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POTUS

May 24, 2017

rushmoreI was born in 1949 when Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) was POTUS. I was too young to remember him in any way but history tells me that he is the President responsible for using nuclear weapons to end the war with Japan and he lead us into the Korean conflict. I don’t want to second guess his decisions but most people of my generation (Baby Boomers) think that using the Atom Bomb shortened the war and saved significant lives.

I grew up enough to remember seeing Dwight David Eisenhower (1953-1961) on TV. I like Ike. He was quite popular for his military background. He is credited with creating the Interstate Highway System which by design was created for military troop and supply movements. His lack of enforcement of the Supreme Court’s mandate for the desegregation of schools was his only significant failure. It was a battle he chose not to fight.

In my lifetime this was the only Democratic President I fully supported. John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1961-1963) wasn’t perfect and history shows he had many faults but he pushed America into the space age which was a very good thing in my humble opinion. Bay of Pigs, not so much. I also remember the Cuban Missile Crisis and his bold Navy blockade. I’m clapping my hands for that move right now… He should never have been assassinated.

(-)The successor to JFK and the biggest asshole in the white house ever was Lyndon Baines Johnson (1963-1969). Arm chair quarterback of the Vietnam war this jackass didn’t have a winning strategy. In my opinion he had no strategy and should never have been POTUS.

(+)Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) will never be remembered for establishing better relations with China, he will never be remembered for finally brining an end to the farce in Vietnam. Nope, he will only be remembered for the Watergate break in that forced him to resign. Sad…

(+)This vice president was thrust into power to fill the vacancy created by Tricky Dick’s resignation. Gerald Rudolph Ford (1974-1977) wasn’t a great POTUS but he wasn’t a terrible President either. He just did nothing except to pardon former President Nixon. This single act was necessary but likely cost him the election against Carter.

(-)When you live through the Iran hostage crisis, gasoline shortages and a failed rescue attempt you must give credit to James Earl Carter, Jr. (1977-1981). Thankfully he only served one term and was arguably the worst POTUS in history… He would become the 2nd worst POTUS as a future President claims the 1st spot.

(+)Two term Republican POTUS, Ronald Wilson Reagan (1981-1989). Is my hero. His “Star Wars” initiative was responsible for helping to bring down the Berlin Wall and break up the Soviet Union thus ending the Cold War. It all came down to money. The money it would have cost the Soviets to keep pace was too much for them. Reagan lowered taxes and stimulated the economy in a huge way. No POTUS goes through office without controversy and Reagan’s was Iran-Contra… look it up.

(+)George Herbert Walker Bush (1989-1993) “read my lips, no new taxes” and this promise was broken. This single act caused him to be a single term POTUS. When Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein launched an invasion and occupation of Kuwait, Bush organized a military coalition of more than 30 countries. Operation Desert Storm ended in late February with Iraq’s defeat and Kuwait’s liberation, but many feel it stopped short and Hussein should have been eliminated.

(-)I never had any respect for William Jefferson Clinton (1993-2001). I think he is one of the most corrupt POTUS to ever serve. I’m always amazed at his “popularity” and the fact that he was a two term POTUS. If you want more info on this President I suggest Wikipedia or Google.

(+)George Walker Bush (2001-2009) had to deal with the aftermath of the “9-11” terrorist strike on NYC, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania. While I respect Bush for some of his decisions we sacrificed too much freedom in the interest of security. Hurricane Katrina was mishandled in perception if not in reality and Bush’s popularity never recovered. This likely help elect the next Democratic POTUS.

(-)Barack Hussein Obama (2009-2017) I refuse to discuss this horrible POTUS. I’m still surprised that he was elected twice. If you want more info on this, the worst POTUS in history (IMHO) look it up but since he is the most recent former POTUS you probably won’t need to.

(+)Donald John Trump (2017-????) Some good things have happened but it is too soon to know how this POTUS will do. The Democrats and some Republicans as well as the most recent former POTUS are all working against him so it’s not going to be easy for him.

(+) I voted for (-) I voted against

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Numbers

May 18, 2017

numbersThis is not a math lesson. This it just a BLOG post about numbers. Thinking about the numbers you should remember and some you must remember. There are so many numbers rolling around in our heads it’s a miracle that we are able to recall them as needed but for many of us we can and do. I recently woke up in the wee hours to use the bathroom and the big digital clock displayed 3:43 and I instantly recalled that being the number of Firefighters lost on 9-11-2001. I used to have a need to get up early for work and on occasion my first look at that clock it would read 4:05 my first submarine USS Sea Owl SS405. The conscious and subconscious mind is amazing, especially when it comes to numbers.  Here’s what is for sure only a partial list for me:

  • Social Security
  • Phone
  • Street Address
  • Former Address
  • Numbers that are part of passwords
  • Gun safe
  • Driver’s license
  • Dates
    • Birthdates
    • Wedding Anniversaries
    • 9-11 (2001)
    • 12/7/1941
    • Date entered the Navy
    • Date separated from the Navy
  • 343 (Firefighters lost 9/11/2001)
  • 405 USS Sea Owl (I served on)
  • 659 USS Will Rogers (I served on)

And the list goes on. What is the social significance of the post about numbers? I don’t know I just had a serious urge to write about numbers. I’m sure many of you have seen this on Facebook:

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Winter in Michigan

March 20, 2017

Picture from a few years back

Well apparently this was a mild winter for Western Michigan. My neighbor who has lived on this lake for over 20 years is my source for this information. I got a picture from him a few years back that showed a pretty big pile of snow (drift) on our driveway. We bought this place in 2005 and used it during the nice weather (April to October) as a weekend and vacation place. Our plan was always to move here permanently once we retired. Well we moved here finally on May 13, 2016.

Condensing two homes into one has been challenging and we are still working on it. Meanwhile, we had a big room added on and had the entire outside redone. Lots of improvements and we couldn’t be happier. The first thing I did was purchase a decent snow blower anticipating conditions similar to that picture.

I bought it in May and stored it all summer but in the middle of October I moved it to the garage staging it inside the second door and had it ready to go. I got to use it a few times in December and it works great. But since the first of the year we’ve only had a few snow events and none were significant enough to fire it up. I’m not complaining but I was surprised. I like to be prepared for anything.

A more significant event was two weeks ago when a storm rolled through that was a high wind event toppling trees and large branches. We didn’t lose any trees in our yard but we did lose power for several days. This was the longest power outage I have experienced since the East Coast blackout back in the 60s. I have a generator and had the electrician install a manual transfer interlock installed. We had problems and I traced out what I could but ultimately I had the electrician come back to figure it out. He found and fixed the problem and we were in business. We had heat and water and the food was safe. No matter how prepared you think you are it’s impossible to cover every possibility.

The Magic Green Hat

March 17, 2017

I needed to go to the emergency room for a pain in my side. Not wanting to sit there for several hours, I put on my MAGIC GREEN HAT.

When I went into the E.R., I noticed that 3/4 of the people in the room got up and left. I guess they decided that they weren’t that sick after all. It cut at least 3 hours off my waiting time.

 

 

Here’s the hat:

magic hat

It also works at Dept. of Motor Vehicles. It saved me several hours.
 
At the Laundromat, three minutes after entering, I had my choice of any machine, most still running.
 
It might also cut your wait time at the grocery store.
 
But…don’t try it at McDonald’s…
The whole crew ran out the back door and I never did get my coffee

The United States Government

March 6, 2017

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Question: What type of government does the United States have?

Answer: As a constitutional republic, the United States government is controlled by its Constitution, which sets forth the relative political power of the people, the federal government and the state governments. As a federal republic, the power ultimately sits with the people through their ability to elect their federal and state representatives. The federal government is restricted by the sharing of power with the states as delineated in the Constitution. Although some people like to call the United States a democracy, this is technically not the case because people do not directly control legislation, but only do so through their elected representatives. (Source: https://www.reference.com)

So the question I have for the citizens of the United States of America is, what type of government do you want to try now? Right now we have rights as guaranteed by the constitution. We can speak our mind, we can practice a religion of our choosing or none at all, we can own guns, equal opportunity for all, we can own property. Capitalism is our form of economy where government restrictions are limited. Many places in the world the economy is dictated by the government. I believe we the people have the right to decide what we can and will do.

Training is important but college is not necessarily the best way to go, not for everyone. I went from High School into the US Navy. I got some useful skills from that experience and translated that into a career. After I was married and working I went to college and earned an associate degree. It helped me in my upward climb in my chosen field. We all have these opportunities and those who make smart choices get ahead. There are those who look for the easy way. There are those who consider it the governments’ obligation to care for them.

That my friends is socialism and in the extreme communism. There is no such thing as a free lunch. The government has NO money. It is our money that we pay to the government in the form of taxes. The government uses tax money for a wide variety of programs. The purpose of the federal government as conceived by our founding fathers was to PROTECT its citizens and defend our country from all comers. Little by little the federal government found new ways to spend OUR money. Social program after social program slowly but surely has put us in debt. That debt keeps growing at an alarming rate. The work force is substantially smaller so the tax base is lower and yet the government keeps on spending.

This is Socialism and it is slowly destroying us. Is this what you want? Do we want those who have gainful employment to support a part of society too lazy to get off their asses and find a job to support themselves? Living in mama’s basement at age 30+ is not a sign of success.

The America I grew up in (50s & 60s) had many challenges. There was the Vietnam war which was not a popularly supported situation. There were serious racial problems as well. There was the hippie movement, Woodstock and Kent State. Look them up. Below the surface despite all the issues there was a strong sense of patriotism. We said the Pledge of Allegiance in school. America was not Godless like it is now. I don’t care what your religious beliefs are but don’t lose respect. I have found that I can tolerate many things but it’s increasingly getting more and more difficult to tolerate disrespect. The hot button issues of late are, Black Lives Matter (based on a lie), LGBTQ (RSTU…), Politicizing the awards shows to the point where I refuse to watch them. And now the Russians, what is with all the Russian influence talk? It’s all such a distraction and I think that’s the plan. The leftists continue to lose seats at all levels of government including the Presidency and this is how they move their agenda. It’s called slight of hand.

So what kind of government do you want?

My Daily Flag on Facebook

February 20, 2017
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Flag in my yard

Some time back a fellow US Submarine Veteran asked that we all post a picture of the US Flag on our Facebook pages often if not daily. This shows support, respect as well as patriotism for our country. I accepted the challenge and I post a picture along with “God Bless America, long live the Republic” every day without fail. Then I got the idea to include “On this day in History” with it. I would try to mix it up by doing different wars or politics and sometimes celebrities or sports figures. I did this for several months and then added “Today’s Birthday” where I would include a notable birthday for that day.

During the month of February I took a break from that since it is Black History month and began posting famous quotes. I didn’t feel an urge to single out one race all month. I suppose it was an effort to avoid being called a racist but that is just silly. I’m a white, middle class, male over 65 years old so I am a racist by definition, but that’s a subject for a different day.

The pictures of our flag initially came from the internet, some that I took and a few that my friend and shipmate, Bob D’Amico sent to me. Eventually I am replacing any from the internet and those that Bob sent with ones I have taken. Some that I’ve taken admittedly suck but my composition is getting better. When ever I see flags flying I want to pull over and take the picture. I do that when it is practical but eventually I want to get out my good camera and compose better pictures.

Beginning in March I am going back to history posts with my flag pictures but I will be concentrating on early American history and politics. If I don’t find anything interesting from our history for a given day I will post a quote. The one thing I have learned is that you can’t please everyone all the time. There’s always that person who can find fault with something I post and I’ve gotten used to it and deal with it or ignore it. I’m not going to bother with famous (or infamous) birthdays any longer.

So I offer this suggestion to all (both?) who read my blog, say the Pledge of Allegiance every day. Fly a flag in your yard or post a flag picture on your page. You don’t have to add any lengthy text just the picture will do. We all can make America what we remember it to be, the land of freedom!

M&P Shield Review

March 20, 2015
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I used the white nail polish trick on the lettering and bought an extra magazine for practice at the range.

So this is a review of my Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. I recently sold some handguns and the ammo for them. These were handguns I wasn’t using for the reasons I had purchased them. I am not a gun “collector”, at least I never intended to be. But when I took a step back I realized I was becoming one. I am a firm believer in having things to fill a role and that goes for everything. When it comes to guns each gun I own has a role, self-defense, target shooting, concealed carry and just for fun. The “just for fun” category was overcrowded so I thinned the herd and replaced them with a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield (M&P stands for Military & Police). This is a very small gun but is chambered for 9mm. It is also available in .40 caliber but I decided that 9mm is more than enough if you have the right ammo and know how to shoot straight. This gun came with a 7 round and an 8 round magazine. The idea behind this is you have a very concealable handgun with the 7 round mag and if you need more rounds you can grab 8 more and at that point you no longer care about concealment. Now with 7 rounds you can also have one in the chamber giving you 8 and with a spare 8 round magazine you have 16 rounds. If I need more than that then the SHTF.

Let me state for the record that this is a very comfortable handgun. Perceived recoil is surprisingly light for a 9mm in a gun this size and speaking of size, for those who carry this would make a primary EDC for most people and a damn fine backup piece for our Military & Police brothers (hence the name). So I drove out to my favorite range (RKA) and the range was down after they had an alarm system malfunction following a thorough cleaning of the range earlier in the morning. So since I really had to fire this handgun I made my way to JR Shooting Sports in Aurora. I refreshed my memory as to why I hate going there. They are rude, expensive and the air filter system is a total bust. Needless to say I did not spend too long there. I sent 50 rounds down the pipe and called it good. Well actually is was more than good, the experience (shooting) was great. The gun has very nice sights so no upgrades are planned for that. Sight picture was easy to understand and follow up shots were good because target acquisition was easy because of the lack of recoil and great sights. Double tap with the standard trigger is a piece of cake since the reset is short and the pull is not heavy at all. The feel of the gun is perfect for me, nicely fit in my hand and my second hand knew right where to go. This was the smartest handgun decision I’ve made. This gun can be carried all day and you’d almost forget you had it. My only complaint is the safety. It is very low profile and took some getting used to. However, taking the safety off is easy and intuitive, putting it back on was the tricky part but I’ve never been in a panic to put the safety ON. I give this gun 5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone who is in the market for an EDC handgun.

I’ve Been Remiss

March 8, 2015
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Serious meets 2 of the 3 stooges!

I’ve been busy with work and my woodworking hobby. I’ve also been busy planning for retirement within the next 14 months. It has been both fun and frustrating. But more frustrating than any of that is the continued bullshit I see happening to my beloved USA. This clown that some of us call the POTUS is dragging us into the gutter. This once proud and well respected country has become the laughing stock of the world. Now it appears clear to me that our strongest ally in the middle east has serious doubts about our commitment to them as a nation and for very good reason. This president of my country is a muslim sympathizer if not a full blown practicing muslim. Now don’t get me wrong, he can be whatever he wants to be but he should not be a liar. It appears that he is nothing but a liar. He says he’s a Christian but it is obvious to me that he is not. His heritage is anything but Christian. He is certainly not a capitalist, oh no far from it. He is at best a socialist but more likely a communist. Now, amongst other things he wants to negotiate an agreement with Iran that would eventually allow them to have nuclear weapons. This is not good for the rest of the world because Iran is the largest sponsor of global terrorism. They want a caliphate and force the world to follow Islam. Norfolk & Way, pal! One evening I was pondering the possibilities of what might transpire in the next decade. I predict that Israel, not the USA, will become the saving grace of not only the Middle East but of the entire civilized world. Only a few years ago I would have thought we, the USA would wipe the majority of the jihadist terrorists off the face of the earth but with the help of the current Obama regime they are stronger than ever. God bless my country and God bless Israel!

They’re Not Happy

September 2, 2014

mobAdmittedly This is not my original work. A friend emailed this to me as a joke. Well it is only funny because it is very close to the truth. So as you read this please keep in mind the reality behind it…

 

 

 

They’re not happy in Gaza …
They’re not happy in Egypt …
They’re not happy in Libya …
They’re not happy in Morocco …
They’re not happy in Iran …
They’re not happy in Iraq …
They’re not happy in Yemen …
They’re not happy in Afghanistan …
They’re not happy in Pakistan …
They’re not happy in Syria …
They’re not happy in Lebanon …

SO, WHERE ARE THEY HAPPY?

They’re happy in Australia …
They’re happy in Canada …
They’re happy in New Zealand …
They’re happy in France …
They’re happy in Italy …
They’re happy in Germany …
They’re happy in Sweden …
They’re happy in the USA …
They’re happy in Norway …
They’re happy in Holland …
They’re happy in Denmark …

Basically, they’re happy in every country that is not Muslim
and unhappy in every country that is!

AND WHO DO THEY BLAME?

Not Islam.
Not their leadership.
Not themselves…

THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!

AND THEN; they want to change those countries to be like…
THE COUNTRY THEY CAME FROM WHERE THEY WERE UNHAPPY!

Excuse me, but I can’t help wondering how damn dumb can you get?
Everyone seems to be wondering why Muslim Terrorists are so quick to commit suicide.
Let’s have a look at the evidence:
– No Christmas
– No television
– No nude women
– No football
– No pork chops
– No hot dogs
– No burgers
– No beer
– No bacon
– Rags for clothes
– Towels for hats
– Constant wailing from some idiot in a tower
– More than one wife
– More than one mother in law
– You can’t shave
– Your wife can’t shave
– You can’t wash off the smell of donkey
– You cook over burning camel shit
– Your wife is picked by someone else for you
– and your wife smells worse than your donkey

Then they tell you that “when you die, it all gets better”??
Well no shit Sherlock!
It’s not like it could get much worse…

TV Shouldn’t Be Like This

June 24, 2014

TVEach TV provider continues to try to outdo each other. The number of channels continue to climb and of course the prices continue to climb as well. The one thing that they fail to do is to provide good customer service. If it wasn’t for the fact that I enjoy watching sports…  More and more sporting events find their way onto channels that force us to pay high prices to receive. Back when I was growing up it was big news to own a “color” TV and the dial had 13 numbers representing stations that were broadcast on VHF (Very High Frequency). Then came more over-the-air stations on UHF (Ultra High Frequency) most notably FOX. The next Hi Tech innovation was “the remote”. Wow you were hot stuff if you could turn on and off the TV from the couch and even change channels. Viola, the term couch potato was born. Then there was the rotating antenna where you could change the direction of the antennae to pull in stations you wouldn’t normally get. I remember my dad standing up on the roof rotating the antenna (we didn’t have a motorized antenna) to get a Connecticut station that was broadcasting a Green Bay Packer Football game. Then enter the new era in Television, pay TV. I recall folks saying it would never work because people won’t pay for something they get for free. Ahh, but they were wrong. Pay TV (cable) gave people more options and better quality signals so it caught on. Over time Cable TV spread far and wide and became normal for city dwellers as well as close in suburbs but in more rural areas it was not cost effective for cable companies to string the cable for a low number of customers. Necessity truly is the mother of invention and with the advances in the space age technology Satellite TV entered the picture and the picture was damn good. So now no matter where you live you could get the more expanded lineup of channels. The Weather Channel, Bravo, A&E, The History Channel, (the list goes on forever) were all available for 99% of the population. But for that expanded lineup came a much higher monthly fee. With the boom of the internet they started bundling TV with Phone service and Internet and any combination of the three and now even home security is in the mix. I will say after today I will have tried four different providers (see the logos pictured above). Dishnet ruined my day because of a dispute with Fox Networks which came at a time when it made watching NASCAR and a show called Sons of Anarchy difficult to watch. So I fired them and hired DirecTV. Love their picture quality. Love their customer service too. But I had to have faster internet so I thought getting a bundle with Comcast was the way to go. Big, big mistake on my part. Their system sucks almost as bad as their lousy customer service. So I hired AT&T (again) but this time instead of just DSL internet I’m going with their U-verse system bundle. Their customer service is not very good so if this doesn’t work out I think I will fire them and go old school. Yes, I will use a new High Definition Indoor antenna and call it a day. Just need to figure out a way to record shows for viewing on our schedule. I will have to find a sports bar to view my NASCAR events too 🙂