Saturday, April 29, 2023


 I understand that teen suicides are way up in recent years and almost a third of all teen girls say they've thought very deeply about suicide. I listen to the college radio station in the morning and the afternoon and I think I know why this is so. It's the horrible soul destroying terrible awful music that they listen to. It is all nothing but an endless dirge. On the way in to school today I listened to Modern English, I'll Stop the World and the difference between the music from the 80s and what passes for music today is enormous.

Have a good weekend out there.

Monday, April 17, 2023


 Hard to believe that in just ten from being completely unable to use the standard military commissions and law to lock up terrorists captured in the act of terrorism we’ve become a nation of blue cities that cannot stop multiple daily shootings, massive looting, fires and riots. If I knew any honest democrats I’d ask them, “how did you morons let it get to this point” but I don’t know many honest democrats and all of them are completely ignorant head in the sand types.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023


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 I lived over in Oakland and Emeryville but I went to the City. I mean, they had a Borders Bookstore in Union Square! and, I kind of liked hanging out in the Francis Drake to watch the slashing lines and the Fairmont was always a good place to entertain.

It's a little bit like about reading the lesser known history of the fall of Rome. If you cannot keep the markets open you really aren't a city at all.

Our towns have lost sight of that. They don't even want to hear about their crappy roads. When a business vehicle breaks an axle on one of them the business will start looking at Texas or Tennessee. They have options.

I miss the City on the Hill. I got there in good time to read Herb Caen's columns in his Baghdad by the Bay roundups every week in the Chronicle. It was the last decent newspaper I ever read.

Tuesday, April 11, 2023


 Over the decades I've wondered if the Powers that Be let the Walkers do their spy thing deliberately.One of the things that access to KW7 gave the Soviets was real time intel into what our military was up to in the Cold War. It sounds odd but the Soviets would struggle to produce a ballistic missile submarine on patrol in the north pacific and we did it routinely. By merely letting them read the Navy's message traffic they could see that they were a 1960's power  with pretensions of grandeur.

Just a thought.

Monday, April 10, 2023


 It is unbelievably stupid but I guess its the only War that we have. I just liked the expression, "gently used" MIG 29s. One simply does not run across that term all that often outside a used car dealer's lot.

The other thing of course is that POLAND is provoking a war it cannot win either against Russia. They really need to stop poking the bear. It isn't what is was but is overwhelmingly lethal and there is no Western Power to bail them out this time. The Armies of the West simply are no more. They're gone and long gone and nobody in Eastern Europe has come close to recreating the Armies that we grew up 70 years ago.

“They are in the last years of their functioning but they are in good working condition,” President Andrzej Duda said.

That’s good news for Ukraine, whose tiny air force has been battered in more than a year of fighting. At the start of the war in February of 2022, Kyiv was believed to possess slightly fewer than 100 fighter jets, including about 70 somewhat modern MiG-29s and Su-27 Flankers, and around two dozen older ground-attack jets.

More than half of Ukraine’s fighters have been lost in the war. A dozen gently used Fulcrums won’t change the course of the war but they’re desperately needed nonetheless.

Poland could probably afford to give up its entire fleet of aging Fulcrums, since the country is rapidly upgrading its air force with FA-50 light attack jets from South Korea and has 32 fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II stealth strike fighters on order. Those are coming on top of the 48 American-made F-16C and -D models currently flown by the Siły Powietrzne.

I must add that Poland — and there’s no better way to put this — absolutely rocks.

Aside from the United States, Poland is right now the only major NATO power* that’s serious about national defense and the very real risk posed by Vladimir Putin’s murderous revanchism.

NATO has a defense spending target of 4% of each nation’s GDP. Most spend maybe half that, including Poland until recent years. Right now, Poland is doubling the size of its army to 300,000 men out of a population of 37 million. The German Bundeswehr has fewer than 185,000 active troops and a reserve so tiny it’s barely worthy of the name. That’s despite Germany having more than twice Poland’s population and a higher per capita income.

Germany talks about maybe hitting the 2% target… someday. Currently, Berlin spends an anemic 1.4% of GDP on defense, and they don’t spend it very well. Readiness in the German armed forces is considered virtually nonexistent.

Poland will soon have Europe’s largest tank force (except for Russia), including 1,000 South Korean K2 Black Panthers and 250 American-made M1 Abrams with plenty of upgrades. The K2, by the way, might be the toughest main battle tank made anywhere in the world, and with a price tag to match.

It’s heartening to see the Poles getting themselves so prepared. The country suffered more than four decades under Moscow’s heel during the Cold War; before that, it lost about one-fifth of its people to war, privation, and Nazi death camps during World War II. Poland’s brief independence between the wars only came after more than a century of partition between the Austrian, German, and Russian empires.

Is it any wonder Poland is so serious, not only about its own defense, but helping prevent Russia from taking all of Ukraine — right up to their own border?

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 I have the worst sound in the world going on outside. I literally cannot stand the sound of motherfuckinggoddamned leafblowers.

Fortunately, I can crank the music without objection.

Back in school I had a friend and former roommate who was dealing with downstairs neighbors that liked to crank the sound. No  party, they just liked to play their music really loud. My friend with the thousand dollar stereo system would push over his 8 foot tall speakers so they lay on the floor acoustic side down and crank Steely Dan. We used to go flying together. The speakers would actually lift off the floor by nothing but the woofers. Then we learned to fly.

In my last place in San Diego I no longer had a stereo and the leaf blowers would start at 0600. Headphones worked well enough. It's odd, I had a full house of a retired captain in storage and I never went to get the stereo. I ended up giving it away without looking back.

I have stuff but I only treasure one thing. I could go on forever if she stayed by my side.

Tuesday, April 4, 2023


 And no you don't really know it  until it manifests itself again.

Quiet. God bless it.

Monday, April 3, 2023


To walk into the silence again is really an advenure. And yeah, I still aim to embrace the quiet of the night. Tinutus sucks but it comes and goes and yeah, I'm going to enjoy the quiet. You really don't  know what quiet is until you lose it.

Sunday, April 2, 2023


From the report of the frequent deniers


 One of the things one initially takes for granted in the Navy is that one can sleep sound at night in one's bunk well under the waterline because the blokes who are driving the ship are competent, alert, attentive and not fucking off as Officer of the Deck, Junior Officer of the Deck, Combat Information System Officer and those who report to them are likewise doing the very basics of their jobs and tracking all the other ships, keeping us off the reefs and otherwise behaving like mature grown up adults who know that 400 people sleep safe despite them being asleep at sea.

I'll be honest, first ship, I slept safe and sound and knew it as I did on second ship but not so much on 3rd ship after a passage from Tacoma to the Strait of Juan de Fuca after midnight and I slept most soundly on 4th ship because I anchored the sucker and it wasn't going to move again until I got up and moved it. There's all kinds of restful, if brief sleep in the last.

I made Officer of the Deck on first ship. The only scary thing on second ship was that all the powers that be thought it was perfectly safe for us to reposition in the fog so thick we could not see the forward gun mount from the bridge north of the Aleutians due to the fog, at 32 knots for 200 miles so we could just drop seamlessly into a SONAR environment a Red ballistic missile submarine might be inhabiting and then pretend we weren't there at all. Nope, just a Spruance Class Rainstorm over here a good 2 convergence zones away......nope, nothing to see over hear(sp)  as the underwater sonic booms slowly fade away.

If you haven't read the report, it is here. 

I used to have some regard for McMaster but the shininess faded as he twisted to be NSC.