Step away from the Sake…


Oh man, I ‘know’ better than to go out running on a weeknight…


A few of us decided to go up to Roppongi last night since we didn’t have anything better to do after the meetings ended for the day…

Soooo, off we go to the train station, two hours later we get up there, and start trying to find any of the old haunts.

Now let me put this in context, the last time ANY of us were up there was at least five years ago. In Tokyo, especially the nightclub district, that is ancient history. In other words, we didn’t find a single place that looked familiar!!!

After taking our bearings on the Tokyo tower (important for later), off we went. And the arguments started…

Cheap beer (well relatively speaking), hostess bars (entertainment, but you have to buy the bar girls drinks), music bars (LOUD, I SWEAR NONE OF THOSE KIDS CAN HEAR A JET PLANE), food (me), and the whole time we are standing in the street arguing, we’re watching people stream around us like water around a boulder, and they are ALL 20 years younger than we are… sigh…

So we finally decide to hit a couple of places, then eat, and then head back. Now the argument was upstairs or downstairs bar. In Roppongi you can have a four-story building with a bar on each floor, or two bars per floor, and they will be different types, have entirely different décor, and wildly different availability of booze and prices.

We started at the Fiesta, an upstairs bar, fairly quiet after sticking our heads in ONE OF THE LOUD BARS. It was actually decent and the beer wasn’t outrageous (about $8 for a one liter Sapporo).

After that beer, we decided to wander again, and ended up in a hostess bar, so that was a $20 beer, and of course one of the guys bites on having some sake…

And the downward spiral began…

Another bar and this time three guys are drinking sake, I’m switching to coffee and wondering if we’re EVER gonna eat. And we’re trying to figure out how we’re gonna get everybody back in one piece. And on to the next bar… Sigh…


By now it’s about 10:00pm, so we finally outvote the drinkers and decide to eat. Yea me! Only problem, one of the guys sweet tooth has kicked in, so he sees these desserts in the window (by the way, they are ALL plastic copies), he just has to have one.

So now dinner has just been reduced to dessert, and oh by the way, the cheap ones were about $8, plus coffee $4, plus liqueur $10. And now the decision process of ‘which’ of the 30 offerings does everybody want starts, and we’re looking at the time, because if we don’t get a move on we’re going to be spending the night down town, which is NOT good, since a cheap hotel in Roppongi is $250 a night…

Finally everybody gets their selections, and we eat standing at the counter (mine WAS good, but that was WAY too much pound cake for the little bit of ice cream and the 1 ½ strawberries I got). The guy with the sweet tooth just HAD to have another, so we left him with one of the soberest guys, agreed to meet back at the train station,and the rest of us hit the street for monkey meat on a stick (about $4).


We’re now trying to get back to the main drag, after wandering around for a couple of hours, so we’re looking for any glimpse of the Tokyo Tower. We finally get back and then have to figure out which way the train station is; thankfully a local took pity on us and pointed us in the right direction!!!

Finally back at the train station, we experienced an Aw S**T moment as we were trying to buy tickets and thought we had missed the last train! Thankfully, we were just screwing up the ticket buying, and again got help from a local, and the ticket was $24. Now the issue was whereinthehell are the other two, and howinthehell did I spend $100 in four hours???

We finally gathered them up and made the platform as the train was pulling in! Turns out the last train is a local, so it stopped at EVERY @#^& station between Tokyo and Yokosuka! We didn’t get back to Yoko until almost 0200!

After a leisurely ¾ mile stroll we made it back to base and I finally got to bed about 0300, only to get up at 0530. And spent ALL day in meetings… AND my head hurts… sigh…

Once again we’ve learned we are NOT 21 anymore… Night all!

40 years…


Geez, it REALLY has been 40 years since we graduated from High School… sigh… We’re officially a bunch of old farts now. I guess you could say we HAVE become our parents!

Why, you may ask, am I bringing this up? Well, last weekend was our 40th reunion and we had roughly 120 of 320mumble classmates show up. It was interesting to “step back in time” so to speak and try to pick up some of those pieces from many years ago.

Thankfully the folks in charge DID put pictures on the nametags, so we had a fighting chance at putting the teenage face with the adult face (of course that assumed we had enough brain cells left that could actually compute the changes); and that was BEFORE the beer… sigh…

On the bright side, all the guys got to look at women’s chests without getting in trouble for a change!!!

The guys were easier, we all still had out names, however the women usually had at least one more name attached, so it got interesting (to put it mildly)! Hairstyles or lack thereof have changed a ‘bit’ over the years for most people, but a couple of folks have got to have a painting of Dorian Gray hanging somewhere in their houses!

From the people watching aspect, the loud ones were still loud, the quiet ones still quiet, the fussy ones still fussy; it was like the personalities were just distilled down a little bit further (okay a LOT further) than 40 years ago. I really didn’t see any of the cliques and everyone was making it a point to talk too as many as they could.

Thankfully we have lost less than 30 classmates over the 40 intervening years, but those losses were remembered with a minute of silence. We also had people there who have been married 40 years too! Now THAT is pretty dang good in this day and age (and one guy that had been married 3 weeks)…

Lots of folks are retired or looking at retiring, some of the folks just didn’t fit their jobs (one guy became a banker, that just blew EVERYBODYS mind, based on what he was like in high school!), some fit to a T and others changed jobs like some people changed underwear!!! ☺

A couple of folks even said this was the first reunion they had made, and figured it would be the only one they would make, because we’re getting older and they didn’t know if they would be around for another one. Interestingly, those were folks that had never left town, and had never really cared to keep up with their classmates. While that is not unusual, it was just a bit weird to hear…

I also heard a lot of proud parents, talking about the kids, grandkids, and in one case great grandkids (they started REAL early).

There was a good bit of nostalgia, and when the school song was sung, most of us actually remembered it! How I remembered it I have NO idea, but I did… ☺
There were lots of pictures taken (by the class photog, who is still in action); lots of folks moving between groups, some bored significant others who didn’t know anyone other than their spouse, but probably got LOTS of ammunition for later on ABOUT their spouses…

I’m glad I went; I’m glad I stayed and talked to folks, and I hope we can stay in touch better than we have. There were good memories, and by and large I think it was a real success. We’ve seen some ups and downs, and more on the horizon as those with parents still living lose them, and as we age out and start losing more classmates we will be forced (yet again) to confront our mortality and what we’ve done in our lives.

Personally, I think we’ve done pretty damn good for our generation and ourselves! No movie stars, no heroes, no big politicians, no Nobel Prize winners; but a damn good bunch of folks who would and have helped another out any way they can.

I guess we really can’t ask for much more than that…

Why ask why…

Well, I’m making a low pass through home, long enough to do laundry and back on the road… Some more oldies but goodies…

1. DON’T SWEAT THE PETTY THINGS AND DON’T PET THE SWEATY THINGS.

2. ONE TEQUILA, TWO TEQUILA, THREE TEQUILA, FLOOR.

3. ATHEISM IS A NON-PROPHET ORGANIZATION.

4. IF MAN EVOLVED FROM MONKEYS AND APES, WHY DO WE STILL HAVE MONKEYS AND APES?

5. THE MAIN REASON THAT SANTA IS SO JOLLY IS BECAUSE HE KNOWS WHERE ALL THE BAD GIRLS LIVE.

6. I WENT TO A BOOKSTORE AND ASKED THE SALESWOMAN, “WHERE’S THE SELF-HELP SECTION?” SHE SAID IF SHE TOLD ME, IT WOULD DEFEAT THE PURPOSE.

7. WHAT IF THERE WERE NO HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS?

8. IF A DEAF CHILD SIGNS SWEAR WORDS, DOES HIS MOTHER WASH HIS HANDS WITH SOAP?

9. IF SOMEONE WITH MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES THREATENS TO KILL HIMSELF, IS IT CONSIDERED A HOSTAGE SITUATION?

10. IS THERE ANOTHER WORD FOR SYNONYM?

11. WHERE DO FOREST RANGERS GO TO “GET AWAY FROM IT ALL?”

12. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU SEE AN ENDANGERED ANIMAL EATING AN ENDANGERED PLANT?

13. IF A PARSLEY FARMER IS SUED, CAN THEY GARNISH HIS WAGES?

14. WOULD A FLY WITHOUT WINGS BE CALLED A WALK?

15. WHY DO THEY LOCK GAS STATION BATHROOMS? ARE THEY AFRAID SOMEONE WILL CLEAN THEM?

16. IF A TURTLE DOESN’T HAVE A SHELL, IS HE HOMELESS OR NAKED?

17. CAN VEGETARIANS EAT ANIMAL CRACKERS?

18. IF THE POLICE ARREST A MIME, DO THEY TELL HIM HE HAS THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT?

19. WHY DO THEY PUT BRAILLE ON THE DRIVE-THROUGH BANK MACHINES?

20. HOW DO THEY GET DEER TO CROSS THE ROAD ONLY AT THOSE YELLOW ROAD SIGNS?

21. WHAT WAS THE BEST THING BEFORE SLICED BREAD?

22. ONE NICE THING ABOUT EGOTISTS: THEY DON’T TALK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE.

23. DOES THE LITTLE MERMAID WEAR AN ALGEBRA? Took me a minute too.

24. DO INFANTS ENJOY INFANCY AS MUCH AS ADULTS ENJOY ADULTERY?

25. HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A CIVIL WAR?

26. IF ONE SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMER DROWNS, DO THE REST DROWN TOO?

27. IF YOU ATE BOTH PASTA AND ANTIPASTO, WOULD YOU STILL BE HUNGRY?

28. IF YOU TRY TO FAIL, AND SUCCEED, WHICH HAVE YOU DONE?

29. WHOSE CRUEL IDEA WAS IT FOR THE WORD ‘LISP’ TO HAVE ‘S’ IN IT?

30. WHY ARE HEMORRHOIDS CALLED “HEMORRHOIDS” INSTEAD OF “ASSTEROIDS”?

31. WHY IS IT CALLED TOURIST SEASON IF WE CAN’T SHOOT AT THEM?

32. WHY IS THERE AN EXPIRATION DATE ON SOUR CREAM?

33. IF YOU SPIN AN ORIENTAL PERSON IN A CIRCLE THREE TIMES, DO THEY BECOME
DISORIENTED?

34. CAN AN ATHEIST GET INSURANCE AGAINST ACTS OF GOD?

Friends and Acquaintances…


Well, another day, another @#&* airplane… sigh… Actually this will be a trains (from Yokosuka to Narita), planes (Narita to Dallas) and automobiles day (Dallas to home)…

It’s been a weird month as far as running into old friends and acquaintances in strange places…

Although I grew up in ARKLATEX area, I left there after HS and pretty much have not been back other than the occasional visit. I’ve stayed in touch with a few folks, but by and large lost touch with most of my classmates.

After a career in the military and then working for them after retirement, along with the travel in conjunction with the job, strange meetings tend to happen.

Four of us went to the same training school in the early 70’s and served together off and on through the early 90’s. We get together every couple of years, usually through all of us being in the same place by accident. Earlier this month, I got a cryptic email giving a time and restaurant where we were going to dinner (in San Diego). We met up and caught up on what was going on with each other; and it was like all of our get togethers- like the last dinner had been last week rather than two years earlier!

Three weeks ago I walked into a meeting in South Florida and the guy across the table was a guy I had gone to boot camp with in 1971! He had done a career in the military, gone off and done other things, and moved home finding a job as the facilities manager for the Air Station. He loved it, and was able to take care of both his parents and his wife’s parents as they aged. He has spent the last year or so reconnecting with his and his wife’s old classmates and was amazed to find they were basically welcomed back with open arms.

Flying out here on Sunday was one of those strange combinations- I walked up front to see who was driving the bus, and two of the three pilots were friends I had flown with in the Navy in the 1970s. While we were standing there talking, the check pilot showed up; and he was also a pilot I had flown with in the 70’s whom I had not seen in 21 years! I did end up getting a GOOD seat for the flight out, and spent most of the flight talking to one or the other of the pilots on their breaks.

Sadly, I found out yet another former pilot, who had gone to the airlines, and had taken mandatory retirement two years ago had committed suicide two months after retirement at his beach house in Hawaii. He had never made any real effort to have a life or hobbies outside work, and I personally think that came back to haunt him…

All the conversations were about what we were going to do when we retired, and when I brought up the 40th HS reunion, it elicited very similar comments, since all of us are either doing one this year or next year. We also commiserated about the loss of friends and loss of contact with folks we grew up with. Two of the three did say they are planning to relocate, if not back where they grew up, to somewhere close.

The other commonality was how many times we seemed to run across each other, and other friends and acquaintances in unusual places or at weird times (Hawk was flying missions in Gulf and his briefer at King Khalid was his former plane captain from 15 years earlier). Another point was how much our outlooks differed from those who had stayed around their hometowns their entire lives, and how both sides envied the other (we envy the stability, they envy the travel).

Yesterday I went to lunch with two friends in Japan, one a retired E9 I’ve known for 25 years and the other an active duty E9 who was one of my students in 1978. The retiree works for the Navy and lives in Tokyo with his Japanese wife, and basically said he cannot afford to come back to the States due to her family issues (Dad with heart problems, Mother with Alzheimer’s). He admitted he will probably die here, and never make it back. He regrets the loss of friends and family connections, but figures his family responsibilities are the overriding consideration.

The active duty E9 has been stationed in Japan for 8 years and put in his papers to retire. As soon as he did, his wife filed for a divorce in California, and he will lose 50% of his retirement to her. She has already left, and she has apparently poisoned the well with both of their kids who are back in the States in college as to who is at fault.

He decided he is going home, and will take over the family farm business and his take was if he NEVER sees the ocean again, that would be fine with him. He is extremely bitter about what has happened, and has no doubts that he will lose contact with his children, thanks to the ex-wife.

Having said that, he said he has managed to reconnect with a couple of friends and is actually looking forward to going home and starting over at age 59!

I think our generation is a ‘bridge’ generation, one that was fated to be the first mobile generation, not staying local after we graduated from school. We have had diverse careers, lived in many places including overseas, and travelled more than any previous generation and been exposed to many more cultures than either our parents OR our children.

We have seen the advent of electronic media, and gone from writing real letters, taking real pictures, and reading real books to sending email, pictures, and books on line. We have learned how to reach out through that media for those we have lost contact with and maintain contact with a variety of folks we have become friends with who are scattered literally world wide. We have learned how to navigate the Internet, the blogsphere, Facebook and are now reconnecting with our past, both figuratively and literally.

It will be interesting to see how all this works out…

Separation of Church and State???

Go read LawDog’s post… Ya just gotta wonder whatinhellarethoseidjitsthinking?


It is yet again another blatant political move, to hell with honesty and playing by the rules! And I agree with LD, this will probably NEVER see the light of day in the MSM.

Still on the road, and 11 hours out of sync with the States, so posting will be a little odd for the next two weeks…

Twofer…

Since I have no life, I’m lucky I have a few friends that enjoy the same things I do…

Went shooting this morning with Newbius and his son, sighting in rifles (EBRs for him, 1940 Model 70 for me). We got everything on paper, and after barrel breakin on his new AR-10 started working on getting the scope zeroed… THAT was fun (Not)…

Finally got it dead on, only to have the pulse bounce keep him from putting rounds through the same hole! Three shot groups touching at 100m is not too shabby!!!

Meanwhile is his son is plinking with the AR-15 on plates at 200m and doing a good job of hitting probably 80%; considering it’s his first time on the rifle, I’d consider that pretty darn good!

We shot some steel plates, then back on the long guns for a finish to the morning. The heat and humidity was getting up there! >95 degrees, 90+% humidity (can we say limp dishrag)…

After that I hooked up with JR Shirley and his lovely lady for a late lunch of crepes (which I cannot cook, but like to eat. sigh…). Of course it turned into show and tell, and his lady decided she prefers a 1911 to a Glock (small hands)! Another prospective shooter, yea!

And I got to play with a couple of nice Boxers for a few minutes! I miss having a dog, but it just doesn’t work with my lifestyle (or lack thereof)…

Actually, I guess I had a threefer- I got home and got everything unloaded about 1 minute before the bottom fell out!

Now it’s back to the grind; wash clothes, pack and back to the airport in the morning…

Oh yeah, on the political front, maybe the Lightbringer REALLY should read the bill(s) before he goes on radio and lies to the country about single payer being optional… How about page 25, where it says if your current insurance does not meet the gov’t standard you are REQUIRED to go on the government plan???

And then they had some moonbat Democrat congresscritter on who said, “Everyone I talk to in ‘MY’ district is in favor of the health care reform bill.” She is either out in DEEP left field, or from Mass…

And lastly, I think the administration is playing three card monte with us… There are THREE committees in the house, EACH with a health care reform bill. To date, it appears everything we have seen published is nothing more than a trial balloon, to see what are the main sticking points.

I think we need to watch the administration VERY CLOSELY in Sept, and keep an eye on which one of the bills actually comes to the floor for a vote. I would not put it past them to pull a fast one, and there be a fourth bill lurking in the weeds somewhere that will be slammed in at 0030 the morning of the final vote. This would give the Dems deniability yet again!

“What, you mean this is a different bill than the one I ‘studied’ for two months? I didn’t know that, so I’m not responsible if there is something in it you don’t like, I thought I was voting for bill X”…

sigh… Washer dinged, so I better get moving!

Y’all enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a good week!!!

This just in…

THIS JUST IN …

Democrats, realizing the huge success of the President’s “Cash For Clunkers” rebate program, have cancelled CFC and revamped a major portion of their National Health Care Plan.

President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Sen. Reid are expected to make this major announcement at a joint news conference later this week. I have obtained a advanced copy of the proposal which is named….

CASH FOR CODGERS

and it works like this…

Couples wishing to access health care funds in order to pay for the delivery of a child will be required to turn in one old person for each child they conceive. The amount the government grants them will be fixed according to a sliding scale. Older and more prescription dependent codgers will garner the highest amounts, while younger healthier codgers will earn them less.

Basically you get $3500 toward your hospital bill for a ‘codger’ over 65 but less than 75 that is in relatively good health. You get $4500 for all ‘codgers’ over 75 and more on a sliding scale if they are dependent care.

Special “Bonus Money” will be paid for those submitting codgers from 55 yrs of age to 65 yrs of age in targeted groups such as;

• Smokers (of products taxed and deemed legal by the government)
• Beer/alcohol drinkers (of products taxed and deemed legal by the government)
• Persons 10 pounds over their government prescribed weight
• Any member of any political Party other than Democrat
• Any person ever alleged to have received a “fishy” or sent a false email on the proposed Universal Health Bill under the President’s Internet rat-out-your-neighbor, ‘squealer’ program ([email protected] ) so that an enemies list can be generated
• Any person expressing an interest in transportable health plans, removing state border limitations on insurance policies, introducing tort reform to cut medical cost by reducing defensive medicine testing thereby lowering malpractice insurance costs, requiring congress to actually read all of each bill before they vote on it.

An amendment has been introduced by several Democrat Party congresspersons to add “Tea Party” participants to the list.

Smaller bonuses will be given for codgers who eat/drink; beef, soda, fried foods, tater chips, lattes, whole milk, dairy products, bacon, Brussel sprouts, Carvel or Girl Scout Cookies.

All codgers will be immediately rendered totally useless via toxic injection upon submission to the plan. This will insure that they are not secretly resold/reused or that their body parts be harvested to keep other codgers in decent repair.

Of course all registered Democrats, all politicians except Republicans and Libertarians, all political appointees, federal, and Democrat state county and city officials, etc., etc., etc, will be exempt from being defined as a codger by this policy…



And to celebrate, they have redesigned the Pin to be given to all new Doctors for the Hippocratic Oath…

And on a ‘somewhat’ lighter note- From the past comes a VERY appropriate editorial Cartoon…

Any guesses which news paper ran this in April 1934?

Anyone???
Beuhler???


A “Second New Deal” in 1934-35 included the Wagner Act to promote labor unions, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) relief program, the Social Security Act, and new programs to aid tenant farmers and migrant workers. The Supreme Court ruled several programs unconstitutional; however, most were soon replaced, with the exception of the NRA. After 1936, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 was the only major legislation; it set maximum hours and minimum wages for most categories of workers.[3]

The WPA, CCC and other relief programs were shut down during World War II by the Conservative Coalition (i.e., the opponents of the New Deal in Congress); they argued the return of full employment made them superfluous. Many regulations were ended during the wave of deregulation from 1975 to 1989. Several New Deal programs remain active, with some still operating under the original names, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The largest programs still in existence today are the Social Security System, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Fannie Mae.

Reference HERE; those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it, and it looks like we are heading down that road

Road Humor…

I’m on the road (still again…) and suffering death by Powerpoint and mathematical formulas…


So far the record is a FIVE slide formula, that was the “simple” formula… Just shoot me now!

I’m not even going down the road the media is on, so a little more humor for y’all!

Questions to ponder in the middle of the night…

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of murdered?

Why do you have to “put your two cents in”… but it’s only a “penny for your thoughts”? Where’s that extra penny going to and where did it come from?

Once you’re in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up like every two hours?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why are you IN a movie, but you’re ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They’re going to see you naked anyway.

Why is “bra” singular and “panties” plural?

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?

Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane ?

If the professor on Gilligan’s Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can’t he fix a hole in a boat?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They’re both dogs!

If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn’t he just buy dinner?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

Why do they call it an asteroid when it’s outside the hemisphere, but call it a hemorrhoid when it’s in your butt?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog’s face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?


Now that you’ve wasted all this time reading these, go do something productive! 🙂

A little humor…

Don’t know about y’all but I need a break from the BS…

This from a Kiwi I know… Raised Terror Alert Levels

The British are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats in Islamabad and have raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” Brits have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies all but ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to a “Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was during the great fire of 1666.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide”. The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France ‘s white flag factory, effectively paralysing the country’s military capability.

It’s not only the French who are on a heightened level of alert. Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout loudly and excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”

The Germans also increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs..” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbour” and “Lose”.

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual, and the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels .

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Americans meanwhile are carrying out pre-emptive strikes, on all of their allies, just in case.

And at a local level…
New Zealand has also raised its security levels – from “baaa” to “BAAAA!”. Due to continuing defence cutbacks (the airforce being a squadron of spotty teenagers flying paper aeroplanes and the navy some toy boats in the Prime Minister’s bath), New Zealand only has one more level of escalation, which is “S**t, I hope Australia will come and rescue us”.

In the event of invasion, New Zealanders will be asked to gather together in a strategic defensive position called “Bondi”.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be right, mate”. Three more escalation levels remain, “Crikey!’, “I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend” and “The barbie is cancelled”. There has not yet been a situation that has warranted the use of the final escalation level.

Y’all have a good weekend!

Un-American???

Nepolitano and DHS put out alert to Law Enforcement on military right wing extremists, gun owners and people flying certain ‘flags’ and bumper stickers.

From the White House blog

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to [email protected].

Pelosi (and Steny Hoyer, who co-wrote a USA Today column making this claim) stated, “Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American.”

And the above the fold headline from USA Today in today’s issue-


By Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
Federal authorities have launched an effort to detect lone attackers who may be contemplating politically charged assaults similar to the recent murders of a Kansas abortion doctor and a Holocaust museum security guard.
The effort, known as the “Lone Wolf Initiative,” was started shortly after President Obama’s inauguration, in part because of a rising level of hate speech and surging gun sales.


Diametrically opposite of the rhetoric before the Dems got in power- Then “political dissent” was ‘patriotic’!


Now I’m just a dumb ol’ country boy, but I DID read not only the Cap and Trade, but also the Health Care Reform bills (hey, all those hours on airplanes are good for “something”). I will be the first one to admit I didn’t understand much of it, but I can read and it was notable the number of what I’ll call “paybacks” in both bills to union and special interest groups for their support.


I also saw a whole bunch of what I can weasel wording, leaving room to drive your average tractor trailer rig through the holes possible in interpretation!!!


I also read other than US papers, and know people in a number of countries that have socialized medicine (Canada, GBR, and Germany to name a few) NONE of the people I know are happy with the “care” they or their families receive under those plans. In GBR, in fact they have calculated the young and old are worth about $45,000 a year in care, and that’s it… Long lines, long waits (up to 10-12 weeks) to see a doctor, limited capabilities in hospitals (not every hospital has CAT scan/MRI), lack of specialists.


Also, the “numbers” being spouted by the Administration are being called into question on just about every aspect; and the White House is directly targeting any media that disagrees with it…


Also, I find it interesting that we, the bitter clinging gun owners and veterans are rather blatantly being targeted as extremists because we don’t hew to the left wing mantras and agenda.


We all have heard the calls for increasing limitations on gun purchases, adding the “no Fly” list to the NICS data base, adding the “mental health” data base to the NICS data base (coincidently putting many veterans who have stress related issues in a position to longer be able to own or buy a gun).


Now throw in what is happening to the Dems in their town hall meetings- Depending on which honest polls you believe, 60+% of the people DON’T want health care reform as it is currently planned. But remember dissent is now un-American; so that’s yet another list…


Now a little what if… Since the White House is directly collecting the “fishy” data via emails, all the data they collect could be considered under executive privilege! What happens if THAT data base is added to the NICS with NO ability to find out the truth of any accusations???


What if DHS and the FBI pull VA data to put together the ‘Lone Wolf’ list? Obviously they aren’t doing real well, since we have had a number of shootings since the inception of it… Personally, I think that list is specifically targeted at those who would, God Forbid, take a shot at the President. That is really the LAST thing we need…


What if the DHS memo or ‘Lone Wolf’ list is added as, oh say, an “adjunct” to the NICS??? AFTER the DHS memo has been proved via FOIA the whole of the research for that memo was basically done via search words on the Internet and via crackpot websites???


Where am I going with all this???


Well, I have a slightly different twist than Stretch Pelosi…


I believe what the administration is doing is UN-AMERICAN, collecting questionable data through “report your neighbor” emails brings to mind both the Nazi party in the 30’s and the Soviets from 1917 to the 1980’s…


I believe what the administration is NOT doing to investigate the special interest groups like ACORN, the dropped lawsuits against the New Black Panthers, etc. are UN-AMERICAN (again like the Nazis and the Brownshirts)


I believe what the administration is doing is UN-AMERICAN in labeling those who do not agree with their plans and policies, and calling them on it, as extremists…


I believe what the administration is doing is UN-AMERICAN by weaseling ways to take away the 2nd Amendment rights upheld by SCOTUS.

I believe what Pelosi and Hoyer are doing UN-AMERICAN for wanting to quash our 1st Amendment right to free speech.


And lastly, I believe the actions of the congresscritters who are NOT listening to their constituents are truly UN-AMERICAN. They have completely forgotten who elected them and their absolute power has corrupted them to the point they are delusional…


A ‘good’ bad example is McCaskill in Missouri… When she gets up and says, “Do I have to use my parent voice”? rather than answer a question she doesn’t like; that is just flat insulting, not only to her constituents, but to every American.


I believe the administration is doing it’s damnest to take over the US, turn it into a socialist nanny state, a single party country, and really and truly make Obama the “ruler” of the US…


I believe WE, John Q. Public, have to fight back legally. By voting them out of office in 2010 and 2012, by standing up in public sessions and asking (politely) those questions we REALLY want answers to, not allowing the special interest groups to control the agendas, the census, the media or any thing that benefits them directly to the detriment of average Americans.


That is all.