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.

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