The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions." --American Statesman Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Monday Music "Still the One" by Orleans

I wanted to get my Monday Music in on Monday, but was unable to.  As soon as I got home from work, I immediately grabbed my son, his uniforms and the sewing machine and off to my Dad's house.  My son wanted to learn how to sew, he wanted to sew patches on his uniform.  We had bought a sewing machine with the intent for it to be used for patches and things of that nature.  Well he learned the fine art on how to sew using a machine from his grandmommie.  After quite a few birds nest and hay stacks, he started getting it. 
   He was determined to learn this skill.  he has done well.  His comment after practicing was.."Now I can open a sweatshop".  My son....the apple don't fall far from the tree let me tell you. 
    I had this song in mind, I remembered hearing this song while my Dad was stationed in Germany in 1976.  This was one of the good songs that I heard on A.F.N. late at night.  I always liked this song because it was soo upbeat and listening to a positive song is a good thing. 

I have this patch and sticker laying around somewhere...

"Still the One" is a song written by Johanna Hall and John Hall, and recorded by the soft rock group Orleans on their album Waking and Dreaming, released in 1976, which made it to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Country singer Bill Anderson recorded and released a successful cover version, peaking at No. 11 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart in 1977.

The lyrics of the song are of a man describing his feelings for a woman with whom he has a long lasting and, of course, intimate relationship ("You're still the one, I want to talk to in bed; Still the one that turns my head") and all the reasons why she is "Still the One" for whom he has feelings.

Orleans bass player Lance Hoppen recalls that Johanna Hall wrote the lyrics for "Still the One" after a friend "asked her why somebody couldn't write a song about staying together, as opposed to breaking up"; Johanna Hall wrote the lyrics on an envelope which she then handed to John Hall who Hoppen says "created the music in about fifteen minutes". John Hall would recall that "Still the One" was not an automatic choice for lead single from Waking and Dreaming saying rather that "we had several songs that were candidates. We were too close to it to see. Fortunately, our producer, Chuck Plotkin, had a strong feeling about the song."

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Media musings....and gun control.......again........

I was out and about yesterday and I was in a store and they had the news on CNN, well they had this big report about mass murders...and they were talking about the jerk in the theater in LA.  Well they had a news report about who commits the most mass murders and they had this graph that had "white people" as the biggest mass murderers out there.....Well I suppose this guy would object..

     For those that don't know their history,  Chairman MAO killed millions of people, I recall the statistic was 60 million...not personally but through his orders from the cultural revolutions and the famines and has shaped the thought of millions of liberals...  Another mass murderer on the podium is this gentlemen..

"Uncle Joe" Stalin has killed about 20 million people through his purges of his people and the resulting purges severely weakened the Red Army that was noticed a couple of years later when the Soviets invaded Finland and had their ass handed to them, but finally won through sheer manpower.  His thoughts have also influenced many leftist by the thought of having somebody tell them what to do.     We will also have the favorite boogieman of the left....

   Adolph Hitler is well known for his extermination of 6 millions Jews plus other "undesirables".  He of course is used as the poster child by the left when ever they get into a debate with a conservative...the Average liberals don't know or forgets that the word "NAZI" is a shortened word for "National Socialist Deutchen Arbeiten Party or NSDAP or shortened to "Nazi"  the translation of NSDAP is "National Socialist German Workers Party.  Hardly the bastion of conservatism that the liberals make it out to.

    The news about this guy whom was the shooter, this guy that happened to like Rand Paul, the westboro church and hitler is a boon to the leftist in this country.  You noticed the feed about this guy is all over the news and has dominated the news cycle, the left has another white guy that killed people and they are painting him with the conservative brush...the media elitist had to get the news of the muslim jerk killing those marines at the recruiting station off the news feed...this stuff is hurting the efforts of "Dear Leader" to transform this nation to an image of his making.

   The same media that overwhelming supports the narrative of the Democrats and other leftist...the Media that under our system is considered one of the pillars of a free society, the media that used to report on the wrongdoings of all politicians..you know the media that is responsible for all the news that gets reported...the media that was charged by our constitution that a free press was vital for the vitality of the American system....The media that is supposed to help keep abuse of power in check
Yeah....these guys....
     But since this nutjob did the shooting in a "gun free" zone...the usual suspects

 immediately pushed the same call for more "reasonable gun control".    I don't know about you but this is getting old...We regular gun owners are always pilloried by the gun control groups and politicians for more control...they call it "Reasonable"...everytime I hear the word "reasonable" I immediately know that there will be more restrictions on the law abiding.   

     The areas that got shot up were"Gun free" zones...funny how the laws and edicts that the self serving politicians pass don't regulate the behavior of the crazy.....Just the law abiding.
     I don't know about you...but I will use a paraphrase of Joseph Stalin Order #227


Thursday, July 23, 2015

My Airbus Experience

     I a couple of weeks ago had the fortunate opportunity to see the new Airbus A350XWB.  The plane was doing the American tour to the American airlines.  I was one of the lucky ones that got selected to see the interior of the airplane.  I was really impressed with the interior, so far the Airplane has a good reputation with the airlines using her.  So far Qutar and Vietnam airlines are the only carrier using the A350 commercially.  My employer placed the order to replace the older 747-400 series and 767 series airplanes that are nearing their service life.  I understand that the Boeing couldn't provide the 787 series airplanes due to the backlog they have so we bought the Airbus instead. 

The Airbus A350 XWB is a family of long-range, twin-engine wide-body jet airliners developed by European aircraft manufacturer Airbus. The A350 is the first Airbus with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer. Its variants seat 280 to 366 passengers in typical three-class seating layouts. The A350 is positioned to succeed the A330 and A340, and compete with Boeing's 787 and 777.

The A350 was originally conceived in 2004, pairing the A330's fuselage with new aerodynamics features and engines. In 2006, Airbus redesigned the aircraft in response to criticism from several major prospective customers, renamed it the A350 XWB (extra wide body). Development costs are projected to be €12 billion (US$15 billion or £10 billion). As of June 2015, Airbus had received orders for 781 aircraft from 40 customers worldwide. The prototype A350 first flew on 14 June 2013 from Toulouse, France. Type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency was received in September 2014 and certification from the Federal Aviation Administration two months later. On 15 January 2015, the A350 entered service with Qatar Airways, the type's launch customer.


The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new family of widebody aircraft that is shaping the future of medium- to long-haul airline operations – overcoming the challenges of volatile fuel prices, matching rising passenger expectations and addressing increasing environmental concerns. 
This new-generation jetliner – which entered commercial service in January 2015 – offers seating capacities between 280-366 with its three passenger versions: A350-800, A350-900 and A350-1000.
The A350 XWB is setting a new standard of efficiency in its class, with 25 per cent lower fuel consumption compared to its current competitor. It also brings a new level of passenger comfort, with more personal space and 18-inch wide seats in Comfort Economy. With Airbus’ newest widebody jetliner, it’s the “Xtra” that makes the difference.

The A350 XWB’s 220-inch fuselage cross-section was specifically designed for an optimum travel experience in all classes of service – providing ample room to incorporate the widest seats of any jetliner in its category, while also allowing greater lateral movement and more personal space for passengers on long-range flights. 

Adding to the pleasant atmosphere is the A350 XWB’s cabin design, which incorporates smooth curves, flowing lines, innovating lighting and wide windows; with straighter side walls and a flat floor in the cabin further increasing overall comfort and spaciousness.

By offering an extra inch of width compared to the 1960s-era 17-inch seat standard – when people were smaller and long-haul flights were rarely more than five hours – Airbus is focused on meeting the modern requirements of travelers, as long-range flights are now more frequent and cover greater distances. The A350 XWB also provides more space at shoulder level, as well as overhead stowage space for two roller-bags per passenger in business class.

A number of other key elements help Airbus’ A350 XWB deliver a more relaxing flight. Among them are this jetliner’s high-precision air management system; exterior noise levels that are as much as 21 EPNdB (Effective Perceived Noise Decibel) below ICAO Capter-4 requirements; and its fourth-generation in-flight entertainment systems with individual seat monitors.

 The test module mounted over the center wing section.  The information is the same information that is available to the pilots.  This plane is a test bed platform for all improvements and upgrades and the longevity of all the components. 

Airbus brought a new level of intelligence to the A350 XWB through its integration of robust and efficient state-of-the-art systems, which also increased reliability and lowered maintenance requirements. The use of fully-electrical three-axis flight controls provides enhanced flight safety, reduced pilot workload and a reduction in mechanical parts; and the Airbus-developed fully duplex network backbone improves data exchange capabilities aboard the aircraft. 

The A350 XWB’s all-new fuselage – built with carbon-fiber reinforce plastic (CFRP) – supports lower fuel burn, easier maintenance and increased resistance to corrosion. Simultaneously, the jetliner’s wings are more efficient and quieter due to their advanced design, and are able to adapt while airborne – tailoring it for maximum aerodynamic efficiency in the various phases of flight.

Other highly-innovative elements on the A350 XWB include its improved flight deck dimensions, built around an arrangement of six identical, interchangeable large displays; the state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, which outperforms competitors in terms of fuel economy, emissions and overall efficiency; and the latest in-flight entertainment systems.

Airbus brings together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies in the A350 XWB to provide a 25 per cent step-change in fuel efficiency compared to its current long-range competitor. Contributing to this performance are the A350 XWB’s Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, which have the lowest carbon emissions of any wide-body power-plant; as well as jetliner’s innovative all-new Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) fuselage.

Rolls Royce Trent

    I really enjoyed the opportunity to see the new plane.  It felt strange being treated like a V.I.P when I am just an airplane mechanic.  I did notice the class distinction from me and the "office" people.   I actually touch airplanes( and cuss at them once and a while) on a regular basis and they just see pictures of them...Or am a bad person for saying that....

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Monday Music "December 1963(Oh What a night)

I wanted to get this issue of Monday Music out yesterday and was unable to.  I was real busy yesterday and earlier today.  I always liked this song and it always reminded of the what I called the "Do-wop" songs of the late 50's and early 60's.  This song sounded soo clean compared to the disco and heavy rock songs that were starting to come out on the airwaves.
   I will post some more pics and my impressions of the new A350XWB that my employer will be getting in 2017

Who Loves You is an album by The Four Seasons. It was released in 1975 on Warner/Curb Records.
"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" is a hit single by the Four Seasons, written by original Four Seasons keyboard player Bob Gaudio and his future wife Judy Parker, produced by Gaudio, and included on the group's album, Who Loves You (1975).
The song features drummer Gerry Polci on lead vocals, with the usual lead Frankie Valli singing the bridge sections and backing vocals, and bass player Don Ciccone (former lead singer of The Critters) singing the falsetto part (And I felt a rush like a rolling bolt of thunder / Spinning my head around and taking my body under).

      According to the co-writer and longtime group member Bob Gaudio, the song was originally set in 1933 with the title "December 5th, 1933," and celebrated the repeal of Prohibition, but the lyrics were changed at the urgings of Frankie Valli and lyricist Parker to reposition the song as a nostalgic remembrance of a young man's first affair with a woman, and, more specifically, Gaudio's courtship with his wife, Judy Parker.

    The single was released in December 1975 and hit number one on the UK Singles Chart on February 21, 1976. It repeated the feat on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on March 13, 1976, remaining in the top spot for three weeks and one week on Cash Box. Billboard ranked it as the No. 4 song for 1976. On April 10th of the same year, it topped the RPM National Top Singles Chart in Canada. Drummer Gerry Polci sang lead with bassist Don Ciccone and long-time frontman Frankie Valli singing the bridge and refrain.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

A book I am reading now...Movie and the A350...

This is a quick post and an apologies to my blog readers, I have been busy...and I will blame this ..

     I could shameless blame Old NFO for this....and I will...he can handle it.  Seriously now, reading his books are like visiting old friends, you know when you read a series of books and you like the characters and wish the world had more like these.  The storyline is based on the situation with the Tex -Mex border and the smuggling cartel wanting to continue moving product and people, and the ruthlessness of the cartel to squash all that stand in their way. On the other hand we have the main characters just trying to continue living their lives as a family....strange family with the cast of characters that are there, but a very good group of characters.  Like I said, reading his books is like visiting old friends and watching them change as life takes them through the rivers of time and the eddies of life.  Very enjoyable.
Good book...Good Coffee...quiet Morning...

    You can buy your own copy Here.   Mr Curtis will also do "Dead Tree" versions for those that like the real books in their hands.  He will also sign them..you just contact him via the link  or through his Website.

   My son is wanting to go to see a movie the latest terminator saga, so we will go to see this Sunday Afternoon. 

And finally I will talk about my Airbus A350 XWB experience after my Monday Music I will post tomorrow......

A350 continuing her American Tour

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Prayers to Chattanooga...

I was going to do a post about my experience with the new Airbus A350XWB that I got to experience...

   But My prayers go out to the families of the people killed in Chattanooga by an Muslim
 immigrant CBS News quoted two law enforcement officials as saying the suspect was Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.     I would make some snarky comments about our president if he follows past practice will classify this as "Workplace violence."  But I will instead hold off and my prayers will go out to the families and friends of the fallen Marines.

  I am sad and angry at the same time There is no honor in this. This is no way for Marines to die...at a recruiting station...unarmed  ..........dammit.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Monday Music "Dreams" by Van Halen

 I was riding home on my bike and this song came on through the speakers and I decided to roll with this one for my Monday Music.  I will make the purist angry, I much prefer the Sammy Hagar edition of Van Halen versus the David Lee Roth version.  I honestly believe that Hagar was a better fir for the group than Dave was.    This song is a good what I call a driving or riding song, something to play kinda loud while the scenery zips by. 

"Dreams" is a song by Van Halen released in 1986 from the album 5150. It was the second single from that album, and it reached #22 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart that year. "Dreams" also appeared on the soundtrack to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie nine years later, which introduced Van Halen to a new generation of potential fans. It was released in 7" and 12" single formats, the 7" single featuring the album version and the 12" single featuring a slightly extended version.

5150 (pronounced "fifty-one-fifty") is the seventh studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen, released in 1986 on Warner Bros. Records. It was the first of four albums to be recorded with new lead singer Sammy Hagar, who replaced David Lee Roth.
It was named after Eddie Van Halen's home studio, 5150, which is a California law enforcement term for a mentally disturbed person (a reference to Section 5150 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code). The 5150 name has been used several times by Van Halen. The album hit number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, surpassing the band's previous album, 1984, which had peaked at number 2 at the same time as Michael Jackson's Thriller album, on which Eddie Van Halen made a guest

Before the album was released, Van Halen had considerable difficulty finding a replacement for the popular David Lee Roth. To make matters worse, Warner Bros. Records advised them to discontinue the Van Halen name; in the beginning of 1986, Eddie and Alex Van Halen formally refused. The trio even considered a series of temporary singers to replace Roth, including Patty Smyth, Eric Martin and Jimmy Barnes. However in July 1985, Eddie was referred former Montrose singer Sammy Hagar by the mechanic who was working on his Ferrari. The pair hit it off and the new singer and band immediately began work on new songs.
Van Halen went to work on the album in November 1985; it would be finished in February 1986, just one month before its release.
The album was notable for a number of love songs and ballads, which were not a feature of the straightforward rock stylings of the Roth-fronted era of the band. Many who had heard the previous incarnation of Van Halen called the new iteration "Van Hagar" either derisively or affectionately, a nickname widespread enough that, as Hagar points out in his book, Warner Bros. asked them to consider renaming the band as such. Further increasing criticism was the loss of Ted Templeman, who, having produced every previous album for the band, left in order to produce Roth's solo LP debut, Eat 'Em and Smile. Templeman would return to contribute production to Van Halen's For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album a few years later, which Andy Johns was tapped for. Donn Landee took over producer duties for 5150 after having served as an engineer on the previous albums. However, many noticed that the production on this album was markedly different from their earlier albums with Templeman. Eddie's guitar, which previously sat high in the mix and frequently pushed to the left channel (to simulate a "live" sound"), now sat equal in the mix and its overall sound had changed. This may have been his doing, as he was not a fan of the "live mix" that Templeman created with the Roth band.This is also the first Van Halen album not to feature any instrumental tracks.
Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones was also brought in as a producer, after Warner Bros. denied the band full creative latitude. According to Jones, the Van Halen brothers were "going through a particularly charged emotional relationship at the time, and there were some crazy situations that went on there." Jones feels that his biggest contribution to the album was working with Hagar on his dynamic vocal performances.
Despite the controversy associated with replacing Roth, the album itself was the first album by the band to hit #1 in sales. Although each prior Van Halen album had gone platinum, the band had not managed previously to top the album sales chart. The album was also Hagar's first #1 album, as stated by him on the Live Without a Net concert video.

     Eddie Van Halen played both guitar and keyboards on the studio version of this song. During live performances on the 5150 tour, Eddie Van Halen played the keyboards and would switch to the guitar during the first solo, while Hagar played the rhythm parts until then. On later tours, he would play guitar only, while the keyboard piece was either played "off-stage" by a hired performer (such as Alan Fitzgerald of Night Ranger during the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge Tour), or pre-recorded material was used. Another interesting note; during live performances on the chorus "We'll get higher and higher, straight up we'll climb. Higher and higher, leave it all behind", bassist Michael Anthony usually sings the second "higher" in both parts, but on the studio version, Sammy Hagar sings them both. This became a standard part of the song's live performances and Eddie Van Halen would also join in the singing.

There were technically three music videos made for the song. The most well known version was shot in 1986 and featured the Blue Angels performing a variety of aerial stunts. The other two videos were shot in March 1993 from a live performance at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California, to celebrate the band's return to the venue after 15 years for promotion of the Live: Right Here, Right Now release. One version of the video features newscasters and interviews with fans lining up outside the venue before the performance. This version is available on Van Halen: Video Hits, Vol. 1. A second version features far less commentary and more focus on the performance itself.