Sunday, July 23, 2017

Something a shipmate said

Liberals. That’s what makes the world go ‘round. If it wasn’t for them we’d have to go back to getting our entertainment by watching Bugs Bunny.



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Saturday, July 22, 2017

I remember the recall on Remington 700s


a while back because of defective triggers. They were referred to but the media as being ‘dangerous triggers’ because if the rifle was bumped it could go off.

The way I look at it, the triggers were defective. They were not by and in themselves dangerous because a rifleman knows enough to keep the muzzle of a rifle pointed in a safe direction at all times.

That being said, in the hands of untrained people even the best rifle isn’t safe. In the hands of a careless idiot any rifle is just an accident looking for a place to happen.

Incidentally I built a Model 700 a while back and the first thing to go was the trigger. I replaced it with a Timney.



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Friday, July 21, 2017

Someone griped that the movie ‘Dunkirk’ didn’t

have enough women or people of color in it. What were they thinking? It is a historical drama based on an actual event.





Screw it. They should have made it into a gay pride musical. 



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sometimes I should listen to my gut instincts.



I had a shill for some energy company offering me a $10 card for something or another. I asked where the hook was and he said there wasn’t one. He just needed my name and address so he could make me an offer.

I gave it to him and presto! He came up with who my gas and electricity supplier were and then stared asking me more questions.

One of the things I like about myself is I have a lot of nerve.

I took my knuckle and hit ‘cancel’ on his tablet, then I told him I don’t do business with liars and listened to the obligatory hemming and hawing.

I decided to play along with him and told him he could ONLY have my name, address and land line phone. He played around and saw I was standing my ground and sadly gave me my gift card.

A couple hours later when I was home I got a call asking me how the agent was and I went off on them. I called him a third rate liar and then went on from there.

All you have to do is tell me the truth and I’ll generally help a guy out.


Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.




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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

When in doubt turn it into a circus




One of the things I have learned over the years is that when in doubt stir up so much $hit that nobody will touch the issue with a 10 foot pole



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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Why, I never heard of such a thing!



My answer to the last time I heard someone say this was, “That’s because you have never sailed in a professional situation before.”

Someone asked me why a pair of boots didn’t last me long and I explained that it is because on the decks we put sand or grit in with the deck paint to create a non-skid surface. Mariners have done this since the first coat of paint was applied to a deck back on Noah’s Ark. They did this to keep the elephants from falling on their asses. Then they found it worked for people, too.


“Why, I never heard of such a thing” is not much of an excuse for not knowing something as it is a badge of ignorance and a pitiful attempt to squirm out of something.





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Monday, July 17, 2017

I am looking at the price of a new automobile these days

And it has just occurred to me that the last vehicle I bought I paid an awful lot more f than my father did for the house I grew up in.

It is amazing how over my lifetime the US dollar has inflated.

It's a shame, too because it makes it difficult to save for retirement.

As I sit here I watch inflation eat at my meager savings and it makes me wonder why I didn't just piss it away on hookers and blow.

I am 65, nearing 66 now. At 66 I will hit full social security and to tell you the truth I am terrified of retirement as it will make me dependent on several aspects of government.

First the obvious social security etc for an income. 

The other thing I am dependent on is how much the government is going to allow the dollar to inflate. This take the value of my savings.

I guess I am just going to spin the wheels of industry for as long as I can.



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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Why is it that many people, mostly but not always women, seem to think

 that every question they ask warrants a reply at least the length of the Gettysburg Address?

In my world, ‘yes’ and ‘no’ are acceptable answers for a number of questions.

If you are opening the refrigerator to get a beer and ask me if I want one do not expect two thousand word reply. Expect an answer of between one and three words.


“You’re damned right.”




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Saturday, July 15, 2017

I have called the war against drugs a witch hunt for decades.

Here's what happened when Portugal decriminalized ALL drugs.

It's an interesting read.

We could learn a lot from them.

Meanwhile, Jeff Sessions wants to return to the DARE program even though it is based on lies and has a history of making things worse.

FWIW Sessions is the one Trump appointee I question.




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Friday, July 14, 2017

I am going to write one of my growing up adventures one of these days.

Working title: Of Maggie Collins, Alice Whidby, the French Foreign Legion and my mother's confusion.

It is about ten days I spent home after I got out of the service. Much hilarity ensued, caused by nothing more than asking a question about being a game warden in Africa.




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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Eight months, one day smoke free


 and the cup of coffee is triggering me which is odd.

Coffee stopped triggering me months ago but it is just this particular cup for some reason. Instead of my usual vanilla caramel coffee creamer I am using half and half.

I don’t drink a lot of coffee to begin with, but when I do it’s almost always with vanilla caramel. I used to drink it with just a little half and half.

I think what is going to trigger me in the future is the first time or two I eat, drink or deal with something I have not dealt with since I was smoking.

One thing that will trigger me for sure is going to Camp Perry and hanging out with any GIs, especially if they are smokers.

While the triggering incidents are becoming fewer and further apart I can see now that they are probably never going to go away.

I wrote this a couple days ago and since have had my morning coffee with half and half. It no longer triggers me like it did the other day. Wonder what that’s all about




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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Shamelessly stolen from a Facebook post:




1. You said nothing when Obama used drone strikes to execute people abroad.
2. You said nothing about Russia for 50 years until Trump was inaugurated.
3. You said nothing about Hillary’s campaign manager’s brother being paid $175,000 to lift U.S. sanctions on Russia.
4. You said nothing when Obama engaged in military interventionism in Libya without Congressional approval.
5. You said nothing Obama greatly expanded presidential power through the use of Executive Orders.
6. You said nothing when Obama filled his White House with lobbyists after he said he wouldn’t.
7. You said nothing when Obama gave 47 of his fundraisers Administration jobs.
8. You said nothing about the murders and rapes at the hands of illegal immigrants.
9. You said nothing when Hillary’s net worth rose over $100 million as Secretary of State, in part, because her husband took money from foreign governments.
10. You said nothing after Obama’s net worth rose over $10 million as President.
11. You said nothing when Obama’s Justice Dept. Wiretapped/surveilled reporters such as James Rosen and the AP.
12. You said nothing when Obama restricted immigration 6 times with Executive Orders.
13. You said nothing when Obama set a record for deportations.
14. You said nothing when Bill Clinton met Loretta Lynch on the airport tarmac during the Clinton investigation.
15. You said nothing when Hillary was fed debate questions.
16. You said nothing when Obama and Hillary lied about a video and Benghazi.
17. You said nothing when Obama’s IRS abused the rights of taxpayers.
18. You said nothing when Obama’s White House held meetings with lobbyists in coffee shops near the White House to avoid disclosure requirements.
19. You said nothing when Eric Holder sold the guns you hate to criminals and some were used to kill Americans.
20. You said nothing when the Clinton’s took White House property.
21. You said nothing when Hillary laughed off defending a child-rapist.
22. You said nothing when Hillary lied about her private use of a private email server as Secretary of State.
23. You said nothing when Janet Reno, under Bill Clinton, used a tank to kill the Branch Dividians.
24. You said nothing when, on May 13, 1985, a bomb was dropped on a row house in Philadelphia to uproot the black liberation group known as Move, resulting in a fire that eventually burned down 61 houses, killed 11 people (including five children) And injured dozens.
25. You said nothing was Elian Gonzales was forcibly deported using guns.
26. You said nothing when George Soros paid protesters to burn parts of Ferguson.
27. You said nothing about states’ rights until Trump's Executive orders on immigration.
28. You said nothing about Obama’s smoking.
29. You said nothing about the record numbers of people on government assistance.
30. You said nothing about the number of part time and low paying jobs under the Obama recovery.
31. You said nothing when Obama had SWAT teams raid a Gibson guitar factory and seize property, on the purported basis that Gibson had broken India’s environmental laws—but no charges were filed.
32. You said nothing when Obama claimed that the Fort Hood shooting was “workplace violence” rather than terrorism.
33. You said nothing about when Obama ended some terror asylum restrictions, by allowing asylum for people who provided only “insignificant” or “limited” material support of terrorists.
34. You said nothing when the national debt doubled under Obama.
35. You said nothing when 9 times the Supreme Court unanimously overturned Obama’s expansive use of Executive Power.
36. You said nothing when Obama dismissed charges filed by Bush Administration against New Black Panther Party members who were videotaped intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling station during the 2008 election.
37. You said nothing when Obama released Guantanamo detainees were released and went back to kill Americans.
38. You said nothing when Obama unilaterally changed Congressional law by Executive Order.
39. You said nothing when Obama fired an inspector general after investigating an $850,000 AmeriCorps grant received by a nonprofit run by former NBA star and Obama supporter Kevin Johnson.
40. You said nothing about the 36 Obama’s executive office staffers that owed $833,970 in back taxes
41. You said nothing when Obama Killed four Americans overseas in counterterrorism operations without a judicial process.

So if you are voicing your objections about the months of Trump, I’m sorry... we can't hear you because you said NOTHING before!!! Keep this going! Copy and share on every liberal response!



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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

One of the most vicious forms of racism is the double standard.

Another way of putting it is having lower expectations of a group.

For years I have believed in one standard for everyone and no exceptions. If you have a standard of excellence then either hold it or raise it and hold everyone to it regardless of race, creed, color, sex, whatever. 

If the standard to get into a program is a certain level of skill, intelligence, muscle, whatever then the standard stays the same for everyone.

Someone once said that requiring a fireman candidate to drag 150 pounds 50 yards was unfair to woman candidates. It's not. 

Letting women (or anyone else)slide on such a requirement is unfair to the public who is paying these people.

Same holds true for academic standards in schools. 

If the standard is a fixed high school GPA coupled with a a certain college board score than it applies to everyone irregardless of race, color, sex, whatever.

One of the biggest forms of racism is the assumption of lower performance.




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Monday, July 10, 2017

I have decided that I am going to start a special charity for one of the occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.



Melania Trump has brought a special grace and style to the White House. She is always impeccably dressed and has an incredible grace. In the period of time she has been alongside Donald I have never seen her with a single hair out of place.

Even though the Trumps have a considerable amount of money and can afford it, I propose we Americans send Melania Trump a special gift consisting of a simple pair Walmart flip-flops.

I have never seen the First Lady have anything on her feet but high heels. She has every right to rest her poor tired dogs when nobody is looking.

Hell, send her set of well washed sweats along with it. 



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Sunday, July 9, 2017

I read where someone says Donald Trump killed CNN.

Bullshit.

CNN killed CNN




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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Yeah? So?

Wowee Kazowee, Kids! 

The news just showed a hangman's noose in a tree and the police are going to investigate it.

There have been no notes, no evidence of who put it there and who it is intended to scare. Of course, the news people have to make a big to-do about it because it is a part of their agenda.

Truth is, I would not be surprised at all if a reporter put the noose there and called the police.

If I were a local policeman and someone reported it to me I would simply untie the damned thing, take it down, untie the noose and throw it into the back of my cruiser for use as a tie down of some sort. I might even throw it out or take it home.

But no. Some poor cop has to run around on some kind of wild goose chase to find out who did it and why.

Guess what? I don't care and I consider chasing will-o-the-wisps like this to be a complete waste of time and resources that could better be used chasing real criminals.






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Friday, July 7, 2017

Thinking about something


In the mid 70s a former classmate said something kind to me that has stayed with me since.

This part is somewhat immaterial as it serves as a reference point in my life.

This took place in the evening.

Earlier that day I had been to the French consulate in Boston looking into the possibility of joining the French Foreign Legion.

I had also sent out letters to several governments in Africa looking to find game warden type work over there.

It didn't take much for me to figure out the Legion wasn't a good deal. I didn't enlist, but it sort of is a milestone in my life.

Some of the African governments didn't reply, most didn't have an opportunity but Rhodesia offered to let me try out for the Selous Scouts or the Rhodesian SAS if I was qualified.

I didn't want to get involved in an African bush war so I didn't reply. 




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Thursday, July 6, 2017

I just read a Facebook

 post where someone wanted to cash in on a 50% off pizza coupon and had to play hell to get his damned pizza.

I generally do not bother with any except for the local pizza place that offers a free pie with so many box-top stickers. That’s because the local place made a simple no catch offer. Ten stickers= a free no questions asked pizza.




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I have just played a pretty good game with someone that was trying to squirm out of a five minute snap task.

We bickered for ten minutes until I pointed out that if he had just done the damned job he would have been done five minutes ago and goofing off instead of standing there bickering with me.

When I pointed that out I’m sure he felt stupid. He should have.

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I have a reunion coming up and have kept a few secrets to myself.

One is that when I moved out of the tipi in Colorado back in ’77 I holed up a while and planned my next adventure.  While everyone knows I moved to Alaska and lived there a while nobody knows what other options I considered.

I briefly considered an enlistment into the French Foreign Legion but discarded it after I had a long talk with the French consulate when I went back to visit. They had an office in Boston and the consulate advised me against it for any number of reasons.

Incidentally the Consulate was impressed that I knew that I would have to report to Aubagne. While I was still in school the Legion left Sidi Bel Abbes as its home when Algeria gained independence in 1962.

The other thing I was looking at was trying to become a game warden in Africa. I had always wanted to do something like that in Africa. I thought it would do the world some good by protecting the animals.

I wrote to a couple of African governments and at the time there was a lot of turmoil in Africa. I got a few replies, most of them polite refusals.


The interesting answer came from Rhodesia. They were in the middle of a bush war and they were interested in hiring me for my former army skills. They offered to let me try out for the Selous Scouts. Being a former artilleryman I knew I didn’t have what they were looking for. On top of that, I had no desire to get involved with an African bush war. 



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ROlling today

Not due in until after midnight



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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

I am watching a Gettysburg tour

in the background and the deer are in the foreground.

It is a pretty good morning, actually. 
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Time passes and I am older than I was yesterday.

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In about three weeks I have a reunion to attend and I do believe I like the format of this one. It is described as an informal gathering.

That makes sense. The last one was a dance and it was too noisy to talk.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Pizza by the slice is a joke.




I ordered a pizza the other night and as usual I ordered by diameter and not by the so-called number of slices they said each pie was split up into.


The truth is that (thankfully) the government has not stepped in and mandated the official size/weight/calorie count of a slice of pizza. There is no amalgamated pizza measuring service,society or organization to declare what consists of a single slice of pizza. A slice of pizza is what the pizzeria wants it to be.


A pizzeria is free to take an eight-inch pie and split it up into two or four or for that matter sixty-four little dinky slices and advertise it as such. I have no problem with this.



However, when I order a pie I simply order by diameter. That way you have a pretty good idea of what you are getting.





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Sunday, July 2, 2017

My pickup is in the shop for new shocks.


which is maintenance, a hard concept to get people to understand.

It is not the years, it is the mileage that causes this kind of thing. I have over 100,000 miles on the rig and things don't last forever.

It is an '09 and it has 8 years of use on it.

Actually at my age I should be thinking of what vehicle I want to retire with and that may not necessarily be a pickup.



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Saturday, July 1, 2017

The deer are out there right now.

It is fun to watch them.

My house guest reports that they set off thee motion detectors and he got to watch them before first light.

My house guest is a shipmate/friend of mine and he's finishing up a long motorcycle road trip on the old Harley Road King Police he built from a basket case when he was 17 years old.

The old bike sure has a lot of torque!







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