sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Lemmings


Stupid is as stupid does. Voting for Barack Obama because he's half negro makes every bit as much sense as voting for Hillary Clinton because she's a woman. Neither Barack or Hillary have ever held a straight job -- and that's a real problem when it comes to dealing with the nation.
"It was the women and especially the young and pretty ones who were the most bigoted adherents of the Party the swallowers of slogans the amateur spies and nosers-out of unorthodoxy.” - Orwell, 1984

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fishwrap

CRUEL  GODS  OF  FATE

There aren't many women who I find as personally repulsive as I do the First Lady of the United States. Rev. Jeremiah Wright introduced Michelle and Barack on April Fool's Day all those years ago, and rumor control holds that he tried her out before she became Barack's. In which case Reverend Wright's taste also comes into question instead of it being an incredibly cruel April Fool's prank on Barack.


ARE  COMPARISONS  UNFAIR?

We see a lot of comparisons between the Nixon Administration and the Obama Administration these days. Democrats say that it's all "politics" these days. It was also all "politics" those days.

Attorney General Eric Holder recently complained because Congress has been holding him accountable for lying under oath - on several different matters.

Back when there was a mainstream media that held politicians responsible for conspiracy, obstruction of justice and perjury, we put Attorneys General in jail. These days it's simply chalked up to racisim because Eric Holder (like Barack Obama) is a a man of mixed race who has selected "negro" as the portion of his bloodline which will do him the most good.

WHAT  ABOUT  IRAN?

I realize that it's difficult for politicians to focus on more than one thing at at time, however, Iran is still building nuclear weapons without restraint and we've 'pivoted' from Iran and Syria to being concerned about Russia and Ukraine.

The Obama Administration would rather that you focus on the crisis of the moment (real or faked) and forget about those old crisis points like ObamaCare, Fast and Furious, IRS Scandal, Benghazi, and the host of abuses that the nation has heaped on the shoulders of its citizens. We've moved on from Iran in our hashed up foreign policy that started with the inept SECSTATE Hillary R. Clinton and has been just as fouled up by her successor SECSTATE John Kerry. But does that mean that the world is now safe from the tender mercies of the Shiite Mullahs?


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Fate of American Generals and Admirals



I don't think that it's ever happened quite this way before. If you are at flag rank in the US Military (general or admiral) and have not openly voiced support for the Obama Administration, you will not be promoted and if holding that rank, you'll be encouraged to retire so that one who supports the president openly (an obsequiously) can take your place.

h/t Daletoons
My experience in the military was very different and the wardrooms and officer's clubs were hotbeds of debate on politics, football, women (there were no serving female officers in SpecWar or on warships or subs then and you were allowed to discuss women), and whiskey (currently something that you also don't discuss in polite society in the US Military). 

Some military officers liked Pakistan, some didn't. Some military officers liked Israel, others did not. In the US Navy there is always discussion on the topics of fleet building, air wing deployments, the latest gizmo and it SpecWar there was a distinct white caste to the staffing. Some liked this or that president and their policies. Nobody thought much of Jimmy Carter.

Enter Barack and his flying circus.

A USN Captain (one grade down from Admiral) who is a friend of mine was not a supporter of the current president. He was heard to say in reference the commander-in-chief that the 'sickle cell' let him down once again. He uttered these words in the Hall's of McP's pub and while eating a burger with me at Hodads at Ocean Beach and I suggested that his days of advancement would be past because that's not how it's done in Chicago. 

Captain: "Gawddamnit Lambo, this is not Chicago, it's Coronado. The city names may sound similar but they're not."

me: (hands Captain Iron Pants a note)

Captain: "I'm going to get that star and then you're going to eat it." (He reads the note. It's a quote from Ovid.)
All the wide sky
Was there to tempt him as he steered toward heaven,
Meanwhile the heat of sun struck at his back
And where his wings were joined, sweet-smelling fluid
Ran hot that once was wax.
"What's this supposed to mean?"

me: "I wrote this quote out for you because you're silver wings can't stand the heat that the Chicago Mafia will be dolling out." (this was 2010)

Captain: "You'll see."

me: "Yep."

A few days ago, I met with the now retired civilian Captain for lunch at the Officer's Club at Coronado. He handed the crumpled note back just before he paid for the meal. He'd kept it for the past four years hoping to make me eat it. He was bitter but sanguine because the only people who move up to flag rank are people who financially support the Democratic Party and pledge personal allegiance to Barack Obama. If you're gay or are contemplating gender reassignment surgery, it's a plus. 

Captain: "It's not our daddy's navy."

me: "Nope."


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Left or Right? (the debate rages)


Everyone thinks that they're right...unless they're left. I've driven on both sides of the roadway as a matter of national policy, driving etiquette and survival. The problem comes when you've been driving on one side of the road and you change locations (like driving from Hong Kong into Mainland China or driving from Thailand into Laos or flying from the UK to almost anywhere else). It still works, until you turn a corner and instinctively revert to the side of the road that you've been driving on up to that point.

In Hong Kong, it matters a great deal. When you change to Mainland China it matters less because the rules of the road are "fuzzy". In Scotland on Hogmanay (New Years) people drive on both sides of the road without much knowing -- or caring.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Mile High

(Fox News - Story and Video) Is the Love Cloud a way to cheat the system and do it one mile up?  I suspect that it's a matter of perspective, but if it's on your bucket list - why not? 

However, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind before you book a flight on the Love Cloud that might tend to negate the provisions of the average guy or gal's bucket list. 


  • It's not with an on-duty flight attendant, so does it really count?
  • It involves no subterfuge - removing some of the fun on a commercial aircraft.
  • It's not a chance meeting in First Class on a regularly scheduled flight from here to there with a super model who can't keep her hands off you...


There is a company in Las Vegas that will fly you around one mile up (40 minutes for $800) and you can stay up longer ---- as long as it takes until your money or your vigor expires.


Might you feel a bit rushed? Possible. I guess that it depends on who you're with.  

The pilot is said to wear noise-canceling headphones, but trust me, even in a Cessna 421, the pilot will feel you as you move around in the back of the fuselage. I don't think that they do special requests - a trapeze will not fit inside the fuselage of a C-421. However soft restraints will and they recommend that you bring your own 'marital aids'. If you don't have them with you -- it's Vegas, baby! You can buy whatever you want locally.

No, I've never tried it in a commercially prepared love machine such as this one. As a result, you're on your own and what happens in Vegas, stays there.




Sunday, April 13, 2014

post hoc, ergo propter hoc

Magical Thinking: Just because you have a circulating fan 
blowing in the room, doesn't mean that it will take the spots 
off the Dalmatian, despite your fondest wishes.
Logic always floats on a sliding scale when we are speaking of humanity and the human condition. This is your Sunday Sermonette.

Logic is differentially applied by men and women. Having written this, there is the matter of magical thinking that both men and women use. It's usually applied to prove an unprovable point or to justify one's actions. Since I've run into it lately, I thought that I'd comment simply for the sake of the blog and general discussion.

post hoc, ergo propter hoc is Latin phrase that, being translated, means, "after this, therefore, because of this." The term refers to a rhetorical fallacy that because two events occurred in succession, the former event caused the latter event.

X happened before Y -> therefore X caused Y

Trivial examples
1.  The rooster crows before sunrise, therefore the crowing rooster causes the sun to rise. 
2.  A drunk scientist conducts an experiment to see why he gets hangovers. He decides to keep a diary. Monday night, scotch and soda; Tuesday morning, hangover. Tuesday night, gin and soda; Wednesday morning, hangover. Wednesday night: vodka and soda; Thursday morning, hangover. Thursday night, rum and soda; Friday morning, hangover. On Friday night before going out for a drink, the drunk scientist has an epiphany. "Aha!" he says to himself, "I've got it! Soda causes hangovers!" (WoFat will agree...) 
3.  My mother (who is getting up in years) often says things like, "God led me to the grocery store today where I found that oranges were on sale. Because God knows that I like oranges and that I'm on a budget. God reduced the price of oranges for my specific benefit."
These arguments are particularly useful when you need to justify what you did. Having a noble cause in your pocket inevitably helps. The more noble the cause, the more justifiable the act.  post hoc, ergo propter hoc.


John Locke said, "One unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant." Disagree if it makes you feel more magical and less comfortable. If something happens (something can be anything) and you say, "God intended that to happen" (that being the price of oranges, finding a penny on the sidewalk or a brief rain squall that caught you without an umbrella) -- you need to at least consider post hoc, ergo proper hoc. Maybe it's God. Maybe it's a penny on the sidewalk.


Magical Thinking: Fine if you're imagining it, but
dangerous if you plan to try this at home. 
** Caveat: If we're speaking of quantum mechanics, there is very little difference between pancake syrup and a metal plate...but that's not what I'm addressing here.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

American Prestige

How do you snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? It's not easy. It requires attention to detail and a focus on the prize at the end of the journey. 

Despite the unassailable fact that Europe was enamored of Barack Obama while he was running for US President, they don't feel the same way about him or his coterie of misfits these days. The world for Europe has grown steadily more dangerous with the rise of the Muslims that they once embraced in their midst and an ambitious Russia - emboldened by tepid and timid American leadership.