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

Trillion with a T…

This evening (Feb. 14th), Fox News will be airing an exclusive investigative report “Trillion With a ‘T’: How to Spend $1,000,000,000,000“.

Since I don’t have anything better to do, I’m gonna watch and see where my money is really going…

h/t JR over a Keyboard and a .45

And in honor of Valentines Day… a little humor-

My wife and I were watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed.
I turned to her and said, “Do you want to have sex?” “No,” she answered. I then said, “Is that your final answer?” She didn’t even look at me this time, simply saying “Yes.” So I said, “Then I’d like to phone a friend.”

And that’s when the fight started….

I asked my wife, “Where do you want to go for our anniversary?” It warmed my heart to see her face melt in sweet appreciation. “Somewhere I haven’t been in a long time!” she said. So I suggested, “How about the kitchen?”

And that’s when the fight started….

A man and a woman were asleep like two innocent babies. Suddenly, at 3 o’clock in the morning, a loud noise came from outside. The woman, bewildered, jumped up from the bed and yelled at the man ‘Holy Crap. That must be my husband!’
So the man jumped out of the bed; scared and naked jumped out the window. He smashed himself on the ground, ran through a thorn bush and to his car as fast as he could go.

A few minutes later he returned and went up to the bedroom and screamed at the woman, ‘I AM your husband!’ The woman yelled back, ‘Yeah, then why were you running?’

And then the fight started….

I tried to talk my wife into buying a case of Miller Light for $14.95. Instead, she bought a jar of cold cream for $7.95. I told her the beer would make her look better at night than the cold cream.

And then the fight started….

A woman was standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror. She was not happy with what she saw and said to her husband, ‘I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you to pay me a compliment.’ The husband replies, ‘Your eyesight’s damn near perfect.’

And then the fight started….

I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, for some reason,took my order first. “I’ll have the strip steak, medium rare, please.” He said, “Aren’t you worried about the mad cow?” “Nah, she can order for herself.”

And then the fight started….

My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion, and I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table. My wife asked, ‘Do you know her?’ ‘Yes,’ I sighed, ‘She’s my old girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago,and I hear she hasn’t been sober since.’ ‘My God!’ said my wife, ‘who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?’

And then the fight started…

My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary. She said, ‘I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds.’ I bought her a scale.

And then the fight started…

My wife sat down on the couch next to me as I was flipping channels. She asked, ‘What’s on TV?’ I said, ‘Dust.’

And then the fight started…

Feinstein is a #@$%* idiot and security risk…

The disclosure by Feinstein, as chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, marked the first time a U.S. official had publicly commented on where the Predator aircraft patrolling Pakistan take off and land.

At a hearing, Feinstein expressed surprise at Pakistani opposition to Predator-launched CIA missile strikes against Al Qaeda targets along Pakistan’s northwest border. “As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base,” she said.

The CIA declined to comment, but former U.S. intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information, confirmed that Feinstein’s account was accurate.

Phil LaVelle, a spokesman for Feinstein, said her comment was based solely on previous news reports.

Previous news reports, my dying ass… Thank you Congresscritter Feinstein for putting EVEN MORE of our troops at risk and in harms way with your incompetence and stupidity!

Can we charge her with treason? Please?

Ye Gods, do any of those idjits up there have ANY sense? Oh yeah, one more good one on the porkulus bill-

Not only was it not published for 48 hours as promised, the Senators ONLY got hard copy, no electronic copy so they couldn’t search the bill the way they normally do for keywords (read PORK)… It does appear Reid stuck his multi-million dollar fairy tale Maglev Train from Anaheim to Las Vegas in the bill, but no according to the Lightbringer, there is no earmarks…

Oh and THIS is even better… the Lobbyists on K Street got electronic copies!

I give, I’m gonna go have a Scotch or three (dozen).

Where do I start…

I’m beginning to think YouTube is starting to censor posts/links to videos. I tried to post one last night about Chuckie Shumer and his little chatters rant yesterday, and I’ll admit is was pretty snarky, since I started off by calling him a sanctimonious prick, but hey, it’s TRUE…

Anyhoo, bottom line is the post never was sent to my blog by YouTube. My rant did include the figures for the $2 Trillion for the bailouts and porkulus bill; cutting to the end of the story, it will cost each of us over the age of 16 and working in the US about $75,000 over our working lives to actually pay for all the crap in this. By the way, this does NOT include the normal taxes we pay…

Late entry- Our glorious tax break is now… wait for it… A whopping $13/week! Yea! Maybe I can afford TWO cups of coffee in DC…

Edit- Based on what has been posted, I don’t even qualify for the $13 because I make too much. Sigh…

I’m not going to call this a bumper sticker since it’s just a hair LARGE, but it pretty much fits my sentiments…


On other notes- Sen Gregg declined to be the Sect’y of Commerce after getting back doored by R. Emanuel on the porkulus and the Census.


“However, it has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census there are irresolvable conflicts for me. Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and other potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns. We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy.”


Full quotes here. And speaking of the Census, taking it away from Commerce (which was supposedly to keep the Census from being political) and putting it under Emanuel means the Democrats are going to politicize the hell out of it and gerrymander the hell out of the Congress to their benefit.


In my opinion (for what that’s worth), I believe we “may” be looking at what is effectively the end of the two party system as far as fair representation in government if they get their way.


And since I’m already pissed, one more non-PC thought for the evening… WHY does the porkulus have billions for illegal immigrants to get food, medicine, and education stuffed in there? How about instead those billions are put in to redo Operation Wetback and send em all back home??? Then there will be lots of open jobs, the unemployment rate will drop considerably, and 12,000,000 more people will actually be added to the tax rolls who will PAY taxes, unlike the illegals, who only drain our system. Also, I’d bet the crime rates would also drop…


Ah hell, since I’m at it anyway, one more-


“I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., told liberal radio host Bill Press last week. She said she expects hearings soon on reviving the policy, which was introduced in 1949 and abolished in 1987.

Since Stabenow’s husband, Tom Athans, is and has been an executive at several liberal radio talk groups, I wonder what HE gets out of the deal…

Also, interesting is this apparently will ONLY apply to radio, not broadcast TV, not cable TV or the print media. Hmmm, lemme see… Where is the ONLY place left for Conservatives and Christians to host programs? Uh, oh, RADIO… Doh!

HR45 is alive and well, and if you’re curious as to what the Dems are doing, go check this LINK to see… Those folks are determined to bring us to our knees!

Lemme see, is there anybody I didn’t piss off tonight? Nah, this’ll do.

That is all.

Preparedness…

Bug out bag? Two or three routes out of where you are? Know where you’re going? Ammo, essentials (medications, etc.)?

The professionals will be talking about it Friday, 11:00 pm CST on Texas Fellowship Blog Talk Radio.Y’all give it a listen, and offer your comments. Mark does a good job with his shows too!

Here comes the weather…

Severe thunderbumper watch till 0200… I’m shutting down so I don’t blow ANOTHER computer up… night all.
Edit- Interesting how the deep red washed out in the jpeg, compared to the actual Doppler radar shot. Hmmm…

Random stuff…

Geithner has postponed the announcement of the use of appx $350B left of TARP money (link here), so they can concentrate on spending the $850+B of the “new” stimulus (pork) package. Is it just me, or are now looking at OVER $1.4 Trillion dollars going out the door in basically 6 months? And for what, really?

Listening to the news this morning, it appears that John Q. Public is roughly 7:1 against this spending bill; but is anybody listening??? I think not…

On a different note- From a discussion I’ve been in, a different take on the Airbus forced landing in the Hudson. This is STRICTLY a discussion of the airframe, NOT a slam at the pilots or the crew!

Don’t be surprised if the Airbus fly by wire computers didn’t put a perfectly good airplane in the water. In a older generation airplane like the 727 or 737 300/400 the throttles are hooked to the fuel controllers on the engine by a steel throttle cable just like a TBM or a Comanche.

On the Airbus nothing in the cockpit is real. Everything is electronic. The throttles, rudder and brake pedals and the sidestick are hooked to rheostats who talk to a computer who talks to an electric hydraulic servo valve which in turn hopefully moves something.

In a older generation airplane when you hit birds the engines keep screaming or they blow up but they don’t both roll back to idle simultaneously like happened to Flt. 1549. All it would take is for bird guts to plug a pressure sensor or knock the pitot probe off or plug it and the computers would roll the engines back to idle thinking they were over boosting because the computers were getting bad data.

The Airbus is a real pile of crap. I didn’t like flying them. Google Airbus A320 Crash at the Paris Airshow in 1998. Watch the video of an airbus A320 crash into a forest because the computers wouldn’t allow a power increase following a low pass. The computers wouldn’t allow a power increase because they determined that the airspeed was too low for the increase requested so the computers didn’t give them any until it was way too late.

Pushing the throttles forward in a Airbus does nothing more than request a power increase from the computer. If the computer doesn’t like all the airplane and engine parameters you don’t get a power increase. Airbus blamed the dead French crew since they couldn’t defend themselves. A Boeing probably would have still been flying…

On a personal note- I was on an A-320 going into LAX last year in moderate turbulence on final where the auto throttles went to max power at about 10 feet off the deck. The pilot did manage to land that sucker, but talking to him after the flight he told me the airplane tried to wave off, he thought, due to the turbulence and fluctuating airspeed…

AD put up this post a few days ago which prompted me to put these words down on paper (so to speak)…

In the last six months, I have had a friend and two acquaintances die from alcohol and drugs. These were not young kids, these were mature successful adults who had retired and basically decided they had no reason to continue living…

“Ron” was a long time government engineer, divorced, kids grown and gone, who drank himself to death in 60 days. He had NO hobbies, no really close friends, no outside interests- basically his work was his life. When he retired, he basically went home and drank all day every day. Another acquaintance saw him about a week before he was found dead, and said he had put on about 60 lbs, reeked of booze and was staggering around the grocery store at 8am. A week later, they busted down the door to his apartment and he was found dead in a litter of empty fifths of booze…

My friend “John” who lived in Florida, was a bit “different” due to his time in Nam- I think based on what he told me, he had seen and done some things that he never wanted to face. He also was medically retired for many years from the Army and had been treated for years for PTSS. He was one of those folks who didn’t really like people, hated being indoors, and never really held a full time job, but worked 60-70 hours a week.

But he was always ready to help friends with any tasks (and a damn good handyman). Ironically, he was excellent with kids! We finally convinced him to take up golf, and always made sure he was included in our foursomes when we played. He seemed to enjoy it, but I don’t think he had another outlet or hobby.

I’m sure he was taking a variety of drugs, because he would often disappear for days at a time, but he always showed back up if he’d made a commitment to help somebody or we’d told him we were playing golf.

I saw him about a year ago, we talked about golf, work and my kids, whom he remembered when they were little. He seemed tired, and wasn’t taking as good care of himself as he had been. I talked to another friend, who was also concerned; but told me “John” was just giving up on life, and openly doing drugs and booze in combination. He just didn’t care. Two weeks ago I got the call that “John” had been found dead in his apartment.

Last was “Billy” a retired 30 year CWO4 from the Navy. “Billy” was a maintenance wizard, the original go to guy when weird problems cropped up. He was known for working 16-18 hours a day, was almost always in on weekends, and had to be forced to take leave. When “Billy” retired, he was fine for a couple of months, but then we started seeing him at the golf course at lunch, except his lunch was 12 oz at a time, and many of them. It wasn’t long before he was passing out at the bar, and the cops were called a couple of times. When they tried to get him into treatment, he refused and basically told the Docs, “I’m done, nobody wants me and I have no where to go.”

Again, no hobbies, no friends outside work, no social life after his wife died about 5 years ago. A month ago he was found dead, in his car in the golf course parking lot with two fifths…

The moral of this- Work is NOT a substitute for a life! Now some will say I’m the pot calling the kettle black; but please people, find SOMETHING outside work to put your energy into- Travel, golf, shooting, petite point, whatever… But don’t let everything revolve around work to the exclusion of everything else. Stop and smell the roses, or the gunpowder, your choice…

That is all.

Rahm Emanuel to Disarm America:

THIS is now the guy that is Chief of Staff for the President. After you listen to this tell me the 2nd Amendment is not going to be under fire in the near future.