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Wednesday, November 26, 2008


USAmerican nuts and bolts.


USAmerican engineering,  the best in the world.  Beauty in motion, notice the phrase capable of "catching up to................."

Having the radar signature of a robin…………………


They're the first military aircraft ever built that is equipped with a 'black-out button' What that means is this ... The best conditioned fighter pilots are capable of maintaining consciousness up to in the vicinity of 15+ G. The Raptor is capable of making 22+ G turns. If someday an adversary builds a missile that is capable of catching up to one of these airplanes and a Raptor pilot sees that a strike is imminent, he hits the 'b.o.b.' and the airplane makes a virtual U-turn, leaving the missile to pass right on by.

They know that in the process he'll temporarily lose consciousness,

so the Raptor then automatically comes back to straight and level

flight until he wakes.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Thanksgiving Divorce.

Thanksgiving Divorce

 A man in  Jacksonville calls his son in San Diego the day before
 Thanksgiving and says, 'I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell
 you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery
 is enough.

 'Pop, what are you talking about?' the son screams. We can't
stand the sight of each other any longer,' the father says. 'We're sick
of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in
 Denver and tell her.'

 Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. 'Like
 heck they're getting divorced,' she shouts, 'I'll take care of this,'

 She calls  Jacksonville immediately, and screams at her father, 'You
 are NOT getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there.
 I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow.
 Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?' and hangs up.

 The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. 'Okay,' he
says, 'they're coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way.'

Monday, November 24, 2008


A modern parable.


A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (Ford) decided to  have a canoe race on the Missouri River .  Both teams practiced long and  hard to reach their peak performance before the race.


On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile.


The Americans, very  discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the

reason for the crushing defeat.  A management team made up of senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action.

Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the American team had 8 people steering and 1 person  rowing. 


Feeling a deeper study was in order, American management hired a consulting  company and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion.

They advised, of  course, that too many people were steering the canoe while

not enough people were rowing. 


Not sure of how to utilize that information, but wanting to prevent another loss to the Japanese,  the rowing team's management structure was totally

reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 3 area steering superintendents, and 

1 assistant superintendent steering manager.   

They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 1 person  rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder.  It was the  'Rowing Team Quality First Program,' with meetings, dinners, and free pens for the rower.  There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes,   and  other equipment,  extra vacation days for practices and bonuses. 


The next year the Japanese won by two miles.


Humiliated, the American management laid off the rower for   poor 

performance, halted   development of a new canoe, sold the paddles,   and 

canceled all capital   investments for new equipment.  The money saved   was 

distributed to the   Senior Executives as bonuses and the next year's   racing 

team was out-sourced   to India.


Sadly, The   End.   

Here's something else   to think about: 

Ford has spent the   last thirty years moving all its factories out of   the 

US, claiming they   can't make money paying American wages.

TOYOTA has spent the   last thirty years building more than a dozen   plants 

inside the US .


The last quarter's results: 

TOYOTA makes 4   billion in profits while Ford racked up 9 billion in   losses.


Ford folks are still   scratching their heads.

IF THIS   WEREN'T TRUE, IT MIGHT BE   FUNNY.............................

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Military Wit & Wisdom.



“If the enemy is in range, so are you.”     Infantry Journal


  “It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.”   U.S.Air Force Manual


  “Whoever  said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.”     General MacArthur


“You,  you, and you ... Panic. The rest of you, come with me.”     U.S. Marine Corp Gunnery Sgt.


“Tracers work both ways.”     U.S. Army Ordnance


“Five second fuses only last three seconds.”     Infantry Journal


“Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once.”


“Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do.”     Unknown Marine Recruit


“If you see a bomb technician running, keep up with him.”     USAF Ammo Troop


“Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death , I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing.”


“You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3.”     Paul F. Crickmore (test pilot)


“The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.”


“If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it’s probably a helicopter—and therefore, unsafe.”


“When one engine fails on a twin engine airplane you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash.”


“Even with ammunition,  the USAF is just another expensive flying club.”


“What  is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If ATC screws up, ...... The pilot dies.”


“Never trade luck for skill.”


The three most common expressions (or famous last words), in aviation  are:


“Why is it doing that?”

“Where are we?”

And "Oh  $h1t!"


“Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.”


“Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!”


“Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it.”


“The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you.”     Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)


“There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime.” Sign over squadron ops desk at DavisMonthan AFB, AZ, 1970


“If something hasn’t broken on your helicopter, it’s about to.”


“You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.”


As  the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, having torn off  the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives; the rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and asks,

“What happened?”

The pilot’s reply: “I don’t know, I just got here myself!”

Attributed to Ray Crandell (Lockheed test pilot)


I have fought a good  fight, I have finished my  course,

I have kept the faith.   .

2 Timothy iv.  7

Monday, November 3, 2008


'Twas the night before.

An inspirational poem........

'Twas the night before elections
And all through the town
Tempers were flaring
Emotions all up and down!

I, in my bathrobe
With a cat in my lap
Had cut off the TV
Tired of political crap.

When all of a sudden
There arose such a noise
I peered out of my window
Saw Obama and his boys

They had come for my wallet
They wanted my pay
To give to the others
Who had not worked a day!

He snatched up my money
And quick as a wink
Jumped back on his bandwagon
As I gagged from the stink

He then rallied his henchmen
Who were pulling his cart
I could tell they were out
To tear my country apart!

' On Fannie, on Freddie,
On Biden and Ayers!
On Acorn, On Pelosi'
He screamed at the pairs!

They took off for his cause
And as he flew out of sight
I heard him laugh at the nation
Who wouldn't stand up and fight!

So I leave you to think
On this one final note-

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Steady as she goes.

Outstanding job by a great young pilot from Pennsylvania ! Can't add anything else to this...  the picture is worth 10,000 words! If you don't think our military pilots earn their pay, you need to take a look at this picture. This photo was taken by a soldier in Afghanistan of a helo rescue mission.
The pilot is a PA National Guard guy who flies EMS choppers in civilian life. Now how many people on the planet you reckon could set the ass end of a
chopper down on the roof top of a shack, on a steep mountain cliff, and hold
it there while soldiers load wounded men in the rear. If this does not impress
you... nothing ever will.
helo rescue
Now you ask: Who took the picture? My guess is one of the gunners on the helo holding cover, these guys are incredible pilots. 

Sunday, November 2, 2008


How it's made.

Post Hillary Obama campaign worker reflects:
After a long and careful consideration of all the implications and possible consequences of my actions today, I have decided to go through with this in the hope that our country can indeed be guided into the right direction. First, a little personal background… I am a female grad student in my 20’s, and a registered Democrat. During the primaries, I was a campaign worker for the Clinton candidacy. I believed in her and still do, staying all the way to the bitter end. And believe me, it was bitter. The snippets you’ve heard from various media outlets only grazed the surface. There was no love between the Clinton and Obama campaigns, and these feelings extended all the way to the top. Hillary was no dope though, and knew that any endorsement of  Obama must appear to be a full-fledged one. She did this out of political survival. As a part of his overall effort to extend an olive branch to the Clinton camp and her supporters, Obama took on a few Hillary staff members into his campaign. I was one such worker. Though I was still bitterly loyal to Hillary, I still held out hope that he would choose her as VP. In fact, there was a consensus among us transplants that in the end, he HAD to choose her. It was the only logical choice. I also was committed to the Democratic cause and without much of a second thought, transferred my allegiance to Senator Obama.

I’m going to let you in on a few secrets here, and this is not because I enjoy the gossip or the attention directed my way. I’m doing this because I doubt much of you know the true weaknesses of Obama. Another reason for my doing this is that I am lost faith in this campaign, and feel that this choice has been forced on many people in  this country. Put simply, you are being manipulated. That was and is our job – to manipulate you (the electorate) and the media (we already had them months ago). Our goal is to create chaos with the other side, not hope. I’ve come to the realization (as the campaign already has) that if this comes to the issues, Barack Obama doesn’t have a chance. His only chance is to foster disorganization, chaos, despair, and a sense of inevitability among the Republicans. It has worked up until now. Joe the Plumber has put the focus on the issues again, and this scares us more than anything. Being in a position to know these things, I will rate what the Obama campaign already knows are their weak links from the most important on down.

1 – Hillary voters. Internal polling suggests that at best, we are taking 70-75% of these voters. Other estimates are as low as 60% in some areas – particularly Ohio and western PA. My biggest problem with this  campaign’s strategy was the decision NOT to offer Hillary the VP slot. She was ready and able to take this on, and would have campaigned enthusiastically for it. This selection would have also brought virtually all of her supporters into the fold, and the Obama campaign knew it. Though I have no way of knowing this for certain, and I do admit that I am relying on internal gossip, Senator Obama actually went against the advice of his top advisors. They wanted him to choose her, but the only significant opposition to this within the campaign came from Barack and Michelle Obama. In short, he let personal feelings take precedence over what was the most logical thing to do. Biden, by the way, has been a disaster inside the campaign. Everyone cringes whenever he gives an interview, and he creates so many headaches as the campaign has to stay on their toes in order to disseminate information and spin whatever it was he was trying to say.

2 – Sarah  Palin. Don’t believe what the media is telling you about how horrible a choice she was. Again, our internal polling suggest that though she has had a minimal impact on pulling disaffected Hillary Democrats to McCain, she has done wonders in mobilizing the base for McCain. Another thing – we were completely taken by surprise with her pick. In my capacity in the research department, I looked into the backgrounds of Leiberman, Romney, Pawlenty and Ridge, and prepared briefs. I don’t mind bragging that we had pretty good stuff on all of them. With Leiberman, the plan was to paint him as an erratic old-timer who didn’t have a clue as to what he was doing (pretty much a clone of McCain). In Romney, we had him pegged as an evil capitalist who cut jobs. Pawlenty was going to get the “Quayle treatment”, or more precisely: a pretty face, with no valid experience. Tom Ridge was going to be used to provide a direct link from McCain to Bush. As you can  see, we were quite enamored of all of them. Then the unexpected happened – Sarah Palin. We had no clue as to how to handle her, and bungled it from the start. Though through our misinformation networks, we have successfully taken some of the shine off. But let there be no doubt. She remains a major obstacle. She has singlehanded solidified “soft” Republican support, mobilized the McCain ground game, and has even had some appeal to independents and Hillary voters. This is what our internal polling confirms.

3 – Obama’s radical connections. Standards operating procedure has been to cry “racism” whenever one of these has been brought up. We even have a detailed strategy ready to go should McCain ever bring Rev. Wright up. Though by themselves they are of minimal worth, taken together, Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, Father Pfelger, and now, Rashid Khalili, are exactly what the campaign does not need. The more focus on them, the more this  election becomes a referendum on Obama. The campaign strategy from the very beginning was to make this election a referendum on Bush. Strategists have been banging their head on how successfully McCain has distanced himself from Bush. This has worked, and right now the tide is in his favor. People are taking a new look at Barack Obama, and our experience when this happens tells us this is not good news at all. When they take a look at him, one or more of these names are bound to be brought up. McCain has wisely not harped on this in recent weeks and let voters decide for themselves. This was a trap we set for him, and he never fully took the bait. Senator Obama openly dared him to bring up Ayers. This was not due to machismo on the part of Obama, but actually due to campaign strategy. Though McCain’s reference to Ayers fell flat in the last debate, people in the Obama campaign were actually disappointed that he didn’t follow through on it more and  getting into it. Our focus groups found this out: When McCain brings these connections up, voters are turned off to him. They’d rather take this into consideration themselves, and when this happens, our numbers begin to tank.

4 – The Bradley Effect. Don’t believe these polls for a second. I just went over our numbers and found that we have next to no chance in the following states: Missouri, Indiana, North Carolina, Florida, New Hampshire and Nevada. Ohio leans heavily to McCain, but is too close to call it for him. Virginia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Mexico and Iowa are the true “toss up states”. The only two of these the campaign feels “confident” in are Iowa and New Mexico. The reason for such polling discrepancy is the Bradley Effect, and this is a subject of much discussion in the campaign. In general, we tend to take a -10 point percentage in allowing for this, and are not comfortable until the polls give us a spread well  over this mark. This is why we are still campaigning in Virginia and Pennsylvania! This is why Ohio is such a desperate hope for us! What truly bothers this campaign is the fact that some pollsters get up to an 80% “refuse to respond” result. You can’t possibly include these into the polls. The truth is, people are afraid to let people know who they are voting for. The vast majority of these respondents are McCain supporters. Obama is the “hip” choice, and we all know it.

As part of my research duties, I scour right wing blogs and websites to get somewhat of a “feel” as to what is being talked about on the other side. Much of it is nonsense, but there are some exceptions which give the campaign jitters. A spirited campaign has been made to infiltrate many pro-Hillary sites and discredit them.. A more disorganized, but genuine effort has also been made to sow doubts among the unapologetically right wing sites such as redstate.com.  Don’t you guys get it? This has been the Obama campaign’s sole strategy from the very beginning! The only way he wins is over a dispirited, disorganized, and demobilized opposition. This is how it has been for all of his campaigns. What surprises me is that everyone has fallen for it. You may point to the polls as proof of the inevitability of all of this. If so, you have fallen for the oldest trick in the book. How did we skew these polls, you might ask? It all starts with the media “buzz” which has been generated over the campaign. Many stories are generated on the powerful Obama ground game, and how many new voters were registered. None of this happens by coincidence. It is all part of the poll-skewing process. This makes pollsters change their mixes to reflect these new voters and tilt the mix more towards Democratic voters. What is not mentioned or reported on is not the “under-reported cell phone users or young voters” we hear so much  about. What is underreported is you.

I changed my somewhat positive opinion of this campaign during the unfair and sexist campaign against Sarah Palin. I will never agree with her on the issues and will probably never vote for her, but I am embarrassed of what has happened. I can’t ignore our own hand in all of this. What I do know is that I will not be voting for Obama this time around. Treat that as you will.


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