Thursday, September 19, 2019

I THOUGHT THIS WAS VERY FUNNY

Taken from https://pjmedia.com/trending/, it's obviously about Chick-Fil-A. Someday the whole world is going to tell all of the haters to shove it up their *******.


Sunday, September 15, 2019

MY BRIG

When I reported aboard my first ship in 1984 in the Persian Gulf I was appointed Auxiliaries Officer. Among the 72 compartments on that ship that were now, in essence, mine, I found a unique couple just above Emergency Diesel Generator #1 and just below E and A Division berthing. It wasn't like the run of the mill machine shop, boat shop, my office in the former Senior Troop Commander's office or anything like the ballast pump rooms, JP 5 pump room or even After Steering. It was, as you guessed it, the Brig. 2 cells as I recall plus the compartment holding the Petty Officer of legal assigned to torture prisoners in the cells on a warship then at sea in a combat zone. Srsly. One had to pass this palace to get down to EDG#1 with it's utterly useless Woodward governor where the equally useless generator would instantly flail to life when the automatic bus transfer switch told it the load was lost and compel it start and come on line. It would start just fine. Nothing wrong there. The governor would let it over speed trip at about 8000 rpm and there was nothing we could do to fix it even after calling in a very expensive tech rep from Woodward.

Most people picked up on the power failure when the main switchboards and steam turbines went offline. Every other soul on that ship could hear EDG#1 start and howl its way to the point where the over speed trip caused it to trip offline and shutdown. Me and the rest of A gang used to head all the way aft to the port wing wall basement where EDG#2 was and make sure it was going to survive.

We had problems with that once in the Red Sea where some obnoxious supply petty officer from HM-14 had closed all the cooling supply valves to the generator because he was getting 'condensation' off the pipes on his precious HM-14 RH-53 worthless helicopter supplies. Yeah, I did the JAGMAN on that one when we lost 2 cylinders on that Fairbanks Morse diesel forever because he'd completely chopped off all cooling to the thing.

We went out today to pick apples with a gang that's been doing it for the last 10 years and then we went to lunch for Indian cuisine. It was all good. I think a great time was had by all. It was fun to see the head of the Department know what he was doing and take leave of us and his wife and assistant and family from the one table in order to go over and spread the love, respect and affection he had for the grad students he had taught over the years that came out today at the table they were sitting at.

He came back when his only adorable grand daughter and her parents joined our table, to spend some quality baby holding time before heading back.

I'm not an academic nor academic trained. The leadership on display today was just exactly like what I was trained for and was flawlessly executed. It was a study in how to build teams to make things you want to, happen.

It was a good day. Wish you could have been here.

The post script. As I recall, 100% of ship's brigs were derated and declared null and void in 1983. What I essentially owned and never actually went into were 3 or 4 sizeable compartments on a warship that used the shaft alleys and stray voids as storage for essential supply part storage. The Supply Department had extensive spaces for that kind of thing but they never stored what you absolutely had to have right now and so engineers over the millennia have taken to finding places to store the stuff they really really really need while Supply works on sending in a request to an indifferent system that may, or may not, send them. Plus, all they really have is the enginerooms and need to find places to store the stuff they need and it's always, 'off the books'.

Supply really really hates us since we keep foiling their ineffable system.

Friday, September 13, 2019

MY MEMORABLE NAVY LEADERSHIP CLASS

I've posted it before but it came up tonight again so, I'll do it again but different.

The Navy has wickets one has to pass through successfully or so long contestant. In surface warfare the first major wicket was Department Head School. It was formerly known as Destroyer School. If a surface warfare officer fails to select for that School, his position has been established and it won't be with the Navy. I jest, we used to laugh ourselves as our worst nightmares of officers came back as meteorologists but at least they were no longer in the line of command.

One of the classes at the school was on Leadership. Just the one, about midway thru the school and as we gathered in the designated classroom the evil bastard in front of us told us that the class would not begin until we all were sitting there with the class materials that had been issued 3 months earlier. People literally got in their cars and drove to their homes all through Newport, Middletown and other horrible places in order to return and commence the instruction that was in it.

I had to walk across the parking lot to get the course material because I was an idiot and living in the BOQ. No good place, no per diem. I was an idiot.

Class reconvened at around 5 or 6 that evening and the evil bastard came back in and asked if we had the required documents. When he was assured that we all did he headed back out of the classroom and tossed over his shoulder, "that was stress, don't do it."

I was a CHENG on 2 ships and I worked my people far too hard. Had to. We had a mission and engineering is not one of those forgiving departments where, for instance, nobody notices if your SPG-60 antenna fell off the mast, landed immediately in front of Mount 51 and you currently cannot put warheads on foreheads. The ship either goes or it doesn't. Not getting underway on time and schedule used to be a career killer but I think not so much anymore. I don't think the Navy is better for losing sight of the objective which is referenced just above. They do stress creation just fine.

We weren't painting the engine rooms, lining them with fur or converting those awful aluminum engines to vibranium. We were just working to make them work when called on which, in our case, was just about everyday. We were a CNO test ship and we got underway and returned to port about 4 days per week, every week, for years. A schedule like that, even before the mine battle force rotations to the Middle East takes a toll on men and material. I'm happy to say that I never had a man that missed a single day unless he was on leave. I don't know or care what they thought of me but I thought the world of all of them.

Until I lost Iverson and Anderson.

AS I GAZE UPON THAT

The little moon rover in my last post had an antenna. We recognize the concept today because there are about 88 billion Dish antennas (yes, yes, I know) scattered across the earth. We have the deep space network to get the least little thing out of our starships and other Voyagers. My question is, just WTF was that stupid antenna for? It's clearly not stabilized. UHF or VHF could be heard any place on earth with a radio and I'm pretty sure the Apollo didn't need a special antenna to hear the two guys on the moon.

Clearly, it's aliens.

THE NEW ANCIENT TWIST

Looking at the state of what is laughably known as both the German and our state of war prep, it is easy to buy the liberal thought that, there is no more war. Liberals are idiots. The only way to keep out of war is to be prepared for war. They never understand that and instantly assume the readiness for war is a prelude to aggression. They work very hard to make it so. In the crucible, the Jews finally figured it out and now stand ready and all their enemies know it.

I would cut France and Germany a little slack because at the end of my service, threat in western Europe is un..............finished.

Oops, lost my train of thought. They and the rest of Europe are failing to gear up for the biggest war since the Siege of Vienna and refuse to accept it. OTGH, they have already lost and why buy weapons and invest in technology for their new masters?

I will be sad to see England vanish. Any student of history knows where the impetus came that made this age different from  those of Rome and Athens and Egypt. It was in most part due to the Royal Society.

It all used to stand for something......but you won't hear it out of those people.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

HOW I GOT TO MEMPHIS

Pretty much like this. Never planned to go there, never plan to go back. I do like the song very much and this iteration in particular. We went and saw Jeff Daniels in concert but he didn't play it because he had so much other good stuff.

TO BATTLE!

I am old and gray and a little bit wounded. The friends and allies I am seeking still have all their strength and agility and yet one must go. It has been written! The one who is going definitely won't like it but will be ever so much happier, in time. Ordinarily I move through the house closing off doors and rooms and limiting the getaway space. Can't do it today. Both of my friends and allies need clear access to the basement for now and they both really begin to suspect something is in the offing if I close the doors to the second floor bedrooms. The hours between now and 1130 will be frought and I'll never get either one if he goes into the basement.

The one I need is the mighty hunter of late and last night paraded around with a mouse in his mouth.  No no, we keep a good house but it's almost four million years old and there are cracks and crevices although I have made an extra special effort to make sure no more damned bats fly in and land on me.

UPDATE:

I snared Hobbes with zero trouble this morning and threw him in the bag. He didn't like the snaring and throwing part but once in the bag became his normal self and settled in for a nap while I drove him to Lakewood where a very nice lady and her mother worked for 2 solid hours to shave the mats off him. He is once again half the cat he used to be but way happier since he can lie down without pain or soreness. He's off to the vets next but he doesn't know it. I hid the usual catnapping gear when I got home where he can't see it and every time it reappears both of them are eager to explore it, sleep in it and claim it as their own. They are really easy to snare. I offered Anne Bonney that maybe what we should do is just rub him down with Nair every week. She was not amused. Neither was Hobbes.

The mats on Hobbes spring into existance when we leave town for travel and leave the care of the two to either my relatives or friends, all of whom are most excellent cat people. When we come back we find a cat we left in perfect health matted to a fare-thee-well.

One of us will undoubtedly post pictures of the two of them, in the fullnes of time, or after breakfast.

I AGREE

I'm a little bit like those old guys who I suspect hang out somewhere or other. It isn't the VFW or American Legion because I've been there and the bartenders, cannons and M60 tanks tended to outnumber the vets. OTOH, I'm now an older vet so maybe I should have another look. I would like to thank the guys that fought in Afghanistan and Iraq and the hidden wars and let them buy me some beers while I regale them with stories about the 'old days.' :)

I did like this and needed to catch it before it flew over my head. I don't think it's real but I'd love it if it is.
Portions of the Apollo 11 mission are dramatized in the HBO mini-series From the Earth to the Moon episode entitled "Mare Tranquilitatis". In that episode, Michael Collins made the following suggestion as to what Armstrong should say upon stepping onto the lunar surface: "If you had any balls, you'd say 'Oh, my God, what is that thing?' then scream and cut your mic."
Now that would have been epic :)

You'd think at almost my age I'd be a little bit more grown up about this sort of thing. OTGH, I would have done it but then I was only 9 when they did it.

THEY WERE REAL ONCE

They were once every bit as real as the Taliban still is today.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

SIGN OF THE TIMES

You don't have to be ignorant of history, you just have to care about politics more. There are, literally, people in the current White House that think they can ink a peace deal with the people that brought us 9/11 and blew up two of our embassies in Africa and they think of themselves as cognitive statespeople.

OTGH,

I don't live in New York City or Washington DC and neither does anybody I care about. I'd be a little more concerned about radioactive attacks if my daughter lived there but I live to the west and the prevailing wind is usually, from the west.

Were I to still live in the corridor of fire, I'd be outraged at this but it is every bit of what they voted for again and again.

srsly, a peace treaty with what calls itself the taliban? It is as if nobody involved read history.

WE WERE THERE FOR THE KURDS FOR A LITTLE BIT

Those poor bastards never get a break from the great powers who use them and drop them like a hot skillet when our will has triumphed. We used to joke about them at NAVCENT because they only reach a common interest when they agree to kill other Kurds. It really doesn't make for a rational system of government. You might as well have ladies handing swords out of ponds.

I write that as someone who greatly prefers Kurds to arabs. I hate to say it but someday, they will have their Ataturk. I don't think it is likely. I remember the stuff I read about shah massoud two decades ago who was murdered by al queda  operatives pretending to be a French TV news crew there to interview him two days before 9/11 when they revealed themselves to those ignorant  in the West. He was the Lion of the North and al queda still managed to kill him in his kingdom.

The Turks or Syrians or Iraqis will always be there to kill the Washington of the Kurds.

I know, we seldom think about him, but consider and read about him. He was like Franklin and Jefferson, a man out of time. The first President might have pulled off the dissolution of the British Empire but nobody knows his name. Jefferson or Franklin could not although they tugged quite thoroughly on superman's cape. Somehow, they knew his name. It's when you read history you recognize what shallow creatures our politicians are today.

REVERY

I wandered a little ways in tonight over some forgotten terms I am reading in Aeronauts Windlass and came out of the experience with a desire to read again about the Captal de Buch. He was a boon companion of the Black Prince and with diversity assured I plunged once again into history. If one enjoys it, it can eat hours with nothing but a nibble. They were both characters I enjoyed as I grew up.

There were far far fewer humans back then and only a handful had a written language to immortalize things, but those guys and Roland and Mad Anthony inspired me to read more back when I was young.

Oh, and stay away from wikipedia. It grabs you by the eyeball and never lets go.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

INTERESTINGER AND INTERESTINGER

I used to laugh when hearing or reading about whatever the witchfindergeneral was up to but that has pretty much stopped although I strongly encourage everyone I know to read "Good Omens" which does field a wichfinder Sargent. CNN though takes the biscuit. Here is their story so far as they investigate why some USAF/USANG crew slept at a place in Scotland with Trump's name on it and they treat it like President Trump is raising scorpions to slip into their pants.

I'm pretty sure President Trump didn't call them and tell them to land in Scotland and stay at a resort there. Mostly because everyone knows that is just what the Air Force does. Srsly, only the Air Force could come up with air conditioned tents in Egypt for Bright Star 95. I'm not mocking or complaining. It's just something that never would have occurred to an Army, Marine or Navy officer. We in Bahrain used to joke that the Air Force had an 'Expeditionary Air Pool' in the Banz warehouse where they stored their Harvest Falcon stuff. I think, as it turns out, the joke was on us because there was a pool in there.

I could wish that the media would find at least some former military members to keep their idiocy down but then they hire the idiots as soon as they retire and pop up their heads thinking someone just asked who wanted a steak.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

WEIRDER AND WEIRDER

So I went to the bank today to deposit a check that was not mine but well endorsed and with the recipients name on both the check and the bank PNC CARD. I was getting gas next to the most robbable branch in Shaker Square and thought, why don't I make this easy on myself and walk in to the f************ bank and attempt to deposit it.

The bank teller told me to F*****************off.

On the way out I saw the branch manager in his office and asked him if he had a moment. He allowed as how his time was my time so I asked him about the strange policy of a bank that tells depositers to hit the ATM instead of actually doing banking business in the bank. He said he would be glad to not PNC help me either.

Waited behind an SUV sitting on the cross street polinator waiting for my turn at the ATM.

I am sure that other people that bank with PNC have no problems like this.

Me? I bank with NFCU which is on the 26th floor of the Federal Building and just strip off your clothes to get into the building you terrorist.

In retrospect, some banking is easy. Maybe in 20 years I'll try it again.

ENROUTE

We did a good deal of driving in the last week (she did) but I was struck by the signs people put up alongside the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76. One of the hand painted signs in the middle of a field, of which there are many simply said, J33.3. I asked Pam what it was and of course she knew. I tried so many times to read that thing and never could. She held out the bible in the hotel room and showed me, all of this is old testament and this little thing that remains is new testament. All of it a continuing mystery to me.

Still, I expect that many people fail to understand a little thing about America. There are vast distances between huge cities. Enormous distances where people like me live. We don't make much noise most of the time, we rustle like the leaves when we do. I read in the news that President Trump would be easily defeated by twigs, bark and barley in the 2020 election, but I don't think so.

I think there is a reason that politics starts in Iowa. I wouldn't go there except to get through it. OTGH, by the time the election season rolled out to me in California I had just one choice since Iowa et al had eliminated everyone but McCain and I could not vote for that scumbag even if someone held a gun to my head...and Romney? Srsly!!!!

Here is the new Party. Absolutely anybody who never held public office is my candidate.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

EXPLANATORY POST FOR LAST 2 + WEEKS

It was aliens!

Alternatively, we went and spent a bit of time in southern California for both business and pleasure and I cannot actually (don't know how) to post blog updates from my ipad and since I left my 42 pound laptop at home I made do with none at all. Then we got home and went to Carlisle for one of my uncles 85th birthdays. They are the closest thing we have today to family reunions of the clan that once existed and I try to go if I can. I made it to the 100th birthday party with just about 98% of the clan a few years ago and much fun and enjoyment was had at the last birthday party of the ancient uncles.

It was kind of a revelation to me that not one single one of those people uses a cane much less a walker of any type. All of them strolled about the estate like ancient 'trolls', yes, that's the word I'd use. We had a lot of fun, the company was great, meeting older relatives who we all remember each other as borderline insufferable teenagers......all good. The oldest were in fine fettle and still willing to take on all younger comers at whiffle ball. Unlike the party 2 years ago, there was no water balloon fight.

Regular ish blogging will resume. Tomorrow.

MD, Worked at St. Judes Children's Hospital for decades

Some really nice flowers

The beer must be here somewhere said the conclave of the wise. There was much debate.

Friday, August 30, 2019

WORD

Thanks Kurt

among his other crimes, he's a lawyer.


I wouldn't ask an FBI agent directions to the nearest bank.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

JUST STANDING IN AWE WITH MOUTH AGAPE

This was at instapundit a minute ago. It resonates very loudly.
“Vote for us, you bigots,” is quite an interesting argument for Democratic Party operatives with bylines to be making during in the early innings of a presidential election cycle.
As was said there earlier, all they have to do to win is just not be crazy. They're giving crazy a run for their money.

Having come back from CA yesterday, we are heading for PA crazyville in the morning. As we do on our way out we will pass through Lordstown on our way to Carlisle. In my twisted world we could make something there, technicals if nothing else. As with tesla, we could sell them for nothing in the 3rd world and make money on selling those bastards some ammunition.

Just sayin. If you ain't innovating, you ain't trying.

actually not sure how to spell ain't. I'll ask my daughter...... She'll know.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

GREAT WHITE!

I wonder if I did that on facething would I get the instant attention of the AI? How about one of these great whites? Evidently they're vanishing from South African waters. I hear they're on vacation just like me last week in California...


WORD

Read it slow.  It is the very essence of where we are today.

By Jim Mattis


I had time on the cross-country flight to ponder how to encapsulate my view of America’s role in the world. On my flight out of Denver, [I just flew into metroparkcentralis from Denver yesterday] the flight attendant’s standard safety briefing caught my attention: If cabin pressure is lost, masks will fall…Put your own mask on first, then help others around you. In that moment, those familiar words seemed like a metaphor: To preserve our leadership role, we needed to get our own country’s act together first, especially if we were to help others.

Afterward, the president-elect escorted me out to the front steps of the colonnaded clubhouse, where the press was gathered. I assumed that I would be on my way back to Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, where I’d spent the past few years doing research. I figured that my strong support of NATO and my dismissal of the use of torture on prisoners would have the president-elect looking for another candidate. [I'm not sure why he thought that because I've worked for a number of people with whom I had enormous differences of opinions but none of them slowed down the urgency and success of completing the missions we were assigned.]

Standing beside him on the steps as photographers snapped away, I was surprised for the second time that week when he characterized me to the reporters as “the real deal.” Days later, I was formally nominated.

.... Still, having been raised by the Greatest Generation, by two parents who had served in World War II, and subsequently shaped by more than four decades in the Marine Corps, I considered government service to be both honor and duty. When the president asks you to do something, you don’t play Hamlet on the wall, wringing your hands. To quote a great American company’s slogan, you “just do it.” So long as you are prepared, you say yes.

When it comes to the defense of our experiment in democracy and our way of life, ideology should have nothing to do with it. [He is very very wrong here. Ideology has EVERYTHING to do with it.] Whether asked to serve by a Democratic or a Republican, you serve. “Politics ends at the water’s edge”:
....

We were at war, amid the longest continuous stretch of armed conflict in our nation’s history. I’d signed enough letters to next of kin about the death of a loved one to understand the consequences of leading a department on a war footing when the rest of the country was not. The Department of Defense’s millions of devoted troops and civilians spread around the world carried out their mission with a budget larger than the GDPs of all but two dozen countries.

On a personal level, I had no great desire to return to Washington, D.C. I drew no energy from the turmoil and politics that animate our capital. Yet I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the job’s immensities. I also felt confident that I could gain bipartisan support for the Department of Defense despite the political fratricide practiced in Washington.

My career in the Marines brought me to that moment and prepared me to say yes to a job of that magnitude. The Marines teach you, above all, how to adapt, improvise and overcome. [Best expressed in the movie Heartbreak Ridge with Clint Eastwood] But they expect you to have done your homework, to have mastered your profession. Amateur performance is anathema. [Everywhere!]

The Marines are bluntly critical of falling short, satisfied only with 100% effort and commitment. Yet over the course of my career, every time I made a mistake—and I made many—the Marines promoted me. [See my page at the right on learning by making and letting others make mistakes. Too often now the military is a zero tolerance kind of place. No learning takes place where there is no forgiveness for mistakes.] They recognized that these mistakes were part of my tuition and a necessary bridge to learning how to do things right. Year in and year out, the Marines had trained me in skills they knew I needed, while educating me to deal with the unexpected.

Beneath its Prussian exterior of short haircuts, crisp uniforms and exacting standards, the Corps nurtured some of the strangest mavericks and most original thinkers I encountered in my journey through multiple commands and dozens of countries. The Marines’ military excellence does not suffocate intellectual freedom or substitute regimented dogma for imaginative solutions. [Neither did my father's Army or my first 10 years in the Navy.] They know their doctrine, often derived from lessons learned in combat and written in blood, but refuse to let that turn into dogma. [I believe I mentioned earlier that DOGMA is a great movie!]

Woe to the unimaginative one who, in after-action reviews, takes refuge in doctrine. The critiques in the field, in the classroom or at happy hour are blunt for good reasons. Personal sensitivities are irrelevant. No effort is made to ease you through your midlife crisis when peers, seniors or subordinates offer more cunning or historically proven options, even when out of step with doctrine. [Except of course how DEEP BLUE treated General Ripper. That was hate piled on hate.]

In any organization, it’s all about selecting the right team. The two qualities I was taught to value most were initiative and aggressiveness. Institutions get the behaviors they reward. [What he failed to mention that nobody ever in my 30 years in the NAVY let me pick 'my team'. I got what was handed me and had to mold it and shape it to be an instrument effective at carrying out the mission. He should have said so here.]

During my monthlong preparation for my Senate confirmation hearings, I read many excellent intelligence briefings. I was struck by the degree to which our competitive military edge was eroding, including our technological advantage. We would have to focus on regaining the edge. [After my years at SPAWAR I'm here to tell you 90+% of our hardware is made in China.]
.....

When you’re going to a gunfight, bring all your friends with guns.
An oft-spoken admonition in the Marines is this: When you’re going to a gunfight, bring all your friends with guns. Having fought many times in coalitions, I believe that we need every ally we can bring to the fight. From imaginative military solutions to their country’s vote in the U.N., the more allies the better. I have never been on a crowded battlefield, and there is always room for those who want to be there alongside us. [Our putative allies in NATO don't support us on any battlefield and never in the UN. General Mattis missed the boat on this one.]

A wise leader must deal with reality and state what he intends, and what level of commitment he is willing to invest in achieving that end. He then has to trust that his subordinates know how to carry that out. Wise leadership requires collaboration; otherwise, it will lead to failure. [Hitler had a vast number of allies yet he led Germany into failure. Let's not go there with allies like that.]

Nations with allies thrive, and those without them wither. Alone, America cannot protect our people and our economy. At this time, we can see storm clouds gathering. A polemicist’s role is not sufficient for a leader. A leader must display strategic acumen that incorporates respect for those nations that have stood with us when trouble loomed. Returning to a strategic stance that includes the interests of as many nations as we can make common cause with, we can better deal with this imperfect world we occupy together. Absent this, we will occupy an increasingly lonely position, one that puts us at increasing risk in the world. [I'd recommend Thucydides to him because he has clearly forgotten it. Hard to believe Stanford and the Hoover Institute dropped Thucydides from their reading list. Athens had lots and lots of 'allies'. That's what you take away from reading the book.]

It never dawned on me that I would serve again in a government post after retiring from active duty. But the phone call came, and on a Saturday morning in late 2017, I walked into the secretary of defense’s office, which I had first entered as a colonel on staff 20 years earlier. Using every skill I had learned during my decades as a Marine, I did as well as I could for as long as I could. When my concrete solutions and strategic advice, especially keeping faith with our allies, no longer resonated, it was time to resign, despite the limitless joy I felt serving alongside our troops in defense of our Constitution. [The problem General was that you were trying to keep faith with allies that manifestly were not keeping faith with us. President Trump understood that and acted on that basis. You let your 40 years as a Marine influence your 'concept' of what our 'allies' do. President Trump doesn't play that game.]

We all know that we’re better than our current politics.
Unlike in the past, where we were unified and drew in allies, currently our own commons seems to be breaking apart. What concerns me most as a military man is not our external adversaries; it is our internal divisiveness. We are dividing into hostile tribes cheering against each other, fueled by emotion and a mutual disdain that jeopardizes our future, instead of rediscovering our common ground and finding solutions. [While I have enormous disdain for the progressives and democrats who have feelzzzzz for the likes of antifa and the PLO,  I have not parted from my country or the oath I swore again and again every time I was promoted in the Navy. There is truly a split but it wasn't anything that I or mine did. I am and remain a strict Constitutionalist. I'm not the one promoting revolution, spinning race as a weapon or crippling our public education system.]

All Americans need to recognize that our democracy is an experiment—and one that can be reversed. We all know that we’re better than our current politics. Tribalism must not be allowed to destroy our experiment. [There is just one party that supports tribalism]

.....

Hope that helped. BTW, I have enormous respect for that man.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

WHY ASK WHY

I think I like this guy. I honestly don't care what the socialists think about him.

Trump signs order automatically forgiving student loan debt for disabled veterans

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

WHAT I SAW

I stole this one complete from wire cutter. We really liked that strange place.



IT IS TO LAUGH

Here's some mainline thinking from the people behind HLS and the FBI but shadow warriors all:
A notation from CNN said, "CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correctly state the history of US land purchases." 
Alaska, which became the 49th U.S. state in 1959, encompasses 663,268 square miles of land and is the most northwestern portion of North America. Positioned in the Arctic, which is seen as an increasingly strategic region by the Pentagon as the U.S. shifts its national defense posture toward a great power struggle in the 21st century. 
Mainland Alaska is less than 100 miles from mainland Russia, and Alaskan radar detection systems have been put in the spotlight as Russian planes have periodically tested U.S. air defense responses in the region.
So CNN's usual pack of idiots, ignorants and stupid people got it all wrong from the start. No surprise, but let's look at the Pentagon's stupid twist on being blissfully ignorant and irrelevant in the true strategic impact of geography on national security. You can't do better than the Executive Summary of June 2019 DOD Report to Congress on Arctic Strategy.  Let's have a look, shall we?
DoD’s desired end-state for the Arctic is a secure and stable region in which U.S. national security interests are safeguarded, the U.S. homeland is defended, and nations work cooperatively to address shared challenges. 
Protecting U.S. national security interests in the Arctic will require the Joint Force to sustain its competitive military advantages in the IndoPacific and Europe, identified in the NDS as key regions of strategic competition, and to maintain a credible deterrent for the Arctic region. 
DoD must be able to quickly identify threats in the Arctic, respond promptly and effectively to those threats, and shape the security environment to mitigate the prospect of those threats in the future. 
At some point there must be somebody in the Pentagon wondering why we don't have any national security policy for dealing with an invasion by 22 million colonists coming over our southern border from Mexico, Central America, Africa and the Middle East......right?

I mean srsly, they got a policy for the most denuded of human life part of the planet but not one for dealing with over a billion destitute impoverished vandals, goths and visigoths of the New Millennium? Sh*t, Rome did better than that over 1500 years ago.

i'M STILL LAUGHING

Here is Attorney General Barr lauding the fact that he rehired two deep swamp characters who 'worked' for 4 previous AG's which would include Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch. One doesn't get more corrupt or two-faced than lying scumbags like them.

You know, he could have picked anybody out of the Shaker Heights alumni phone book and stood a 99% chance of finding an actual, no shit, ethical leader of the federal bureau of prisons but no, he turned back to the swamp.

Weird how they keep doing that again and again. Just look at this this gorgon from hell.

Somehow this creature keeps appearing again and again in public roles as a 'servant of the people' who rakes in $26 million as a functionary at Fannie Mae over the course of 4 years. She was at the heart of Duke lawsuit against their lacrosse team until she just bailed out when Duke was losing their clear and obvious framing job and then she was also the one who created the wall between national security intelligence and law enforcement which led to the horrors of 9/11.

I'm really tired of these people showing up in public service again and again.

President Trump has cabinet officials telling various branches of the swamp to move to Kansas and Nebraska and that's a good thing. There is no reason at all that any of the various organs of the deep state need to reside in the DC, northern Virginia area. They should not relocate to Malibu or Santa Monica but Butte sounds good to me.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

ODERINT DUM METUANT

I had a 50% role in the design of these challenge coins. The admirals in NOLA were terrified of the commodore we had in mind when we made them. He was shaking the very foundations of the earth they stood on and 100% of what he predicted in his article in the Proceedings of the Naval Institute did indeed come to pass and all the scuzzy slime that had carefully created their own little empire down in New Orleans were turfed out, displaced and thrown away shortly after 9/11.



There were only a handful ever made and they went to the ones who know what we meant at the time, (long ago in the last millennium). The other guy who was responsible for the other 50% of the design was a captain and then was promoted and promoted and retired as a 2 star but while he served very well as a Squadron Commodore, he was nought but a Deputy Commodore of the Group. When we designed these together in Korea and had them made, there were only 2 commodores of IUW; one East Coast and one West Coast. The Commodores on the west coast were always some of the finest officers we had.

At the time we had the coins made we worked for one of the best Commodores Inshore Undersea Warfare ever had but he disdained the people in his Administrative Chain of Command and let it show. He, on the other hand, was great to work for. We decided that we'd honor him with a coin at his change of command and retirement ceremony and since we happened to be in Korea at the time it was very simple and cheap to create some coins there and have them within a couple of weeks.

They signify something the Philadelphia police and all to many other institutions have lost over the last 30 years as every institution crumbled under the idiotic demands of BLM, LGBT dogma, Title IX at universities and their kangaroo courts, the destruction of 100% of the integrity of the FBI, CIA, DNI, NSA, the church and the DOJ. I happen to believe you could toss the entire democratic party in the rubbish bin alongside all of the above because, say what you will, the last one of them who really got it was LBJ and he's been dead and buried for decades.

Nowadays the dregs of society claim to lead everything and they exert control over the institutions far beyond their competence or ability. The people hate them but nobody fears them. To quote the famous Spanish Inquisition.



At one time, they were feared and rightly so but we've reached the point where SJWs and their fellow travelers have decoupled all the teeth and fangs of almost all accusatory language from fear because they over-used them to death. Everyone that disagrees is not a nazi or racist or white supremacist and they no longer care at all what the snowflakes think.

The Philly cops and the so called justice types that let the perps of the Move bombing get away with it are all too similar to the ones that let cops get away with killing anybody at all and now the cops and the law types have zero credibility and no respect from an enormous percentage of the people. Having the courts all the way up to the Supreme Court declare again and again that the police "have no duty to protect" while the politicians seek to disarm us all...well, they lost the last bastion of credibility.

I think we're ready to let them fear the people now until they take positive steps to rebuild what they so carelessly allowed the scum at the top throw away over the last 30 years.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

IF YOU WONDER WHY THE HATRED

I listened to a local talk radio host rant for the entire trip home about how the civilian bystanders in the vicinity of yesterday's shootout in Philadelphia pelted the police with garbage and other things even as the cops were getting shot at. The talk radio guy must have spittle of rage flying out of his mouth as he described how the Philadelphians were treating the police in the assault. He sounded ignorant of life in Philadelphia so a little lesson from the memory hole.

You can read the details of the 1985 Philly police assault on the Africa house here. The upshot is that the cops decided to collude with the FBI to drop a bomb on the house they were assaulting and the fire spread out of control as the police told the firemen to let it burn. This is what it looked like when it was over.



The final score by the time it was extinguished four hours later, 61 houses had been burned to the gound. Apart from a woman and 13-year-old boy who escaped when the fire started, everyone in the MOVE house was dead. The 11 deaths included MOVE founder John Africa, five adults and five children between the ages of seven and 13. Despite investigations and formal apologies, neither the mayor, nor the police commissioner, nor anyone else from the city was criminally charged.

There's a reason why the natives are restless when the police come calling and start calling in tactical forces and applying military assault tactics to police matters. In their experience the cure is far worse than the disease. They're wrong but ignorant and don't know that the police are just there to help them.

A GREAT TRUTH

Ruthlessly stolen root, stock and branch from the Bayou Renaissance Man. It keeps going unsaid by the media, but the US Courts have ruled over and over again that the police have no duty to protect you. None at all. Not even those shits in Broward were held accountable for their manifest failures to do what liberals all expect of them and that realists know just don't happen all that often when left purely in the hands of the police. Oh, and the cops can justifiably shoot innocent people until they get tired and go home and neither you nor the law can hold them accountable in most jurisdictions because they all agree that the only thing that matters is going home at the end of their shift.


I did peruse an article today that claimed that magazine springs can safely be counted  on to work until after the ammunition in the magazine has deteriorated to the point of uselessness. I'm not sure I believe that.

THE GUARDS AND WARDEN ARE NEXT ON THE DEATH LIST

Who will be at all surprised that one of the guards responsible for Epstein's life dies in a powerlift accident at the gym and the other is hit by a bolt of lightning while golfing under clear blue skies and the warden is killed in a tragic car accident on her way to the northeast region when she is hit by either a train or an Amazon delivery truck.

Not me.

Roll on---- conspiracy theories!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

MAKES ME WONDER

I read this and wondered which former friends of Bill and Hillary need killing in the northeast region.

“Today, the Attorney General directed the Bureau of Prisons to temporarily assign the warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York to the Bureau’s Northeast Regional Office pending the outcome of the FBI and OIG investigations into the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, a former MCC inmate,” Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement.

Was there anybody who thought Epstein would live to testify? Is there anyone who didn't see this coming?

And I'm also beginning to suspect that this guy named Horowitz is a complete fake. How many more years of investigating do you think he needs to do just to finish his investigation of the FBI and its activities in the coup attempt? I don't think this Horowitz person actually exists.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

JUST BECAUSE

There are a couple of posts I repeat every so often. This is one of them. I love good prose but find good poetry to be more scarce than ice in the Sahara.

The Country
I wondered about you when you told me never to leave a box of wooden, strike-anywhere matches lying around the house because the mice might get into them and start a fire. But your face was absolutely straight when you twisted the lid down on the round tin where the matches, you said, are always stowed. Who could sleep that night? Who could whisk away the thought of the one unlikely mouse padding along a cold water pipe behind the floral wallpaper gripping a single wooden match between the needles of his teeth? Who could not see him rounding a corner, the blue tip scratching against a rough-hewn beam, the sudden flare, and the creature for one bright, shining moment suddenly thrust ahead of his time— now a fire-starter, now a torchbearer in a forgotten ritual, little brown druid illuminating some ancient night. Who could fail to notice, lit up in the blazing insulation, the tiny looks of wonderment on the faces of his fellow mice, onetime inhabitants of what once was your house in the country? Billy Collins

Sunday, August 11, 2019

YOUR MODERN COLLEGE CLASSROOM

Not even during WWII did an American classroom exhibit such a lack of one phenotype even though 12 million of them were elsewhere in uniforms not known to modern snowflakes. Hard to believe they still make up something like 40% of the population don't you think?




Saturday, August 10, 2019

UNBELIEVABLE

At some point even the credulous idiots in the democratic and progressive party are going to notice that every single time the Clinton's are faced with someone who can turn them into jailed inmates, that person ends up dead. It sure aint suspicious that a man on suicide watch in a NYC jail turns up dead despite the watch just after 2000 pages in the first tranche of evidence gets published. Srsly Bill and Hillary, it's getting old how you manage to kill all of your accusers, all of your enemies, all of the people in a position to reveal what you really are. I'd suggest you go for a drive with Ted Kennedy but that's off the table now.

THE WANDERING POLE

It's late but I thought I would have a look to see if there was anything new on our wandering pole. It doesn't appear to have changed much since January. The north magnetic pole accelerated its drift towards Siberia last year and is moving at about 34 miles/year and jumped under the international date line on its way out of Canada. What surprises me is that there haven't been rafts of 'scientists' trying to tell us that this increased drift is anthropomorphic and the fault of mankind.

Still, it's early days. I'm sure if we give them time, some nut, just like the anthropomorphic global warming nuts, will say it's our fault. And then, when it shows up in Siberia it will be just like that malarkey after the War with people demanding to know who lost the pole to Russia! I'm sure they'll blame white men and Rethuglicans, like they do.

Friday, August 9, 2019

WHAT SHE SAID

It's enough. We can see what it is for what it is.


HUMOR

I ran across this tonight and thought it was funny. It also reminded me of my days on the mighty USS Harry W. Hill which could not run 100% of the Navy Tactical Data System on our UYK7 computers because they were shitty computers. We could only run segments of it at any one time. We tried to do as ordered once a week and run the overall Combat Systems Operability Test using NTDS but had to do it sequentially. ASW module, AAW module, ASUW module, Electronic Warfare module, etc.


Thursday, August 8, 2019

STILL BROKEN AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

ProPublica published an interesting item that was almost about current US mine countermeasures based out of Bahrain. They've been there since 1996 and as you might imagine they're getting a little long in the tooth. As warships they're just about senescent and I find it hard to believe that what was broken when they arrived there in 1996 and was still broken years later and then was joined by many other things that broke, ever got repaired.



I played the mine countermeasures game in the Gulf shortly before the new team showed up. We did it in ships a little older and yet we seldom had any problem getting underway and our sonars worked perfectly except for one ship whose sonar fell off and dropped to the bottom of the Persian Gulf. If you read the article linked at Pro Publica it sounds like things are considerably more dismal now. I'm not surprised. It's hard to instill pride and ownership in a ship and its material condition when the crews rotate on and off every 6 months or so. OTOH, I heard that many years ago they made the ships PCS moves and the sailors were allowed to take their families to Bahrain and thus stay on the ship for 1 or 2 years at a time. It's been awhile and I don't know if that's still the case. They keep evacuating families when terrorism peaks in the Middle East.

One of my collateral duties on the NAVCENT/5TH Fleet staff was Salvage Officer. I found it impossible to task either of the 2 MCM ships to help me find things that fell off other ships using their high definition sonars. Either the ship was crippled and couldn't get underway or the logic prevented them from putting the sonar dome in the water. For about 8 months I found them to be perfectly useless. The older ships, the MSOs that were all scrapped 3 years earlier wouldn't have any trouble finding the rudders that fell off FFGs or antennae that blew overboard or F-14s that crashed after take off or helos that fell out of the sky but the Ardent and Dextrous were not up to the task back then. It doesn't sound like things have improved since 1997.

That is really too bad. These are simple ships and they have just one purpose. They can find and destroy mines. That's about it. They can sweep them with mechanical, acoustic or electrical sweep gear or hunt the mines with a variable depth sonar (a way safer way to clear mines). And yet it appears that they can't.

The MCM class of mine sweepers was meant to be replaced a decade ago by the Little Crappy Ship with the MCM module that would take a perfectly worthless surface combatant and turn it into a mine sweeper simply by dropping a module on it and of course there is no specialized training required to operate high definition sonar, remote operated vehicles, or drive into and through mine danger areas.

I can hear various old salts laughing. I shall tell you how it was when I did it. The Mine Group up in Seattle swept up the various bodies that could still fog a mirror, hear thunder and see lightning and put them all on a plane, flew them to Bahrain and put them on the new, almost completely unfamiliar ship and told them they had 2 days to turn over with the outgoing crews because they had to be on the USAF rotator heading back to CONUS. In 2 days we were all "experts."

Still, we did better then the next time when the MSOs and one MCM deployed for Desert Storm. We only had one warship stagger into a minefield and sweep a mine the hard way. In Desert Storm we had two ships stagger into minefields and sweep mines the hard way. I found the Samuel B. Roberts mine strike quite interesting but more so was USS Tripoli. It blew a hole 30 feet across in the hull of that giant ship. My little MSO was only 35 feet across at it's widest point.


I suppose they got lucky it didn't strike directly on the keel. That would have put paid to the ship that was long known as the Cripoli for it's engineering plant's refusal to come back to life whenever it came within visual signaling range to Grande Island in Subic Bay.

Me? I wonder if the VADM out there and those at home here have considered the sheer stupidity of keeping a Battle Group inside the Persian Gulf. We used to conduct damage control drills with a hit alfa and hit bravo which were usually missile strikes on our hull. We then trained to put out the fires, stop the flooding and restore the equipment to get underway and continue the fight. All those guys that bleat about 'stealth' never tell you that radars emit energy that pinpoints precisely where a ship is and the Iranians have about 15,000 anti-ship missiles that can hit any target in the Gulf from their truck/shore based launchers up and down the coast from Bandar Abbas and Abu Musa to Bushehr. If they launch flocks of missiles at certain USN ships it won't be hits Alfa and Bravo, it will be hit Zulu that sweeps the USN from the Gulf.

They better hustle out and stand by in the Indian Ocean and North Arabian Sea like they did for Praying Mantis. The C801 and C802 missiles were pretty damned devastating looking 20 years ago. I have no idea what they have now.

Monday, August 5, 2019

THIS WAS MOST UNUSUAL AND UNEXPECTED




This tweet is not what I expected out of Neil deGrass Tyson. When I saw the headline in instapundit I expected more of the usual liberal progressive communist disarm the people rant but this caught me totally by surprise.



DEATH CULTURE AND VILE POLITICIANS

I was reading Instapundit tonight and came across something written by Sarah Hoyt that made me think she has sussed out why we are seeing more mass shootings. It is related to the usual frenzies associated with the end of one millennium and the beginning of the next. A lot of people go crazy when the old one ends and they all ready themselves for the Rapture or some other kind of end-of-the world scenario.

Sarah observed that and also that western society has been treating white boys and men of pallor like shit for the last decade or two and it is reflected in the schools and in the colleges and universities where it is enough to accuse a man of a sexual act to see him immediately thrown out of school and his life destroyed with no opportunity for redress until he hires a good lawyer and goes to court. The abuses dealt out to men by Obama, his Department of Education, Title IX and college administrations is almost unbelievable.

KC Johnson does a good job of tracking the nonsense. He also writes at Minding the Campus. I first ran across him 13 years ago when he was blogging at Durham in Wonderland where he stayed on top of the  grotesque abuse of the Duke lacrosse team after they were falsely accused and charged and railroaded off campus by everyone from the President of the University down to the sheriff in the local southern town out of your worst nightmares.

So now we have an entire class of men (and boys) who are fair game for every kind of abuse and the only people in this country that you are allowed to discriminate against in just about every job or circumstance and what they hear day after day is 'check your white privilege'. Oh, and the world is ending in 14 months because of global warming. (Yep, we're back to the millennial BS that makes some people go crazy.) Look at all the idiots that sincerely believe that they can change the fate of the world by reducing their CO2 contribution to the greenhouse.

Some people have kept up with the pseudo-science practiced by the dirtbags secretly running the scam called Climate Change. The whole thing is a scam, the science is fake, the data has been so massaged it trickled off the table and ran down the drain. Everybody from Mann to NASA has been 'fixing' and 'adjusting' the numbers for two decades. They all add 'corrections' to the data gathered decades ago in order to show that the earth has been warming up for generations.

So now we have an entire class of fairly bitter, angry men and some have become convinced that they have nothing left to lose. In a way it is a bit like all the muslim losers that run off from the West to join ISIS in Iraq and Syria and kill people. Their small tiny voices of conscience have been drowned out by the drumbeat of those crying out that death is nigh and the end-of-the-world is just around the corner.

It is all part of a grand and sweeping change rolling over America and the West. I read Sunday morning in either the NYTIMES or WSJ that doctors were polled recently and an overwhelming number of female doctors were much more interested in working fewer hours, going part-time or quitting the practice of medicine altogether in order to spend more time with their children and family. As I recall, over half of the recent graduates from medical schools are women. If a significant number of them cut back, go part-time or quit, we're going to have a doctor shortage. It's one of those hidden costs that seem to leap into being out of nowhere.
From January to June 2017, athenahealth surveyed 18,000 physicians at 3,500 practices on its network, and determined that more than 60 percent of physicians under the age of 35 are female, while just under 40 percent are male.
 All things considered it doesn't look good for the future. Burn, die from lack of medical care, be a statistic in a massacre or wither away. It's not really all that bleak. That's that part that a lot of people don't get. They watch the news and they read the crap newspapers and they believe everything they hear about President Trump and everything they hear about global warming now renamed climate change because no warming for 15 straight years.

Stop reading the newspapers and stop watching the TV news and use NPR to keep your blood pressure up on those long drives when you feel tired and might fall asleep before you get home. Those idiots rile the dead with their stupidity, blinders and unique approach to getting both sides of the story by asking two communists to come into the studio where one will tell us all what the Republicans are up to and the other eagerly agrees with the presenter and all agree that Trump is evil, Republicans are evil and the Russians did it and Hillary is nothing but a charming mother-of-all with an outstanding and unblemished record of public service, just like her husband.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

MISSING TOP GEAR

It's funny. I don't remember this episode at all.



It was a wonderful show. I sometimes wonder if the BBC execs really thought that May and Hammond would stick around after the BBC fired Clarkson. If they did they were really very stupid and ill advised.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

RENT FREE

It's kind of amusing to watch President Trump use a few lines of twitter prose to live rent free in the heads of every democrat, every media outlet, every SJW and snowflake in the land. I read an item last week about how his spokeswoman is incompetent or something because she doesn't stand up every day in front of the media to answer dumb and vicious questions from the White House press corps and I asked myself, "why should she?" She doesn't have to contribute anything at all to explain or justify anything that happens in and around the White House. As director of communications her job may just boil down to target selection and then pointing the President's twitter at it.

The Twits running twitter must be pulling their hair out, screaming and rolling around on the ground in agony as they see a master manipulate the press, the pundits, the snowflakes, the democrats and politicians everywhere with just a few well chosen words.

Covfefe anyone?

Maybe next we'll talk about the Commandant's new amphibious policy which makes an awful lot of sense to me. Those big amphibious ships are about as helpless before the onslaught of a missile storm as the media and democrats are against President Trump's twitter feed.

WHO YA GONNA CALL?

I came across New York Post item while reading a different story about conman Al Sharpton. I hadn't seen any reference to it elsewhere. Thugs basically dumped buckets of water on the heads of police officers in New York City as they arrested one person and while they were walking away and the usual diversity crowd was there to jeer and scream abuse.



The images/movie look very bad and anybody who watches it must wonder to themselves, 'why would I call these usual clowns that cannot even protect themselves?' "What would they be able to do for me even if I did call for them?"

Monday, July 29, 2019

THE NEW INTEL RUBBER ROOM

I remember reading several articles about the New York City schools and their complete inability to fire any teachers because of their union contracts which essentially forbade the administration from firing any teacher for any crime short of murder and even then, it probably had to be murder with exceptional circumstances. As a result the city school administrators turned up with the idea of rubber rooms where worthless and useless teachers were sent everyday for the full duration of the school day and where they had zero interaction with children. They couldn't be fired but they could be corralled, contained and kept from doing any more harm.

With President President Trump firing the National Director of Intelligence, I see the possibility of just such rubber rooms coming into effect in the various organs of national intelligence at every agency under the NDI ranging from the NSA to the CIA and who knows, maybe even to the State Department's little intel cell.

As many of you know, it is just about impossible to fire any civil servant unless they're found guilty of murder and even there I think there are still civil servants in jail that are still drawing their full pay and allowances. If I was the new NDI I would take all the useless, lying, conniving, scheming dirty rats and give them an ultimatum. It might run along the lines of, "produce every document you have worked on for the last 5 years, turn over your undamaged cell phones, laptops, computer drives and any other electronic media you have used during that time and include all your text messages and email files including the ones you don't think I know about. You have until next Monday. If they're not on my desk by next Monday, you will be relieved of your duties and the civil service will start processing you for termination."

The termination process takes months to years so while that's dragging on they are entitled to their full salary and allowances but there's no reason to keep such talent idling in Washington, DC while they await their fate so I'd order them to our embassy in Tripoli to assist the staff there with threat assessments while they wait for the decision of the civil service. I'm sure they'd be welcomed with open arms by the staff. It could be just like that wonderful story about wikileaks founder Julian Assange who spent 5 years living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

As a matter of fact, anybody involved in hiring those thieving clowns who stole all that data should probably be sent to Libya to 'serve' while they await termination from the civil service and with them should also go all the people involved in covering up the theft and the OPM clowns that signed off on their security clearances.

Voila! A start on draining the swamp.

Friday, July 26, 2019

ARMY BORESITED ON THE ENEMY

I think it's amusing that whenever I see the Army pull out its artillery at either Fort Myer or the Pentagon, the guns are always aimed at Washington DC. I wonder if any of the dignitaries from Congress who take part in the ceremonies ever observe where the guns are pointed.


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

NOWADAYS THEY RUN AWAY

This is from a fairly famous poem by a lesser known author. It dates back to when the audience had some familiarity with history and people actually fought for their civilization and didn't run away and pretend to be refugees.

To be honest, the Captain of the gate would have a place anywhere of honor. Some of you see them today at the VFW.

Watching the debacle as the royal navy intercepts a tanker near Gibralter and watching the Persian Empire retaliate by taking two Britishish tankers knowing that England isn't the power it once was but still appears to think it is: priceless. Short of nuclear weapons, everything that Britain could throw at Persia would perish in a short while. Most people think of Persia as 3rd world state. It isn't.

Give the British ruling class extra marbles for a forlorn hope but take away the marbles for their failure to realize that the Royal Navy is a shadow of what it was in the Falklands War or in the centuries before. There is no there, there. The mullahs have masked and largely negated the power of that people but it is still there and let us just say, it is steeped in conquest and evil.

More anon. It's a subject worth exploring.

Monday, July 22, 2019

BOLO MK 1

Wow! and there's a family connection too. The Army really is rolling out the first bolo.  It's time to be afraid. I think Laumer trusted the people to do the right thing with autonomous weapons but after my  experience with these, me? Not so much. Every night my father would come home with not one, but two briefcases of crap he had to read and respond to about fielding the M2 and M3 Bradley. A lot of it boiled down to an idiot Air Force Colonel in the Pentagon who thought it was a tank and a bunch of other people who thought it was too big, too small, too little firepower, too much firepower, weighed too much, couldn't float, etc. Hell, they made a movie. It's been doing its Army thing now for 38 years and if there is a planned replacement I haven't read about it.

BOLO MK 1
Some day I'll tell you about being an acquisition professional and Program Manager buying patrol boats for the Navy. You would think that would be easy and you would wonder, where did the acquisition professional community go wrong. I can tell you.

What the old man saw was what any Army guy saw; the best was the enemy of good enough. Once you finally get the thing into production and rolling off the assembly line you can fine tune it but the first goal is to get the thing into production. The system is set up to allow the user to complain or offer suggested improvements. It's not like the Navy's worthless LCS paddleboats where there was absolutely no fleet input for over 15 years.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

DID YOU EVER

Did you ever see an ugly weather girl on the news?

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

IDIOSYNCHRATIC

I'm quite enjoying watching Sharpe of the Rifles. I really enjoy that he has fought his way over Portugal, Spain and France without losing a single button off his hundred button uniform. I couldn't cross the street without losing a button off one of mine. I like how they keep the show in an order I can enjoy. One of the very very few instances where I read the books before seeing the film and somehow the film carries the same gravitas as the books and I like the both.

Bit of a quandary. Go out and buy all the books again or go for the DVD collection.......

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

IT IS A LITTLE HARD

With things like the EU parliament it's hard not to see them step inexorably into 1913. As I said I don't plan to visit the old ones but I might have visited the new ones. With what Merkel and her ilk did, it's going to to be really unpretty. What the north did will bring a rendezvous in human destruction when the rest figure it out. They made a mistake that they cannot recover from.

As usual, those useless bastards will turn to us to help them out and this time, not going to happen.

THE ACTUAL RETURN OF OLD POLITICS

He nailed it. The names he mentions are the only ones the media notices and they love them. I can only see a handful in the south or midwest voting for democrats for another generation. The democrat and 'progressives' love for antifa and the rest of the hate crime in this country pretty much poisoned the well.

I'd say too bad but then, I don't like them, I don't like their policy, I don't like their economic suicide plans and I just don't much care for them personally. It says just about everything about a culture when the most rabid losers all swarm into cities built by other people, take them over, run them into the ground, steal the pensions of the city workers and then leave town claiming victory and run for President.

What I like about this president as with Reagan is the glib and intelligent way they can speak candidly on a dime. I think obama went 3 or 4 years without holding a single press conference because he is about as smart as a brick. Trump wades into them, levies broadsides, strolls out of them and we have such a polluted media culture that all they can do is carp about what he didn't say.


Friday, July 12, 2019

THE OTHER BAD NEWS

Sure and certain of my commission and future employment, I read this entire series in college along with every other thing Sir Charles Oman wrote.

To be honest his offering here was not the best of his writing but then, the authors divvied up history between them and you know how that can be. He wrote spectacularly good history. Up there with Thucydides.

Short of losing the Sovereign, it's odd how much political history doesn't change all that much from generation to generation. I'm sure some famous Greek or Roman wrote about it. It would be my luck if it was Juvenal.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

I URGE YOU TO RECONSIDER

I learned how to kill Soviet hardware. Kill it all was the mantra we breathed. "Oh go and kill some of the green things in the garden," she said and it almost sounds like a plan. Of course, to me, they're all green. I will take a mower to the garden without remorse but it doesn't feel quite right. She wanted some of them to live. She, for some reason, still believes I know which ones.

The Green thumb is not an inheritable trait. Two of my great grandfathers were great nursery men who supplied the grand estates in the Hudson Valley and NYC with plants and green things. They owned plant farms. Not one iota of that rubbed off on me. I inherited the military stuff from the other side. Point me at a gardening problem and I'll ask for a flamethrower.

It is taking her awhile to figure that out. We'll have plenty of daylight when we get home tonight. I'm OK with killing plants but I'm gonna need some terminal guidance on which ones need to be destroyed. Sheesh, fall in love with a biologist.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

HEADLINE WRITERS IN THE MEDIA


Hey dumb dumb, I used to fly with an underage girl too. She is cute and smart. Although she did vomit all over me when she was 2. You guys need to work on your word craft skills because you suck at it.

They couldn't bring themselves to say what was really going on because he's one of them and they don't out each other unless it's painfully obvious that guilt isn't just assumed, it's practically hereditary and tattooed on the face. I'm pretty sure any one of us could eat a handful of iron filings and puke a better press and news service than what we have today.

srsly it took you guys 14 years to notice?

A MINOR INCIDENT

I see that we are about to get a new ambassador to the Untied States from our famous friend and ally Great Britain. It seems that the existing ambassador was reputedly a trifle undiplomatic in his descriptions of the President of the United States. It seems somebody leaked some of his candid remarks found in diplomatic cables. I remember reading those for a year because for some reason COMUSNAVCENT was copied on every single dispatch from countries in the region and so we got to know a lot more about idiotic things than we wanted. Some of our ambassadors could be brutal in describing things in the countries the US stuck them in. If you labor under the illusion that our foriegn service and things like ambassadors are pleasant people with a mission to civilize, you'd be very wrong. I'm grateful I was out before Obama and Clinton took the jobs. I can only imagine how hideous that kind of job would be whilst working for the likes of them.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

SOMETIMES, NOT OFTEN

She comes u[ o me in an non waking state and she touches my arm. It takes a while to get here. One tends to go into memory. That's what my books are for. The other books are special.  I could not do them ever. I draw with words and she draws wtih pictures. I need to look at quarry now. It's somewhere on the planet. I'll find it.

and oh, I meant to do that. I write this thing for an olderish girl now who will never see it. I leak hope like a rusty submarine. I'll stop when it fills with water. Till then? I can hope.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Saturday, July 6, 2019

I WAS THERE

Even 40 years ago it was a corny song. OTOH, I was there back then and met and married in that city back then. I'm a 30+ navy man, son of a 30+ army man and I lived all over the US. I've lived everywhere but I still call this place 'the city'. And no, I lived 18 miles from New York City and I never refer to New York as the city. There was only one and no, it wasn't Topeka or Oklahoma City.

As with Paris and even London, I don't plan to go back. The City I remember is gone but good God was it good when it was there. I would BART over just to sit on the sidewalk cafe in Union Square to watch the women dressed to the nines walk by. I didn't really want one of them but God it was nice to sit there in the shade and watch them parade. There is nothing like it in metroparkcentralis.

Friday, July 5, 2019

ALMOST A STATE OF GRACE

I pontificate on just about everything. No subject is safe from me. I will happily opine about any damned thing. Mostly, I have to admit, you are spared but this time it was ineffable. The judges have been jumping off the shallow end head first for a little too long. They need to slow down and consider that what they feel isn't necessarily what the law is. You understand. In a Republic, the people have a right to say what it is and it isn't an almost but not quite right that some shallow bastard in a black robe can set aside on a whim.

It is probably time to invest in tar and feathers again.

Srsly, I spare you all a lot.


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

THE DEPLORABLES ON PARADE TODAY

Today is the day when the nation, roughly 49% of it, celebrates our independence day. On this day in 1776 the Continental Congress published the Declaration of Independence and told the world that we were prepared to make any sacrifice, pay any price for our freedom from Britain. It's worth a look for those who have never read the document.

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

What they promised, they delivered, at a terrible personal and national cost. I can't imagine that those 13 states could agree on anything today. It is good that they acted when they did or they'd have been stabbed in the back by the ignorant fools that sway so much of American thought and public opinion today.




Happy Independence Day America!