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

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Years to everyone

I am listening to the Sirius/XM play down the best music from the 1980's, I got off work a bit early so I can get on the computer.   I have some interesting thoughts for the new year.
    2020 besides sounding like an old News show promises to be an interesting year, first off I would like to see Trump reelected, and watch the snowflakes really melt down. 
     Seriously I wish you and yours a Happy and fruitful New Year full of Joy, family and fellowship
From me and mine....
   And one more thing....

Monday, December 30, 2019

Monday Music "Detroit Rock City" by KISS

I am continuing my run of "Bugaloo" songs....You know when you happen to look outside or check your home security camera and you see this forming up...
You decide either to surrender or...fight...so you get ready and load the music as you get ready..
This discussion was mentioned at "Monster Hunter Nation, Hunters Unite" on Facebook.  People were mentioning their "Bugaloo song" as it were.  So I am playing a selection of them for the past few Mondays.  I loaded this into the scheduler thingie in Mid November and this song is scheduled to Post in late December.

    Kiss is a favorite song of Mine, in college, my roommate had his boombox set to go off before reveille.  I was at a Military College so I was involved in the ROTC program.  Well the song would start off kinda Low and gradually pick up a crescendo.  Excellent song to wake up to.

"Detroit Rock City" is a song by the American hard rock group Kiss, featured on their 1976 album Destroyer. The song was written by Paul Stanley and producer Bob Ezrin.

The song is one of the band's most popular and is a classic rock staple. It is also seen as one of the more technical songs musically in the band's canon. The guitar solo is famous for its flamenco style and being a duet between Stanley and Ace Frehley, it has since been a large influence on rock music and heavy metal, in particular Iron Maiden and Pantera.

The song, recorded and released as a single in 1976, was the third single from Kiss's album Destroyer and was planned to be their last in support of the album. As a single, it did poorly in sales and radio play (other than in Detroit), and failed to chart in the U.S. even though it would prove to be a fan favorite. It came as a surprise that the B-side "Beth", a ballad written and sung by drummer Peter Criss, wound up catching on in different markets in the United States, so the single was reissued with "Beth" as the A-side and "Detroit Rock City" as the B-side.
While the song briefly references Detroit, the real-life incident which inspired the lyric evidently did not take place there. "I had the basic riff of the song, the 'Get up, get down' part," Stanley recalls, "but I didn't know what the song was about except it was about Detroit. And then I remembered on the previous tour, I think it was in Charlotte, somebody had gotten hit by a car and killed outside the arena. I remember thinking how weird it is that people's lives end so quickly. People can be on their way to something that's really a party and a celebration of being alive and die in the process of doing it. So that became the basis for the lyric."

On Destroyer, the song segues into "King of the Night Time World", via the sounds of a car crash. The songs were played together on the Destroyer tour.
During the Rock And Roll Over tour, Stanley changed the lyric, "I know I'm gonna die, why?" to "I know I'm gonna die, and I don't care!" The song was #6 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs and is featured on the album Heavy Metal – The First 20 Years. "Detroit Rock City" was based on an earlier song that Kiss performed only in concert called "Acrobat".

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Some goings on at Casa De Garabaldi

Well Christmas has gone and Santa brought my son a Kayak and some other stuff.
He likes the Kayak and you can fish from it, that is what he really likes from it because he likes to fish.  My dad likes to fish and my son does, but I don't care for it, I guess the fishing gene missed a generation.
He bought some headlights for his truck and we installed them along with some LED lights.
Here he is moving the adjustment brackets from the old housings to the new housings, this allow the headlights to pretty much already set when you install them rather than have to adjust them again...and again....and again...   I learned that trick a long time ago.
The first headlight installed.
Both headlights installed, the truck looks totally different than it did when we got it.  My son is stoked, he is planning on more stuff.
Looks totally different.

I bought some "door guard" strip, to protect my doors on my truck.  
"Door Guard"
I had plenty left over so I went ahead and had a brilliant thought.....
Remember those visor thingies that you see on TV to help you see at night or in really bright light.

 "Tac Visor".   As seen on TV kinda thing...?
Well I like mine but I get fingerprints all over it flipping it up or down, depending on the condition, 

What it looks like in my truck
The Night version, with the "door Guard" to keep fingerprints off of it.
Daylight version I use when the sun is directly in my eyes when I am driving.

Disregard the very cluttered garage, most of those boxes are Christmas decoration boxes.  Santa did bring me a set of Bushnell Binoculars and some ammo. I will try next week to torment Mack at his place of employment and see how the Beretta pistol and the Hipoint carbine run.    I also have a cold air intake coming in for my truck so I will post about that when it happens.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Quick pithy thoughts....

This will be a kinda quick post...
New Virginia Seal

The liberals are in a tizzy, having all these counties declaring themselves "2nd Amendment Sanctuaries" really have their panties in a bunch.  I suppose they expected no blowback from the "sanctuary cities for illegal immigration".  Whats good for the goose is good for the gander but they don't see it that way.  Apparently only the left can be activist.  If the right does it, it is evil, breaks the rule of law,supports nazi's and other complaints.
     Speaking of doubling down on stupid, the governor and the AG of Virginia is continuing their attempts to gut the 2nd amendment in their state.  There are a slew of antigun bills and plus a bunch of other wet dreams that the democrats want from sticking it to the police and more green new deals.  Also they increased the budget for the corrections dept for all the gun owners they plan on locking up for defiance.   You can't have the hoi Pelloi talking back and sassing their betters you know.
     Also the governor wants to increase bringing in more refugees and sticking them in white affluent neighborhoods.  There is a movement to break up the nuclear family and the single family middle class homes.  If you live in a single use home, you are racist, bigot.  Apparently they want to move everyone to huge apartment buildings where it is easier to control for the benefit of the environment.  But somehow the neighborhoods where the "connected live" will be exempt.  This is part of the movement to break the middle class.  I have discussed the movement to punish The Middle Class, the new "Kulaks".  
     The liberals in Richmond and around D.C have no idea what they are trying to do, the meme I just posted is very accurate and the people will push back.  The blue state clowns are waving a lit match around a puddle of gasoline and it ain't gonna take much to start it off.
    I have heard rumblings of other blue state governers sending their national guards to help is "restoring Law and order" in Virginia if it goes sideway.  I wonder how many federal laws will be broken by such an action and I can't really see a bunch of guardsmen from other states being all froggy to jump in to a hornets nest.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Postwar Aircraft Carrier Fires

Still recovering from Christmas.  My son got some parts to mod his truck and I will post those in a day or 2 also.  I have every intent of avoiding any retail establishment on this day.

I have heard of the Oriskany and of course of the Forrestal Fire.  I have a book in my library that talked about the Forrestal fire and it is a very good book.  It did explain a few things I didn't know.
I had picked up in some bargain bin a long time ago and it was very well done and researched.  I had learned a lot about it.   I heard something about a fire on the U.S.S Enterprise(CVN-65)  Fires on a ship is a very big deal, that is usually what sinks them.  The Lessons of the Forrestal are still taught at Naval shipboard schools.

Aircraft carriers may “rule the seas,” but even they do not have immunity from disasters at sea. To quote the 1973 U.S. Navy training film Trial By Fire: A Carrier Fights for Life, “Yet for all this vast strength, as real as it is apparent, a carrier at sea is extremely vulnerable since her striking arm requires the use of exotic fuels and powerful weapons. She is forced to carry with her the potential for her own destruction. It’s all around her, on and below decks, waiting—waiting for a miscue, a careless error, or a tragic accident.”
Since the members of a ship’s crew are human like anyone else, when thousands of souls embark on a carrier they have no choice but to put their lives in their shipmates’ hands. They have to trust the rules and procedures designed to best mitigate the hazards of such a dangerous environment.
There is no telling how many times sailors on board an aircraft carrier have flirted with disaster, and simply been lucky. During the 1960’s, as the Vietnam War brought American sailors into major combat conditions for the first time since the Korean War, three aircraft carriers were not so lucky.

Oriskany (foreground) and her sister Bonhomme Richard conducting operations in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1970
Oriskany (foreground) and her sister Bonhomme Richard conducting operations in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1970

Oriskany was no stranger to fire during combat operations. During the Korean War, a “hung” bomb on a F4U Corsair fighter broke loose and exploded as the aircraft landed, killing 2 and injuring 14 sailors. But that paled in comparison to the conflagration that struck the ship 13 years later.
Oriskany had been at Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin since early July 1966, conducting airstrikes against North Vietnam. On October 27, a three-foot-long magnesium parachute flare somehow ignited while a sailor was handling it in the ship’s hangar bay. The sailor reportedly panicked and threw the flare, burning at 5,400º F, back into the “flare locker,” a space which held at least 700 more flares. Those also ignited, resulting in an explosion that blasted open the locker’s steel bulkheads.

Oriskany on fire
Oriskany on fire
The explosion itself, the chemical fire, and the suffocating smoke from the burning magnesium—which cannot be put out with water, rendering the hangar bay sprinkler system useless—caused 38 sailors to be injured, 3 aircraft destroyed, and 3 aircraft damaged.
 Trial by Fire "A carrier fights for survival.
Worse, 43 sailors died, mostly pilots who had been sleeping in nearby staterooms when the explosion occurred, and succumbed while trapped by the intense heat and smoke.
Oriskany was forced to depart to San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard to repair the extensive damage. She would return to the combat zone in July 1967.

An F-8 Crusader intercepts a Tu-95 “Bear-D”. Oriskany, from which the F-8 launched, can be seen in the background.
An F-8 Crusader intercepts a Tu-95 “Bear-D”. Oriskany, from which the F-8 launched, can be seen in the background.

 Oriskany arrived back at Yankee Station in time to be witness to, and aid in, a shipboard disaster that far eclipsed her own. The Forrestal fire marks the second worst loss of life on a Navy ship after World War II.
Forrestal had arrived in theater just six days previously and was beginning her fifth day of airstrikes against North Vietnam. Many factors united to create the deadly conditions that led to tragedy.
For instance, some ordnance handlers followed loose procedures that violated Navy safety regulations. Some equipment had material deficiencies. Also, due to a shortage of Mk-83 bombs, the Navy supplied Forrestal with badly deteriorated AN-M65 1,000-lb bombs left over from the Korean War.

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV-59) underway at sea in 1987. Various aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6) are visible on deck
The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV-59) underway at sea in 1987. Various aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6) are visible on deck
A major factor was that, aside from the sailors who had been specially trained as firefighters, most of the crew and especially the air wing were generally ignorant of proper shipboard firefighting and damage control procedures.
World War II had proven the value of training all sailors to fight fires, but the practice had lapsed over the years. On top of that, damage control equipment had not been sufficiently updated over time to keep pace with changing combat conditions.

A port bow view of the aircraft carrier USS FORRESTAL (CV 59) passing through a rainbow while underway in the North Atlantic Ocean during Exercise TEAM WORK’88.
A port bow view of the aircraft carrier USS FORRESTAL (CV 59) passing through a rainbow while underway in the North Atlantic Ocean during Exercise TEAM WORK’88.
That fateful day, 27 aircraft were staged on Forrestal‘s flight deck, fully fueled and bristling with various bombs, missiles, rockets, and 20 mm ammunition. Everyone was busily preparing for an 11:00 AM launch. But at 10:51, a power surge in an F-4 Phantom triggered the inadvertent firing of one of the Phantom’s Zuni rockets.
The flash from the rocket was recorded by the ship’s Pilot Landing Aid Television (PLAT) camera. The Zuni crossed the flight deck and struck an A-4 Skyhawk 100 feet away, rupturing its 400-gallon fuel tank and igniting the spilling fuel.

An A-4 Skyhawk burns shortly after its fuel tank was struck by a Zuni missile.
An A-4 Skyhawk burns shortly after its fuel tank was struck by a Zuni missile.

In the blink of an eye, flames engulfed several aircraft. Future Senator John McCain, back then a Naval aviator, managed to escape from his own A-4 as Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Gerald Farrier began fighting the fire with a Purple-K canister, trying to help other pilots who were trapped in the flames. McCain got away in the nick of time, as the AN-M65 bombs too quickly yielded their devastating payload.
Words fail to succinctly describe the horror of the catastrophic chain reaction of explosions. The first bomb “cooked off” a mere 90 seconds after the fire began. At least 8 explosions wiped out two firefighting teams and tore gaping holes in the flight deck, and the fire raged out of control. Burning jet fuel poured into the holes and down the sides of the ship, expanding the fire to multiple decks below.

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59) underway off the Philippines on 12 August 1967. This photo was taken approximately three weeks after fires and explosions damaged the ship off Vietnam on 29 July 1967.
The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59) underway off the Philippines on 12 August 1967. This photo was taken approximately three weeks after fires and explosions damaged the ship off Vietnam on 29 July 1967.

When the explosions subsided, Forrestal‘s sailors heroically set out to save their ship, and finally extinguished the last of the flames at 4 AM the next day. Unfortunately, their lack of training in some cases caused more trouble. Foam hose teams spread protective foam only to see water hose teams wash it away. Water hose teams also caused additional damage by unnecessarily flooding spaces untouched by the fire.
In the end, the casualties were 134 killed, 161 injured, 20 aircraft destroyed, and $72 million in damage to the ship. Forrestal was effectively knocked out of the Vietnam War, and would take 2 years to repair.
USS Forrestal (CV-59) underway on trials, 29 September 1955, just prior to commissioning.USS Forrestal (CV-59) underway on trials, 29 September 1955, just prior to commissioning The video recording of the inferno from Forrestal‘s PLAT camera was incorporated into the previously mentioned Trial By Fire film. For years afterward, countless sailors watched it as part of training classes. The Navy named its new firefighting school in Norfolk in honor of Chief Farrier, immortalized as “the Chief with the Purple-K” in the film.
The Navy made many changes to its policies and damage control equipment as a direct result of the fire. Most notably, firefighting and damage control training became mandatory for crew-members on every Navy ship.

An aerial starboard beam view of the aircraft carrier USS FORRESTAL (CV-59) underway.
An aerial starboard beam view of the aircraft carrier USS FORRESTAL (CV-59) underway.

 A Zuni rocket was once again the catalyst the third time disaster struck an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War. This time, it was Enterprise that relived an experience similar to Forrestal‘s: 8 major explosions and a raging fire. Enterprise, however, saw some significant differences.
Unlike Oriskany or Forrestal, Enterprise was not in a combat situation. She was near Hawaii, in the middle of what probably many sailors would agree was the second worst time to have a disastrous fire onboard—an Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI).

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) underway returning to the United States from Western Pacific cruise that included the evacuation of Saigon
The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) underway returning to the United States from Western Pacific cruise that included the evacuation of Saigon
16 armed aircraft were scheduled to launch at 8:30 AM. Around 8:15, according to the Navy JAG investigation afterward, “an MD-3A jet aircraft starter unit was positioned on the starboard side of an F-4J…such that its exhaust outlet was in line with and within twenty-four inches of a loaded LAU-10 ZUNI rocket launcher mounted on the starboard wing of the aircraft.”
Although several people, including one of the ORI inspectors, observed the exhaust from the improperly parked “huffer” heating the rockets, no one took definite action. An overheated rocket exploded, beginning the exact same chain reaction that had occurred on Forrestal: punctured fuel tanks spilled fuel that ignited, which in turn detonated ordnance.

Sailors aboard Enterprise battle a huge ordnance fire triggered by a Zuni rocket. 14 January 1969
Sailors aboard Enterprise battle a huge ordnance fire triggered by a Zuni rocket. 14 January 1969
As with Forrestal, holes blown in the flight deck allowed burning fuel to enter the interior of the ship. But thanks to Forrestal, nearly all of Enterprise‘s ship’s company and the majority of its embarked air wing had been trained in firefighting, which proved invaluable.
Another major difference in Enterprise‘s case is that the modern bombs involved did not detonate immediately, buying time for sailors to jettison other ordnance near the fire. The Captain turned the ship so that the wind blew the flames clear of undamaged aircraft, which also helped prevent the fire from spreading across the flight deck. By 11:38, all fires were extinguished.
Sailors from the destroyer Rogers use their on board hoses to assist with the firefighting efforts aboard Enterprise.Sailors from the destroyer Rogers use their on board hoses to assist with the firefighting efforts aboard Enterprise Enterprise‘s casualties were 27 dead and 371 injured. Damage to the ship was estimated to be over $10 million. In addition, 15 aircraft were destroyed and 17 damaged, costing another estimated $44 million.
The investigative report concluded that “sound damage control organization, training and execution minimized casualties and prevented the initial fire from spreading beyond the Fly Three area of the flight deck to any significant degree.” The report also indicated, however, that flight deck personnel were still largely deficient in knowledge of weapons specifics, such as their cook-off times.

View of Enterprise’s stern during the fire, January 1969
View of Enterprise’s stern during the fire, January 1969
Mishaps, some fatal, inevitably still occur on carriers. USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in 1981 experienced a similar fuel and ordnance fire as the carriers of the 60’s, although on a smaller scale. But overall, the “lessons learned” in the 60’s resulted in improved policies, procedures, and equipment that have been largely effective at preventing a repeat. Forrestal particularly was a milestone in the Navy’s change of approach toward firefighting.

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 transits into San Diego prior to mooring at Naval Air Station North Island
The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 transits into San Diego prior to mooring at Naval Air Station North Island
However, the “entirely preventable” 2008 fire aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) was a grim reminder that even the most ironclad regulations and procedures can sometimes be no match for fatigue, laziness, ignorance, or haste, not to mention freak accidents.
George Washington‘s fire, which originated below decks and fortunately did not involve weapons, resulted in $70 million in damages and 37 sailors injured, but no fatalities. In wartime, as other carriers can attest, adding weapons and aviation fuel to any of those human factors can make the outcome far more deadly.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Monday Music "Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth

Well I figured I would run out a Christmas song for Monday Music and I always liked "little Drummer Boy with David Bowie and Bing Crosby.  To me this song plays well with their own music strength and is one of the best known and unusual duets in Music history...Think about it  Bing Crosby, the classic crooner and Ziggie Stardust.   Whodda thunk it?   But they played well together and  created in instant classic.  This song and one other are my favorite Christmas Songs.

"Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" (sometimes titled "The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth") is a Christmas song with an added counterpoint performed by David Bowie and Bing Crosby. "Little Drummer Boy" is a Christmas song written in 1941, while the "Peace on Earth" tune and lyrics, written by Ian Fraser, Larry Grossman, and Alan Kohan, were added to the song specially for Bowie and Crosby's recording.

The track was recorded on September 11, 1977 for Crosby's then-upcoming television special, Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas. The pair exchanged scripted dialogue about what they each do for their family Christmases, before singing "Little Drummer Boy" with a new counterpoint with original lyrics written for the special, "Peace on Earth".
Bowie's appearance has been described as a "surreal" event, undertaken at a time that he was "actively trying to normalise his career" He has since recalled that he only appeared on the show because "I just knew my mother liked him" Buz Kohan was not sure that Crosby knew who Bowie was, but Ian Fraser claimed, "I'm pretty sure he did. Bing was no idiot. If he didn't, his kids sure did."
According to co-writer Ian Fraser, Bowie balked at singing "Little Drummer Boy": "I hate this song. Is there something else I could sing?", Fraser recalls Bowie telling him. Fraser, along with songwriter Larry Grossman and the special's scriptwriter, Buz Kohan, then wrote "Peace on Earth" as a counterpoint to "Little Drummer Boy". Crosby performed "Little Drummer Boy", while Bowie sang the new tune "Peace on Earth", which they reportedly performed after less than an hour of rehearsal.
Crosby died on October 14, nearly five weeks after recording the special at Elstree Studios near London; in the U.S., the show aired just over a month later, on November 30, 1977, on CBS. In the United Kingdom, the special first aired on December 24, 1977 on ITV.

The song was available for some years as a bootleg single backed with "Heroes", which Bowie had also performed on the TV special. In 1982, RCA issued the recording as an official single, complete with the dialogue, arbitrarily placing "Fantastic Voyage" from the Lodger album on the B-side. Bowie was unhappy with this move, which further soured his already strained relationship with RCA, and he left the label soon after. The single debuted on the UK singles chart in November 1982, and climbed to position number three on the chart, boosted by a 12" picture disc release. It has since become a perennial on British Christmas compilation albums, with the TV sequence also a regular on UK nostalgia shows.
In the United States, "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" became a staple on radio stations during the Christmas season.
On November 9, 2010, Collector's Choice Music released a 7-inch vinyl edition of "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" on red-colored vinyl in the United States. The flip-side of the single contained a Bing Crosby/Ella Fitzgerald duet of the song "White Christmas", recorded in 1953. The single was limited to 2,000 copies.

And my other favorite Christmas song is "Do they know it is Christmas" 

I decided to go with one of my favorite songs for Christmas for my Monday Music posting.  I decided to go with "Band-Aid"  Do they know it is Christmas?.  I remembered doing an posting last year on this so it is a duplicate post.  I don't normally do a music repeat except for this song and the Little Drummer boy.  I was in High School in my senior year and this was all over MTV and the news back then.  It was a totally new idea to do a charity this way.  I believe in giving...as long as it is people doing it...It is proper..and a Christian thing to do.  Not government  which I consider it wealth transference and it is wrong. for the force of government is used to take money by force from people to give to other people in the name of "giving". I call it "legal theft".  Giving is supposed to be voluntary, that is the nature and the magic of it.

    Geldof was so moved by the plight of starving children that he decided to try to raise money using his contacts in pop music. Geldof enlisted the help of Midge Ure, from the group Ultravox, to help produce a charity record. Ure took Geldof's lyrics, and created the melody and backing track for the record. Geldof called many of the most popular British and Irish performers of the time (Kool & The Gang and Jody Watley were the only Americans present at the original recording), persuading them to give their time free. His one criterion for selection was how famous they were, in order to maximise sales of the record. He then kept an appointment to appear on a show on BBC Radio 1, with Richard Skinner, but instead of promoting the new Boomtown Rats material as planned, he announced the plan for Band Aid. The recording studio gave Band Aid no more than 24 free hours to record and mix the record, on 25 November 1984. The recording took place at SARM Studios in Notting Hill between 11am and 7pm, and was filmed by director Nigel Dick to be released as the pop video though some basic tracks had been recorded the day before at Midge Ure's home studio. The first tracks to be recorded were the group / choir choruses which were filmed by the international press. The footage was rushed to newsrooms where it aired while the remainder of the recording process continued. Later, drums by Phil Collins were recorded. The introduction of the song features a slowed down sample from a Tears for Fears' track called "The Hurting", released in 1983. Tony Hadley, of Spandau Ballet, was the first to record his vocal, while a section sung by Status Quo was deemed unusable, and replaced with section comprising Paul Weller, Sting, and Glenn Gregory, from Heaven 17. Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran sang between contributions from George Michael and Sting. Paul Young has since admitted, in a documentary, that he knew his opening lines were written for David Bowie, who was not able to make the recording but made a contribution to the B-side (Bowie performed his lines at the Live Aid concert the following year). Boy George arrived last at 6pm, after Geldof woke him up by 'phone to have him flown over from New York on Concorde to record his solo part. (At the time, Culture Club was in the middle of a US tour.)
      The following morning, Geldof appeared on the Radio 1 breakfast show with Mike Read, to promote the record further and promise that every penny would go to the cause. This led to a stand-off with the British Government, who refused to waive the VAT on the sales of the single. Geldof made the headlines by publicly standing up to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and, sensing the strength of public feeling, the government backed down and donated the tax back to the charity.
The record was released on November 29, 1984, and went straight to No. 1 in the UK singles chart, outselling all the other records in the chart put together. It became the fastest- selling single of all time in the UK, selling a million copies in the first week alone. It stayed at No. 1 for five weeks, selling over three million copies and becoming easily the biggest-selling single of all time in the UK, thus beating the seven-year record held by Mull of Kintyre. It has since been surpassed by Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997" (his tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales) but it is likely to keep selling in different versions for many years to come. In 1986 the original music video from "Do They Know It's Christmas?" received Band Aid a Grammy Award nomination for Best Music Video, Short Form.
After Live Aid, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" was re-released in late 1985 in a set that included a special-edition 'picture disc' version, modelled after the Live Aid logo with 'Band' in place of 'Live'. An added bonus, "One Year On" (a statement from Geldof and Ure on the telephone) was available as a b-side. "One Year On" can also be found in transcript form in a booklet which was included in the DVD set of Live Aid, the first disc of which features the BBC news report, as well as the Band Aid video.


The original Band Aid ensemble consisted of (in sleeve order):
Also including:

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Some Christmas Video Specials

Christmas is almost here, so I figured I would post a few Christmas related video's...well some of them are tenuously related to Christmas...but who is counting.

                                       First off is the Predator Christmas Special

My favorite, Full Metal Elf
And of course we gotta have some good old fashioned 
church going Pentecostal fire and brimstone.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Disabling an MRAP for less than $50?

This article is published for educational purposes only.  This article in no shape form or fashion condoning taking out of MRAPS. Don't try this at home

Washington, DC (TFC) – Police and military vehicles are stolen from time to time. Should a citizen be in a community where a military vehicle is stolen, it would be wise to understand how civilian populations throughout history have disabled military vehicles in the past. This article has absolutely nothing to do with the recent trend of police departments deploying armored vehicles against people exercising their Constitutionally-protected rights. Perhaps the reader travels overseas and a military crackdown erupts while they are drinking Pina Coladas on the beach.  The point is that this information should never be used against US law enforcement. That would be a violation of the social contract and you might end up in jail.
Most Americans are familiar with the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle because their local police department obtained one to look cool. Due to familiarity, this will be the vehicle used as an example. The same tactics will work against almost all other armored vehicles.

Note: The parameters for this article are simple: The reader does not possess a great deal of tactical experience and has no access to firearms, high explosives, homemade explosives, or chemical weapons.
Prior to engaging an armored vehicle, it is important to understand what, exactly, you are dealing with, once the intimidation factor is stripped away. It’s really just a heavy passenger vehicle that is designed to move people from one location to the next, while protecting them with armor. That’s it. While these vehicles do have some offensive capabilities, like gun ports (holes to stick a weapon through and fire at a crowd), or even a mounted machine gun or grenade launcher, their primary mission is to move people. Defeating an MRAP is as simple as destroying its ability to move and protect its occupants at the same time.
The tactics discussed in the article will be limited to relatively low-impact methods. Obviously the most effective method of stopping an MRAP is deploying a shaped charge. I think the new terminology is Explosively Formed Penetrator. However, if you’re reading this article, you (probably) don’t have the technical expertise to safely use this method.
Destroying an armored vehicle’s ability to move or protect its occupants does not necessarily mean destroying the vehicle. When encountering an armored vehicle on foot with no heavy weapons, the reader has adopted an unconventional warfare stance. It would be best to think unconventionally.
Stopping movement by obscuring vision:
While the outside of an MRAP varies greatly from a normal car, sitting in the driver’s seat is fairly similar to driving a U-Haul truck. The driver looks over the steering wheel and through the windshield to the street. If the driver cannot see past the windshield, the vehicle ceases to move because it either crashes or the driver stops it.
Any sticky liquid substance that can be pumped into water balloons or packed into a glass container will stop an MRAP. If the balloon bursts or the glass container breaks open on the windows, the driver is forced to stop and the occupants are forced to exit the vehicle to clean off the windshield. The effect is enhanced if three different types of substances are mixed: a sticky liquid to obscure vision and defeat the windshield wipers and sprayers, a thin liquid to increase the splatter from the impact, and a granular substance to further obscure vision.
Combination one: Syrup, milk, and sugar (Warning: Container not to be left around diabetics, small children, or people who bake)
Combination two: Heavy weight motor oil, lighter fluid, and aluminum or magnesium flakes (Warning: Extremely flammable)
Combination three: Elmer’s glue and glitter (Warning: Possibly too fabulous for many people)
The person that is in fear for their life from the threat of the armored vehicle is only limited by their imagination in this case. Latex paint and honey have also been used as base liquids in the past with success. While these may seem silly or too simple to work, I challenge anyone to try it on their own vehicle. The glitter isn’t a joke either; it reflects light which further obscures vision.
Historical note: The first armored troop transports that were deployed in large numbers were open on the top. When German troops deployed the “halftrack” in urban areas, resistance fighters would drop Molotov cocktails or hot tar from rooftops. While modern armored vehicles are closed on top, an elevated position can still be used to deliver vision obscuring material.
Stopping movement by stopping the engine:
Most modern armored vehicles have air intakes for the engine that are armored and have multiple grates to protect the engine from rifle fire. This presents another unique method of stopping the vehicle: clogging the air intake. The safest method is using spray foam insulation which can be sprayed at the vehicle from a relatively safe distance. Without air, the engine will either cease to run or will overheat. Some have suggested simply clogging the exhaust. However, the location of the exhaust makes anyone willing to stick a banana in the tail pipe of an MRAP much braver than I am because they are exposed to the gun ports, and are literally inches from the back door.
Stopping movement by pit or tip:
Both of these methods require prior planning and a rudimentary understanding of funneling tactics (the process of sending your opposition down the route that you want them to go).
“Tank pits” are highly-effective against all forms of armored vehicles. It is exactly what it sounds like: a pit dug in the intended path of the vehicle that is deep enough to put the vehicle at an angle that it can’t maneuver out of. The pit is covered by plywood and camouflaged to match the surrounding area. A pit for an MRAP would need to be about four feet deep, about six feet long, and as wide as it can be made across the intended path.
“Tipping” an armored vehicle uses the same principle of placing it in a situation that it can’t drive away from, but instead of using a prepared trap it utilizes the existing landscape. It’s a little bit of a misnomer because it doesn’t actually require the vehicle to tip over. Examples would be roads that have extremely weak bridges. A typical MRAP weighs in at about 36,000lbs with occupants. Removal of warning signs about the load capacity of the bridge can aid in this tactic. Other options are forcing the vehicle down a route that ends in an area too narrow to turn around. Alternatively, in urban areas, Egyptian dissidents lead armored cars down alleys and then ducked through side alleyways too small for the vehicle to move through. While the occupants were wondering whether or not to pursue on foot, a stolen bulldozer was placed at the entrance to the alley. Stolen bulldozers have also been used to flip armored vehicles down hills after impacting them from the side.
Using Flame:
The ubiquitous Molotov cocktail has two purposes when dealing with armored vehicles. The first is to obscure vision. Fire is very hard to see through. A true Molotov cocktail will burn for some time; and, if the flame is just below the windows, the driver will be unable to see and likely panic because well… fire is scary. The second purpose is to force the occupants out of the vehicle. Contrary to popular belief and what is often portrayed in movies, the best location for the flame is on the wheel wells and running boards of the vehicle, not the roof. Heat rises. A Molotov cocktail that is burning on the roof of an armored vehicle may not even be noticed by the occupants. However, one that is heating up the metal around them and the floor underneath them will be noticed very quickly and will cause them to exit the vehicle.  Molotov cocktails also tend to interfere with the advanced optics on tanks. “Heat seeking” optics don’t react well to a flame burning in front of the sensor.
Molotov demonstration. Image source: DOD
Molotov demonstration.
Image source: DOD
It is important to understand what a Molotov cocktail will not do. It will not “blow up” an armored vehicle. The set of circumstances required for an explosion to occur is so unlikely that it isn’t worth spending time addressing. It will not injure the occupants in most instances. There is an extremely rare, but worth mentioning, set of circumstances that has occurred in which insurgents threw several Molotovs at an armored car and for whatever reason the fluid did not light. Instead, it simply soaked the vehicle. The fumes from the flammable material seeped into the cabin through the gun ports and when a functioning cocktail hit the vehicle later it ignited all of the remaining fluid. The fumes inside the vehicle also ignited in a fireball, severely injuring the occupants.
Concluding remarks:
None of the methods or tactics described above included the use of high explosives, firearms, or anti-tank weapons. Using those tools, the vulnerabilities of armored vehicles are exponentially increased. Unshielded coolant lines, hydraulic lines, and air brake canisters make the MRAP good for one thing and one thing alone: protecting troops in combat from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). It’s not even great at that. It is not a good raid vehicle. It is not a good vehicle for crackdowns.
The MRAP is a perfect case study in perceived capability vs actual capability. The perceived capability of the massive armored vehicle is that it can withstand anything. The actual capability of the vehicle is that it can be disabled by a kindergartner’s art supplies. Rest assured that no matter what banana republic you happen to be in, if the government orders a military crackdown or begins enforcing a police state, you can defeat their armored vehicles. Keep in mind, we never even discussed the ways to sabotage the vehicle while it’s parked overnight.

Note: This information provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. Please do not try this at home.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Day after Impeachment...

Well it is the day after impeachment ....

     The democrats went ahead and filed articles of impeachment against President Trump, they went ahead and done it.  They have seriously damaged the social fabric of the country and the peaceful exchange of power between the parties that have existed since the formation of the republic.  Well there was one other real disagreement and that was in 1860 and we know how that one went.

     Meanwhile there was celebration amongst the democrats and the media that they have impeached President Trump, this really disturbs me.  To live in that echo chamber around DC on the Potomac and think that everyone  else think like they do and if they don't then they are rubes and hicks and their opinion don't matter a bit.
      I have stated that this is a problem, to believe that your countrymen are sub human and not worthy of opinion and just need to shut up and work quietly while their betters figure out the best way to run the country.

     The people that want to run the country have a vastly different way of prosperity than we do, they believe that they know what is best because their college professors told them how it is supposed to work, and it will work once the right people run it.

      And speaking of differences of opinions, the British had their elections last week and Labour got hammered, the British people got tired of the pussyfooting around and general stalling by the government in moving BREXIT forward.  After the results and the Tories decisively trounced the Labour party, and areas that in the past were Labour strongholds, went Tory.  I saw the reaction by the people in London, the usual "Johnson Sucks, and he isn't my Prime Minister".

  It kinda gave me the warm and fuzzies, the liberal left, the open border left whom have been importing 3rd world non assimilating people to the British culture and believe that their own culture is superior to the wishy washy British culture and accept all the social handouts as a form of Jidyza tax this will cause problems.  they are already have areas where the police can't go and the local muslims enforce sharia law in their enclaves and the British courts allow it.  You have the grooming gangs where young girls are being picked up in Rotterham England and impressed into rape gangs and the British officials will not do anything about it for fear of being "racist".  Stuff like this is what prompted the Brexit movement.

     Boris Johnson the New British Prime Minister got his inspiration from "Teflon Don" where the democrats haven't been able to silence yet.  We like Trump because he fights, he is the first GOP President that doesn't roll over and take it because it is "Stately".  I hated it because it showed the democrats that the President was a wimp.  Well Trump fights, and he is good at it, he takes a punch and immediately counter punches and the democrats are stunned by this style and they don't know what to do.

     And speaking of silencing, the new Virginia Governor and the Attorney General whom are democrats and this is an object lesson where a small number of very blue counties in Virginia swung a state blue, the rest of the counties of the Commonwealth of Virginia are red, but they were out numbered voter wise, a lot of conservative voters stayed home and they got burned.  The very blue counties around Washington D.C and Richmond did it.  This is an microcosm of why the founding Fathers instituted the electoral college system to protect the rural parts of the country from tyranny of the cities.  Well anyway the Governor has pushed a bunch of gun control bills and preaching confiscation of firearms, to sending the national guard to go door to door.  The Virginia National Guard releasing a statement saying (Say what? in a nutshell). They quickly walked it back, I guess they forgot that they have to "register" them before they can "confiscate" them.   the surrounding counties that are red immediately started forming 2A "sanctuary Counties" and the left lost their mind shreiking "you can't do that!. it is illegal!!".  Sucks to be hoisted on your own petard when y'all formed "sanctuary cities" so 

Meanwhile another results is that various rural sheriffs are forming "citizen Militia's" and some of the sheriffs are saying that they will "deputize" everyone.  The folks in Richmond have threatened to cut the internet, cable, and power of people before the guard moves in to seize firearms....and the people in those counties are thinking of...

   The democrats have no idea how close they are on kicking things off, they insist on pushing the issue because they believe that they are right and we are wrong and those that believe that they are right because of their education and association and beliefs system.  They believe that they should rule like the nobles of old and that we in "flyover country" are just serfs and wage slaves to support them and the system that they have crafted to they can skim off it and lord over the "great unwashed."

     Between the gun control laws on several states like Virginia, Florida, California(no surprise there) Oregon and Washington(No surprise either), and the democrats impeaching Trump who has a huge following in the "Flyover states"
President Trump has a following on this part of the country and he is very popular there.
Democrat controlled areas.
You see the disparity on landmass, but all the control and drama are coming from the coastal areas, they view the areas between NewYork, and D.C and California as "FlyOver Country".  They keep pushing and pushing and they will discover that there will come to a place and a line where they dare not cross, and violence will be nasty and vicious, and I and my friends don't want to go down that road because we have seen war and fighting and don't to inflict it on our fellow Americans.
But if the issue is forced, where our voice and vote don't matter anymore...then flipping the switch becomes an attractive option.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

New Books read...

I have read 2 of the three new books I bought and downloaded this week.  I will promo the 3rd one later.  The Authors are friends of mine and I swear they planned this when they released them around the same time....ain't they supposed to space them out so we can savor them like fine wine  rather than load up what you can dodging the heavyweights at the buffet line at Golden Corral?

Whoever said retirement was quiet never met John Cronin...

The old man may have retired for the final time from the Sheriff’s office, but there are still cows to run, court cases to testify at, and consultation calls to tap decades of experience. And that’s not even counting the cold cases he’s still trying to solve...

With his granddaughter Jesse running the gun store and managing the ranch books, and her husband leaning how to fill Cronin’s shoes on investigations and arrests, John is keeping busy training the next generation, while settling a few old scores!

    This is a blurp from the book on Amazon.  I have read all of J.L Curtis's offering and they are all good.  This is number 6 of the trilogy...yeah let that sink in...the storyline and material was good enough that it way passed the initial  thought of 3 books...3 books HAH, we got 3 more out of the series, and the last one is "Sunset" and it closed up a lot of loose ends, but the ending is vague enough that if J.L wanted to, he could add a "Lucky Number 7"...Just a thought Jim.
      Well anyway the "Gray Man" series is a story of a retired deputy Sheriff/investigator of a Texas Sheriff Dept named John Cronin, who is a Vietnam Veteran, and also a veteran of the drug and cartel wars in South America in the 1970's and later.  The story also has his granddaughter who he has raised and she is also law enforcement  and run the ranch and the gun store/range on the property.  The protagonist are what we on the south call "Good People", you would love to have them as neighbors and friends.  I have gotten to know all the characters in the series and I feel like they are old friends and comfortable like a favorite coat.  Well worth the read.

Never cheat on a succubus.

Martin Shelby's latest client is a woman out to hurt her husband where it matters most to him - his pride. She's teamed with the best lawyer in town, and The Boogeyman is out to find the evidence to turn her shark loose in divorce court.

But indulging a taste for younger women isn't the only shady thing her husband's been up to, and the blood in the water is all too real as the body count starts mounting.

     A bit of background, Martin Shelby is a PI or private investigator and he hangs his shingle in Louisville Kentucky and some of his clients deal with supernatural events, in this book, Zombies.  If you live in the Louisville Area, you will recognize some of the scenery because Tom actually lives in the area.  I spent a lot of time in that area because my best friend transferred to Kentucky Truck Plant from Atlanta Assembly plant and I went up there quite a few times to visit him and my other friends but I digress.  Well anyway a lady hires Martin to get dirt on her husband whom she is convinced that he is screwing around, and a regular PI assignment veers into the supernatural.   Well worth the read.  It will help if you get the first 2 books also, it will help in providing background.  Although this book can stand alone, it makes more sense to read the others.