Saturday, November 18, 2017

Freckles, they are good


Airborn



Overhead view of an OS2U Kingfisher underway after making a water landing at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, United States, March 1943.


Your good news of the day: the JV team has suffered a good, old fashioned, American style ass whippin'

Thanks to Don Surber for finding this.

Last week at a NATO meeting in Brussels, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg introduced Mattis, and said:
It is a decisive time for the Global Coalition, as the military campaign nears its conclusion.  Raqqa and Mosul have fallen, 95 percent of Iraqi territory once held by ISIS has been retaken and stabilization is spreading:  More than 2 million people in Iraq can now return to their homes.  
That success is due to the nations gathered in this room -- most importantly, to Iraq, whose forces have shown great courage and resilience, and also to the many other nations around this table, nearly all of whom are NATO allies or NATO partners.  
But our work is not done.  As ISIS loses territory, they may seek to prove their relevance by stepping up terrorist attacks in the region and beyond, including here in Europe.  So we must stay vigilant.  We must stay engaged and we must work together to counter new challenges.  That is exactly why we are gathered here today.
Then Mattis said:
As Secretary General just pointed out, 95 percent of the territory once held by ISIS is now liberated, and our partners continue to secure more each day.  
Mosul, Tal Afar and Hawija have been liberated.  Efforts to liberate the final pockets of ISIS-held territory in Anbar province are progressing rapidly.  Arab and Kurdish, Sunni and Shia forces under Prime Minister Abadi's leadership have worked together with unprecedented levels of cooperation.  
The ill-advised Kurdish referendum has created tension, but we appear to be on track to resolve this constitutionally, thanks largely to Prime Minister Abadi's patience.  
Two weeks ago, our local partners liberated Raqqa in Syria.  ISIS leadership crumbled and many fighters surrendered.  Despite these successes, our fight is not over.  Even without a physical caliphate, ISIS remains a threat to stability in the recently liberated areas, as well as in our homelands.  
This will be a long-term fight requiring all elements of our collective national powers -- military, economic, diplomatic, intelligence, as well as law enforcement, counter-finance and counter-messaging.
We are stabilizing the territory liberated from ISIS through continued engagement with our Iraqi partners.  Every battlefield is also a humanitarian field, even after the fighting stops, something we must hold actively in our operations as a situation that cannot be overlooked. 
Our greatest weapon against this enemy, our greatest strength, is our unity.  ISIS is opposed to all nations' civilized values, and we must remain focused on the common threat, denying them their sick and twisted objectives.  Groups like ISIS, groups that would seek to sow murder and mayhem, cannot be allowed to succeed.
Were I running this, I'd implement an aggressive program to publicize ISIS' atrocities in the region, and why such behavior is so wrong and immoral, in order to delegitimize their ideology.  As long as the ideology remains credible among the barbarians, there'll be some low IQ goons that will try to bounce the enterprise back.  Kinda like we de-nazified Germany after WWII, but even more forceful.

I hope he's laying waste to a row of pumpkins and gourds and water filled milk jugs


Corduroy


Piper Cub L-4 Grasshopper


Genius!


Got up this morning and found the dog inside and wrapped up like a burrito

Mrs. CW let him in and thought he looked cold, so she did this.


I'm full of happiness (major sarcasm) today. A prediction for America, and specifically Black America

Not pretty, but about as much clear thinking and truth telling as one can stomach in one article.

An example of what happens when the government looks at you as a subject, and not a citizen.


A couple of cities in the California desert have found a novel and remarkably cruel way to make money—force citizens to pay for the privilege of being prosecuted by the attorneys contracting with these cities.
We've seen cities across the country abuse their own citizens—particularly its poorest residents and visitors—with vicious enforcement of petty laws designed to create a revenue stream via a cascade of fines and fees.
But I don't think we've seen an enforcement mechanism as nasty and cruel as the one the Desert Sun has uncovered out in California's Inland Empire. The cities of Indio and Coachella partnered up with a private law firm, Silver & Wright, to prosecute citizens in criminal court for violations of city ordinances that call for nothing more than small fines—things like having a mess in your yard or selling food without a business license.
Those cited for these violations fix the problems and pay the fines, a typical code enforcement story. The kicker comes a few weeks or months later when citizens get a bill in the mail for thousands of dollars from the law firm that prosecuted them. They are forcing citizens to pay for the private lawyers used to take them to court in the first place. So a fine for a couple of hundred dollars suddenly becomes a bill for $3,000 or $20,000 or even more.
In Coachella, a man was fined $900 for expanding his living room without getting a permit. He paid his fine. Then more than a year later he got a bill in the mail from Silver & Wright for $26,000. They told him that he had to pay the cost of prosecuting him, and if he didn't, they could put a lien on his house and the city could sell it against his will. When he appealed the bill they charged him even more for the cost of defending against the appeal. The bill went from $26,000 to $31,000.
TFRP = Tar, Feathes, Rope, Pole

Viking Drinking Horn

Perfect for Mead, Ale, or Beer



Friday, November 17, 2017

Some people will do about anything to avoid the toll booth.



November 17, 1961 – Inside a General Dynamics plant in San Diego where gloriously shiny Atlas rockets were made.


Oooh, this will be interesting

Word is that after Thanksgiving, Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court will retire.  Must be true as The Donald just recently identified five people he'd pick from for the next nominee to fill such a vacancy.

A solid, solid constitutionalist needs to go in.  Then, when Ruth kicks, we can add one more and really have a court that will protect our constitutional rights.  

I've always felt that if The Donald does only one thing as president, and that is to prevent the "living constitution" people from getting control, then his presidency can be considered a success.

It was always shocking to me that the nation was just one Supreme Court justice away from an avalanche of decisions that would severely curtail our rights as citizens, and turn us into subjects of the government rather than free men and women.

Awesome


Catch the Wave



Thanks, BJ!

North American F-100 Super Sabre, or “Hun”, as it was sometimes called, getting airborne at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.


PBY-5A Catalina, at rest.


All around useful tool



Does this mean she's now married to a veg?


This picture caused all the womenfolk in the family to swoon and fan themselves.

The Wing Commander with his ROTC detachment.


I, on the other hand, think of the kid like this.

Time flies.



What's in the box, human?


Friday Open Road