Saturday, January 16, 2021

Wednesday, January 13, 2021


I wonder what part they view as the failure. They sure seem not to recognize inconsistancy when they see it or not as happens in most cases with these idiots. From our good friends at Forbes, again:

Honestly don't you think if the mask actually worked that those democratic dimwits wearing face masks would have been safe from the Wuhan Flu? Did they maintain their six feet of separation or did they cluster and clutch each other like frightened children? If 3 dimwits of the Socialist Party caught the virus, what about the unmasked Rethuglicans? Did they catch the virus too?

I'm sure it won't/doesn't matter but it will be fascinating, as usual, to see the dimwits propose and pass a law and then selectively enforce it against their enemies and never against themselves or their allies.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021


Google search It takes you straight here:
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I have taken recently to saving pdfs of some news files. There is a reason for this of course. It has to do with now realizing that the Left cannot help itself and some left wing social justice thug is always out there spilling the beans and laying out the left's plans to kill your right to speech, seize your guns, ban the sale of ammunition and destroy equal treatment for all under the law. It's also fun to mock them with their own words and deeds and they so often trumpet aloud how delighted they are to see other people thrown under the bus of social justice and 'equitable' treatment under the law. At any rate, Forbes screwed up somehow and actually published an interesting article that they quickly shoved down the memory hole and hope to make go away.

Here is the offending document

Naturally they failed to eliminate the document since the internet is forever until the world converts entirely to wholly natural ecologically sustainable unrealistc power at which point the servers will all be offline; starved of power and air-conditioning. Until then, we can still keep the parts of the left being sacrified in the dark alive by making copies and thrusting them back into the market place of ideas. The article starts out fairly simply. See for yourself how Jim Collins begins:

It is rare a that a public company stretches so far into the realm of abhorrent behavior, but Twitter's TWTR -2.1% actions last week revulsed me more than Union Carbide’s Bhopal, Boeing's BA -0.3% repeated failures with the 787 Max, J&J’s JILL +3.5% Tylenol scandal and really any other corporate action I have seen in my lifetime.

For a social media platform to censor a world leader—while still giving a voice to preachers of hate like Louis Farrakhan Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei and even O.J. Simpson—isn’t just wrong from a free speech perspective, it's actually terrible business. So, Twitter has shown little to no sequential growth in its user base of late (details below) but it is still valued like its Big Tech growth-y brethren. Twitter is not growing, it is shrinking, if measured versus the growth rate of the global economy, and that reduction will accelerate dramatically now that Twitter has offended every Conservative in America with its action to ban President Trump. Only fools in Congress and Big Tech apologists would think that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act should apply to Twitter. It is a publisher, not a platform. Full stop.

So, first and foremost, here is how to deactivate your Twitter account. I used this excellent article from the Today show last week to kill my account. It took me more than half an hour, and making it difficult to leave is a classic Big Tech strategy for bolstering user numbers, but eventually I succeeded. It was worth it. I will never use that platform again.

But I do stocks, not activism, and even if a new type of conscious capitalism is my investment strategy for 2021, I still need to make some money. Twitter shares are plunging 7% in pre-market trading Monday, and the market will soon realize that this platform is going to shrink dramatically. Even on a good day, Twitter is a cesspool of hate speech, lies (including investment advice) and a “trending" algorithm that seems to have a remarkably consistent left-wing bias. I will not be the last person to cancel it. MORE

I checked Forbes home page and sure enough it shows that Jim Collins latest column is dated 22 December 2020 and not 11 January 2021.

It has well and truly been stuffed down the Forbes memory hole.

It is the sheer hypocrisy that bothers me the most. All the ratbags baying for blood and for Cruz and Hawley to resign their Senate seats and declaring the idiotic assault on the capital building the worst day in history don't appear to even be aware that they've reached the level of madness associated with the kind of people that were stuffed into Bedlam as quickly as they could be rounded up. Authors shrieking for Andy Ngo to be censored and demanding the book stores stop selling his book about anti-fa and the endless every night riots in Portland and Seattle make my teeth itch. Something has to be done.

It is gratifying to see that Jim Collins is a man of his word and he no longer exists on Twitter. It is probably time for every right thinking person to consider if they need to be on twitter. I'm tempted sometimes to get an account simply because it is a true eye into the minds of the deranged socialists and communists educators and politicans who simply cannot keep themselves from posting their every simple-minded idiotic thought using it but I worry that I might fall into the abyss myself. I think I'll stick with blogging.

Monday, January 11, 2021


We learned about KISS as young managers and leaders. We stopped saying it aloud once we understood just how it worked. Keep it Simple Stupid was one of the easiest steps of managing projects.

I watch the paralyzing conniptions Cuomo is putting New York through to get the vaccine and just laugh. Those idiots keep voting for idiots like him and Blasio to fail to get the job done while raking in millions of dollars in bribes donations.


Our little train seems to have jumped off the tracks. I'm not sure anything can set it right again short of another Civil War. I had also thought and hoped that President Lincoln had the last word on Civil Wars in this part of the world.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

I think we are heading away from the proposition that all men are created equal at warp speed these days. It doesn't get any stupider when people today cannot tell the difference between men and women, boys and girls and get all wrapped up in the excesses of their libido that probably should be left in the bedroom or at least at home where it belongs.

It's a terrible place where a plutocrat or two can totally squeeze the President of this country out of the market place of ideas and forbid him to speak or write as he wills because they control the media. It also sucks that the idiot that will take over as president has already vowed to scrap the 2nd Amendment. I would not be at all surprised to learn that there are now patriots thinking about how to take the war to the enemy of the Republic and all that it stands for.

Sunday, January 10, 2021


I wrote this just now in response to some people cheering the silencing of the voice of 74 million American voters. I thought it was worth putting here as well in case it fails to make it through the moderators.

74 million Americans voted for Trump. Nothing about the events of last week has really changed the mind of a single one of them. Having all the ladies grasping their pearls and shrieking impeachment really doesn’t change the facts and it appears that people here are very intent on ignoring the facts. It was one of Bernie’s supporters who shot up the Republican softball team at practice and it was all of the scum leadership et al of the democratic party that spent most of the year supporting violence and attacks on Federal court houses and yet they walk away and everybody now pretends it neither happens nor matters. You see the problem of course. Trump didn’t say attack the Capitol and it doesn’t seem to matter to anybody that all he did was encourage his supporters to come to town and demonstrate against some egregious voting fraud. We can disagree about it but it’s hard to conceal fraud when thousands more votes are cast in a precinct than there are registered voters and yet they all get counted. It was no single example of fraud but only an idiot can look at how democrats behave both on and off camera and fail to conclude that there were a whole lot of party members devoted to cheating and gaming the election for all they could get away with.

Anyone watching our news service or reading the NYT or WP would be forced to leap to the conclusions they skillfully want you to leap to because their bias and failure to report the actual facts is kind of obvious to those familiar with the system.

Denying a platform shared by the world to people you hate with a madness akin to Bush Derangement Syndrome is over the top and 74 million Americans know that. Not one of us would have heard or read a word Trump said in office were it not for his ability to put his own words across to the voters and the people and bypass the gatekeeping dirtbags in the media. They just blew that up and every one of the tech companies jumped onboard in lockstep to flush everything 74 million Americans know down the memory hole.

Do you wonder that Biden picked a woman from a certain win state even though she polled something like dead last in the party debates and found almost no support from the democratic party voters? And now, by March she will probably be the President because Biden can’t hide in the basement anymore and it is going to be obvious that his brain has wandered away during and even before this campaign started and it only got worse as time went by. Let us not forget Obama’s immortal words.

"Yet searing, anonymously sourced quotes from Obama kept appearing through the race. One Democrat who spoke to Obama recalled the former president warning, “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to fuck things up.” Speaking of his own waning understanding of today’s Democratic electorate, especially in Iowa, Obama told one 2020 candidate: “And you know who really doesn’t have it? Joe Biden.”


It’s going to be an interesting and historic 4 years. I’m kind of looking forward to it.

Friday, January 8, 2021


Congratulations America. You lost. President Trump was successful to the extent of winning the votes of half the electorate in this country because he had a direct link to his supporters and could communicate instantaneously with all of them via twitter. The tech overlords and communists at twitter have been throttling his conversations over their link for the last 6 months and now they've gone and pulled the plug altogether. There will never again be a platform that a conservative politician can use to go directly to the people and lay out his thoughts and strategies because in line with Conquest's Laws.


I am already sick to death of the hypocrites who run the party political in DC and the news pimps that follow them around lapping up every death defying denunciation of President Trump and of course, every single one of the bastards that voted for him in the last two elections. The yapsters don't seem to care that they have started to piss off the otherwise stayed and patient people who don't live woke lives and don't really care all that much about the pimps, poodles or black lives for that matter. After all, if none of them care that the murder rates in the democratic cities of America is skyrocketing as the blacks murder each other in new frenzies of hatred of other blacks, why should we care? The numbers are staggering and awful yet that never seems to make the news.

And now the secret to better living is to get on with it and go ahead and laugh out loud of the prospect of Biden, may he live forever and Harris in the White House being jammed up in everything they try to do by Pelosi and Schumer. I find it actually kind of wonderful that the democrats who firmly rejected Harris when she was running for president have essentially elected the least liked/favored/intelligent democratic presidential candidate. Gosh, won't they feel stupid when they wake up one day and find that she is running the country much the way she ran the state of California. They sure aren't very bright but then neither are their candidates.

I think we're about to find out how much damage a Republic can take before it turns into the Terror. I'm going to have to brush up on my reading on the history and events of the French Revolution and possibly what really happened to the Duma in Russia. History is often a guide for how things will progress given the same set of circumstances. It might also be instructive to read more on the Weimar period in Germany. I kind of skipped over that because I really didn't want to read how the Germans turned into ravening slathering beasts.

Thursday, January 7, 2021


Can you believe some oxygen thief at twitter decided to censor the president because they disliked what he said so much they couldn't help but work their little asses off to expunge his remarks from their record? Yeah, I find it hard to believe too.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021


One of my favorite passages from Thucydides and The History of the Peloponnesian War. It pretty much defines what we're seeing right now in America. It's interesting that off all the books of antiquity this one survived more or less intact for over 2400 years. Probably the oldest book to remain in print that I know about and have read. I figure this section is worth reading as we close in on yet another massive case of election fraud in this presidential election year.

The Peloponnesians accordingly at once set off in haste by night for home, coasting along shore; and hauling their ships across the Isthmus of Leucas, in order not to be seen doubling it, so departed. The Corcyraeans, made aware of the approach of the Athenian fleet and of the departure of the enemy, brought the Messenians from outside the walls into the town, and ordered the fleet which they had manned to sail round into the Hyllaic harbour; and while it was so doing, slew such of their enemies as they laid hands on, dispatching afterwards, as they landed them, those whom they had persuaded to go on board the ships. Next they went to the sanctuary of Hera and persuaded about fifty men to take their trial, and condemned them all to death. The mass of the suppliants who had refused to do so, on seeing what was taking place, slew each other there in the consecrated ground; while some hanged themselves upon the trees, and others destroyed themselves as they were severally able. During seven days that Eurymedon stayed with his sixty ships, the Corcyraeans were engaged in butchering those of their fellow citizens whom they regarded as their enemies: and although the crime imputed was that of attempting to put down the democracy, some were slain also for private hatred, others by their debtors because of the moneys owed to them. Death thus raged in every shape; and, as usually happens at such times, there was no length to which violence did not go; sons were killed by their fathers, and suppliants dragged from the altar or slain upon it; while some were even walled up in the temple of Dionysus and died there.

So bloody was the march of the revolution, and the impression which it made was the greater as it was one of the first to occur. Later on, one may say, the whole Hellenic world was convulsed; struggles being every, where made by the popular chiefs to bring in the Athenians, and by the oligarchs to introduce the Lacedaemonians. In peace there would have been neither the pretext nor the wish to make such an invitation; but in war, with an alliance always at the command of either faction for the hurt of their adversaries and their own corresponding advantage, opportunities for bringing in the foreigner were never wanting to the revolutionary parties. The sufferings which revolution entailed upon the cities were many and terrible, such as have occurred and always will occur, as long as the nature of mankind remains the same; though in a severer or milder form, and varying in their symptoms, according to the variety of the particular cases. In peace and prosperity, states and individuals have better sentiments, because they do not find themselves suddenly confronted with imperious necessities; but war takes away the easy supply of daily wants, and so proves a rough master, that brings most men's characters to a level with their fortunes. Revolution thus ran its course from city to city, and the places which it arrived at last, from having heard what had been done before, carried to a still greater excess the refinement of their inventions, as manifested in the cunning of their enterprises and the atrocity of their reprisals. Words had to change their ordinary meaning and to take that which was now given them. Reckless audacity came to be considered the courage of a loyal ally; prudent hesitation, specious cowardice; moderation was held to be a cloak for unmanliness; ability to see all sides of a question, inaptness to act on any. Frantic violence became the attribute of manliness; cautious plotting, a justifiable means of self-defence. The advocate of extreme measures was always trustworthy; his opponent a man to be suspected. To succeed in a plot was to have a shrewd head, to divine a plot a still shrewder; but to try to provide against having to do either was to break up your party and to be afraid of your adversaries. In fine, to forestall an intending criminal, or to suggest the idea of a crime where it was wanting, was equally commended until even blood became a weaker tie than party, from the superior readiness of those united by the latter to dare everything without reserve; for such associations had not in view the blessings derivable from established institutions but were formed by ambition for their overthrow; and the confidence of their members in each other rested less on any religious sanction than upon complicity in crime. The fair proposals of an adversary were met with jealous precautions by the stronger of the two, and not with a generous confidence. Revenge also was held of more account than self-preservation. Oaths of reconciliation, being only proffered on either side to meet an immediate difficulty, only held good so long as no other weapon was at hand; but when opportunity offered, he who first ventured to seize it and to take his enemy off his guard, thought this perfidious vengeance sweeter than an open one, since, considerations of safety apart, success by treachery won him the palm of superior intelligence. Indeed it is generally the case that men are readier to call rogues clever than simpletons honest, and are as ashamed of being the second as they are proud of being the first. The cause of all these evils was the lust for power arising from greed and ambition; and from these passions proceeded the violence of parties once engaged in contention. The leaders in the cities, each provided with the fairest professions, on the one side with the cry of political equality of the people, on the other of a moderate aristocracy, sought prizes for themselves in those public interests which they pretended to cherish, and, recoiling from no means in their struggles for ascendancy engaged in the direst excesses; in their acts of vengeance they went to even greater lengths, not stopping at what justice or the good of the state demanded, but making the party caprice of the moment their only standard, and invoking with equal readiness the condemnation of an unjust verdict or the authority of the strong arm to glut the animosities of the hour. Thus religion was in honour with neither party; but the use of fair phrases to arrive at guilty ends was in high reputation. Meanwhile the moderate part of the citizens perished between the two, either for not joining in the quarrel, or because envy would not suffer them to escape.

Thus every form of iniquity took root in the Hellenic countries by reason of the troubles. The ancient simplicity into which honour so largely entered was laughed down and disappeared; and society became divided into camps in which no man trusted his fellow. To put an end to this, there was neither promise to be depended upon, nor oath that could command respect; but all parties dwelling rather in their calculation upon the hopelessness of a permanent state of things, were more intent upon self-defence than capable of confidence. In this contest the blunter wits were most successful. Apprehensive of their own deficiencies and of the cleverness of their antagonists, they feared to be worsted in debate and to be surprised by the combinations of their more versatile opponents, and so at once boldly had recourse to action: while their adversaries, arrogantly thinking that they should know in time, and that it was unnecessary to secure by action what policy afforded, often fell victims to their want of precaution.

Meanwhile Corcyra gave the first example of most of the crimes alluded to; of the reprisals exacted by the governed who had never experienced equitable treatment or indeed aught but insolence from their rulers—when their hour came; of the iniquitous resolves of those who desired to get rid of their accustomed poverty, and ardently coveted their neighbours' goods; and lastly, of the savage and pitiless excesses into which men who had begun the struggle, not in a class but in a party spirit, were hurried by their ungovernable passions. In the confusion into which life was now thrown in the cities, human nature, always rebelling against the law and now its master, gladly showed itself ungoverned in passion, above respect for justice, and the enemy of all superiority; since revenge would not have been set above religion, and gain above justice, had it not been for the fatal power of envy. Indeed men too often take upon themselves in the prosecution of their revenge to set the example of doing away with those general laws to which all alike can look for salvation in adversity, instead of allowing them to subsist against the day of danger when their aid may be required.


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Thursday, December 31, 2020


May you all have a happy and safe new year and may you get to spend it with family and friends.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020


From, here a story related from which is hilarious. Bad for democracy but still very funny.

The 6 January elector ‘ballot’ count is going to go down as the greatest troll of all time.

You may or may not know, but the Vice President gets to count the electors. That’s the one thing the Constitution makes crystal clear. Apparently the plan is for Mike Pence to roll in a Dominion voting machine (or a knock off that looks like one). He’s then going to pull out a USB drive, update the software just before the count, and use the machine to count the elector ballots.

Remember, this will be on national television. The count will not only come out fractional, but it will result in more votes than actual electors AND result in Trump winning more electors than Biden.

The chamber is expected erupt in chaos. Obviously the count will be challenged. Pence will then conduct a ‘recount,’ but he will use the machine to print the recount ballots and then hand count those. The recounted number will be similar to the original count, only changing by a couple votes, but it will result in Trump winning by even more than before.

Dems are expected to cry “fraud” and Pence will object and call for order. He will tell them that it’s too late to challenge because it’s already done. The count is finished. He will then deliberately wipe the machine’s software.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

full knowing

At this point the europeans of the west know what the onslought means to civilization. So the British and so to southern Europe. So do those faced with the African invasion of europe. There is simply no way to express it and confront it.

I did not think european (western) civilization would vanish in my lifetime.

Neither did they.


like those poor bastard citizens of Rome who saw the end of civilization coming. Like Cassandra, they wanted to warn the rest of the Romans but nobody payed any attention at all as the legions and rules vanished in a morass of mediocrity and stupidty and venality.


Who are these men? Why are they dressed and armed like that? It's way passed time to end this sort of shit and put them back in the box. After stamping on them very very hard because this in America is insane.


Talking last evening with a friend after we finished playing a game the subject turned to weapons as it usually does with him. As we talk I sense that they are new to him but he has had some for many years and unlike me he even has a CCW. We talked about the ammo shortfall. As I was sitting here reading late into the night it struck me:

From wikipedia and ancient school instruction, "In Roman mythology , Lares and Penates were groups of deities, or gods, who protected the family and the Roman state. Although different in origin and purpose, the Lares and Penates were often worshipped together at household shrines."

In short, they were the ammo of the ancient world.

Friday, December 25, 2020


I was sort of dreaming lightly about posting some photos of my girl today but as I kept on semi-dreaming I remember a man. Without getting up and pulling out my notes I cannot recall his name. He was the commodore of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group One in the first Gulf War any of you ever heard about. He was motivated to fix the deficiencies he perceived in his sailors, their equipment and some of the things that negatively impacted EOD operations from Kuwait to Bagdhad and beyond. He created BELL THUNDER and every year, on his watch, EVERY EOD mobile unit not otherwise tasked or deployed went to San Clemente Island to LEARN the art of war. I was an umpire for his 2nd BELL THUNDER from another Group. I was dreaming and actually thinking about the most comfortable boots I ever owned in my life which made me think of this time 30 years ago. I got them from EODMU3 in Coronado and wore them for 25 years until I made the mistake of abandoning them in San Diego along with everything else. The commodore of EODG1 believed in something largely mocked in our navy. It was something called Lessons Learned. It was an actual computer program and one could write JULLS and NULLS which means "joint lessons learned and navy lessons learned." Hundreds of us spent thousands of hours writing them in the program and submitting them. Astonishingly, nobody else anywhere ever read them and there no money programmed to fix the problems. You wrote down the stuff you screwed up and wrote up the proposed solution so that next time you would be able to do it right not just McGiver it with what you had in your pockets. It was a process and it was one he was dedicated to and that was why BELL THUNDER.

When they first showed up in all their numbers in the Persian Gulf, these tiny handfuls of people who mostly existed as leaches in 9 or 10 men detachments embarked on carriers and big deck amphibs found that when it was time to go ashore they needed tents. They needed generators and trucks. They needed tactical radios. They needed.....well, the list was almost endless. So on his watch his Group invaded San Clemente every year. All of them from the West Coast units because that's what it took in Iraq so why not prep for the worst case. Portable armories, weapons, tents, tactical and satellite radios all of them came out of BELL THUNDER.

I found it to be a singular and remarkable achievement driven by the commander alone. Obviously his staff and units supported him but he still found the money, resources, skills to fix the shortfalls and even found the fire in which we all burn to do it for the 2 or 3 years it was necessary and we helped too.

As I've written before. I started this blog for just one thing. It was hopefully going to contribute to the enlightenment and education of a young lady I lost. I doubt she has ever read a word here but this is what it was for and since it's my blog and Christmas...

Thursday, December 24, 2020


I think I said it at least a dozen times this day. All of them came off as a little surprised that someone would utter those words. I mean them. Have a very Merry Christmas and our best wishes for a happy new year.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020


I usually get along OK with it. I'm used to Amazon sending me crap Chinese parts for my Apple products. One does mostly get what one pays for. From here where I'm sitting I can see the books I've written and the dead beast. To be honest the dead beast has no external wounds and I kind of hate Apple for that. I went and bought one identical online. I think one does that when one truly hates the beast.

My learned friend tamed the beast. Right away in fact. It happened the first night I met Lex and the gang at the Shakespeares Pub. Win Win. Me and Lex used to pass each other on the 5 on our various ways to work in the morning. Navy gets an ugly early start. We learned from December 7. There's not a single naval unit in port in America that can fire a gun at attacking aircraft. And no, missiles are a complete nonstarter. We......remediated that sort of thing. Aint radar a wonderment.

A little girl and I helped each other and managed to send off the last laptop to laptop and computer graveyard which is currently about 7 feet from me. It's still there because even though I think the Apple store tech thoroughly demolished it, it doesn't take up much room, no power, costs nothing etc. They got away with it.

As I gear up to cross the next Ginunga Gap (James Blish) I still hate the feeling that a salesman suckered me. The computer I use is almost 20 years old and you don't even want to think about how much coal it takes to stoke the old one that is still walking Windows 7 down the internet highway because it cannot be updated. That one still has a working CD drive. I'm gonna drop test this one and see if it restores operation to my laser optical read drive.

If you still haven't read THE MARTIAN or seen the movie, why not?

Monday, December 21, 2020


I think it a fallen throne but we did it so well for over a thousand years. Not me. I can't carry a tune in a bag but these stir the blood.


There's actually 3 if my allows me this. In my school I could borrow a casette player, borrow the tape from the library and listen to this as I studied. This again was music I sturred to. Sort of like LOVE ACTUALLY, one can't help being driven to move by the music. Last one for the week I pinkie swear. I uaed to wade through the snow at the damned Newport Naval Base where the Base commander would shut down everything on snow days. No driving allowed on base. All entrances were over bridges and NO DRIVING. There are no dining facilities on the base which meant one had to walk off in the heavy snow and back through the damned snow if one wanted to eat. Thank you Mama Leones and even HOJO's restaurant right out the back gate. If the base CO was keen to encourage us students to have a terrible urge to kill, he succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. Probably a good thing for him that housing was located in Brenton Village. RX7s are just like VWjettas in the snow and ice. He probably knew that and thought he was safe. I had a brand new Walkman. I walked. I'm listening now to one of the two songs that I liked. When I'm done with Ode to Joy I'll cue up Paris is Calling. Born in Germany but I still like making up the words as they sing songs in a language I don't know as they play Ode to Joy. 60 years and it still hasn't gotten old.


THE END I'm good with time. When I think back to those mad hours holding the throttle of the zodiac in order to blow 500 gallons of spilled fuel away from my hull so the natives would look in vain for the source, I know the meaning of time. By my early training (USN) time had no meaning. To finish would take time but I didn't care about the cost. I hadn't married and hadn't had children at that point. My Chiefs were geo-bachelors or divorced and my time was their time. I knew about it but regarded it as my time.

The son-in-law of the best petty officer I ever knew in the navy needed some time off. At that point the ship was at about 33% manning. But we were inport because all of our crew was in Bahrain. I let him go without question. His first child, a girl, was born with spina bifada and I made all the time possible to him to be with his family and we simply ignored leave. He was a valuable man and we made allowances the NAVY never would. We didn't care about that stuff. We needed him.

crazy enough the powers that be (THIRDFLT) had made us a test ship for a thing and we had to get underway about 5 days later. Why our lords and masters thought they could still detail a ship to an impossible schedule was not on the reading list. They ordered it, our Group Commander bowed to it and we carried it out.

That ship, nominal crew of hundred, never more than 50 in my years still got underway on task with 19 men. They reached the end when 3rd Fleet said get underway and they were down to 9.

I could sail that ship anywhere by myself but sleep would be required. It was a sign of the times when I told the CO that we could get underway and yes even steam for 4 days with just one EOOW and I would need to sleep on watch in the wheel room above Main Control he just nodded. I really don't know how many EOOWS were allowed to sleep on watch.

Diesels are wonderful things. They can run forever if properly maintained and with fuel. As I recall, my final two orders at EOC were, strike down the water to the fresh water tanks and refill the day tanks on the mains and generators.

there were thousands of us but I have never seen another online in 20 years save for the guys that took those ships to Vietnam and Market Time.

Saturday, December 19, 2020


There was nothing good about the Jeffrey Epstein murder at the hands of the department of justice and New York. It remains amazing to me that people simply accept the screwed up notion that "somehow that tape went missing." OTGH, it's not like NASA did a better job. They actually wiped all the tapes of American's on the moon and had to resort to the internet to get some images back. What maniac at NASA ordered the tapes wiped? We'll never know. OTH, my sister, an Air Force captain once worked in the high energy physics labs in New Mexico where the CO of the lab order the removal and destruction of millions of dollars of lab equipment because it was cluttering his environment and he needed loading dock space for something far more important. We'll never know what he was thinking but it does bear thinking about because we really need to end that mindset in our public servants and employees. Real companies refrain from such madness but I'm not convinced it will stay that way. One of the stories I heard working at large defense contractor was how the scientists sent a ton of seafood they collected back to the office where it sat on the loading dock and disintegrated. AGAIN, OTGH, I remember the idiots in New Orleans sent me automatic weapons that were simply dumped in the parking lot because they were unexpected and hadn't been shipped armory to armory. Sometimes the stupid leaves you amazed. They sat out there for a week before somebody finally took delivery and opened the crates.

I'm wondering how President Trump is going to handle the disaster this nation launched with the election of a senile doddering imbecile who never did anything in his lifetime. I honestly don't know if he will abide or counterattack the obvious fraud that went on during the election.