Oh hell, why not…

5 Things I Was Doing 10 Years Ago

– Working for the Navy
– Running around the world doing systems testing
– Racing on the weekends at Pomona with the car club
– Shooting with a bunch of cops on off weekends
– Sending jokes out twice a week to a bunch of friends

5 Things on My To-Do List Today

– Get up EARLY
– Drive 1 1/2 hours to another damn meeting
– Go to the store (forgot yesterday, no food in the house)
– Clean guns
– Take car to dealer for oil change (got back too late, that is now Pri 1 for tomorrow)

5 Snacks I Like

– Trail mix with M&Ms
– Pecan Pie

5 Things I Would Do If I Was A Millionaire

– Pay for kids educations
– Random acts of kindness to friends who’ve helped me out over the years
– Build myself a rifle range in the back yard.
– Donate to a couple of organizations that help our troops.

5 Places I Have Lived (for various lengths of time)

(and a whole bunch of places overseas, six months at a shot)

5 Jobs I Have Had

Shovelling crap- literally (I worked for a veterinarian as a kid)
Military- 22 years E-2 to O-3E
General manager of an Interconnect (telephone) company
Group manager for a communications group at a major university
Program manger for a government agency

5 People I Tag to Answer

Whom ever is as bored as I am 🙂

The Bookworm Award…

Rules:Pass it on to five other bloggers, and tell them to open the nearest book to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence on that page, and also the next two to five sentences. The CLOSEST BOOK, NOT YOUR FAVORITE, OR MOST INTELLECTUAL!

I was tagged with this meme by Big Bad Wolf. Since I keep several books at hand at any given time, depending on where in the house I am, I’ll use the one I have open on the computer table.

It is: The Complete Book of U.S. Sniping, by Peter R. Senich, ISBN 0-87364-460-3, and I picked it up last week at the Tulsa gun show.

Pg 56, sentence five is:

“The Winchester telescopic sight, model A5, produced by the Winchester Repeating Arms Co., with a special Marine Corps mounting, was found satisfactory in use by the Marine Corps and adopted as Marine Corps standard.”

(Note: The irony here is the A5 had actually been deemed unsuitable due to the inability to operate the bolt on the 03A3 and the lack of eye relief according to a 1915 report. But bird in hand is worth two in bush, so it got adapted and used.)

Okay… Now I’ve got to find sucker…er… volunteers… Hmmm, lemme see here…

First one’s easy- Brigid at Mausers and Muffins! She always has books posted on her blog, is an excellent writer and shooter and cook…

Second one- Breda at the Breda Fallacy- Being a librarian, there is no telling what book she is reading right now 🙂

Third one- Gun Toting Seagull– I just hope he’s not updating Jepps when he gets this…

Fourth one- William the Coroner– Again an excellent writer, with thought provoking posts, and a love of cats (I think)…

Last but not least- Wyatt at Support your local Gunfighter- Excellent writer with a twist of good law enforcement/military/fire/EMS humor at times. I just hope he’s not studying for a promotion, if so, we’re gonna get Philly laws…

Job application or Inquistion???

Well, the new job app is up for anyone who wants to go work in the White House, just answer these few non-intrusive questions and we’ll get you right in… NOT…

Funny how every one gave them a free pass, but now that they are poised on the brink, they get really intrusive on you!

Go HERE for a copy…

My personal favorites are 16-20 (especially the last sentence), 32-ALL gifts over $50.00 from anyone not immediate family/friend, ALL of Sections 6, 7, and 8 and especially number 59 below!

59. Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun? If so, provide complete ownership and registration information. Has the registration ever lapsed? Please also describe how and by who it is used and whether it has been the cause of any personal injuries or property damage.

Hell, I’d be disqualified on this one alone, much less the other crap, since about half of ’em I’d be answering none of your damn business…

Lemme see on 59 though…

Yep, we all own guns. None of them has ever been registered (we don’t live in Illinois), ownership has come down through the family in many cases, so few records. No, it hasn’t lapsed, since they’ve never been registered. Hmmm, since we all own multiple guns, that would be kinda hard to describe… for example;

1878 SAA Cavalry model in .45 cal., most probably used to shoot a few people over the years, after all the original owner was the Sheriff of XXXXX County Texas.

M-1 Garand– Original owner US Army- probably used to shoot quite a few people in WWII and Korea, and no doubt did plenty of property damage.

Winchester ’94 .30-30- Original owner me, paperwork long ago lost (hell I got it when I was twelve, I have NO idea where the paperwork went). Killed quite a few deer, a few feral dogs and cats and a few coyotes over the years. Chewed up a few fence posts shooting cans too…

Nah, hell I can’t get by that one either… Better keep my day job (as long as they don’t gut the military, I might even still have it in a year).

Guess I won’t be applying 🙂

h/t Snowflake


Today SCOTUS told the environmentalists to pound sand in a rat hole… 🙂

The Supreme Court on Wednesday lifted restrictions on the Navy’s use of sonar in training exercises off the California coast, a defeat for environmental groups who say the sonar can harm whales.

The court, in its first decision of the term, voted 5-4 that the Navy needs to conduct realistic training exercises to respond to potential threats by enemy submarines. Environmental groups had persuaded lower federal courts in California to impose restrictions on sonar use in submarine-hunting exercises to protect whales and other marine mammals.

The Bush administration argued that there is little evidence of harm to marine life in more than 40 years of exercises off the California coast.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, which was joined by Justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

The court did not deal with the merits of the claims put forward by the environmental groups. It said, rather, that federal courts abused their discretion by ordering the Navy to limit sonar use in some cases and to turn it off altogether in others.

And SCOTUS put the Ninth Circus in their place too 🙂

Roberts pointed out that the federal appeals court decision restricting the Navy’s sonar training acknowledged that the record contained no evidence marine mammals had been harmed.

The overall public interest tips “strongly in favor of the Navy,” Roberts wrote.

Now we can at least train our folks in how to operate their systems BEFORE they get to an operational theater where they need to be proficient to find subs and mines, rather than on the job training at the last minute…

Another thought on Veterans’ Day…

A couple of us were chatting about our families and our participation in defending the country/being in the military and an interesting point came out- I don’t know if anyone has ever researched this, but at least within the 8 or 10 of us, there is an interesting corollary…

Most of those who fought in WWI also fought in WWII (if able). 21 years later
Those who fought in WWII also fought in Korea (some even fought in Nam). 6 years later
Those who fought in Korea also fought in Vietnam. 10 years later
Those who fought in Vietnam also fought in the 1st Gulf War. 16 years later
Those who fought in the 1st Gulf War are fighting again this time. 11 years later

This is a weird little cyclic, but in light of the normal career (20 years minimum) it makes sense. Mine started with Nam and ended with the 1st Gulf War, as did a couple of others. It’s almost as if you came in for one as cannon fodder, stuck around and ended up in another as a leader due to the spacing (assuming you survived).

One of the guys Dads was in Big Red One, he said his Dad told him they lost 21,000+ dead from the Division in WWII. The total size of a Division was 14,000!!! This means they took over 150% casualties during the war, and apparently “most” of the Division had at least one Purple Heart (If I remember right, his Dad had a couple of Silver Stars, etc. and three Purple Hearts)!

Armistice (Veterans’ Day)…

Veterans’ Day was originally called Armistice Day. This day was set aside to reflect and remember the sacrifices men and women made during World War I in order to ensure peace. This truce was signed on November 11th, 1918 at 11 A.M. after 5 years of fighting.

The first official celebration was on November 11th, 1919. In other countries it is known as Remembrance Day. It was not until after the Korean War in 1953 that President Eisenhower signed the bill that officially changed the name to Veterans’ Day. But even today, a moment of silence is observed at 11am to mark the truce that ended WWI.

To honor the veterans, I want to share with you an interesting story passed via the military side of the house…

Here’s an interesting story of Naval Aviation. “Point of interest… about 3 minutes 20 seconds into the clip, you will see an F6F Hellcat, it’s hydraulics shot away during a strafing run, pancake on the carrier deck and slew into the island.

A deckhand was crushed between the aircraft and the superstructure and killed. The number on the plane is 30.The lanky pilot sitting dazed in the cockpit is a gentleman named Andy Cowan. He is hale and hearty at 87 and lives just north of Salinas , Ca.

To this day he cannot recall this accident without a tear coming to his eye. Andy is a marvel. He has absolute total recall of those bygone days.He is regularly invited back to the Naval War College to give a powerpoint demonstration to the young fighter jocks of today’s Navy. They hang on his every word.

A living link to the past… to the days when you got up close and personal to kill the enemy.No over-the-horizon missile kills…

Andy was the longest serving Navy fighter pilot in WWII. He was on his shakedown cruise off Gitmo on December 7th, 1941. The carrier Ranger made flank speed to Norfolk and the pilots were transshipped to San Francisco by train, then sped to Hawaii by ship.

He saw Pearl not long after the sneak attack, and again is unable to speak of it… a horrible disaster. He immediately went aboard the Lexington and in the course of the war had 4 carriers shot out from under him as he fought in every major Pacific battle… Coral Sea , Midway, Battle of Santa Cruz, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima … you name it. Credited with 4.5 kills, he flew with Butch O’Hare, Cmdr Thatch (inventor of the ‘Thatch Weave’), flew with high scoring ace David McCampbell… served under Admirals Nimitz, Bull Halsey…

He has studied the Japanese side of the Pacific War and is a recognized expert on their side of it. He can reel off the names of all their capital ships and admirals and battles from memory.Remarkable man… and still alive to tell the tale…”

And you’ve never heard of him…

Go here and see the video of carrier ops, and thank a Veteran for their service!

233 years…

Happy Birthday Marines!

233 years of tradition unmarred by progress 🙂 Officers STILL wear officers wear a lace cross on the top of their Barracks Cover, called the Quattrefoil, a traditional mark of distinction (meaning don’t shoot ’em) from the Marine Corps’ foundation as sharpshooters on ships…

Not that we’ve had Marines in the ratlines for oh about 150 or so years 🙂 But not bad for an organization that started in a bar either… Tun Tavern to be exact.

Semper Fidelis my friends! Semper Fidelis

And yes, I CAN pick at them- 22 Years in the Navy and hauling them around 🙂

My Dogs are barking…

Well, I’m draggin ass… Today Wachenmacher Gun Show at Tulsa, OK I walked, and walked and walked… And I STILL haven’t seen everything (actually I’ve probably seen a third of the tables).

Met AEpilot-Jim here at the show, he is a super nice guy! Good blogger too, go visit him at Gun Toting Seagull.

Observations- If you want it, and it deals with firearms, knives, bows and arrows, it’s here!

Ammo was selling like hotcakes! I was talking to one dealer he said he had a half dozen sales over $5000 to individuals today, and had to bring in more pallets of .223 ammo TWICE!

AR-15’s and variants are also selling quickly, along with just about any accessories one could want, except .223 Otis cleaning kits in black (which is what I was looking for, of course)…

Some folks were getting good buys, of course, I was NOT one of them 🙂 Day late and and more than a few dollars short as usual!

That is all- Food and bed are calling!

It’s started, and it’s not pretty…

It appears Joe Biden was on target when he regretfully stated that Barack Obama would be challenged in his first six months, but it didn’t take quite that long…

Yesterday President Medvedev of Russia gave his first equivalent of the State of the Union Address. It was not addressed to the Russian people. It was addressed to the United States and her Allies, and the new Administration. Russia anticipated a seam in American policy and resolve, and immediately drove a wedge into it.

For those of you demanding change, your wish has been granted. The first helping has just been served. And it is a big one…

Medvedev’s Nov. 5 speech announced hard actions, including the following statements:

Russia will deploy Iskander short-range ballistic missiles to Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave sandwiched between NATO and EU states Lithuania and Poland, in order to directly target the fledgling U.S. ballistic missile defense installations slated for Poland and the Czech Republic.

Russia will return to a more Soviet-style system of term limits in order to more firmly entrench the power of the Putin organization.

Moscow will not even consider negotiations with the lame-duck administration of President George W. Bush, preferring instead to wait for President-elect Barack Obama’s team, which Moscow thinks will be easier to manipulate.

The United States is to blame not only for Russia’s war with Georgia, but also for the global financial crisis.

Russia will not make any concessions on its international position; the United States can take it or leave it.

Obama has never said how he would deal with Russia or any of the former Sov Block countries, and they saw the waffling when they went into Georgia; they are NOT bluffing- Russia now has petro$$ and are rebuilding their military at a rate that would scare you.

This will have MAJOR impact on Europe and the emerging countries there and how they deal with the US! Either fall in line with Russia, or get run over by the bus, which is leaving the station NOW; or hope and pray the US actually comes through. Any bets???

All this info came from stratfor.com, which is on the daily read list for most of the people I work with…

My prediction…

A new day has dawned quite literally…

The race is over, we lost and now the assault will begin… I was reading some of the Prince by Machiavelli last night and his famous quote, “The end justifies the means.” kept coming out of the hind brain. While I was searching for that, I came across this quote from Gandhi, which I think is really more appropriate to Obama’s approach and where we are headed…

“They say that ‘means are after all means’. I would say that ‘means are after all everything’. As the means, so the end. Indeed, the Creator has given us limited power over means, none over end… The means may be likened to a seed, and the end to a tree; and there is the same inviolable connection between the means and the end as there is between the seed and the tree. Means and end are convertible terms in my philosophy of life.”

In that light, to me at least, there are many changes coming, it will be interesting to see how Obama pays off on all the promises made. I also believe a lot of those changes will negatively impact us as conservatives, taxpayers and gun owners.

I predict there will be a ‘fairness’ doctrine put in place to effectively muzzle the conservative talk shows.

And after reading this in the 2008 Democratic Party Platform page 48-

We recognize that the right to bear arms is an important part of the American tradition, and we will preserve Americans’ Second Amendment right to own and use firearms. We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation, but we know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne. We can work together to enact and enforce common sense laws and improvements – like closing the gun show loophole, improving our background check system, and reinstating the assault weapons ban, so that guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists or criminals. Acting responsibly and with respect for differing views on this issue, we can both protect the constitutional right to bear arms and keep our communities and our children safe.

I predict there will be a new AWB as soon as it can be enacted that will make the Clinton AWB look like child’s play.

I predict there will be a law enacted to ban gun show sales and sales over the Internet of both guns and ammo.

I predict there will be a law enacted to force buying ONLY through a licenced dealer

I predict there will be at least a 100% or more excise tax on ammunition.

I predict there will be at least a 50% excise tax on the sale of weapons of any kind.

I predict there will be a move to ban concealed carry nationwide.

I truly hope to hell none of these come true, but hunch is they will… We, those conservative bitter gun owners, will face an uphill fight the next four years to keep what we have.

Now having said all that, we STILL have to respect the Office of the President, and we can only hope the man stepping into the office can actually earn our respect. Here are the two oaths I swore during my Navy career-

Enlisted Oath: I,_____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the president of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

Officer Oath: I, _______, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

I still believe in them, and it is my hope and prayer that somehow we can overcome the divisiveness and move on…

God Bless America!