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May 09, 2005

Forsake The Troops

"This website is proudly dedicated to the notion that our nation's military is grossly overcompensated, at the expense of the American taxpayers. Even as the evil, overspending Pentagon seeks to raise benefits for these scumbags, Forsake The Troops believes that these pukes get pay and benefits tax free when in a combat zone."

Verbatim prolog. I kid you not.

Here`s more:

"Our problem is this: the military is a lifestyle these morons chose. What idiot risks their life for a country? It's what they chose. Forsake our Troops! They must think that if they go to war, they don't need to pay taxes just like the rest of us. Let 'em die in combat-- we don't need their ilk! "


As if that wasn`t enough I read this:


"Forsake The Troops politely suggests a boycott of heavy metal group Metallica, due their obvious pro-military stance."

See for yourself. Forsake The Troops


Call them today and let them know how you feel, (315) 295-2602

I can`t express how I feel about this in words, not on this blog anyway. Let`s just say that, for Michael Crooks sake, I hope I never meet him in person, and let it go at that.

As a little note of irony, while I was building the air compressor shed at the nose hanger today, the song that kept running through my head was Metallica`s "Don`t Tread On Me".

H/T Mike The Marine


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May 9, 2005 at 07:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (90) | TrackBack

May 08, 2005

On This Day

May 8, 1945

V-E Day is celebrated in the United States and Europe:


"On this day in 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine.

The eighth of May spelled the day when German troops throughout Europe finally laid down their arms: In Prague, Germans surrendered to their Soviet antagonists, after the latter had lost more than 8,000 soldiers, and the Germans considerably more; in Copenhagen and Oslo; at Karlshorst, near Berlin; in northern Latvia; on the Channel Island of Sark--the German surrender was realized in a final cease-fire. More surrender documents were signed in Berlin and in eastern Germany.

The main concern of many German soldiers was to elude the grasp of Soviet forces, to keep from being taken prisoner. About 1 million Germans attempted a mass exodus to the West when the fighting in Czechoslovakia ended, but were stopped by the Russians and taken captive. The Russians took approximately 2 million prisoners in the period just before and after the German surrender."

May 8, 1911

The Anniversery of Naval Aviation

The U.S. Navy ordered it first airplane, the Curtiss A-1

May 8, 1942

The Battle of The Coral Sea Ends With Japanese Fleet Retiring From The Area


"The Battle of the Coral Sea, fought in the waters southwest of the Solomon Islands and eastward from New Guinea, was the first of the Pacific War's six fights between opposing aircraft carrier forces. Though the Japanese could rightly claim a tactical victory on "points", it was an operational and strategic defeat for them, the first major check on the great offensive they had begun five months earlier at Pearl Harbor. The diversion of Japanese resources represented by the Coral Sea battle would also have immense consequences a month later, at the Battle of Midway."

Read more on The Battle of The Coral Sea Here.


Sorry I posted this so late in the day, but better late than never.

P.S. Don`t forget mom today.


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May 8, 2005 at 08:27 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

May 07, 2005

No NOTAM

BEFORE

MC-130H "Combat Talon II" with DIRCM Mod from Hulbert Field Fla. Approximately $155 million.
Note the ID Number - 0012


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AFTER

Nonotams1

These pics were taken in the early morning hours of 12-30-2004. They`re nightime pics that have been lightened up with Photoshop for clarity. I tell you that so you can understand why the pilot didn`t see that huge hole in the middle of the runway approach.


Nonotams2_1

An even better perspective of the holes size and the damage inflicted.


Nonotams3

That had to have HURT.
There were several injuries to the crew and passengers, but no deaths.


Nonotams4

If you look closely at this photo you will see the ID # is 0012


Nonotams5

It`s said that this happened in Iraq. Whether it did or not I don`t know but I`m inclined to doubt it because of the Quanson huts in the background.

The first thing that should have happend when doing this kind of work, was sending out a NOTAM or "Notice To Airmen".
A NOTAM tells pilots that, "HEY! There`s a big honking hole at the approach, try not to land there."

The second thing that should have happened was to mark off the work area, just in case pilots don`t get a NOTAM, and also to let ground personnel know that, "HEY! There`s a big honking hole at the approach, try not to drive there."

Neither of these REQUIREMENTS were in place, so who`s at fault?
Not the pilot. Military runways are rarely lit up at night like a civilian airport. They have tiny directional lighting that`s designed to be seen only from a certain angle, or no lights at all.
I`m guessing he didn`t see the hole till it was too late if at all.

I`m sure the buck got passed around on this but in the end the OPSO (Operations Officer) and/or Airfield Manager are ultimately responsible since nothing is supposed to happen on that airfield without their knowledge and approval.


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May 06, 2005

New Age Social Security

There`s no doubt that something needs to be done about Social Security now, before it`s too late.

The degree of any politicians opposition to Bush`s Social Security proposal can be measured in direct proportion to how often that politician dips in to SS to fund Pork Projects, but Free Money it ain`t.

The money allocated for Social Security is OURS ! WE paid it so WE should get to spend it as WE see fit.

Dipping into Social Security to fund "Special" projects that weren`t authorised in Federal Spending Bills goes back to the good 'ol days of LBJ and Vietnam.
Now legislators have become so reliant on it that it is going bankrupt.
The Social Security Trust Fund that they refer to is nothing more than a piece of paper in a filing cabinet in Parkersburgh, Va.

Is it any wonder that when Bush first hinted at his proposed changes, we heard Whisper of Chaos from the Dems and the media? And now that people are starting to take notice, understand what he`s been saying about the deplorable state of Social Security, we`re hearing Screams of Doom from the opposition.

So, how will the Social Security proposals affect you?


You be the judge.

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May 05, 2005

Another Innocent Victim Of The VRWC Pajamahadeen

Another innocent man falls victim to the heartless, souless, radical arm of the VRWC Pajamahadeen Organization.

"The basic story is we posted a terrorist's e-mail. A reader with an Arabic sounding e-mail address sent off a message to the terrorist. The terrorist responded. The FBI was informed. The FBI didn't do diddly-squat. The reader kept bugging the FBI. The FBI finally investigated, and ...... drumroll please ..... the FBI now has said terrorist locked up in a jail."

Read the story at The Jawa Report.

While you`re there wish Rusty well on his fishing trip.


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