

Another POS idea coming out, is the whole enforced carbon reduction thing… India and China WILL NOT PLAY! All that will do is drive US goods prices even higher, and oh by the way, the Lightbringer’s minions have now decided we don’t pay enough for electricity! They are going to force prices up so that Solar, et al become the preferred alternatives!!! WTFO?

On a positive note- GUN NUTS tonight! 9pm EST- Tonight will be a discussion/presentation by Blackfork on the Battle of the Alamo. Having followed Robert’s blogging of the daily events, I’m looking forward to it!

Hide your wallet and "enjoy" the show, part 2…

Based on some comments from the earlier post, I dug this out tonight. you can go HERE and view the breakouts by state and town of the stimulus bill, courtesy of Stimulus Watch.

I must have missed this one on the news… Yeah, right…

About a week ago, there was a fairly large protest outside the high school in Mesa Arizona where Obama went to pitch his mortgage bailout package. The MSM has purposefully ignored the protest but it’s in the Internet blogs and on talk radio. And at Stickerpatch, they have photos up that were taken of the protest.

h/t Mikey

And from the WSJ today…

Declining Defense, The Wall Street Journal, 2 March 2009

Obama’s budget does cut one federal department. For all of his lavish new spending plans, President Obama is making one major exception: defense. His fiscal 2010 budget telegraphs that Pentagon spending is going to be under pressure in the years going forward.The White House proposes to spend $533.7 billion on the Pentagon, a 4% increase over 2009. Include spending on Iraq and Afghanistan, which would be another $130 billion (or a total of $664 billion), and overall defense spending would be around 4.2% of GDP, the same as 2007.

However, that 4% funding increase for the Pentagon trails the 6.7% overall rise in the 2010 budget — and defense received almost nothing extra in the recent stimulus bill. The Joint Chiefs requested $584billion for 2010 and have suggested a spending floor of 4% of GDP. Both pleas fell on deaf ears. The White House budget puts baseline defense spending at 3.7% of GDP, not including Iraq and Afghanistan.

The budget summary pleads “scarce resources” for the defense shortfall, which is preposterous given the domestic spending blowout.

(bold and italics mine- This is PURE BS!!!)

More ominously, Mr. Obama’s budget has overall defense spending falling sharply starting in future years — to $614 billion in 2011, and staying more or less flat for a half decade. This means that relative both to the economy and especially to domestic priorities, defense spending is earmarked to decline. Some of this assumes less spending on Iraq, which is realistic, but it also has to take account of Mr. Obama’s surge in Afghanistan. That war won’t be cheap either.The danger is that Mr. Obama may be signaling a return to the defense mistakes of the 1990s.

Yep, we’re sure as hell going down that road again!!!

Bill Clinton slashed defense spending to 3% of GDP in 2000, from 4.8% in 1992. We learned on 9/11 that 3% isn’t nearly enough to maintain our commitments and fight a war on terror –and President Bush spent his two terms getting back to more realistic outlays for a global superpower.

American defense needs are, if anything, even more daunting today. Given challenges in the Mideast and new dangers from Iran, an erratic Russia, a rising China, and potential threats in outer space and cyberspace, the U.S. should be in the midst of a concerted military modernization. Mr. Obama’s budget isn’t adequate to meet those challenges.

That means Secretary of Defense Robert Gates faces some hard choices when he finishes his strategic review this spring. An early glimpse will come soon when the Pentagon must decide whether to continue to purchase more Lockheed F-22 Raptors.

Barney Fwank wants the money for HIS programs, NOT Defense… Besides he wants to “pay back” the Southern Republicans for their lack of support…

The Air Force is set to buy 183 of the next generation fighters, though it wanted 750, which would be enough to give the U.S. air supremacy over battlefields over the next three decades. Now the fighter may be prematurely mothballed.Weapons programs, such as missile defense or the Army’s Future Combat Systems, are also in danger. Others have been ridiculously delayed.The Air Force flies refueling tankers from the Eisenhower era. Mr.Obama’s own 30-something Marine One helicopter is prone to break down and technologically out of date.The Pentagon shouldn’t get a blank check, though much of its procurement waste results from the demands made by Congress.

Mr. Gates has also rightly focused on the immediate priority of irregular warfare and counterinsurgency. But history also teaches that a nation that downplays potential threats — such as from China in outer space– is likely to find itself ill-prepared when they arrive.The U.S. ability to project power abroad has been crucial to maintaining a relatively peaceful world, but we have been living off the fruits of our Cold War investments for too long. We can’t afford another lost defense decade.

We can’t but if the Lightbringer gets in for 8 years, no telling what shape our Defense Department will be in- Probably worse than under Carter, which was the lowest since WWII. Also, it’s interesting that not once did the WSJ refer to the Lightbringer as President.

Combine this with his speech the other day at LeJeune where they cut away from the Marines faces because they were getting pissed, to only showing their backs, and the fact that Freedom and Victory were never mentioned (I don’t believe), this does NOT bode well for us… sigh…

Hide your wallet and "enjoy" the show…

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 ‚Äúgreen research‚ÄĚ on military bases; $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts; $2 billion for ‚Äúneighborhood stabilization‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúcomparative effectiveness research‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äď a perverse incentive that will in effect give states ‚Äúbonuses‚ÄĚ 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.’