Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Dirty Mail

I got this dishonest, underhanded election mailer some time ago. I got a new one today in the mail after getting back from the polling place in my lil' bitty town. The new one masquerades as new information on my local polling place.

Like Boi From Troy, I noticed the Union bug on this one. I hadn't thought about the first one, just threw it away irritated at the low trick. This time I looked at it more carefully, googled it and came up with

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Busy Day

Back in April I ruptured my achilles tendon and it had to be re-attached. I've been gimpy since then but getting better and better. Still can't run or jog, but my limp is almost gone. So this thing happened at work, on work property during working hours, but in the break room. The company's insurance carrier initially denied my claim, I'm told this is pretty standard and I'm betting Bucket knows all about this, so I had to get a lawyer.

In the meantime I'm back home in California, I've started my new job (three months after my original start date which was supposed to be a week after my injury) and the company I work for and the insurance carrier refuse to allow me to give my deposition by phone so I had to fly up to Oregon to give my deposition today. The court allowed me time to get the money and leave (vacation time) saved up since the three months of recovery time with no job created a serious hardship and I needed the time to recover economically (not much longer now). So my deposition was re-scheduled for November 1st.

Unfortunately (in more than just my own selfish inconvenience) it was cancelled at the last minute due to an unfortunate illness or accident (I'm not sure of the particulars). That sucks for me, that sucks even more for the people who are now hurting because of the unfortunate event. I found this information out while waiting for a connecting flight in Salt Lake City. Luckily Delta employees rocked and got both myself and my luggage on the next flight to Bakersfield, and I got home before midnight. Took today off because my wife had already made plans requiring our one operating vehicle (had to yard the other to save money and haven't been able to get it re-insured and registered yet). But I'll be back at work tommorrow.

So yesterday was busy, hectic, and a total waste of my valuable time, the cost of a round trip ticket to Pasco, gasoline, food, and ten hours of earned vacation time.


Two other bitch and gripes. My zippo had to be tossed, I didn't know they had been outlawed this past April. My head was killing me the entire time-- I can't take sinus meds without getting nauseated so I got to live through altitude change after altitude change unable to pop my ears. AAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!

New technology dazzles aggressors

via Defense Tech, I Want One!


Saturday, October 22, 2005

Monkey Boy!

via Samantha Burns Cute Animal Quiz! What Cute Animal Are You?.

You Are A: Monkey!

monkeyMonkeys are intelligent and agile, well-adapted for jungle life as they swing happily from tree to tree. As a monkey, you are a social animal who eats a wide range of food, is quick to learn new things and loves to climb. A monkey's tiny primate features are irresistable, as is his gregarious personality!

You were almost a: Bear Cub or a Duck
You are least like a: Lamb or a ChipmunkDiscover What Cute Animal You Are!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Edwards AFB Open House

Edwards AFB is having their annual Open House this weekend. I'm planning on going, it's been a long time since I've been to one and this time I won't have to direct traffic or pick up trash or try to sell ice cream on a cold day.


Monday, October 17, 2005

Live from known space, it's.....

Okay, so, Serenity fan (along with a host of other bloggers) and noticed another Serenity/Firefly quiz via Sgt. Stryker (nka The Daily Brief) and took the Gorram test.

You scored as Capt. Mal Reynolds. The Captain. You are the captain of the ship, so the crew are your responsibility. You just want to do the job, get paid and keep flying. Why is that always so hard?

Capt. Mal Reynolds


Jayne Cobb


Zoe Alleyne Washburne


Simon Tam


River Tam


The Operative


Inara Serra


Shepherd Derrial Book


Hoban 'Wash' Washburne


Kaylee Frye


Which Serenity character are you?
created with QuizFarm.com

As an aside, my link didn't work and I had to take the test over again to get the html code for the page. I had originally scored 94% Mal, then a 3-way tie for 2nd with 73, 3-way for next with 68, and the last ones tied with 63 (I think) River, Wash and Kaylee all at the bottom. Kinda bummed about that. Love the Wash character and what the hell kind of mechanic scores the ace mechanic 2nd to last?


Saturday, October 15, 2005

Educated, Unintelligent

My mother was a professional student, bachelors in something or other, masters in occupational safety and health, life cut far too short after that.

When Jason says:
"It's a telling tale of how the media can be led astray because they're too often only half-educated, and lack critical reasoning skills necessary to assess the validity of sources on medical and military stories."

I'm reminded of an observation I heard my mother make once during her hippy days in college. She would shake her head and comment that, "Some people are just educated beyond their intelligence." Jason's quote reminds me of that in regards to many reporters. The lack of critical thinking, failure to fact-check and ignorance on the part of so many reporters strikes me as being a case of almost an entire employment demographic that was educated beyond their intelligence.


PS Oh, and as an aside it reminds me of a favorite quote from one of her professors regarding a female professor. He said she was a, "brass breasted b!^C#, whose piss could etch glass." That one still cracks me up.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Go See Serenity

Derek saysGo See Serenity. He also gives a link to Orson Scott Card's opinion on Serenity and it's a definite must read for Serenity fan and non-fan alike. I got to see it a couple of weekends ago and had a blast. The wife, oldest son and his girlfriend and I all went to see it. We went to a small rural theatre in a little mountain bedroom community and I loved it. I'd like to see it again, and I'm definitely going to buy the DVD. Of course I already own the Firefly DVD and love it. So far I've found closet Firefly fans among one of the airmen, an NCO and the coffee girl.


Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Holy-O F!#$

This via Instapundit puts not just a worse light on New Orleans mayor, it burns him with a laser. Buses.


Monday, October 03, 2005

Seven Inches of Sense

Love the pics over at Seven Inches of Sense got there via the always enjoyable Countercolumn.


"The Ability to Kick Anyone's Ass"

Uncle J, over at Blog Madison puts it best when he says:
Aside from the ability to kick anyone's ass around the world I don't want much from the federals and I want they and the state and locals to ensure the required infrastructure for life in America, but past that I don't want them wasting any more money.

All of his stuff has been witty and funny, and damnably informative.


Friday, September 30, 2005

Da Devil and Da Fooz Ball 2

Desert High Scorpions
Good Luck Bobcats!!!!


Update: Bobcats win, 46-6

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Tired Flameholder

I've been weary and wore out lately. I've been working on bringing a jet engine flameholder back to serviceable status. It was in terrible shape. It was incredibly out of working limits but still reparable. That wasn't the really bad part. The really bad part was that in addition to the cracks there were older repairs that had cracked back out or that were still cracked because every single previous repair done on it was of such poor quality that the repair was worse than the damage.

This is bad. What was once simply a crack is now a lump of burnt and sugared metal, and what were once simply difficult to access areas are now impossible to access. Four days of work and the flameholder is now within serviceable limits. Aside from the horribly embarassing quality of my work neccesitated by the condition of the part when I got it, it is also horribly stressed. The prediliction that jet engine mechanics have towards getting every crack repaired, even when within serviceable limits, causes a decrease in usable part life, waste of man-hours for unnecessary repairs, and bad blood between the welder/heat treater/metalurgist who understands the part at its basic level and the jet engine mechanic who understands the part at its component level.

So we have two views. The lazy welder who wants to avoid any work possible and force the noble mechanic to install damaged parts on the one hand. On the other hand we have the idiot mechanic who is too stupid to understand that he wants to cause a critical failure in the parts by not listening to the noble welder who wants to save the government money by lengthening the life of the parts, reducing stress on the part and keeping chunks from falling out in flight.

Who is right on this? Well, the Air Force provides the answer. The USAF Technical Orders.


One other thing. I was in Grass Valley a few weeks back and saw a car with a bumper sticker that said something along the lines of "when food has an unlimited budget and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale for a bomber the world will be a better place." Aside from the anti-military sentiment, I realize that the person who put the sticker on and the person who invented the silly thing is incredibly ignorant and has no idea about what they're talking about. Their anti-American military bigotry is obvious but so is their ignorance. We can't get Solar flux (no money) and we can't get a couple of rivets for a needed repair (no money) can't get a little bracket (no money) and can't get the welding rod we're out of (no money) and all of the heat treating tools were old in 1986 and many of the tools in our tool crib were old in 1986 and some of the equipment (eg the hardness tester, brush electroplater, some of the heat treating furnaces, the sub-zero freezer, and even the kitchen sink) were old in 1986. I know this because that was the year I was stationed in that shop. It was my first duty station and that stuff was old back then. Now that I'm working in that same shop as a civil servant it's the exact same equipment, so it's at least a couple of decades old.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

"leet speak" in WW2

I've been meaning to blog about this for a long time. It's a hoot, especially (or maybe only for) those gamers who are also history buffs.COUNTERCOLUMN has got it (wherever he got) and it cracked me the heck up.
Hitler[AoE]: cool, i start with panzer tanks!
paTTon: lol more like panzy tanks
T0JO: lol
Roosevelt: o this fockin sucks i got a depression!
benny-tow: haha america sux
Stalin: hey hitler you dont fight me i dont fight u, cool?
Hitler[AoE]; sure whatever
Stalin: cool
deGaulle: **** Hitler rushed some1 help
Hitler[AoE]: lol byebye frenchy
Roosevelt: i dont got **** to help, sry
Churchill: wtf the luftwaffle is attacking me
Roosevelt: get antiair guns
Churchill: i cant afford them
benny-tow: u n00bs know what team talk is?
paTTon: stfu
Roosevelt: o yah hit the navajo button guys

Read the entire thing.


Monday, September 26, 2005

Abu Ghraib Joke

Compared to this, :
"'This is when they brought out his wife, who was five months pregnant. One of the guards said that if he refused to talk he would get 12 guards to rape his wife until she lost the baby. Amer said nothing. So they did. We were forced to watch. Whenever one of us cast down his eyes, they would beat us.'

'Amer's wife didn't lose the baby. So the guard took a knife, cut her belly open and took the baby out with his hands. The woman and child died minutes later. Then the guard used the same knife to cut Amer's throat.' There is a moment of silence. Then Idrissi says: 'What we have seen about the recent abuse at Abu Ghraib is a joke to us.' "

Abu Ghraib was collegiate hazing.


Friday, September 23, 2005

Da Devil and Da Fooz Ball

Pete Knight High
Good Luck Bobcats!!!!


Update: Bobcats win, 41-0

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Samantha Burns and the rise of the Wakamaru

Samantha Burns nails it. It's a cute gizmo, but it's not much more than that. Gotta go with the Burn on this one.


Newest Book Arrival

Well, my newest book arrived today, The Neoconservative Imagination, Essays in Honor of Irving Kristol. I'm not sure who directed me towards Irving Kristol, whether it was Neo-Neocon or Sarah over at Trying to Grok. Hopefully I enjoy it more than Stoic Warriors.


Oh, and Unfounded Loyalty was outstanding.

Update: A Google site search shows that it was probably Neo-Neocon, though further thinking about it leads me to think it might have been the Den Beste himself. Dunno.

Tarmac vs Lakebed

I think I would have chosen to land this thing at the lakebed at Edwards AFB. That's the reason the base stays there. The properties of the lakebed are awesome for crash landings. I recall them landing a B1 whose nose gear wouldn't come out, and watched the film of the F16 crash landing on the lakebed (dirt/sand/alkali shooting out the exhaust as the intake plowed.

The lakebed has a hard crust that allows for safe landings but that breaks up on a really hard landing. This give a softer surface for belly landings, but a harder surface for wheels and skids. Awesome stuff, and considering all the people in the plane I'd try to better the odds (which I'm sure they're doing) but I'd send 'em to Edwards AFB to help better the odds even more. No spark producing tarmac, and a landing surface that is the best for crash landings, and a fire/rescue crew that is trained to a different standard (one involving bomb laden aircraft etc).

But that's just my 2cents.


Monday, September 19, 2005

New Blog

Dawson's Danube, a new blog to read (well probably just new to me). This entry's only reason for existing is to bookmark this page for me to read away from home.


Chicago Heatwave

Here is an interesting take on the tragedy that was the Chicago Heat Wave of '95. Mind you it was a wonderful summer compared to the French Heat Wave Debacle, but for an American tragedy it was pretty bad. The worst part is that the total number will never be known because some of the heat-related deaths occured after the heat wave, and so many of them could have been prevented. I live in the Mojave and we would never see anything this bad here. Different circumstances, of course, such as swamp coolers being effective here and people of all ages being better acclimated to the heat.


PS: No, 9/11 wasn't simply a tragedy, it was an attack. It was yet another act of war perpetrated on America by Islamaist bent on spreading Islam through it's traditional means of Jihad.

Vote's invalidated

Instapundit.com -: "Some people complain, but I don't see a way around Will Wilkinson's point that allowing unentitled voters to vote is just as bad as barring entitled people..."

It occurs to me that every illegal vote invalidates a legal vote on one side or the other. For instance, an illegal vote for John Doe instantly invalidates a legal vote for his opponent, Jane Doe. My vote for Jane Doe is offset by another person's vote for John Doe; that's the way democracy works, and that's a good thing. When, however, my vote for Jane Doe is offset not by another citizen's vote for John Doe but is offset by a convicted felon's vote, a non-citizen's vote, or an imaginary fictional character's vote, then my vote has been invalidated. Not only did I not get my "one person, one vote" that I was promised, but I lost it not because of a mistake or some idiot's inept handling of a ballot but because someone broke the law.

So yeah, I support voter ID's because I support a citizen's right to vote and the right for that vote to be counted.


An emotional moment and a misunderstanding - Hurricane Katrina - MSNBC.com

An emotional moment and a misunderstanding - Hurricane Katrina - MSNBC.com: "“The pathetic thing in this case was that they were asked if they wanted to move them and they did not,” Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti said Tuesday."

See now, for me the "pathetic thing" is that with the storm coming some people chose to ignore their own parents and leave them there. Of the people who got out, I'd bet that some of them got out because their family loved them enough (and their family was unselfish enough) to go get them and evacuate their parents along with themselves. I have to wonder Rodrigue and his family were when the storm hit and the flooding started. I can understand that he couldn't get mom after the flooding, but if he thought it was so critical that the home be evacuated (and it was) why didn't he evacuate her himself, or have family take her?

Ku'u kupuna are lucky. Culturally we would be stigmatized for abandoning them.


Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The Console Wars

My five readers (six including the rough guy who threatens to make me work the airshow) know I'm a gamer. They also know that I have an interest in the XBox 360 and the PS3. I love reading Major Nelson for a look at XBox, XBox Live and some XBox 360 stuff. I used to read Major Ynos (get it? It's Sony spelt backwards) an anti-XBox website because I enjoyed the satirical way he wrote. At least I think that was the way the site was designed. It used every liberal media MSM hack possible to attack the XBox in the same way the NY Times attacks anything not liberal. I finally got tired of it. It took too much effort to read and I can't be bothered with it the way I bother to check out CNN and the LA Times.

On the other hand there is The Console Wars | Xbox 360, Playstation 3 PS3, Revolution, a site that provides a view and information about the console wars without having to slam any of them. I'm liking it a lot. If you're interested in the next generation of consoles that are coming out this is the primo site for you.


Book In

Okay, two new books just came in from Amazon (AMAZON ROCKS!!!). Stoic Warriors, The Ancient Philosophy Behind the Military Mind, and Unfounded Loyalty, An In-Depth Look Into the Blind Love Affair Between Blacks and Democrats. A book on Duke Paul a Bellatrix seems to be on perpetual backorder which is unfortunate. It's by the same guy who wrote an outstanding treatise on 14th century armor and is responsible for re-printing the archaeological report on the excavation of the Battle of Wisby site.

Considering my track record I won't promise to let ya'll (all meaning five) know what I thought of the books but I'll try after I find time to read them. Still don't know which one to read first, but I may give it some thought after dinner. Yummy.


Monday, September 12, 2005

Gay Patriot on Gay GI museum

Gay Patriot: "As we remember that history, let’s find another means to honor gay and lesbian veterans. And let us do so in a way that shows their sexuality was incidental to their service to our great nation."

I love that idea. Having served with at least one gay Airman and knowing more than a couple of gay veterans, I think this would be a great idea, especially in the context that Gay Patriot suggests, ie. "... And let us do so in a way that shows their sexuality was incidental to their service to our great nation." For the people I know their sexuality WAS incidental to their service (Oh, and "a great way to meet women...") and I think this selflessness on the part of so many gay servicemen and women is noble and deserving of a level of respect commensurate with that sacrifice. Sacrifices are made by GIs from the day they choose to serve. A greater sacrifice is made by gays who choose to serve and who may be called on to make the same ultimate sacrifice as other GIs.


PS: Granted that for some, many, more gays; not being flamboyant and in your face is not difficult and is not much of a sacrifice, but they still sacrifice that right along with many others.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Sick Sucks

Had a nice couple of days up in Grass Valley with my youngest. Went to a classic car show, 68 GTO, 68 Cami, and 1940 Packard were my favorite. I had hoped to see a 68 Dodge Dart (pattern here?) but not a Dart to be seen.

Eight hour drive home after that. Ugggh. Long long drive at the end of the day.

Sick now. Running a low grade fever, body aches, tiredness, a little nausea and dizziness. Still planning on going to work tommorrow, but I won't really know until the morning rolls around. It's about 8pm now and I'm gonna hit the sack soon. Still fighting the fatigue and tiredness like some little kid though.


Thursday, September 08, 2005

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Put up or Shut up

Okay, Uncle Jimbo, over at Madison has a post that I found both illuminating and entertaining. With lines like this:

OK now anyone still wanting to run their mouth, detail to me the training you have conducted in evacuating Non-Combatants from war or disaster zones. Tell me about the logistical coordinations you made to allow helicopters to operate far from their bases with mechanics and fuel. Explain to me how you organized engineering crews to open roads allowing the first vehicles to approach on the ground.

Regale me with the training you have given state and local police in many areas how to respond to a terrorist attack and deal with the chaotic aftermath. How to maintain public order and ensure that a lawless state does not develop. Talk about the Emergency Response plans you have consulted on and the training exercises and evaluations you have conducted to see how robust our capabilities really are.

Great, now that Jesse Jackson, Robert Kennedy, and Michael Moore and damn near everybody else have sat down they also need to STFU!

I mean, how can you go wrong with that? No, he's not curtailing free speech, he's curtailing idiot speech. The type of speech that I've heard a lot of in my life. It's not that we don't have the freedom to speak our minds in America (barring certain exceptions) but that doesn't make our opinions valid. Just being able to speak doesn't mean you are free from criticism, or that you have the right to be heard. No one needs to listen, and no one needs to let you go unchallenged. Frankly, if you're opinion is invalid then I don't really need to waste my time with you. I'm not saying that you have to be an expert to opine, but at least have some knowledge of what you speak of and, more importantly, understand your ignorance of the subject (and that one includes all "experts").


Monday, September 05, 2005

Fight the Flood!

Bungie (my Halo Heroes) have become my game dev heroes. It has reached out to the Halo community in an effort to help the recovery efforts needed because of hurricane Katrina. If you're a Halo nut, like me, go to Bungie.net : Top Story, take their advice and buy a shirt. I'm going to have to wait until Friday (we are broker than broke right now) to buy mine, so I hope ya'll beat me to it.


Eject! Eject! Eject!: TRIBES

Eject! Eject! Eject!: TRIBES

Read it.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Fight Night and the 360

Here's part of an e-mail I sent off to someone, and realized it might make a decent post. Sorta like my comments posts. Rather it's exactly the same only totally different. I added a bit to the quote for this post.

I just read this in the September "Game Informer" magazine, and thought you might enjoy it. It's regarding the Sony E3 demo of the game and the upcoming XBox 360 version.

No matter how they felt about the show as a whole, nearly everyone who attended E3 agreed that Sony's press conference was a highlight, thanks to some truly stunning videos of the PlayStation 3 in motion. One such video was EA's Fight Night Round 3, which featured fast and furious footage of two photo-realistic boxers slugging it out with brutal intensity. Demonstrated by EA Chicago studio head Kudo Tsunoda, the video amazed viewers with its realism, from the way the boxers' expressions changed as the fight progressed to the way their flesh rippled when cracked in the face with a devastating hook. There was no denying that the footage looked great -- too great, some claimed. Soon after the footage was released onto the internet, rumors began swirling about its origins.

So stunning was the demo that skeptics immediately decried it as a fake – something prerendered, designed to oversell the capabilities of the PS3 and generate hype. Something so detailed and smooth, the naysayers claimed, simply could not exist, even on the powerful hardware unveiled by Sony earlier in the conference. It’s an elaborate fake, they said. Guess what? It’s not. We’ve played it. Fight Night Round 3 is the real deal, and those who couldn’t believe that the PS3 could generate such amazing gameplay are about to get another shock: Fight Night Round 3 is also coming to Xbox 360.

The talented crew at EA’s Chicago Studio began working on the 360 version of Fight Night mere months ago, and already it looks nearly identical to the PS3 footage shown at E3. When finished, the two versions should be practically indistinguishable.

Two things. First off, the Sony PR machine was incredibly successful with this demo. Secondly, I think this statement demonstrates something that Microsoft has claimed, the power and ease of use of their SDK software. EA was working on the PS3 version for some time, and within a couple of months they were able to make an XBox 360 version that is almost comparable to the demo, and expect that both versions will be indistinguishable from each other.

Oh, and the magazine gives the release date as winter 2006, and TBA on the PS3 version. Myself, I'm not interested in fighting games. I'm more a Halo, RPG, racing fan. You'll notice I had to name Halo outright since I'm also not a huge FPShooter fan, though I'm a big FPSneaker fan.


Saturday, September 03, 2005


TikiPundit: You Dang Right I Score 70%! Waddabout You?
I only socred a 67%. The Waianae question helped out, but a Moloka'i/Ka'u question might've helped more. :)


Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Rough Men (and Women)

neo-neocon quotes Orwell, "'Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf,'"

I love this quote for its simple truth and simple eloquence.

I also love neo-neocon for her writings, attitude, and for being a non-Liberal liberal who also made the introspective trip that I once made.
Follow the link and read.


Nail in the Coffin

Well, it's over. I had been looking forward to "Over There" after hearing Botched-Co's interview on the news. Considering his other efforts and the earnestness I saw in the interview I had hope. I was, however, pessimistic. As such I decided to wait to see how Iraq vets and other GIs reacted. 365 and a Wakeup put the nail in the coffin. Looks like I won't be seeing it, and I'm lucky for not having bothered.


Keesler AFB - Keesler Information

Keesler AFB - Keesler Information

We were talking about this at work today. Oddly enough none of the AF civillians or GIs in the room had any idea how Keesler was doing and all were curious. Well, I guess this answers some of our questions.

I'm glad the re-building has begun and that the information is making it out.


Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Banter in Atlanter: U.S. Warplanes Back Sunni Fighters

Now THIS is pretty interesting. Via Samantha Burns' random blogroll. It appears to be a nice win/win situation. The Sunnis get a taste of power of having an ally in the US, and the US gets to demonstrate that fact and damage Al Qaeda.


Monday, August 29, 2005

http://www.qando.net/ - "Hate the war, love the warrior", and other lies of the left

http://www.qando.net/ - "Hate the war, love the warrior", and other lies of the left

http://www.qando.net/ - Incompetent: the administration or the media?

http://www.qando.net/ - Incompetent: the administration or the media?

Captain's Quarters

Captain's Quarters

onefreekorea: Carnival of the Revolutions, 29 August 2005

onefreekorea: Carnival of the Revolutions, 29 August 2005

Rantingprofs: The Logic Escapes Them

Rantingprofs: The Logic Escapes Them

And my pissy comment:


I wonder if they factored in the cost of training 53,513 troops, or the cost of burying 53,513 troops, or the cost of lowered wages for the families of 53,513 troops, or the cost of 53,513 troops not getting to see their children grow up, or the cost of the children of 53,513 troops having less educational and economic opportunities due to the deaths of 53,513 troops, or the cost to the economy of 53,513 troops' not paying a lifetime of taxes, or the cost of 53,513 troops' children having lessened tax paying ability, or of the lowered economic impact that the 53,513 troops affect or the lowered economic impact of the children of 53,513 troops?

Mind you they saved transportation costs for 53,513 dead troops, and the Russians and the Chinese can tell you how much more economical it is to throw troops at war rather than troops backed with money (ie equipment, training, INT, etc).

I mean if the cost of the war is so dang important to the CSM reporter he ought to mention all of that, since the money is so much more important than the human aspect of the loss.

Wow, that was a pissy comment.


TMH’s Bacon Bits » Blog Archive » Iraq Is No Vietnam 2 - A Fairytale of Two Wars

TMH’s Bacon Bits » Blog Archive » Iraq Is No Vietnam 2 - A Fairytale of Two Wars

Dadmanly: A Visit with the Iraqi Army

Dadmanly: A Visit with the Iraqi Army

Conservative Propaganda: Walter Reed Protest

Conservative Propaganda: Walter Reed Protest

Wynton C. Hall

Wynton C. Hall & Peter Schweizer on War & Campus on National Review Online

Saturday, August 27, 2005


This Scottish guy, (get it? Gunn nut...) has this post, and pics, that might be of interest to the UMCADS/EAFB crowd. Heck, it's of good interest to anyone. I am absolutely loving how the hate America crowd no longer goes unchallenged by the love America crowd.

I once believed that the country supported the anti-war protests back during the Vietnam war. By the GWOT I realized, through personal experience and inter-action, that despite the MSM's characterization that the country did not support the anti-war protests that supported Saddam Hussein and some people's tragic "Aunt Nellieism." The difference, I think, is that today people who don't want to see a repeat of America's appeasement/cowardice, in running from Vietnam, and the incredibly horrible death toll, torture, rape, and "victory" of Communism and America's enemies.

These people, represented most loudly by the Protest Warrior folk, the Mil-bloggers, and the "Chickenhawks" (horrible, tasteless pun intended, I have no shame) have screamed never again. Gunn Nut is also one of those people and his support of the warriors is certainly well appreciated. I know this veteran appreciates it. I'm sure others, especially those who were villified and defamed, appreciate the "never again" efforts of Gunn and these others.


Oooh, almost forgot. Found Gunn Nut via 'ol Blackfive.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Oregon Bound

Well, looks like I'll have to head back up to Oregon for a few days this November. All the way out to Pendleton.


End of an Era

Yahoo! Sports - NHL - Mighty Ducks trade C Rucchin to Rangers. Eyes got a bit watery. Almost started crying. He was my all time favorite Duck. Hard working, great attitude, goal scoring, all around classic guy.

Not to mention he was almost an institution in Mighty Ducks hockey, and had been a duck for so long. Almost every Duck memory I have included Rucchin.


"Harsh" Punishment

I absolutely loved the sentence handed down by Judge Harriman on this. The post and comments are interesting too. The comments less so with the exception of Honor's comment.


Thursday, August 25, 2005

'9/11 Generation -- Why I Serve' Stories

So I'm civil service now, back at the same base I spent almost all my AF career stationed at. Because of that I'm discovering new stuff on the web that I wouldn't have noticed before. One of them is the AF's own homepage, which comes up every time I log on at work, and as it turns out there's a lot of neat stuff. One of the items I was able to enjoy was a series of Why I Serve' Stories that I found more than interesting. I hope the four (well, five including Arrowatch) enjoy them.

With all the interest I've had in mil-blogs since their advent I find this particular item blends in well with that.


Sunday, August 21, 2005

The Dread Pirate Kristy McNichol

Huge crush back in the day. At least that is how I vaguely recall it. Today I watched an old movie and enjoyed it more for having let the years pass. It's still a ridiculous goofy movie.

Yes, today I watched The Pirate Movie. I had a crush on Kristy McNichol, and watching the movie again I can see why. She was a total babe back in '83 and I was 14 or 15, so heck yeah. The movie is a tad raunchier than I recall, probably oweing to my not having the, ummmm, experience to understand some of the (heck, most of) the innuendo present. Even more fun this time around.

At the time I also had no idea who Ken Annakin was, even though I loved his movies. This was before I knew who he was as a director, and before I knew of his influence on Darth Vader. The funny part is that he sprinkled some Star Wars references, and outright tributes in this movie. Though I was familliar with Gilbert and Sullivan, it was only because of a cartoon called Dick Deadeye. This led me to the impetus behind this movie, The Pirates of Penzance.

All in all I loved the movie and my family enjoyed it, though for them this was their first time seeing it.

If you get a chance, watch it the ridiculous thing.


Thursday, August 18, 2005

Lost Blog

Ever lose a blog? I have. I lost Bjørn Stærk's blog. There was a time where I would read that one as often as I read den Beste. Wiping the hard drive, re-doing the computer, losing bookmarks and all that. It's as good as I remember.


Wednesday, August 17, 2005

PCGuard Sucks

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PCGuard Sucks. I can't emphasize that enough, after having to do a full wipe. The fixes only enabled me to save some data. Ugh.


Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Even Better Said

I project. I put myself in Casey Sheehan's place and what I would think of my mother urging me to desert and using my heroic death to push an agenda that hurts the morale of my brothers in arms and improves the morale of my enemy. I doubt I'd have the same vitriolic enmity towards Cindy Sheehan if I hadn't first had those thoughts when I heard about her.

She is a tragic, though vile, figure and there are a number of people who analyze this better than I.

neo-neocon: Grieving parents in war--Part I: from Kathe Kollwitz to Cindy Sheehan is a long road
neo-neocon: Grieving parents in war--Part II: protesting parents, why now?
Message to Cindy Sheehan from IRAQ THE MODEL
Passion of Cindy Sheehan by Chrenkoff
Updates on my soldier: Sheehan's Protest
Mike's Noise: Sheehan versus the Sullivans (from WWII)
Cindy Sheehan Slandering Her Son by COUNTERCOLUMN: All Your Bias Are Belong to Us
BLACKFIVE: Stealing Their Honor by Blackfive
GOP Vixen: Rosa Parks She Ain't by GOP Vixen
Smearing Cindy Sheehan By Accurately Quoting Her by Ace of Spades HQ

I'm not the most eloquent man and often getting my point across is hindered by passion, miscommunication, and a lack of polished style. The bloggers all manage to make points I agree with regarding the vile Cindy Sheehan.

Unless something new and whacked comes up with her I doubt I'll bother with this topic again; unless it's to point to another person's post and that will most likely be via my linkblog.


Friday, August 12, 2005

Better Said


Yet another bloggers says it much better, and with less disgust at a woman who dishonors and betrays her own son's memory, than I can.


Cindy Sheehan, Tool

Tool of the left that is. Her own words cause questions as to her sudden recent motivational reversal. Or perhaps just a magical reversal of opinion and a re-canting of her ORIGINAL words after she suddenly hooked up with leftists.

I'm ripping this straight from Q and O because it needs to be constantly repeated since it is a fact that has been utterly lacking in every debate about Cindy Sheehan that I have seen so far. Larry King failed to note it as has Bill O'Reilly and John Gibson, and The Daily News, and Los Angeles local news. Despite having been on the blogs for a couple of days. If the moron rabid right-wingers can find this so quickly why can't the enlighted journalists at all newspapers and news stations find it in their quest for social justice, world peace, and keeping minorities from thinking for themselves.

McQ writes: "In the first meeting, this was Sheehan's reaction:

'We have a lot of respect for the office of the president, and I have a new respect for him because he was sincere and he didn't have to take the time to meet with us,' Pat said.

Sincerity was something Cindy had hoped to find in the meeting. Shortly after Casey died, Bush sent the family a form letter expressing his condolences, and Cindy said she felt it was an impersonal gesture.

'I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis,' Cindy said after their meeting. 'I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith.'

The meeting didn't last long, but in their time with Bush, Cindy spoke about Casey and asked the president to make her son's sacrifice count for something. They also spoke of their faith.

While meeting with Bush, as well as Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, was an honor, it was almost a tangent benefit of the trip. The Sheehans said they enjoyed meeting the other families of fallen soldiers, sharing stories, contact information, grief and support.

For some, grief was still visceral and raw, while for others it had melted into the background of their lives, the pain as common as breathing. Cindy said she saw her reflection in the troubled eyes of each.

'It's hard to lose a son,' she said. 'But we (all) lost a son in the Iraqi war.'

The trip had one benefit that none of the Sheehans expected.

For a moment, life returned to the way it was before Casey died. They laughed, joked and bickered playfully as they briefly toured Seattle.

For the first time in 11 weeks, they felt whole again.

'That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy said.

As McQ says, "What could possibly be accomplished by a second meeting?"

Cindy Sheehan has become the poster child for the far left and is being supported by the likes of code pink. She has shamefully used her son's death and disrespected her own son's motivations and beliefs in this. It's disgusting.
(added) You know, if I had died during my time in the service and my mother pulled this kind of stunt I'd be pissed, ashamed and embarassed. It would not be her place to use my death to belittle my support for my country and to push her agenda. Most especially if it ran counter to my own beliefs.


IRAQ THE MODEL has a Message for Cindy Sheehan. Definitely a good and important read.

Okay, turns out Bill O'Reilly already knows about Cindy Sheehan's deception regarding meeting with The President.

I left the following comment at Cindy Sheehan contact organization (afterdowningstreet), I don't know if it will be posted at all, since it looks like they review all comments before allowing them to be posted and if mine is found to be offensive it will never see the light of day there.
The President has finally met with Cindy Sheehan and her husband. What did they have to say about the meeting?

'We have a lot of respect for the office of the president, and I have a new respect for him because he was sincere and he didn't have to take the time to meet with us,' Pat said.

'I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis,' Cindy said after their meeting. 'I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith.'

'It's hard to lose a son,' she said. 'But we (all) lost a son in the Iraqi war.'

For the first time in 11 weeks, they felt whole again.

'That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy said.

I'm glad he took the time to meet with her and her husband. Looks like all the effort payed off.

Man that was quick. Fox News is now actually mentioning that Sheehan DID meet with Bush before. Looks like I blogged too late on this.

Edwards AFB Open House 2005

Edwards AFB's Open House will be Saturday and Sunday, October 22 & 23. I'll be there, and the best part is that I'll be there as an observer. I won't be directing traffic, grilling dogs, doing last minute fixes, or picking up trash. Woo Hoo!!! Now I've had a decade to go to one of these things and be in this situation, but have never been able to make it. Last year working in Oregon, and the year before that... Too lazy, and the year before that overseas.

This year should be a blast. Looking forward to it.


Thursday, August 11, 2005

Froggy and the Muslim

Okay, just a few minutes before I have to hit the road for work. Froggy writes on a topic that relates to the Million Muslim March.


Wednesday, August 10, 2005

American Cancer Ablation Center

Space Shuttle Update

Oh, and a short note. I really hope it rains in Florida and they decide to land the shuttle at Edwards AFB. I got to see the first landing after Challenger and it would be nifty to see this one. Of course I'll gladly suffer missing it for whatever is safest for our astronauts.


Update: Well, I missed it sorta. I ended up watching it with most people on television. I hadn't even realized it was coming, because I was asleep, but that double sonic boom is pretty distinctive.

Up Update: I did get to see the Discovery from across the apron on the flight line. Out Friggin Standing. I forgot how awesome it was to see the thing up close.

Up Up Update: Here ya go.


Yeah, posting has slowed down. Mostly because I'm working again and it's been hot, "Damn hot, Africa hot, Tarzan couldn't live in this hot." Because of that I'm pretty beat when I get home and tend to relax, kick back, and just enjoy the cool. I'm not stopping though, even if I can only grab a minute here and there to say Hi.


Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Monday, August 08, 2005

Protests and clashes in Samawa.

Two things on this, from Iraq the Model.

I've noted before the few decent muslims and the Three Muslim March. The thing that struck me about Omar's account of the Samawa incident was that the incident was somewhat related. Certainly they're not protesting terrorism, but they were protesting corruption and nastiness in their own local government and seemed quite American. The police response, however, was very un-American. The police response had one effect, out of several, on me. It drove home how insulated and protected I am. I mean you read about this stuff often, even in the US 100 years ago, but for some reason this one smacked me between the eyes. I guess because I was reading it and smiling at the thought of these people who had decided against being oppressed and were working against it. But then the police opened fire. I guess I had suddenly identified with these alien people because of how and what they were doing. But then the police opened fire.

One other thing I should point out. Yes, they were not protesting terrorism, but the Iraqi people have protested against terrorism far more and in greater numbers than any other muslim demographic. Yes, more than any American muslim groups or British, or anyone else. Even the Jordanians have had larger anti-terrorism protests than we have had in the US. If I lower my standards I could accept a Million Muslim March in Iraq, but that's not what I need to see.

I need to see a Million Muslim March here in the US. Until then all the words, rhetoric, apologisms and sophistry fall on deaf ears while actions over-rule and reveal the lack of veracity in those words. Yes the Lancaster/Palmdale rally was a good start (though the DC rally was also good, but a dozen Muslims falls far short of the number who joined pro-Taliban rallys), but I need to see more action and less "qualified condemnation of terrorism in general but not of terrorists, their supporters, and their allies."


Update: Iraq the Model has an update on the situation.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

IGN: Enter The Beta / BC

IGN: Enter The Beta: "'Seriously -- if you've seen the Xbox 360 pictures Microsoft has released already, imagine that with a different faceplate, a different skin, and a bit of kit stuck to the top for debugging.'"

Nifty picture. Gotta go with Rob Smith on this though, "I wanted Microsoft to say "screw BC (backwards compatibility) -- we're building a system for the future of gaming, not the past, and here's how it's going to rock your world."" Myself I don't care about BC. I have an XBox, I have a Playstation, I have an NES and a Gamecube. I don't need the next-gen system to play those games. If I really want to play Burgertime, I'll boot up the NES. I would rather that Sony and Microsoft ditch BC and it's crippling effect (bloated chipsets, extra OS code, etc) and just make a system designed and built to play the next-gen games. Old game? Play it on the old system.

Is BC a real issue or a marketing issue? I don't know. I do know that the people I know don't care. A few cared, until I asked if they were throwing away their PS2 when the 360 or the PS3 came out. I asked how many PS1 games do they actually play on their PS2, and the answer tends to range from "none" to "a couple of 'em once or twice to see it work, and then never again." My gamer son has been forced to boot up the old PS1 to play Final Fantasy 7. This lasted a couple of days before it got taken down again. I myself have hooked up...er...ummmm... okay, I'm not interested in playing any of the old games.

I'm more interested in playing updated versions of old games. I want to play Shadowrun, but with better AI, better RPG and better graphics. All the things that separate last gen with this gen and hopefully with next gen. I want to play Oblivion from Morrowind from Daggerfall from Arena. Doom was awesome, but I played the freebie that came with Doom3 and you know what? I'm not going back. For its day it was awesome, but it's dated. I moved on from "Dick and Jane" and pop-up books to Tom Clancy for a reason. I moved on from my old Mongoose BMX to a Specialized Rockhopper for a reason. Sure it's nifty to see them and maybe try them out for old times sake, but I don't want a steady diet of outdated superceded games just for grins. I'd rather they put that misplaced effort into making the next-gen systems better.


PS: Okay, I'll make an exception for Halo2, or release Halo2.5 for the 360 and I'll buy it.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Peasants don't blog?

La Shawn Barber notes David Perlmutter saying, "First, are bloggers truly “the people”? Bloggers tend to come from the higher-education and higher-income portion of the population. This is as true in Egypt or Nigeria as it is in the United States. Peasants don’t blog…."

I call BS.

I was an unemployed (injured) welder when I started blogging in April 2002. I was a senior maintenance millwright, and then a senior plant maintenance mechanic while blogging. I'm now a welder again. Still blogging. Still no college degree.


Another thing. Perlmutter is an elitist ass, who seems to assert that anyone who isn't "...from the higher-education and higher-income portion of the population" is a "peasant." Whereas this may be true in some countries this is emphatically NOT true of the United States.

There are NO peasants in the United States. Now Perlmutter's characterization of the word "peasant", though disagreeing with the actual meaning of the word, could be the middle class. Mind you, in the US some lower class people fit Perlmutter's definition of 'not a "peasant"', and many (if not most) of the lower middle-class, and middle middle-class are peasants. Here in the US some, if not many, people in the upper middle-class and even some people in the upper classes include Perlmutter's "peasants".

Using Perlmutter's definition of "peasant" we find that bloggers themselves utterly disprove Perlmutter's bogus and elitist assertion. Heck, I disprove it (no college, middle class), Trying to Grok disproves it (college educated, but middle class). Okay, I'm a vet and she's a military wife so I guess we qualify as mil-bloggers. But even at that, the mil-bloggers put lie to Perlmutter's assertion. Active duty military are almost invariably lower to mid middle class with some upper class. They're not all officers.


TikiPundit, I translate.

From TikiPundit: 2-Minute Hawaii News: "Crazy 9th Circuit force big private Hawaiian school to stop being race-based school. Big will from Kamehamea made Hawaii only school. Big racism, say court. "

I'm going to go ahead and re-translate this all the way to pidgin (or Hawaiian Island Creole in reality).

Lolo naint sircut wen go fohs Kam school fo stop bean Hawaiian school. Princess Pauahi's will wen go make da school foah help da kanaka suh-vive and make good in da kine haole wohld. Da coaht wen go say no can have school foah help only da kanakas and now da princess's money and 'aina gotta go help wat-eva kine peepul wan foah go de-ah. Da coaht wen go stay call 'em racism 'cause da princess wen try help only her people who wuz in a bad way and still is, eh.

As why hawd. Cause wen try foah help da aborigine kanaka, but den aw-ways get some lolo kolohe who wen go try make spoil foah everyone.

Here's the thing. There are people whose only language is what you've just read above. I've met them. Most recently there was a man with a wonderful smile and a wonderful heart who only spoke pidgin. His mainlander co-workers assumed he was slow. Not simply because of his speech but because he had a hard time understanding what they meant. The combination of not being able to speak proper english and his co-workers accents (Tennesean, Louisianan, Arkansan, etc) made it difficult for him to understand what they were saying. He was not unique.

This anonymous kid who brought the lawsuit could have gone to Punahou, or University High, or Damien. He chose to go to Kamehameha not because it offered opportunities he couldn't get elsewhere but because he disagreed that a school should exist that offers those opportunities to Hawaiians who could not have those opportunities elsewhere.

Perhaps the kid is as disadvantaged economically as some of the people who Kamehameha Schools have served. It's possible, but I do know one thing. He is NOT as disadvantaged culturally as some Hawaiians. The school was designed to help Hawaiians survive and thrive in the western world, and that need is still existant today. I have met too many people whom public school had utterly failed in this respect, after all public schools are not designed for this need and could never do the job because of the very nature of how decisions are made for public schools.

Myself, I was lucky. I was admitted to The Kamehameha Schools/Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estates (the full name of the school at one time). Certainly I spoke pidgin with my friends during breaks, recess, and after school, but we spoke english in class and we learned english. Why couldn't a public school force their students to speak proper english in class? It could, but we're talking about a system that has considered ebonics to be a valid language for students, teachers, and class. That does not help kids, and a system that considers ebonics and other languages as viable ideas where only public outrage prevents it (and in some cases can't stop it), then that system can't be trusted to force proper english on students.

As it is, anti-Kamehameha/anti-Hawaiian activists and lawyers have deprived young Hawaiians of the experience of JROTC. Now they want to destroy the only school that has dedicated over 100 years to helping young Hawaiians learn to survive in the western world. I do mean destroy. Destroy in the same sense that communists seek to destroy the United States. They want to replace the institution with an entirely different creature. One that inhabits the same space and has the same name, but serves an entirely different purpose and adheres to radically different morals and values. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but if you plow the rose under and plant poison ivy in its place, simply calling it a rose does not make it one.

As an aside I'd like to point out that the Princess's will directed the trustees of her will "...to erect and maintain in the Hawaiian Islands two schools, each for boarding and day scholars, one for boys and one for girls, to be known as, and called the Kamehameha Schools." In addition to which they were instructed "..to expend the annual income in the maintenance of said schools; meaning thereby the salaries of teachers, the repairing buildings and other incidental expenses; and to devote a portion of each years income to the support and education of orphans, and others in indigent circumstances, giving the preference to Hawaiians of pure or part aboriginal blood;..." All of this to one goal, "I desire my trustees to provide first and chiefly a good education in the common English branches, and also instruction in morals and in such useful knowledge as may tend to make good and industrious men and women;"


Update: Wow, I never get linked to. To Nohealani and Hawaiian Independance Blog, thanks for noticing, it's pretty lonely in the desert (metaphysically and culturally). Also, thanks to anyone else who happens by.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Anaheim Mighty Ducks: Press Box - What’s New for 2005-2006 Season

Anaheim Mighty Ducks: Press Box - What’s New for 2005-2006 Season: "Highlighted below are several progressive enhancements to NHL hockey that reinforce the game’s prominence in the entertainment marketplace."

Reading the thing left me with one thought. Videogame.

The "progressive enhancements" read like a promo for a new videogame. I was left with the impression that the new NHL season was going to be EA's biggest jump in its franchise series. Thing is though, this was the NHL league and not NHL Hitz, or NHL '06 or NHL 2K6.


360. No Wireless. Good idea.

GamesIndustry.biz - Xbox 360 first-party accessories line-up is revealed: "The wireless adapter is designed to allow the Xbox 360 to go online over a wireless home network, and will plug into a USB port on the box. The decision to make this into an optional feature has left many scratching their heads, as both PS3 and Revolution promise to have the feature as standard, but as well as being a cost saving exercise, using external wireless may also allow the system to have better reception."

Well that, and wireless G can handle streaming a non-high-definition DVD so long as nothing else is using the network, no gaming, no downloading and no surfing Big Boys. Reading an article on setting up a home network specifically for media streaming via Microsoft Media Center and Media extenders. It was pretty clear that to have a good home media network you gotta have wires. According to the magazine's figures G could handle quite a bit of music, and even some video, but only one stream of DVD data and god forbid you were streaming a DVD to the living room while your kid streamed music out to the deck while the wife streamed music to the garden. Stutter, stutter, freeze, stutter.

I think it would have been nice for the 360 to have had wireless capability, since gaming is just fine with B or G, but I understand why it doesn't. Mind you in the future the N will help the bandwidth constraint a lot, but a ethernet port or USB port would be how an N adapter was connected and the built in B or G would be a wasted expense again.

String the wires. It's not difficult, drywall works easy. Wireless is convenient, great for surfing the net, streaming music, and even gaming (though ether to the router is marginally better), but it's not ready for streaming high-definition movies, and that's a big part of the 360's media extender goals.


Thursday, July 28, 2005

Missing Teen

via Instapundit:Missing Girl, please check it out, just in case. You never know, some little thing or other might help.


Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Righty in a lefty state: Now THIS is Art...

Righty in a lefty state: Now THIS is Art...

Three Muslim March

I've written before about the ever elusive million muslim march against terrorism that has never happened and still doesn't look like it will ever happen. However, I've also noted the few decent muslims who are good people and have protested against the fundamentalist and traditional interpretations of Islam. Neo-neocon writes a bit about the situation in Egypt and gives us just a bit more hope that the million muslim march might still have a chance to happen. Neo-neocon is on my daily read list, not at the top, but high enough that she still gets read daily. Always a good read from her.


Mele Inoa

Felt like re-posting this.

E lohe mai e Ka Moku o Keawe,
e Nä Hono a'o Pi'ilani,
e Ke One o Kakuhihewa,
me Kaua'i o Manokalanipö!

E lohe Mai ë!
Eia nö ka mea huaka'i, he kama ä Hawai'i.
'Oia ka mea hele i Kahiki.
E ha'aheo mau e ka lei o ka 'äina.
E akahele nö ho'i i ka hewa o ke ao.
Mai poina i ka na'auao o nä küpuna ë,
Mai poina i ka 'ohana ë,
Mai poina i ke one hänau ë
Hea mai nei 'o Hawai'i
Ke awäwa,
Ka nahele,
Ka wailele,
me ke ola o ka 'äina,
E ho'i mai ë, e ho'i mai ë!
Imua, imua mau a loa'a ka lei o ka lanakila!

He inoa nö Kaleiokalani, he koa Hawi'i maoli nö.

(Ua haku 'ia e Kana'i Kapeliela)

Day By Day by Chris Muir,

I've been a big fan of Chris Muir's Day By Day for a long time. This one cracked me up especially today. Hey Chris, when do I get a cameo! LOL, just joking.

Check it out daily.


Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Mile Zero and I

Mile Zero and I get into it over the propaganda network, Al-Jazeera, and I guess I got him upset.
Because frankly, your views on journalism so far are simplistic at best, and delusional at worst.

You may be content to remain in a fantasy world where the military is perfect, Iraq is a peaceful place filled with freshly painted schools, and insurgents really do hate freedom. Do not ask the rest of us to subscribe to your ill-informed opinions simply because you can't imagine a world that's not dictated by Our Great Leader.

I answered some of his reply and may try to make time to answer a bit more, however, as I noted earlier, my free time has dwindled. Here, however is my last posting to him.
Perhaps we can simply agree that both sides practice propaganda.

What bites my ass is when people who are supposed to be on our side practice propaganda for the enemy.

CNN did report Iraqi propaganda as fact, and did attempt to keep access by bribing officials (not a big deal to me compared to) and reporting Iraqi propaganda without due diligence. That is not not the same as broadcasting views that don't agree with mine. During wars it's called treason. Journalism would have questioned the veracity of the Iraqi Ministry of Information, considering that the constant lying and misinformation that came out of that place. Failure to question Baghdad Bob, but constantly questioning the Defense Department and American military personnel is journalism, but it is biased and shows favoritism towards America's enemies.

Oddly enough your characterization of my beliefs is incredibly wrong. I don't believe the military is perfect, I do believe in the decency of most GI's. I've seen, personally, more decency in them than I have at Cal-State. I don't think that Iraq is a peaceful place filled with freshly painted schools, and have no idea why you would so badly mis-read any of my comments in that way. I do know that it is in better shape than you probably know, but only because my sources are closer to the situation than yours, though you could remedy that by giving some credence to America's military personnel and trying to find out their side of the story. Consider that in matters military they have far more reliability, knowledge and credence than journalists who have zero experience in the subject and routinely get simple matters wrong.

It's part of the reason so many GI's refuse to watch CNN, have contempt for the New York Times, et al. You are entitled to your own opinion on this particular matter, but in the same way that the majority opinion of astronautical engineers is more valid and accurate than your (or my) opinion on spaceflight, veteran and AD GI opinion is far more valid and accurate regarding the reporting of military matters and topics in the press.

"Our Great Leader" as you call him has failed this country on many subjects, but he is a better wartime leader than the alternative was. Liberal opinion of him tends to be rather hateful, and yet he generates more respect and loyalty from those troops who are in harms way than Bill Clinton did, and even Bill Clinton didn't generate the disdain and disgust that most veterans and AD GI's felt for John Kerry.

As to my views on Journalism being simplistic, you are entirely correct. Journalism is not rocket science. It is far simpler to report the news without impugning our country or the military who fight for it than it is to machine a bushing. They are, however, not delusional. A majority of Americans feel that the media is biased, and an overwhelming majority of veterans and GIs have felt that way for some time. So much so that in some places the common GI will not watch the BBC or CNN because of how biased they are perceived.

Incidentally, the ad hominem attacks and insults are uncalled for. At no time have I impugned your intelligence, critical thinking or character, and yet you saw fit to attack mine. I understand that you are passionate about this matter, but that does not justify such hateful behavior.

Best Regards,


Oh, and I just couldn't resist.
As to the rest of that particular post, I'll remind you that your "accent" is liberal/left wing. The proper "bushitler/chimpy McHalliburton" accent is, "Javolt, fear not mein national socialist bruder. Party media state ist soon to arrive, und den de dissedent other-think vill be banned. Only der vords of herr fuhrer Bush und his loyal National Socialist party members vill be spread thru der vaterland."

As I recall, on the left, Soviet Socialists good, German Socialists bad, and Itallian Socialists are...well, kinda just ignored


Busy Busy Busy

Well, here’s an update, and my lame excuse for not writing more. As some of you know (some meaning three, the sum total of readers of this blog minus my son) I ruptured my Achilles tendon back in April and had to have it repaired. I was supposed to have started my new job back in April and hurt myself at work a day before I was supposed to leave. Since then I have been bed, and then couch ridden, with my bad leg elevated.

About three weeks ago I was finally able to hobble around without my crutches and decided it was time to go back to work. Firstly because disability payments cut what money we had to eat with drastically, and secondly because I was concerned about how long my new employer (or rather the hiring official) would hold my position open for me. I know the guy, and the truth is that he would probably have held the position open for me another month, at which point I’d have been walking better, but I was already feeling bad about having to start three months later than planned, and I didn’t want to have to put him on the spot where he would be forced to close the position. So I took the occupational physical and passed. The work is less strenuous, in that I don’t have to put on the bubble suit with a tank on my back, and I believe the doctor understood that the tendon will get back to 100%.

So I’ve been working regular shifts these last two weeks, and coming home tired, sore and sweaty. Like I said, it’s a lame excuse, and not a real solid reason.

So about the job. It’s wonderful being back in aerospace. It’s wonderful hearing the sound of freedom all day at work. It’s wonderful seeing cool aircraft. The most wonderful thing is to be home with my family again.

Now if only I could start getting paid and finish all the silly in-processing.


Monday, July 25, 2005

George Washington, mercenary.

BLACKFIVE tears apart another idiot who claims that the American military is a mercenary army. The guy's definition? Our military is paid money. As far as I can tell the guy's full description of America's "mercenary" military means that The Revolution was fought entirely by mercenary troops, after all, they were all paid volunteers. There was no draft in The Revolution. Conscription was one of the practices disdained (and outright hated) by many of The Founding Father's, and their Masonic philosophy. Stupid moron.


Update: RantingProfs weighs in.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

lgf: ban fascist headwinds

via LGF:
"“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities - but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.”

—Sir Winston Churchill, from The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-50 (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899)."


Saturday, July 23, 2005

AV Press: AV Muslims take to street

I wish I had known about this beforehand. It's local and I would have loved to have gone and shown my support for these people.

I loved this part.
Around 8 p.m., a man wearing an Army shirt walked through the rally and offered a firm handshake to al-Khatib.

"Last time I saw this was outside of Baghdad," said the man, who identified himself only as an Army corporal from Palmdale. He served a tour of duty in Iraq that ended in January 2004.


Monday, July 18, 2005

We Were Soldiers Once, and Broke - Ben Stein

We Were Soldiers Once, and Broke. Loved his show, and I've enjoyed some of his writing. I disagree with his solution, that the very rich should pay more taxes and that GIs should get more pay. It's a nice idea, but GIs aren't fighting for just money, and frankly there would be a point where people were joining up solely for the nice money if pay were to be raised to high. If pay after five years in the military were fifty to seventy thousand dollars a year (an amount that many craft workers enjoy after a four to five year apprenticeship) I believe it would be a boon to recruitment numbers and a bane to the type of recruits we would get.

As it is we get idiots who freak and desert when it turns out they might have to fulfil their obligations and actually defend their country and their country's interests. After all, they only joined for the money (college tuition help) and never really had any interest in serving their country or of ever putting their country ahead of their own selfish needs. Those are not the kind of people we want flocking to the military in droves. There are enough of them as it is, and they came out of the woodwork in '91 too. I remember the marines and others who suddenly became concientious objectors or went AWOL when, after having signed a contract and sworn an oath, chose to become oath-breakers rather than serve honorably as so many of their compatriots chose to do.

Just off the top of my head, I'd say it would be better to socially and culturally reward those $500 million a year makers who donate substantial amounts to military aid organizations, veteran tuitions, police widow and orphan support groups, firemen's funds, and other such endeavors. Conversely it would be better to socially and culturally embarass and stigmatize and to banish from polite company those who make untold millions because of the sacrifices made by those who choose to serve their country and their community by putting their lives, and potentially putting their lives and safety on the line.

Well, that's the idea. I come up empty on implementation since it would require massive emotional and moral support from all Americans, and we already know that so many Americans who are in a postion to affect just such changes are the very ones who have demonized GIs and such. Who look with condescencion on those who have put the good of the body politic and what America stands for ahead of their own needs.



Another good sign. Sure it's not the Million Muslim march that would demonstrate that Islam isn't the religion of hate and violence that so many of its adherants have demonstrated by their actions, and that even more have failed to repute by their silence, inaction, and support of the hate and violence that Islam has represented for hundreds of years; but it's part of a start.

My hope is that we're seeing a type of Reformation of Islam that Christianity went through (and I don't mean the one where they emulated muslims and went kill happy in the crusades). I wrote some years ago about small actions that gave me some hope, but those were incredibly rare, numbering in the single digits. Since the invasion of Iraq and an end to the over a decade long Gulf War more and more examples are happening. Hopefully for the world, as well as for Islam, it becomes a torrent and the hate and violence that has characterized the religion for so long will be a thing of the past. An historical nastiness that is written about and studied but never again practiced.


Monday, July 11, 2005

Hope for Islam?

A good start. It's a start. I'm still waiting for a million muslim march against terrorism, but this is a start and helps to offset a little of the hate that has been coming from mainstream islam today. I hope they have started a movement that continues and, more than that, grows to encompass all of islam. I'm not holding my breath, but I have some hope now.


Thursday, July 07, 2005

Our Family Attacked

I watched the news while sitting in the waiting room at the flight surgeon's office this morning. Myself and a Falcon pilot sat together on a couch discussing the attack. We were both calm, but we were both angry. I felt tears wanting to well up in anger and fought those down. It's not the time to cry or scream. It is the time to get angry, plan and act.

Bloggers all over the blogosphere have talked about the attacks. They've commented, kept information updated, and showed solidarity with our British cousins. I can't even describe how angry I am. I've previously described the Anglo-sphere as "Britain and her cowboy kids," with the US, Canada, and Australia (all countries that have cowboys and a "wild west" at one time) and this attack on Britain feels like an attack on my family. In a way it is an attack on our family, and I don't take kindly to attacks on my family.

I don't take kindly to attacks on America's family.


Update: Michael Yon's family too.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

I'm back

Got back this evening and the break from reading blogs, news, and e-mails was nice. Our Independence Day was really nice, and I enjoyed the fireworks. I am, however, back now, though I'm going to be pretty busy in the next couple of days. Oooh, and tommorrow I'll know if I get to leave the chemical weapons demil industry or not. Wish me luck.


Sunday, July 03, 2005

Happy Independence Day

I just wanted to wish you four a Happy Independence day and hope that you and yours have a great one.

I'll be gone for a few days, be back later.


NASCAR Democrats and Rumsfeld

Instapundit has a link to an article about an appearance at a NASCAR race by Donald Rumsfeld,
Rumsfeld, honorary grand marshal for the race, also got a standing ovation during the prerace drivers meeting.

The Instapundit link to the San Jose Mercury News article requires registration, but this one doesn't. It brought to mind something I wrote a long time ago about NASCAR Dads, and about NASCAR Democrats and the condescenion that they were treated with by some elites.

Oh, and I found out how faulty my memory has become. Turns out I registered as a Repbulican back in October '03, or whenever the California recall and the election of Arnie.


Another Blog Comment

Another short comment on a blog, this time on Chrenkoff's blog. In response to a commentor's attempt to claim that America's military are the equivelant of terrorists. The claim was not direct but implied, and that implication is clear when considering the topic. It follows.
Chan:"Deliberately targeting civilians is not much different than not giving a shit about civilians who may get in the way."

Actually it is hugely obvious. You're not an idiot so you know this.

There is a huge difference between targetting a civillian non-combatant and targeting a combatant (civillian or otherwise). The intent, planning, act and outcome are ALL different, even if the ultimate goal is the same in such actions. The only other similarity is that in both cases a civillian non-combatant could be killed, though this is true of someone crossing the street in front of a bus. If the ultimate goal being the same is your only other qualifying similarity than your logic also equates the strategy of non-violence with that of terrorists.

It is not simply sad, but utterly disgusting when people attempt to give moral equivelance between terrorists and the American military (your statement was implicit if not direct).


Saturday, July 02, 2005

Party Affiliation

neo-neocon says: "I think I am an example of the strength of party affiliation. Most people need a much greater jolt than I received during the 80s, and much more time and energy to reflect on the situation than I was able to give to it, to actually abandon their party affiliation, if it had been strong previously."

Yeah, I understand this. In my case I was much more pig-headed than neo-neocon. I already was a hawk, big Reagan fan, moderate Bush fan, Clinton supporter and Democrat. It wasn't until well into the Clinton administration that I realized what a mistake voting for Clinton had been. It was then that I registered Independant. Yes, even at that point I was unwilling to become a Republican like those I served with. Truth is that didn't become a Republican until last year.

I think with me all my dis-illusion with the Democrat party had to build up to a head and I had to be exposed to Democrats who were not from Hawai'i. So it wasn't until all that had built up and piled on that I becamed disillusioned enough to leave the party. It was years after that before I actually switched parties and became a Republican.

So how did that come about? Part of it was that I finally paid attention to the Republicans (who are the anti-christ back home growing up) and their party. I found that they weren't the extremists they had been portrayed to be, which was a fact I already knew having served with so many, but never fully intellectualized and applied. I found that there was a phenomenon that seemed to apply to me. The neo-conservative, a term first used to describe "South Park Republicans" and then co-opted by the liberal movement to describe Paul Wolfowitz and Karl Rove. Turns out that was ridiculous because they've been conservatives for a very long time (hello...Karl Rove, head of his young Republicans group way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth). Still, it was 9/11 that made me analyze and think about politics, my place, my desires, and my country in a way that I had never considered before. It was the likes of den Beste who gave me food for thought and didn't so much help with the transformation, but had not only valid arguments, but made me actively think in a way that wouldn't allow the mindless dedication to ideology I had once had. With that, and the gubernatorial recall in California, I finally registered Republican, voted for Arnie, and voted again for George Bush.

I sometimes say that I never left the party, that the party left me, however looking back on things I'm not sure if the party, during my lifetime, was any longer the party of legend that it purported to be. It had long ago pulled away from the values of my grandfather or even my mother. It simply took me a while to look past the rhetoric, window dressing and wishful thinking.



Okay, neo-neocon is a new, new for me, blog. I don't remember how I got there the first time, but I bookmarked it and figured I would get around to reading it eventually since there are only so many hours in a day and I have a list of daily blogs I read, and a book I'm reading (Glen Grant's Honolulu Mysteries) and still trying to play through Pandemic's Mercenaries (Damn you XBox!!!) and chatting with my oldest son, and all that wonderful good ness that come from being home. Well, I finally read it and I found it quite interesting and will time manage to make time to read it on a more regular basis. Hopefully my four readers will enjoy neo-neocon's blog.

Oh, and I can finally go up and down steps, one step at a time, really slowly, but without my crutches.


Friday, July 01, 2005

Game Real? Photo Real?

This is just amazing. They're claiming it's actual in-game shots, and I don't know the company well enough to know whether they have a history of hype or not, but it looks incredible. Common wisdom is that graphics don't matter as much as gameplay; tell that to the fans of Myst. Frankly I want it all. I want the gameplay as well as the good looks.

Just greedy that way,


Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Mama's Boy

Bebopping around the blogosphere I happened upon Andi's World (Hell on Heels) who had this little tidbit, Welcome To Andi's World: Mamas, Let Your Babies Grow Up. I, like her was surprised the number of grown men living at home was so high in the US. Frankly I was surprised it was so danged high anywhere. Another example of life experience coloring your world view. I figured since everyone I knew became a grown up when they grew up others did too. Well, okay so I never assumed that everyone did, but 43%? Geez, that's ridiculous.


This may or may not have anything to do with this.

America Supports You

America Supports You

Free Booze

Blackfive writes about Stuart Dahl and brings to mind something that happened to me back in '86.

Fresh out of tech school at Chanute, on my way to my first duty station. Sitting in a totally empty O'Hare (seriously totally empty) two engineers back from Saudi Arabia noticed myself, one other airman, a soldier and a coastie sitting in the bar waiting for our flights. They bought us drinks, and it wasn't so much the free booze the warmed my heart but the act itself. I was touched, especially because the stories of how people I knew or was related to still rung in my ears of their return from Vietnam and how they were treated.

As it turned out I was the lucky GI and the engineers happened to be on the same flight to Vegas that I was on, and I was able to enjoy their hospitality for several more hours.

I don't know who they were, and don't remember their names, but to them I say thank you. To others who show the same or similar curtesy to our troops today I say thank you.