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Life is Hard. Wear a Helmet

Virginia State Constitution: Article 1; Section 13
That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.

Alabama State Constitution: Article 1: Section 26
That every Citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the State.

Monday, January 26, 2015


My schedule is already in the toilet from a phone call last night. Time to do the scramble.

However it goes, I need to end up in Jacksonville by Thursday night.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday morning sleep-in #120

Finally got all my W-2's and the rest of that crap together.  Let's see if I can get anything back from Uncle Sugar this year.
It's doubtful, but last year I managed to squeeze a couple hundred out of the state of Alabama; almost enough to offset my payment to the feds.

Since I got my payment from AL several months after I had to pay my federal taxes, it felt like I was getting a little gift.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturday Morning Coffee #141

Know how when gunnies come across a number somewhere and immediately relate it to a caliber?

Well, when old AF NCOs come across 141, the story tells itself. That was the aircraft on which I was "weened off of my momma's titty".
I spent many years sweating and bleeding on those old pigs. The cargo door system was the worst of it. They took a lot of abuse on airdrop missions, and the door opening and closing sequence was keyed by about 8 or 10 mechanical limit switches. Each step in the process was driven by whether or not such-and-such switch was either compressed or relieved. When things got out of adjustment, the doors would freeze up in whatever position and the pissed-off loadmaster would be back there driving the doors shut one step at a time with the manual overrides.
Unless, of course, there happened to be a maintenance guy on board. Then the load toad would simply wave him over angrily and shout over the noise, "You're $!^& is broken!" as if he expected me to hang my ass off a clamshell door in a 200-knot slipstream and McGyver that shit with my Leatherman.

So today is 'Reminisce about the Starlifter' day.

I worked on "Balls two four" and "Triple Duece" back in the day. They didn't have nose art then. They must have picked it up when they transferred to Guard units.

The key word is "balance". Don't be the guy who drops the jet on a wingtip 
because you fell asleep at the Flight Engineer's table during a refuel...

"Luxury Accommodations"
A cookie for whoever can identify the location.
Old NFO, you don't get to play, sorry.

Other 'luxury' accommodations...

Friday, January 23, 2015

On Being a Capitalist Running-Dog Warmonger

Enjoy your gas under $2 a gallon while it lasts.

Saudi King Dies, Half Brother Succeeds Him

We've spent most of the last 25 years trying to imprint our version of democracy on that region.
How's that looking so far?

And now, with King Abdullah dead, I think everyone is going to be surprised how quickly the festering underbelly of Saudi Arabia is going to start poking out of that starched button-down Oxford it's been hiding under for so long.

Gee! What a coincidence...

Yemeni U.S.-backed president and cabinet resign

Because Shiite rebels with guns.

Was I the only person thinking"Wow. We should strike while the iron is hot."?

With Yemen and Saudi destabilized, and all the trouble ISIS is causing in Iraq and Syria..

If we had our shit together, we could own the whole region in 180 days.
We never got much of an American Colonial Period like the Brits got to enjoy for all those years. Wouldn't it be nice to say "The sun never sets on the American Empire"?

Don't give me that 'shocked face'. It would be a whole lot easier to deal with than what we're going to have to go through for the next 25 years.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hump Day Rule 5 - Eva Shockey

First woman in 30 years to appear on the cover of Field and Stream magazine. (May 2014)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015