Generations of Valor…

If this does not get your attention, I don’t know what will…

This Picture is Worth a Million Words…

We truly take a lot for granted. Forget the football ‘heroes’ and movie ‘stars’. Pass this on so that all may know the price of freedom. One generation of heroes consoling another generation…

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you,

Jesus Christ and the American Soldier

One died for your soul; the other for your freedom.

Nuff said…

Life Evolutions….

Sorry for the lack of posts- been a little busy…

Combining road trips are just pure hell… Four days of sitting on my ass listening to briefings (mostly rehashes of last year’s conference), sidebars (where most of the REAL work gets done), rubber chicken for lunch/dinner, too many late nights and not nearly enough sleep.

Then fly off to marry off my youngest daughter… sigh…

Of course as soon as I get in town, I’m told to meet them at the hospital, grandson is going in for an operation for an abscess behind the eye… Just ^&*( lovely way to start the most important weekend in quite a while…

Grandson has one of two scheduled procedures, then gets booted out of OR for a critical neuro patient; so oldest daughter sends everyone home and spends the night (getting awakened every three hours).

Friday am I relieve her so she can get go with youngest daughter to get wedding stuff done. Do you know how expensive manicures and pedicures are these days? I sure as hell didn’t!!!

Grandson has gone from screaming in pain to wanting to play video games. Which is both good and bad- Good in that he is not hurting too badly, bad in that he wants Papa to play too…

I haven’t touched a video game in 20 years, didn’t even know how to hook it up, had to get the nurse to help. Talk about feeling old… sigh…

AND he promptly kicked my butt at every game…

Saturday was a repeat of Friday, with negotiations with the Doc’s on springing the grandson long enough for the wedding, since he was a key player. Doc’s were reluctant to hesitant, so oldest daughter got the nurses on her side… We left the hospital at 0800 Sunday morning !

Off for a quick change of clothes, did I mention I HATE wearing a tux? Especially a winter weight one for a wedding in the hot sun???

Get up to the outdoor location above Placerville, CA where youngest is to be married, and proceed to hurry up and wait… At least THAT I know how to do…

She finally shows up 15 minutes late (I swear both she and her sister will be late for their own funerals). We get everybody corraled and send the little ones off as flower children ( why do I hear Jefferson Airplane playing in my head). Bridesmaids all survive the stairs and now it is youngest daughter’s turn.

I take her arm, and we walk to the top of the steps… She says, “Oh S**T!” and immediately starts shaking like a leaf!

Then it’s like trying to hold back a runaway horse… She was GOING to that alter!

I hand her off to the hubby to be, and I get to go sit. It was a good (short) ceremony, good vows (they wrote their own), and of course all the bridesmaids are crying.

Ceremony gets done, food is out, beer keg (hey, these are 20 somethings…) gets tapped and the pictures start.

I really don’t remember an hours worth of pose here, pose there, go find such and such… what a PITA!!!

Anyhoo- She’s now an old married lady, daddy is broke (yet again), and one more daughter to go.

Washington Rules…

Attributed to a Southern democrat Congresscritter’s office. It’s no wonder they haven’t done a damn thing since they took over the Congress… sigh…

If it is worth fighting for, it is worth fighting dirty for

Don’t lie, cheat, or steal unnecessarily

There is always one more son of a bitch that you counted on

An honest answer can get you into a lot of trouble

The facts, although interesting, are irrelevant

Chicken Little only has to be right once

There is no such thing as a final decision

“No” is only an interim response

You can’t kill a bad idea

If at first you do not succeed, destroy all evidence that you ever tried

The truth is variable

A porcupine with his quills down is just another fat rodent

Agree with any concept or notional future option, in principal, but fight implementation every step of the way

A promise is not a guarantee

If you can’t counter the argument, leave the meeting

Never underestimate the power of an unsigned memo

A pretty baby has many parents

Another recommended blog

I don’t know how I’ve missed this one!

Go check out the Cranky Prof, she tells it like it is!

Good reads and you’ll find yourself nodding in agreement and chuckling at the same time.

The old girl takes pretty good pictures…

The Hubble takes pretty good pictures after they put glasses on her 🙂
NASA and Hubble have just released 59 more shots from the Hubble library. This group is called colliding galaxies. Go here to look at, download and wonder at the beauty of space!
While 99.9% of us will never ‘enjoy’ a trip into space, at least we can gaze upon the stars courtesy of these folks. They have distilled thousands of pictures down to just a few that show the wonder of the universe.
Makes me feel ever smaller and MORE insignificant that normal…sigh…

Book meme

From Tamara, who got it here:

1. Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. No cheating!
2. Find page 123.
3. Find the first five sentences.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

Here’s my three sentences from Dan Jenkins “You call it sports, but I say it’s a jungle out there”:

Page 123 is actually a set of tables, so I jumped to the next text-

Think about it. There are 14 clubs, all of them diffeent. There are 18 holes, all of them different.

No tags, play along if you want to…

Staff One liners…

A bit of explanation here- The LAST thing a warfighter wants to drive is a desk, especially when there is a war on… That is one reason most staff tours are 18-24 months, to roll people out before they go off the deep end…

Having said that, there is another breed who want nothing more than staff duty to keep from having to make decisions, have their petty little empires, and stay off the front lines (back in the day, they were called REMFs).

The collection below comes from a warfighter at CENTCOM who has to attend a LOT of meetings in various places as part of his current staff tour. He is at the 19 month point and teetering on the edge of the diving board…

This is pretty long, but funny as hell, and having done a tour as a staff weenie, they are definitely believeable…


“Please don’t laugh. This is my job.” Maj (EUCOM) from Protocol, explaining in great detail the approved procedures for dropping off VIPs

“If we wait until the last minute to do it, it’ll only take a minute.” MAJ (EUCOM)

“The only reason that anything ever gets done is because there are pockets of competence in every command. The key is to find them…and then exploit the hell out of ’em.” CDR (CENTCOM)

“We are condemned men who are chained and will row in place until we rot.” LtCol (CENTCOM) on life at his Command

“Right now we’re pretty much the ham in a bad ham sandwich…” GO/FO (EUCOM)

“Let’s face it: Africa sucks…” DOS representative (Bureau of African Affairs) at a conference on Africa

“I’ll be right back. I have to go pound my nuts flat…” Lt Col (EUCOM) after being assigned a difficult tasker

“OK, this is too stupid for words.” LTC (JS)

“When you get right up to the line that you’re not supposed to cross, the only person in front of you will be me!” CDR (CENTCOM) on his view of the value of being politically correct in today’s military

“There’s nothing wrong with crossing that line a little bit, it’s jumping over it buck naked that will probably get you in trouble…” Lt Col (EUCOM) responding to the above

“I may be slow, but I do poor work…” MAJ (USAREUR)

“Don’t ever be the first…don’t ever be the last…and don’t ever volunteer to do anything….” CDR (EUCOM) relating an ancient Navy truism

“Hey, somebody should really do that…” CDR (CENTCOM) on the CENTCOM tasking process

“Cynicism is the smoke that rises from the ashes of burned out dreams.” Maj (CENTCOM) on the daily thrashings delivered to AOs at his Command

“WE are the reason that Rumsfeld hates us…” LTC (EUCOM) doing some standard, Army self-flagellation

“South of the Alps and East of the Adriatic, paranoia is considered mental equilibrium…” and “The chance of success in these talks is the same as the number of “R’s” in “fat chance…”” GS-15 (SHAPE)

“His knowledge on that topic is only power point deep…” MAJ (JS)

“We have no position on that issue. In fact, your position IS our position. Could you tell us what our position is?” CDR (TRANSCOM) at a policy SVTC

“Ya know, in this Command, if the world were supposed to end tomorrow, it would still happen behind schedule.” CWO4 (ret) (EUCOM)

“Never pet a burning dog.” LTC (Tennessee National Guard)

“I need intelligence, not information.” Maj (EUCOM)

“We are now past the good idea cutoff point…” MAJ (JS) on the fact that somebody always tries to “fine tune” a COA with more “good ideas”

“Nobody ever said you had to be smart to make 0-6.” Col (EUCOM)

“Accuracy and attention to detail take a certain amount of time.”

“No need to tip our hand as to how responsive we can be.” CDR (EUCOM) in a passdown to his replacement

“I seem to be rapidly approaching the apex of my mediocre career.” MAJ (JS)

“I just realized that this War on Terror might take a little longer than we thought, so I am developing a new system of hanging charts on walls to solve our problem and win the war.” LTC (EUCOM) after a review of long range Counter Terrorism (CT) plans

“Much work remains to be done before we can announce our total failure to make any progress.”
“None of us is as dumb as all of us.” Excerpted from a brief (EUCOM)

“It’s not a lot of work unless you have to do it.” LTC (EUCOM)

“Creating smoking holes gives our lives meaning and enhances our manliness.” LTC (EUCOM) at a CT conference

“Everyone should have an equal chance, but not everyone is equal.”

“I am so far down the food chain that I’ve got plankton bites on my butt.”

“Once you accept that a dog is a dog, you can’t get upset when it barks.” Lt Col (USSOCOM)

“That guy just won’t take ‘yes’ for an answer.” MAJ (EUCOM)

“When all else fails, simply revel in the absurdity of it all.” LCDR (CENTCOM)

“Never attribute to malice that which can be ascribed to sheer stupidity.” LTC (CENTCOM)

“I hear so much about Ft. Bragg. Where is it?” “It’s in the western part of southeastern North Carolina.” LCDR and CPT (EUCOM)

“I’ve become the master of nodding my head and acting like I give a sh!t, and then instantly forgetting what the hell a person was saying the moment they walk away.” Flag-level Executive A$$istant

“Mark my words, this internet thing is gonna catch on someday.” LTC (EUCOM)

“You’re not a loser. You’re just not my kind of winner…” GS-14 (OSD)

“He who strives for the minimum rarely attains it.” GS-12 (DOS)

“I’m tired of waiting on somebody who I know is just going to ignore me once they arrive.” Lt Col (EUCOM), while waiting to start a brief for a visiting Congressman

“If I’d had more time, I’da written a shorter brief…” Derived from the writings of Mark Twain
“You only know as much as you don’t know.” GO (EUCOM)

“Hello gentlemen. Are we in today or are you just ignoring my request?” GS-15 (DSCA) in an email to EUCOM staffers

“After seeing the way this place works, I bet that Mickey Mouse wears a EUCOM watch.” Maj (EUCOM)

“That’s FUBIJAR.” COL (CENTCOM), Fu–ed Up, But I’m Just a Reservist…

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m the only one that matters in here.” COL (CENTCOM)

“This is all happening because we had the sympathetic detonation of a stress grenade.” Maj (EUCOM) after an insignificant issue became a theater focus because somebody used the “Reply all” function

“Nothing is too good for you guys…and that’s exactly what you’re gonna get…” LTC (EUCOM) describing the way Army policy is formulated

“The only thing that sucks worse than being me is being you…” LTC (EUCOM)

“I have to know what I don’t know…” Col (CENTCOM) during a shift changeover briefing
“No. Now I’m simply confused at a higher level…” Foreign GO/FO when asked if he had any questions following a transformation brief at JFCOM

“‘Leaning forward’ is really just the first phase of ‘falling on your face.'” Col (MARFOREUR)

“We’ve got to start collaborating between the collaboration systems.”

“We’re from the nuke shop, sir. We’re the crazy aunt in the closet that nobody likes to talk about …” Lt Col to GO/FO (EUCOM) in briefings

“We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much for so long with so little, that we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.” Anonymous, but classic…

“The ‘L’ in CENTCOM stands for leadership…”

“At this Command, we have written in large, black letters: DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) on the back of our security badges.” Maj (CENTCOM)

“He cloaked himself in an impenetrable veneer of terminology.” Lt Col (JFCOM) describing the Jiffiecom alpha male

“Transformation has long been the buzzword for those that are dispossessed, dispirited and disillusioned…” Chaplain (EUCOM), allegedly talking about the Disciples…

Me meme…

I have been tagged by Fire Fox with a meme and against my better judgement I have said I would participate.

Here are the rules if you decide to play along:

1) Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.

2) Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.

3) Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.

4) Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.


1. Done

a. I am an only child, but a third child (my parents raised my two cousins after their parents were killed in a car wreck).

b. I rebuilt my first car at age 10 (with my Grandfather’s help/direction)

c. I’m 10 pounds over weight… dammit…

d. I grew up with guns and love to shoot, but don’t hunt anymore because I got tired of getting shot at (wearing blaze orange, three of us crossing a fire road and a dumbass 300 yards away shot three times at us, not once but TWICE).

e. I’m on a first name basis with WAY too many pilots and flight attendants.

f. I do not believe government handouts work- I’m a strong proponent of individual responsibility and taking advantage of the opportunities available in the USA. I have lived/worked all over the world in the last 38 years, and am REALLY happy to be a US citizen.

g. I read over 200 books a year on multiple subjects.

3. Tags-
Better and Better
First In
Island Voice
Public Pondering
Support your local gunfighter
In a mad, mad, mad world

4. Done…

Wonder what ‘he’ was reporting…

One of CNN’s British hot shots gets nailed in Central Park; any bets this won’t get covered by CNN worldwide???

Here is the link to the full article… /snicker/

This is CNN?
CNN personality Richard Quest was busted in Central Park early yesterday with some drugs in his pocket, a rope around his neck that was tied to his genitals, and a sex toy in his boot, law-enforcement sources said.

Quest, 46, was arrested at around 3:40 a.m. after a cop spotted him and another man inside the park near 64th Street, a police source said.

The criminal complaint against Quest said the park was closed at the time – something Quest should have known because of all the signs saying “Park Closed 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.”

Quest was initially busted for loitering, the source said. Aside from the oddly configured rope, the search also turned up a sex toy inside of his boot, and a small bag of methamphetamine in his left jacket pocket.

It wasn’t immediately clear what the rope was for.


Yes, that stands for Just Another $%^*& Monday… sigh…

A blog worth reading is William the Coroner, an interesting perspective on life.
Go check it out!

Meetings from 0830-1730, then an ass chewing for not getting my ‘work’ done… Well, gee- I mean it’s not like I didn’t have things to do, people to see, places to go- No, I was trapped in meetings with various entities DOING my job… ARGHHHHH!!!

A little truth in advertizing for B. Hussein…

I find it really interesting that he NEVER talks about being raised by his white Grandparents after his father abandoned his mother, she remarried and moved to Hawaii and basically dumped him on his Grandparents…

Also, if he were to get elected, he would NOT be the first black President, he would be the first Mulatto President…

Mulatto (Spanish mulato, small mule, person of mixed race, mulatto, from mulo, mule, from Old Spanish, from Latin mūlus.) is a person of mixed black and white ancestry or the offspring of one white parent and one black parent or someone 50% black and 50% white.[1]
Although this word is acceptable to some people in certain cultural contexts, other people in other cultural contexts may find it to be offensive and unacceptable.

On a lighter note- THIS is a man cave 🙂 1600 sq foot walk in vault in the basement just ‘filled’ with toys…

And this one just falls into the oh, damn… category! Should have checked the kid’s drawing BEFORE letting him take it to school…