An Important Reminder

This from an article by Ralph Peters- Lawdog also had a post alluding to this from Michael Yon’s website…

As Thanksgiving approaches, consider a vignette from Baghdad:

As part of its campaign to eliminate Iraq’s Christian communities, alQaeda in 2004 bombed St. John’s Christian church in Doura, in the city’s southern badlands. By last spring, local services had stopped completely.

Our Army’s 2nd Battalion of the 12th Infantry stepped up. Under Lt. Col.Stephen Michael (a Newark native), our soldiers methodically cleaned upDoura – no easy or painless task – and aided the reconstruction of the church.

Last week, a grateful congregation returned for a service that was, literally, a resurrection. Fifteen local Muslim sheikhs attended theMass to support their Christian neighbors. Could there be a more hopeful symbol?

Those long-suffering Iraqi Christians will celebrate Christmas in theirneighborhood church this year. “Peace on earth” will mean more to themthan mere words in a carol.

As for the grunts of 2-12 Infantry who made it all possible, their mottois “Ducti Amore Patria,” or “Having been led by love of country.”

On Thanksgiving Day, be thankful for such men.

As we sit down where ever we are for Thanksgiving, please take a moment to remember all the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines around the world who are spending their Thanksgiving far from home while keeping the USA safe and free!


Hand Salute!

Ready Two!


Firearms Refresher

1. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
2. A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.
3 Colt: The original point and click interface.
4 Gun control is not about guns; it’s about control.
5. If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.
6. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
7. If you don’t know your rights, you don’t have any.
8. Those who trade liberty for security have neither.
9. The United States Constitution (c)1791. All Rights Reserved .
10. What part of “shall not be infringed ” do you not understand?
11. The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.
12. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
13. Guns only have two enemies; rust and politicians.
14. Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.
15. You don’t shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
16. 911: Government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.
17. Assault is a behavior, not a device.
18. Criminals love gun control; it makes their jobs safer.
19. If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.
20. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.
21. You have only the rights you are willing to fight for.
22. Enforce the gun control laws we ALREADY have; don’t make more.
23. When you remove the people’s right to bear arms, you create slaves.
24 . The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.

In the latest political smear campaign, Billary’s camp is now claiming Robert Novak really invented the “bad” things they were holding back about Barak Hussein Obama, that her camp has, “nothing to do with any rumor mill.” Strange…

This sounds just like Bill’s campaign tactics against Bush and others over the years…

On another note, gotta love the Ninth Circus out in CA, once again they have decided to save the whales and kill the sailors through lack of training. I REALLY wonder whose side they are on…


It’s 0100 in Sydney, I’m bored, tired and waiting on work email, so I was popping through a few blogs and saw that Lawdog via LaFemme had found a Discworld quiz. Since I just finished reading Soul Music on the airplane from Perth, I figured why not…

After the last three weeks, I feel more like the Librarian than any other- Juggling too many pieces and too many potentials for things to go wrong… and if I see another banana anytime soon; well, I’m NOT going to be responsible. That seemed to be the only fruit available in the hotel on most mornings. Oh yeah, and I have NOT been good natured either…

Well, after three weeks of Cricket, I STILL don’t get it…


Which Discworld Character are you like (with pics)
created with
You scored as Carrot Ironfounderson

You are Captain Carrot Ironfounderson of the City Watch in the greatest city on the Disc, Ankh-Morprok! A truly good natured, honest guy, who knows everyone, and is liked by all. Technically a dwarf, but only by adoption. You’d rather not be reminded that you are the true heir to the throne, but that does explain why people naturally follow your order.

Carrot Ironfounderson


Commander Samuel Vimes




Lord Havelock Vetinari


Gytha (Nanny) Ogg


The Librarian


Cohen The Barbarian






Esmerelda (Granny) Weatherwax


Gun musings…

The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense The sword is more important that the shield and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental. (John Steinbeck)

Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he’s too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.

If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.

I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy.

America is not at war, the US Military is at war. America is at the mall.

When the seconds count, the cops are just minutes away. Shoot first, THEN call 911, your odds of survival are MUCH greater that way.

A reporter did a human interest piece on the Texas Rangers years ago, the Ranger was carrying a 1911, which the reporter recognized, and asked, “Why do you carry a .45?” The Ranger’s laconic anwer, “Because they don’t make a .46.”

An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity.

A Sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented to him, “Sheriff, I see you have your pistol, are you expecting trouble?” “No Ma’am, if I was expecting trouble, I’d have brought my rifle.”

And lastly, beware the man with only one gun, most of the bluing worn away; he probably knows how to use it (my Grandpa sure as hell did).

My favorite Airplanes

Since everybody ELSE is playing… NRAhab posted an interesting twist on Kim’s meme about beautiful cars. Since I’m off early, I’ll jump in too- Mine are a little different, in that I have personal connections to each of my selections…

5. DC-3 easy to fly and very forgiving, I flew one for the first time in 1967 as a 16 year old. Morphed into a damn good weapons platform (Puff the Magic Dragon). Callsign in Nam was Spooky. My Uncle flew them 1964-66 at England AFB and later in Nam.

4. P-47 Butt ugly, airborne tank, but brought a lot of folks home, including a close family friend. Callsign was usually Jug, since they resembled milk jugs from the 1930’s. Our friend had a picture of himself sitting on the wing of his bird, dangling his feet THROUGH a hole in the wing after he landed. He said he was jokingly called Lead Ass, because he almost always returned with holes in the airplanes from a variety of things including at least one tree limb.

3. AD-1 Built as a one way nuclear bomber, performed superbly as CAS in Nam. One of my co-workers calls this the best airplane he ever flew in combat. The Navy called them Spads or Sandy’s depending on the mission. This one is loaded for a CAS alert 5 on the Connie sometime in 1964. Centerline is 1000lb bomb, outboard are 300 gal. drop tanks, 2-500lb and 4-250lb bombs per wing. Callsign in Nam was normally Sandy.

2. F-4 Phantom II, a refrigerator with wings, negative glide ratio, did it all- interception, CAS, pinpoint bombing, and ugly as hell too! Came aboard the boat at 157 kts (180 mph) in a clean configuration. I have about 20 hours in the back seat, including a couple of supersonic passes. Known as Big Smokey, because you could see the smoke trails for 4-5 miles from the J-79’s when not in burner.

1. And my number one favorite- P-3 Orion, I had 7700 hours in them on active duty and another 1000 or so as a Special Missions crewman; and they always got me home 🙂 And yes, we routinely flew rather low… This pic is from 1974, inbound to start a TORPEX off Kauai. The P-3 entered service in 1962 and is still flying today, doing a multitude of jobs. Overland supporting the troops in the sandbox, ASW around the world, SAR around the world, and comms, EW and Customs support worldwide.

Veterans Day

This is a WWII 4″ gun emplacement on Garden Island in Western Australia. The only thing removed were the barrels of the guns, otherwise it remains as it was in 1942. It had communications with a spotting battery located about 500 yards away and up on a rise.
Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislature that was passed in 1938, November 11 was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.'” As such, this new legal holiday honored World War II veterans.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

We are not the only ones who celebrate Veterans Day, here in Australia they call it Remembrance Day. I was privileged to be allowed to observe the ceremony onboard HMAS Parramatta III this morning. It was very moving and commemorated the loss of HMAS Parramatta II during WWII off Tobruk, and other crewmembers who have died while serving aboard.
A toast to all the other Veterans, where ever they may be! Salute!

I’m so confused…

Now I want one of you LEO’s out there to ‘splain this one to me…

And yes, that no entry really is for the right hand lane…


Just one more of those ‘little’ things we are running into out here.

The other interesting thing is the language gap… Yes, they do speak English english, but with an Australian twist. Basically it leaves me wondering what the hell they just said…

The ones I still haven’t figured out are no worries and no drama… Those words are usually used at the end of a statement, so I’m ‘guessing’ they are about like no biggie and no problem. So if something comes back to bite me in the ass, I’ll know for sure.

The other fun thing, if you want to call it that, is the area we are operating in is an environmentally protected area- One of the guys pointed out a sign today that had both a kangaroo and a snake on it. We had a meeting with one of the Rangers and I asked if snakes were really protected, he said they were!!!!

He then showed us a Tiger Snake (very poisonous and very agressive), that he had in a glass cage. Every time you moved your hand near the glass, that sucker was striking the glass! It can also swim in salt water AND climb trees.

There goes any thoughts of going to the beach… sigh…

Next he reaches in and pulls out a Carpet Python, just a little one, about 4 1/2 feet long. It was a female and NOT in a good mood- First time I have ever heard a snake hiss! That sucker can and does eat animals up to and including Tamars (think small kangaroos)…

Then to top everything else, he takes us out to where we will be working; it’s in the middle of an old WWII bombing area! We are working in the middle of $#%^* unexploded ordanance… Lovely, just lovely…

sigh… I think I’ll go home now… Either that or drink heavily…

More from Australia

I can see it now, the puppy is praying- “Oh thank you, thank you for sending me to little Timmy and not to Michael Vick…. I promise I’ll only pee on the paper, and not chew Mommies shoes…”
Well, the land down under continues to amaze me, either that, or I’ve fallen into the Twilight Zone and can’t get up…

I know they are proud of their multi-culturalism, but sometimes… well…

We went to a restaurant called A Fishy Place which is a Greek seafood restaurant; with me so far? Now here is where it gets interesting…

The hostess was East Indian, the manager was Sumatrian, the cook was Egyptian, the waitress was Chinese and the cashier was Australian AND they were serving Czech beer… There wasn’t a Greek to be found ANYWHERE!!!

But the food was excellent ethnic Greek… Go figure…

The other thing, well one of the other things that is weird, is that you don’t see anyone speeding like you always do in the states! Even the young kids with the hot cars and motorcycles don’t go over 10 klicks over the speed limit, even out in the country.

The current score is turn signals 12, windshield wipers 8 for lane changes… And so far this trip, I have not turned the wrong way yet; but those $%^* roundabouts and traffic circles drive me NUTS!!!! I am soooooo tempted to go right instead of left it’s not funny… sigh…

Of course there IS a bright side… None of the guys riding with me are dozing off…

On the Road again, part 238

Sunrise descending into Sydney- 90nm NE of Sydney descending through FL 280 yesterday.

Well, it’s 0400 here in Perth and I’m wide awake, it’s 9 degrees Centigrade… Must. Do. The. Math… errr… 48??? Yeah, close enough…

Lemme see- Thirteen hours difference, so… Ah, dinner time for the body, but breakfast isn’t for another three hours. Whats’s in the mini-bar? Hmm, peanuts, candy bar, little can of Pringles potato(e) chips… Now, where is the price list???

ELEVEN %^&* DOLLARS???? I don’t think so!!! /Grumble/

Okay, instant coffee, I can live with that (not a lot of choice). This is going to be an interesting three weeks…

No US TV, just replays of Cricket (which I STILL don’t have a clue about), Aussie rules football, rugby, soccer and that’s about it.

Brrr… went out and walked around, it’s chilly out. There is absolutely no one out, just a couple of police cars crusing around. Looks like two Aussie versions of street malls within walking distance, not much else, just the business district, but I did find a coffee house (opens at 0700) that apparently serves real brewed coffee, or so the sign says…

More later, hopefully a little more coherently thought out… sigh…

Random junk again…

Well, I had a pretty good blog going, and our entire subdivision lost power, so y’all are getting leftovers…

First, let me say my thoughts and prayers go out to those in California who have lost homes, property and memories in the fires this week. Also, prayers go out for the firefighters, pilots and others who are on the line fighting the fires…
It is not a pretty job, nor fun, but is VERY important to our safety.

Now THIS is what you call space utilization…

This is a train track coming into Bangkok, Thailand which doubles as a mall when there are no trains…

And just for fun, note the row number I got assigned on the JAL 747-400…

Yes, there really is a row 85! This particular 747 was used as a shuttle between the mainland and Okinawa and Guam, it is set up for 530 seats…

Oh yeah, and I was NOT in the last row, that was row 87!

Well, I finally got back on US time, just in time to leave tomorrow for Australia for work, just a nice little 30 hour jaunt from here to Perth… I’m getting WAY too old for this…

Sometimes you just have to wonder…

Well, we have a winner. The auction is over. The final bid remained at $2,100,100. The winning bidder, the high bidder: Betty Casey.

Rush Limbaugh auctioned off the smear letter sent to him by dingy harry and 40 other democrap Senators today- Who would have thought it????

The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation is going to get in excess of $4.2 million because Limbaugh is matching Betty Casey’s bid on eBay of $2.1 million.

Something tells me that letter is going to show up again…

In other bits and pieces, can you believe this Portland, ME school district that is going to give contraceptives to both male and female 11 year olds? AND show them how to use them!!!

What ever happened to parental rights? Sure, there is now a lot of spin about how, oh the parent can opt out, etc…

Lemme see, voluntary prayer is outlawed, but 11 year old sex is okay?

I thought underage sex was still illegal- or am I just stoopid???

I know I’m an old fart, but something here just doesn’t make sense… If somebody had tried to give my daughters contraceptives at age 11, I’d have been after them with a shotgun!

Why is it the ACLU and their minions are after anything that even remotely resembles Christianity in any environment today? Public schools, Court Houses, places of Government… Is the next thing going to be removing the crosses from the Veterans’ Cemeteries?

But yet push a liberal agenda/message and that’s all right? This case in Portland, the case about the video showing homosexual parents that was being shown to third graders as a REQUIRED video, algore’s Inconvenient Lie… Bashing the troops…

Would somebody please tell me what happened to the USA I grew up in?


kicking my soapbox back into the corner now…