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

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Computer Humor

I shamelessly clipped this from another site that I visit for offbeat humor.   My being a former computer network geek and builder I got a chuckle out of this.
Cartoon that is attached to the side of my desktop.


ALPHA: Software undergoes alpha testing as a first step in getting user feedback. Alpha is Latin for "doesn't work".
BETA: Software undergoes beta testing shortly before it's released. Beta is Latin for "still doesn't work". It is worth noting that "Release 1.0" can also be translated as "still doesn't work but rent was due".
COMPUTER: Instrument of torture. The first computer was invented by Roger "Duffy" Billingsly, a British scientist. In a plot to overthrow Adolf Hitler, Duffy disguised himself as a German ally and offered his invention as a gift to the surly dictator. The plot worked. On April 8, 1945, Adolf became so enraged at the "Incompatible File Format" error message that he shot himself. The war ended soon after Hitler's death, and Duffy began working for IBM.
CPU: Central propulsion unit. The CPU is the computer's engine. It consists of a hard drive, an interface card and a tiny spinning wheel that's powered by a running rodent - a gerbil if the machine is a old machine, a ferret if it's more recent and a ferret on speed if it's a "performance model".
DEFAULT DIRECTORY: Black hole. Default directory is where all files that you need disappear to. The default directory exists in part to ensure you lose some important files when you (or a virus) reformat your hard drive.
ERROR MESSAGE: Terse, baffling remark used by programmers to place blame on users for the program's shortcomings.
FILE: A document that has been saved with an unidentifiable name. It helps to think of a file as something stored in a file cabinet - except when you try to remove the file, the cabinet gives you an electric shock and tells you the file format is unknown.
HARDWARE: Collective term for any computer-related object that can be kicked or battered, often without breaking.
HELP: What we all need. Actually, it is the feature that assists in generating more questions. When the help feature is used correctly, users are able to navigate through a series of Help screens and end up where they started from without learning anything... but now it's their fault and they should buy more RAM.
INPUT/OUTPUT: Information is input from the keyboard as intelligible data and output to the printer as unrecognisable junk.
INTERIM RELEASE: A programmer's feeble attempt at repentance.
MEMORY: Of computer components, the most generous in terms of variety, and the skimpiest in terms of quantity.
PRINTER: A joke in poor taste. A printer consists of three main parts: the case, the jammed paper tray and the blinking red light.
PROGRAMMERS: Computer avengers. Once members of that group of high school nerds who wore tape on their glasses, played Dungeons and Dragons, and memorized Star Trek episodes; now millionaires who create "user-friendly" software to get revenge on whoever gave them noogies.
REFERENCE MANUAL: Object that raises the monitor to eye level. Also used to compensate for that short table leg.
SCHEDULED RELEASE DATE: A carefully calculated date determined by estimating the actual shipping date and subtracting six months from it.
USER-FRIENDLY: Of or pertaining to any feature, device or concept that makes perfect sense to a programmer.
USERS: Collective term for those who stare vacantly at a monitor. Users are divided into three types: novice, intermediate and expert.
*NOVICE USERS: People who are afraid that simply pressing a key might break their computer.
*INTERMEDIATE USERS: People who don't know how to fix their computer after they've just pressed a key that broke it.
*EXPERT USERS: People who break other people's computers.

Friday, January 17, 2020

29 years ago Desert Storm Started.

This didn't post like I wanted to....Was supposed to drop in the morning.

    Today 29 years ago, Desert Shield became Desert Storm.  On 17th January Apache's snuck across the berm and wasted several Iraqi EW radar sites and opened the corridor for the masses of airplanes to strike targets all over Iraq.  The Navy fired Tomahawk Missiles from the Persian Gulf at the same time, this was the shock and awe of Desert Storm,  We had the entire Armed forces operating in concert.  I remember we felt like it was a "great Crusade" to liberate Kuwait.  We were in full MOPP4 and geared up in case the Iraqi's counterattacked.  Saddam Hussein had promised the "Mother of all Battles" and we went in fully expecting a lot of casualties.

Soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines of the United States Central Command:
This morning at 0300 we launched Operation Desert Storm, an offensive campaign that will enforce the United Nations resolutions that Iraq must cease its rape and pillage of its weaker neighbor and withdraw its forces from Kuwait. The President, the Congress, the American people and indeed the world stand united in their support for your actions.
You are a member of the most powerful force our country, in coalition with our allies, has ever assembled in a single theater to face such an aggressor. You have trained hard for this battle and you are ready. During my visits with you, I have seen in your eyes a fire of determination to get this job done quickly so that we may all return to the shores of our great nation. My confidence in you is total. Our cause is just! Now you must be the thunder and lightning of Desert Storm. May God be with you, your loved ones at home, and our country.
   He had some detractors but we soldiers knew that he had our best interest in heart and we were fiercely loyal to him.  He was one of the officers that learned the lessons of Vietnam and vowed not to repeat them.  We were told that there was a "duration" policy, no rotation back to the world, there would be no "FNG" syndrome or any screwy Rules of engagement or the "Squad Leader in the Sky Syndrome" that was prevalent during the Vietnam War. 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Why were Vietnam War veterans treated so poorly

I had gotten this article from "CherrieWriters", It was one of the sites I get regular emails from.  The site is full of information about Vietnam.  I found the site years ago when I was researching the A-7 strikes near Hanoi if memory servers.  This article means something to me because I remember the treatment my Dad got when he came home from his 2nd tour in Vietnam and it infuriated me, I was too young to really remember his first tour.   How could the people blame the G.I's for the war, they had to go when their government sent them.  Going to Canada was a non-starter for most of the draftee's, "only cowards and cocksuckers ran to Canada" was the prevailing theme.  THen the way they were crapped on after they returned, from the people on the streets to the VA and the government.  I recall the sentiment during Desert Storm that we were massively supported by the people on the street to hollywood celebrities.  It was almost surreal compared to the treatment my Dad and his generation got.  I am glad that we as a society has matured, even during the unpopularity of the Iraq war most people didn't blame the G.I. although there were a few asshats here and there.

By Dante A. Ciampaglia
Twenty-one-year-old Steven A. Wowwk arrived as an infantryman in the Army’s First Cavalry Division in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam in early January 1969 to fight in an escalating and increasingly unwinnable war. By June, Wowwk had been wounded twice—the second time seriously—and was sent back to the United States for treatment at Boston’s Chelsea Naval Hospital.
It was after returning to the U.S. and while en route to the hospital that Wowwk first encountered hostility as a veteran. 
Strapped to a gurney in a retrofitted bus, Wowwk and other wounded servicemen felt excitement at being back on American soil. But looking out the window and seeing civilians stop to watch the small convoy of hospital-bound vehicles, his excitement turned to confusion. “I remember feeling like, what could I do to acknowledge them, and I just gave the peace signal,” Wowwk says. “And instead of getting return peace fingers, I got the middle finger.”

Vietnam War Veterans
A group of amputee Vietnam veterans talk together at a hospital in San Francisco, California, 1967. Bill Ray/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

The Vietnam War claimed the lives of more than 58,000 American service members and wounded more than 150,000. And for the men who served in Vietnam and survived unspeakable horrors, coming home offered its own kind of trauma. Some, like Wowwk, say they had invectives hurled their way; others, like naval officer Ford Cole, remember being spit on. As a cohort, Vietnam veterans were met with none of the fanfare and received none of the benefits bestowed upon World War II’s “greatest generation.”

No 'Welcome Home' parades for Vietnam vets.

This was partly due to the logistics of the never-ending conflict. The Vietnam War lasted from 1964-1973—the longest war in American history until it was overtaken by the one in Afghanistan—and servicemen typically did one-year tours of duty. Unlike conflicts with massive demobilizations, men came back from Vietnam by themselves rather than with their units or companies. For a decade, as one person was shipped off to fight, another was returning.
“The collective emotion of the country was divided,” says Jerry Lembke, a Vietnam veteran, sociologist and author of The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam. “For the family whose son is just coming back, you aren’t going to have a public welcoming home ceremony when someone’s son just down the road was just sent off to Vietnam.”
As the war ground on and became increasingly hopeless, the military personnel put through this kind of revolving door of service came to represent something many Americans would rather not accept: defeat. “Vietnam was a lost war, and it was the first major lost war abroad in American history,” Lembcke says. “You don’t have parades for soldiers coming home from a war they lost.”

Vietnam War Veterans
Vietnam veterans hold a silent march down Pennsylvania Avenue past the White House here on April 22, 1971. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

GI benefits were lacking.

Celebrations aside, the government also failed to make good on its promises to those who served. Veterans returning from Vietnam were met with an institutional response marked by indifference. Peter Langenus, today the Commander of VFW Post 653 in New Canaan, Connecticut, commanded Delta Company, 3rd Battalion/7th Infantry, 199th Light Infantry Brigade from 1969-70. He led his men on operations that lasted 30 days or more in some of Vietnam’s most inhospitable conditions, “without shaving, bathing or changing clothing. None of that,” he says, “prepared me for the reception at home upon our return.”
Back in the States, Langenus quickly discovered the GI benefits available for Vietnam veterans “were almost nonexistent.” While living in New York, he developed symptoms of malaria—a tropical disease fairly uncommon in the concrete jungle—yet he was denied VA health care because he didn’t display those symptoms in Vietnam. He graduated from Notre Dame prior to being commissioned, and after his service returned to law school to cash in his educational benefits. “At a time when I was paying $300 a credit, my entire educational benefit was $126.” And when it came to finding a job, he was met with thinly veiled disgust and discrimination from law firms upon learning he was a Vietnam infantry veteran.

Veteran Benefits
Protestors demonstrate for full benefits for all US veterans, including Vietnam War veterans in July, 1974. Jerry Engel/New York Post Archives/NYP Holdings, Inc./Getty Images

“The society really was ill-prepared to give these guys what they deserved,” says Christian Appy, professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and author of three books on Vietnam. “They were not necessarily looking for a parade, but they were certainly looking for basic human support and help in readjusting to civilian life after this really brutal war.”
Part of the reason was economic. While the economy after World War II was one of the most robust in American history, during and after Vietnam the nation was in a death spiral of stagflation and economic malaise. And as more and more wartime atrocities came to light, there was a national implication of guilt and shame placed on Vietnam veterans as participants in and avatars of a brutal, unsuccessful war. In popular culture, the stereotype of the broken, homeless Vietnam vet began to take hold thanks to films like The Deer Hunter(1978), Coming Home (1978) and First Blood (1982).

In 1982 Vietnam veterans march down Constitution Avenue toward the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which would be dedicated later that day. 
In 1982 Vietnam veterans march down Constitution Avenue toward the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which would be dedicated later that day. Wally McNamee/Corbis/Getty Images

The Gulf War saw a shift in attitudes.

It would take nearly 20 years after the end of the war for America to get right with its Vietnam veterans. The dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982 began the process, but many identify the Gulf War of 1990-91—with its national flag-waving, yellow-ribbon cultural mobilization and the grand celebrations of a successful campaign—as ending Vietnam Syndrome. “The Vietnam veterans, we couldn’t believe it. We could not understand getting letters from school kids,” says Langenus, also a veteran of Desert Storm. “You couldn’t believe that people were cheering you.”
Since 9/11, patriotic gestures, like wearing flag pins and saying, “Thank you for your service,” have become common, as more troops are sent to Iraq and Afghanistan. But the specter of Vietnam still lingers, and some of that war’s veterans view such acts with a wary glance.
“Deeds need to be done in addition to words,” says Wowwk, who is 100 percent disabled from his Vietnam wounds. “I appreciate the respect of ‘thank you’ because that was something I never received when I came home. It’s better than nothing. It’s better than them walking away and not even recognizing you. But what are you doing in addition to saying ‘thank you’?”
This article originally appeared on the History Channel on 11/8/2018. Here is the direct link: https://www.history.com/news/vietnam-war-veterans-treatment

To continue reading about our homecoming after the Vietnam War, please click or bookmark the two links below for later reading. Both articles were posted during the last five years and were well received by readers of this website. The first, posted in 2013, is from my perspective. Here is the link:
The second is actually a paper by a college student, Mrs. Lisa Pett, married and a mother of four, who researched this phenomenon and asked VN Vet readers of this website about their homecoming; their commentary is included in the paper...it's a great read and is sure to tug at your emotions. Here's the direct link:

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

When to upgrade your AR Pattern Rifle.

I have an article from Jay with Minuteman Review. He had asked me if he could contribute an article and I said "Sure", I have done that for "Eric@ammoman,com a few times.   I had checked out the website and it is full of information that might prove useful for my readers.  I had a heck of a time getting pics for the Assorted AR's.  I originally used "google" but the amount of antigun crap and propaganda was annoying.  I wound up using "DuckDuckGo" with the exception of all the advertising I had to deal with but I didn't have to wade through the anti-gun crap. .  I had to try this with my Chrome Browser, my "Pale Moon was giving me trouble with this.

Reasons to Upgrade Your AR-15
The AR-15 is one of the widely sought-after weapons among shooting enthusiasts, regardless of the bad name it has been given as a result of featuring in the Newtown/Aurora shootings. This rifle-style gun remains the all-time suitable firearm for home defense – this is because it is legal and lethal, provided that the owner uses it properly.
In the words of some dudes, “the AR-15 is America’s Gun, the rock star of weapons, and the symbol of the nation’s freedom.” These words bring back the Second Amendment to mind – “the right to bear arms should not be infringed.”
One of the appealing things about the AR-15 is that you can replace almost every part of the gun – quite a desirable feature. As a result, the gun is versatile as well as a fully customizable weapon. With tons of AR-15 upgrades available, you can be sure of constructing your own unique and personalized rifle.

The AR-15 is quite versatile, which is partly the reason for its popularity. And, many manufacturers of firearms offer this assault-type gun. Truth be told – all AR-15 out there are not created equal – this is a vital fact you should bear in mind. In essence, you will find both high-end versions and low-quality versions in the market, depending on the brand. An upgrade is a great way to boost a lower version rifle and maximize a higher-version rifle. Of course, you should expect to pay a much higher price for the higher-end models and versions.

The big question is, why should you upgrade your AR-15 rifle? 
Uniqueness: There are tons of other rifles in this category that look like your AR-15. So, if you are like some of us who love uniqueness even up to our gears, you would want to customize your rifle to make it unmistakably yours. But, that’s just a minor reason to upgrade your AR-15.

Versatility: One of the major reasons you would highly consider an upgrade of your rifle is to make it more versatile than it is presently. By customizing and

personalizing your AR-15, you can transform it from a plain rifle to a multi-caliber, force-multiplying and sharp-shooter. The good news is that there are extensive arrays of upgrade options to choose from.
Appearance and Ergonomics
Another good reason to retouch your assault-type rifle is to achieve improved feel and appearance. For instance, some lower-priced AR-15 rifles do not offer comfy grip due to poor ergonomic design. But, with a grip upgrade, you can improve the ergonomics and entire appearance of your rifle.

Typical/Best Examples of Upgrades You Can Accomplish on Your AR-15
#1: Optics
One of the meaningful and key upgrades you can make on your AR-15 is optics upgrade. Going for a cost-effective optics can mean a lot when it comes to enhancing your rifle. For instance, if you have poor eyesight, you may not perform optimally with iron sights. Just get ready to spend a bit more on a decent optics upgrade – it is worth the extra cash anyway. With a little over $130, you can accomplish a decent optics upgrade on your AR-15 – some brands cost more. Some of the options to choose from include red-dot, holographic sights, and reflex.

#2: The Grip
The grip is also a meaningful upgrade that anyone can accomplish on an AR-15 rifle. The feel of the rifle in your hands is a huge factor when it comes to whether or not you will enjoy a greater level of comfort on the shooting range. So, if your rifle feels bland, boring and uncomfortable, your mind will be focused more on the discomfort than the shooting task you want to accomplish, ultimately disrupting your shooting accuracy.
This is why you should consider grip upgrade on your AR-15 – in fact, it is one of the most popular upgrades that shooting enthusiasts accomplish on their AR-15. It’s a great way to enhance your shooting experience. So, before you step out, you need to decide on what you are more comfortable with – a more rigid or
smoother piece of hardware.
Another important factor in accomplishing a desirable grip upgrade on your rifle is your choice of material. For instance, would you rather prefer polymer to rubber, without or with a fiberglass reinforcement, provided that it perfectly suits your shooting style? Also, you may want to consider an appropriate color based on your individual preference.
You can also go for custom grip models available in different types – e.g. pistol grips, angled and vertical fore-grips, magazine well grips, and handstops. There are tons of benefits that come with a new grip. For instance, you can find models that enhance recoil absorption, lowering muzzle climb. Consequently, you can increase successive shot accuracy. So, think things through and consider all the factors mentioned when going for grip upgrade on your AR-15.

#3: Triggers
When it comes to triggers, there are extensive options to suit every shooter’s preference – straight or curved, long or short. Your trigger finger ultimately determines when the barrel releases a round. As a result, trigger is a common AR-15 upgrade among shooting enthusiasts.
With a perfect trigger, your finger will feel comfortable, resulting in consistent shooting accuracy with your AR-15. Another feature you should look out for when choosing a trigger is a comfy level of resistance. You would want to use your rifle in any given scenario and environment without restriction – so, it’s important you go for a very durable trigger.
If you are using your rifle for home defense, the single-stage triggers would aid firing as soon as you pull the trigger – it won’t fail. And, for competition shooting, the two-stage triggers are more desirable. They are also great for recreational shooting. Here’s the bottom line; you should consider the dominant task you want to accomplish with your AR-15 before choosing a trigger.

#4: Barrels
Upgrading to a longer or shorter barrel depends on the major task you want to 

use your rifle for, as well as your shooting style. You may also want to choose between a lighter or heavier barrel.
Some shooting enthusiasts are attracted to longer barrels since they offer an improved accurate shot. On the other hand, many go for a shorter barrel because it offers versatile shooting experience.
For home intrusion and self-defense purposes, you should go for a barrel you can maneuver with ease – the shorter barrel is a perfect fit in this case. Besides, with a shorter barrel, you can shoot faster. On the other hand, if your major purpose is to accomplish accurate shot groups, you should rather settle for the longer barrels.
In conclusion, it is also worthwhile to consider AR-15 upgrade on stocks, anti-rotational pins, rail systems/free-floating hand-guards, muzzles, and slings. Indeed, most parts are better when upgraded. 

Monday, January 13, 2020

Monday Music "For Those About To Rock....We Salute You" by AC/DC

I am continuing my run of "Bugaloo" songs, you know the songs that you would play if you saw this setting up outside your door.
   This discussion came about on one of my Facebook group, "Monster Hunter International, Hunters Unite".  The discussion was, what would be your Bugaloo Song when the alphabet agencies came for you.

For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) (referred to as For Those About to Rock on its cover) is the eighth studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It was the band's seventh internationally released studio album and the eighth to be released in Australia. It was released on November 23, 1981.

Released in 1981, the album is a follow-up to their highly successful album Back in Black. For Those About to Rock has sold over four million copies in the US. It would be AC/DC's first and only No. 1 album in the U.S. until the release of Black Ice in October 2008. In their original 1981 review, Rolling Stone magazine declared it to be their best album. In Australia, the album peaked at No. 3 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart.

"For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)" is a song by the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. The song was first released on AC/DC's eighth studio album For Those About to Rock We Salute You in 1981, and later as a single in 1982. The single's B-side contains an edited live version of "Let There Be Rock", recorded in Landover, Maryland, in late 1981. The video to "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)" was filmed at that same concert.
The song was later included on AC/DC's first soundtrack album, Who Made Who, released in 1986 for the Stephen King film Maximum Overdrive.
The title and central lyric of the song are based on an ancient salute used by Roman prisoners to be executed in the Colosseum, "Ave, Caesar, morituri te salutant" ("Hail Caesar, we who are about to die, salute you."). However, Angus Young later said that the inspiration for the cannons came from a very different source. The band was cutting the first recordings of the song on the same day as Princess Diana of Great Britain's televised wedding. Angus recalled that "someone had the wedding on in the next room ... we were playing that part of the song when the cannons were going off and we paused a second and went 'hmmm ... that actually sounds pretty good. This coincidence also led to a cannon being featured on the cover of the album and single, as well as life-sized Napoleonic cannons becoming a regular stage prop at AC/DC concerts. The cannons fired in the song are mixed with exploding fireworks. However the actual takes were recorded later the next month as the mobile truck used to record the album (Mobile One) was being used to record Peter Gabriel's 4th eponymous album during the marriage of Charles and Diana.
AC/DC have often used the song to close live concerts, such as Live at Donington and No Bull as well as on their live CD AC/DC Live. It is also the song that concludes the most recent tour, Rock or Bust.