Webster

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


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stuff and more stuff....

I am busier than a democratic operative busing illegals to a polling place.....I got asked to set up a "cub scout" aged BB and Archery range for Chic-fil-a doing a "father and son" event at a place called "Nash Farms".  So I will be setting up a range to run for 4 hours.  I went by the district storage and grabbed the range stuff that I had squirreled away since cub day camp. 
     Here I am loaded up from the storage.  My friend was giving me grief telling me that "You need a larger truck".  I suppose I do, but the Ranger still gets the job done.  Although I will start looking out for an older truck preferably a Ford. 
     While I was at work, I went into our "Free Issue" area where we can get some stuff and order parts,, we call it a "Yellow House",    Back when Delta was a "crop dusting" service in Monroe LA, they would get parts for the airplanes from a "Yellow House", Well time has changed, but the places where we get parts still is called " the Yellow house" even though it is a room inside the hanger.  Well I was walking through a different "yellow house" farther away than the normal one I usually use and I looked on the shelf and saw this,,,
   I figured that is what the flight staff use to keep themselves amused.
    Also when I was making use of the facilities as they say....I saw this....
  I figured a lawyer was behind that label,  They had it in both English and Spanish.... I guess somebody must have drank the cleaner and the results didn't work well the the drinkee.  Jeez.....lawyers.......That label to me shows the death of common sense here in America.  I look at it as "Social Darwinism".  If you stupid enough to drink cleaner....perhaps you shouldn't be in the gene pool.....

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Music " I walk the line" by Johnny Cash

Last week I went with a song from the 90's, well this time I decided to roll with a song from the 60's.  I always liked Johnny Cash, "The Man in Black",
My dad was a big fan of Johnny Cash, he always was playing the albums, so I remember quite a few of the songs, My dad loved the "Folsom Prison Blues"  and San Quentin.  Both were real good albums.  He would play Cash's songs along with Elvis Presley.  I grew to like the songs my Dad liked and that is the joys of being a "Daddy", you get to inflict your taste on your kid.  My son sings to my "80's" songs that I like to listen to.  One day he will do the same thing I did, inflict his taste on his kid...in the fullness of time....I don't want to be a grand-dad too soon.  Harry getting married and having a kid in his late 20's would be good.



"I Walk the Line" is a song written by Johnny Cash and recorded in 1956. After three attempts with moderate chart ratings, "I Walk the Line" became the first number one Billboard hit for Cash. The single remained on the record charts for over 43 weeks, and sold over 2 million copies.


The unique chord progression for the song was inspired by backwards playback of guitar runs on Cash's tape recorder while he was in the Air Force stationed in Germany. Later in a telephone interview, Cash stated, “I wrote the song backstage one night in 1956 in Gladewater, Texas. I was newly married at the time, and I suppose I was laying out my pledge of devotion." After the writing of the song Cash had a discussion with fellow performer Carl Perkins who encouraged him to adopt "I Walk the Line" as the song title. Cash originally intended the song as a slow ballad, but producer Sam Phillips preferred a faster arrangement, which Cash grew to like as the uptempo recording met with success.
" Live at San Quentin"
Once while performing the song on his TV show, Cash told the audience, with a smile, "People ask me why I always hum whenever I sing this song. It's to get my pitch." The humming was necessary since the song required Cash to change keys several times while singing it.
The song was originally recorded at Sun Studio on April 2, 1956, and was released on May 1. It spent six weeks at the top spot on the U.S. country Juke Box charts that summer, one week on the C&W Jockey charts and number two on the C&W Best Seller charts. "I Walk the Line" crossed over and reached number 19 on the pop music charts.
It was performed with the help of Marshall Grant and Luther Perkins, two mechanics that his brother introduced him to following his discharge from the Air Force. Cash and his wife, Vivian, were living in Memphis, Tennessee, at the time. Cash became the front man for the group and precipitated the introduction of the group to Sam Phillips of Sun Records. In 1955 they began recording under the Sun label.
The song was re-recorded four times during Cash's career. In 1964 for the I Walk the Line album, again in 1969 for the At San Quentin album, in 1970 for the I Walk the Line soundtrack, and finally in 1988 for the Classic Cash: Hall of Fame Series album.
In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the song at #30 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The song is very simple and like most Cash songs, the lyrics tell more of a story than the music conveys. (You've got a way to keep me on your side/You give me cause for love that I can't hide/For you I know I'd even try to turn the tide).
It is based upon the "boom-chicka-boom" or "freight train" rhythm common in many of Cash's songs. In the original recording of the song, there is a key change between each of the five verses, and Cash hums the new root note before singing each verse. The final verse, a reprise of the first, is sung a full octave lower than the first verse. According to Cash, he loved the sound of a snare drum, but drums were not used in country music back then, so he placed a piece of paper in his guitar strings and created his own unique "snare drum"
      Johnny, with the Temptations outside his door and a new wife at home, wanted the lyrics to say, "I’m going to be true to those who believe in me and depend on me to myself and God. Something like I’m still being true, or I’m 'Walking The Line.' "The lyrics came as fast as I could write," says Johnny. "In 20 minutes, I had it finished."


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Came back from camping....again......I feel like Bill Murrey on "Groundhog Day"


    Before I do another rant......because I do those you know......I went camping again......I am tired, I worked the mess hall again...My son's troop had a sleepover at the scout hut so I left the mess hall and headed to the scout hut 1.5 hours away.  Sleeping on an air mattress does have its drawbacks let me tell you.  it worked better this time from last week, we actually had a scoutmaster that volunteered several members of his troop to do the KP stuff which made it easier.  My friend Louie and I showed up, and spent most of the day prepping food because they do breakfast, lunch,dinner and "Cracker Barrel".  Which basically is munchies like wings and cheese sticks.  I left around 5ish and rode the bike almost 1.5 hours back home to get my sleeping bag and other stuff.
     I am home now but I figured I would do a bit of a political post. as a continuation of my Friday musings....
     It seems that Dear Leader has appointed a "Ronald Klein" as the EBOLA Czar.    Hmmm According to the bio from several leftist newspapers....He is a chief of staff for V President Biden and was on the staff of Al "Global Warming" Gore....so basically our new Ebola Czar is a :
   Our "Dear Leader" has appointed a shameless hack as the czar.....he could have appointed somebody that has a clue of what Ebola is rather than what the New York times or some of the other state organs of the regime has pontificated about.    Is something about this disturbing....what makes it worse is that nobody is really bitching about it.  It is either 2 things....the people will blindly follow the words of "dear Leader" or that the people already know that he is full of crap like a Christmas  Winter Solstice goose.  This is a concern...this shows that there is a major disconnect and lack of trust in what the government says.   It could be from the information that is disseminated reported by the media doesn't track with the reality.

  After Summer of Recovery six; after the best unemployment statistics ever, which in fact aren’t, because no one is reporting on the fact our work force participation is smallest since women joined the work force in droves; after ISIS as a JV team; after Benghazi; after the IRS scandals, which even if not fully reported have made it through, like a trickle under the door, to pollute public trust; after Fast and Furious; after journalists joining in presidential debates AND LYING in favor of the administration; after the purposely inflated stock bubble; after global warming; after the press has finally reversed itself on the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq (after spending years telling us Bush lied); after the secrecy and rumors about the current president’s past.  Many things are starting to leak out about the trust of lack of trust in the political forum.
     This is an issue, We expected the government to fudge a little but be accurate in the major issues, from weather to who our enemies are .  Now we have doubts on these issues also.  As far as weather goes, we have the "Climate Change" crowd using weather to bludgeon the political opponents of "Dear leader" and his policies and calling ISIS the "JV" team.  it has come out that he has missed 60% of his National Security briefings but has time for golfing.....wait he DID cancel one fundraiser because of the Ebola situation, the horror of the situation must be really bad for "Dear Leader" to cancel a fundraiser....well it ain't too bad.....he hasn't cancelled a golf outing.

   So what the heck is going on? I don’t know, and neither do you. The government won’t tell the truth and the press won’t report anything that hurts this government. (One reason to vote Republican is that while they can be just as corrupt and venal, the press doesn’t protect them.) And after this administration that’s reason enough. Though the fact the press outright lied about WMDs doesn’t help either way.
     I keep drawing a parallel from the way the media handled the Katrina situation to the way they are handling the Ebola problems and any other issues that seems to reflect poorly on "Dear Leader" and his political party.  If this doesn't scream lack of impartiality...I don't know what does....



Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday night musings.......

Perhaps besides my "Monday Music" I could go with Wednesday cartoon and a Friday Musing...?  Save my political rants for Friday so they have had a week to ferment....Like that analogy?   Then I intersperse the assorted aviation, gun,car pron over the rest of the week?    Sweet!!!

     First off, get some coffee..
Love the Mug;)

      First off I will talk about Ebola ...You know the disease that has been ravaging certain areas of Africa for a long time, but it has been in the rural areas......Now it hit the cities and the local people have gone nuts.  They loot hospitals and other things and use tribal superstitions to treat it.....then they die to paraphrase a movie quote from the Wild Geese...." In great bleeding batches"...since part of the symptoms of Ebola is vomiting blood.....
     We were successful in treating 2 of the people that were with a medical groups trying to make a difference...They were brought here in controlled circumstances..Then we had Patient "Zero" A Nigerian that even though he was sick and knew it, caught a commercial flight to America.  But it took several days before the Texas hospital realized what they had because of a "glitch" in the system...doesn't exactly inspire confidence.   Well he gets treated on our dime....and croaks anyway.  But we have the professional race hustlers stirring it up because that is what they do, that is how they get money and influence.  So We have Jesse the king race pimp saying it was because the victim was black, he received sub standard care....because of "Racism."   Jeez......This guy comes over, exposes a lot of people to the virus and his relatives are trying to get money from the hospital and the state.....I guess the Nigerian scams ain't paying as well.  
     The CDC an arm of the .gov hasn't exactly inspired confidence by telling one of the nurses that treated Patient"zero", she was running a temperature and told her it was "ok" for her to climb on a commercial aircraft and fly to Atlanta.   And speaking of .gov, we have President Obama, who refuses to commit to ISIS instead wants to fly 4000 soldiers and marines to Africa to build hospital and other facilities to assist the Ebola outbreak.   I have several issues...the first one is that it will expose a lot of Americans to Ebola....also Those areas are not secure, I can see an islamic group snagging some Dr's or military medical personal and chopping her or her neck on a youtube video.  We are doing this so we can be politically correct.  It is a higher priority for the President to go Ebola than ISIS, you know the ISIS that has been butchering Christains with no repercussions....but let some Africans get sick and the President goes postal......Am I missing something here....?

       I am trying to figure out why we havn't told the commercial carriers not to fly to that area of Africa...The airlines will not make that decision on their own for fear of the political fallout.  "Delta be racist because they stopped flying to Africa."  Airlines are risk adverse...they want to avoid bad PR like a rash...(I know...Another bad pun.)  The Administration will not order an air quarantine for the same reason.
     The last time there was a pandemic was in 1918, right after the end of the "War to end all wars"   The disease spread from people on ships....now we have them on airplanes?
     We have an NBC DR who is a commentator who decided to get soup and violated her quarantine
because she felt that she was above the law and such things are for " the little people" not for her and her kind.  
     We have the prepper community believing that this is the "Zombie" virus and are stocking up on gloves and mask and other stuff.   I do want to touch on something.....like I said, I am letting my touretts have full flow...What happens then the Ebola gets entrenched here in the United States, it will most likely start in the large urban areas...which is filled with people that have an axe to grind with the establishment, what do you think will happen?  Think Ferguson Missouri, we have a group that have been agitated by the race pimps and what you think is going to happen?  

    
I am a suspicious sort, I wonder if it is be design,,,Remember we have a porous southern border, I can see the disease coming over and infecting people in the central and south America....They will come to America to get the free medical treatment and at the same time they will infect many others....what happens when people refuse to work for fear of catching a disease...?
The collapse that Saul Alinsky and his assorted minions including our "Dear Leader" have been prophesied will happen.  The sheer overload of the system will collapse it and the .gov can declare martial law and the elitist can form their perfect society...you know the one that all the socialist textbooks have been wanting.    Nothing like "not letting a crisis go to waste."
     Guess where we fall in.....Yep you guessed it......we would become defacto slaves to the government...."For the Public good..."    Farfetched....perhaps a little.....that being said.....Don't underestmate the power of stupid people.....Remember we have a self styled "Community activist" that got elected 2 times to the most powerful office in the land.....
"Dear Leader"

     We also have the Nanny Statist Bloomburg supported "Moms demand action" still terrorizing the local Kroger grocery stores and having their supporters "SWATTING" any person that is open carrying.  This happened to Several People already.  The vaunted tolerance of the left is so refreshing.  If you agree with them, they are all about free speech and free expression....but let yourself disagree with them...and the vitriol just spews.
     We have the election cycle and the Stupid Party GOP is in danger of losing an opportunity to take the senate by some miscues by their candidates.   That being said, we have democratic candidates getting nailed for refusing to reveal if they voted for Obama, Here in Georgia, Michelle Nunn is having this problem.


I will be glad to see the election cycle over.....for a while anyway.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Honor.....Leadership....



My apologies for not posting much since my "Bill the Cat" post a couple of days ago.   I have had a rough couple of days at work, I am working an airplane that is unfamiliar to me (Boeing 737-800) series aircraft.  I am familiar with Airbus A319/320 series of airplanes and Boeing 757's...not the same airplane as the '37.  Sure they are Boeing and certain things Boeing does as institutional memory, but the '37 is set up differently and the system interact differently.  We also have uncertainty with the new managers in place, there was a shakeup of managers a few months ago and we have one now, he came from outside my company, from a unionized airline and they do things differently.  I am wondering if the just culture that my employer has is being supplanted by a punitive culture....I will have to wait and see, but I digress.
    
  I had this in a folder in my laptop, I tend to keep a lot of pictures and other things to add to the words of my blog.  I ran across this and I had a germ of an idea for a blog post. 
     To me honor is a difficult word to describe, basically it is holding yourself to a higher standard and keeping your word to whomever you deal with.  Even if you don't like somebody you still treat them respectfully.  it is what separates you from them.   Honor is to uphold your personal standard of integrity, and moral beliefs.  Honor is to do what is right despite the cost.   I want it said on my grave stone...here lies "MrG"...he was a S.O.B...but he was an honorable S.O.B.  A better epitaph a man can't ask for. 
     I promise to post more and I have boy scout stuff this weekend, I will load the scheduler in case I miss a day.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bill the Cat *THBBFT*

I am continuing to run with my cartoon characters.  I decided to roll with "Bill the Cat".  I first saw Bloom County in Germany, I used to buy comics at the Star and Stripes book stores that frequented the Army and Air force Kaserns.  I loved the comic strips, they were a bit irreverent and I liked it.


These are the comics that come from my personal collection.  
This one I liked on the Liberal's   This cartoon was done on the early 80's when Reagan was gaining in popularity and people already had a brush with Nanny state 1.0 with Carter.

   Bloom County was an unquestionably a 1980's cartoon strip.  it was part of the cultural lexicon and it also reflected the cultural norms of the time.
This was a play off the "Joshua Tree from U-2 in 1987

Bill the Cat, or Bill D. Cat, is a fictional cat appearing in the works of cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, beginning with the comic stripBloom County in the 1980s and continuing in Outland and Opus in the following decades. Bill also appeared in some of Breathed's illustrated children's books, including A Wish for Wings That Work, which was also made into an animated Christmas television special, and also on greeting cards and other sundry merchandise. The cat's most frequent spoken sentiments are "Ack!" and "Thbbft!", unlike most other animals (and children) in Breathed's work, who not only can speak English, but have advanced vocabularies. The former is a result of his regularly choking on hairballs, the latter sound an approximation of the "raspberry".


Bill the Cat is commonly seen as a parody of Jim DavisGarfield (Milo Bloom appears to fear a visit from United Feature Syndicate'scopyright lawyers surrounding Bill's similarities to Garfield). Breathed has also described Bill as his attempt to create a character so repulsive that it would have absolutely no merchandising potential.[1] But surprisingly, Bill the Cat trinkets and figurines have sold in great quantity, and often appear in the strips.
Bill the Cat was inspired by a colorful economist named Bill Moore. Moore was a graduate assistant at the University of Texas at Austinduring the 1970s, and one of Berkeley Breathed's teachers. Recognizably wild-eyed (and one legged), Moore also became one of Breathed's friends. His name was inspired by a local homeless man of Iowa City, Iowa, who was dubbed Bill "The Cat". Nothing is known of Bill's whereabouts from the early 2000s onward. It is assumed he either moved to a different town, or, more likely, is deceased.

Bill the Cat's character was raised in Dubuque, Iowa, left for New York to become a film star and left his girlfriend, Sally, behind. Some of Bill the Cat's film roles include the leads in Orangestoke: The Legend of Bill, Lord of the Monkeys and Terms of Bill's Endearment. During this period, he drank heavily, used illegal drugs, and "free-based Tender Vittles" until his friends helped him to recover. On September 30, 1983, Bill drove his Ferrari into a cactus at 140 miles per hour, dying instantly in the crash (the media, not wishing to divulge the true nature of Bill's death, claimed that he died of acne). The only part of Bill that was salvaged from the wreckage was his tongue, which young genius Oliver Wendell Jones used to clone Bill and bring him back to life. In the latter months of 1984, Bill's bid for the American presidency was effectively ruined by his decision to run off and join (and end up leading) the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh cult in Oregon, only to be "rescued" and deprogrammed several weeks later by a humorous application of the Ludovico technique (by forcing him to watch reruns of Leave It to Beaver.) In the video A Wish for Wings That Work Opus professes to have saved Bill from a lab where his brains had been replaced with tater tots.

Bill spent time as an unintelligible rock star who sang and played "electric tongue" with his heavy metal band Deathtöngue, later Billy and the Boingers. Bill got rich when their song "U-Stink-But-I-♥-U" became a jingle for Wheat Thins, but he did not share the wealth with his bandmates. Although Bill was the front-person of Billy and the Boingers, the band excluded him and disbanded when it became public that he spent his nights staying up late, reading the Bible with a nun. After this incident, Bill became the televangelist"Fundamentally Oral Bill", parodying (and, in the Bloom County universe, rivaling) real-life televangelists such as Jimmy SwaggartJim Bakker and Oral Roberts.

Bill was accused of treason for sending secrets to the Soviet Union with the unwitting assistance of his lover Jeane Kirkpatrick. Secrets he sold included: Secret antiperspirant, the secret formula of Coke, the secret of the Sierra Madre, and the secret of George Bush's appeal (the secret being that he doesn't have any appeal). He was exchanged to the Soviets for accused spy Cutter John. While in Russia, he was responsible for the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and was traded back soon afterward. The reason he stated for returning to the US was, as he put it, "to make some dough," although this reason was edited by Milo into the more PR-friendly "to once again walk the green grass of freedom."

Bill the Cat twice won the National Radical Meadow Party's nomination to run for President of the United States, in 1984 and 1988, despite being dead in the first instance, and despite having a vocabulary that mainly consisted of "Aack!" He lost twice, once because of coughing up a fur ball on Connie Chung. In spite of this political affiliation, he embarked on a torrid love affair with Jeane Kirkpatrick, then was later used as the primary source for an illegal cat-sweat-based baldness cure. His brain was replaced with Donald Trump's(who had been hit with his yacht's anchor while sunbathing in New York Harbor).
Bill the Cat returned to comics in Berke Breathed's now canceled strip, Opus, which ran from November 23, 2003 through November 2, 2008. Given Bill's ostensible death and revival by tongue cloning (à la Sleeper), his carcass was suggested as the source of the recent BSE (aka "Mad Cow Disease") epidemic. Later, he was chosen as the new mayor of Bloom County. He got the message when he was playing Garfield at a mall promotion (the child in his lap asked her father if Garfield had died). Mayoral efforts for Bill and Opus involved forcing low-jeans teenagers to wear suspenders. Bill, however, lost an election a few months later because of an affair with Paris Hilton.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday Music "Toad the wet sprocket" All I need

I had a very busy time upon our return from vacation.....I went camping!!! again.....*Yay*.  I was in a different part of camp and I had no internet access and basic phone service was the extent of my ability to stay connected.  We came back exhausted.  My son had a lot of fun setting up the "haunted trail" and I worked in the messhall...again.  I was a bit pissed, pissy,angry honked off, annoyed, asshole mode, "Irritated".  There was a mis-communication and there was no support staff in the messhall, so I and another leader stepped up and worked the messhall.  I wanted to spend time with my troop as they worked the haunted trail, but Robert E. Lee said" Duty is the most sublime of mistresses, harsh and unyielding.".  Needless to say I missed all of that.  I was amazed by all the "leaders" that made the mess and bailed out and left, Both adult and scouts.   It was 18+ hour days.  I came home exhausted.  Nothing like going to work tired.
 
    While I was at work, this song came on and I figured I would roll with a song from the 90's.  When I hear this song, it reminds me of my time in the early 90's when I was out of the U.S. Army and working at Domino's Pizza as a manager.  During this time I was very angry, I had been forced to leave the Army due to politicians desire for a "peace dividend" and the U.S. Army cut 50% of its strength in 2 years to stay ahead of the politicians wanting to gut the Military.  I was angry about that, I also had a good job with a company called Kawneer as a skilled commercial door fabricator and got laid off due to economic downturn.  I was really bitter, I was working as a Pizza Manager and was unable to find another job and felt trapped, this adding to my isolation.  I had cut off contact with my friends, pride wouldn't let me stay in contact because I didn't want to let them see how far I had fallen.   Needless over time I reestablished my equilibrium and was able to work my way out of the cellar.  The song is a good song, but it also reminds me of how far I had fallen and how far I had climbed to get out of the cellar.



Toad the Wet Sprocket took its name from a Monty Python comedy sketch called "Rock Notes" in which a journalist delivers a nonsensical music news report:
Rex Stardust, lead electric triangle with Toad the Wet Sprocket, has had to have an elbow removed following their recent successful worldwide tour of Finland. Flamboyant ambidextrous Rex apparently fell off the back of a motorcycle. "Fell off the back of a motorcyclist, most likely," quipped ace drummer Jumbo McClooney upon hearing of the accident. Plans are now afoot for a major tour of Iceland.
As their first gig approached, the band still had not chosen a name. The members facetiously adopted "Toad the Wet Sprocket" because they thought it would be "hilarious". Vocalist Glen Phillips later called it "a joke that went on too long", and, according to their website, "it was probably meant to be temporary at the time".
Eric Idle, the sketch's original performer, reflected on the band's name in a 1999 performance:
I once wrote a sketch about rock musicians and I was trying to think of a name that would be so silly nobody would ever use it, or dream it could ever be used. So I wrote the words "Toad the Wet Sprocket". And a few years later, I was driving along the freeway in L.A., and a song came on the radio, and the DJ said, "that was by Toad the Wet Sprocket", and I nearly drove off the freeway."

The band finally achieved fame with their third album, fear. The album was released in 1991, and saw the singles "All I Want" and "Walk on the Ocean" reach the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. The album became the band's first RIAA-certified platinum album.
The 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer featured the song "Little Heaven" and was included in the movie soundtrack.
In 1993, the Mike Myers feature film So I Married an Axe Murderer included the song "Brother" on its soundtrack. "Brother" later appeared on the In Light Syrup compilation album, as well as on the 2004 release of the live album Welcome Home: Live at the Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara 1992.


    Music Video:  The is a bit unusual and for the first time I am unable to find any information on the music video.