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Stores Load

A very, very long time ago, in Bangor, Washington, aboard USS Michigan, I participated in at least six “stores loads.” Probably more because at least twice we broke our patrols into two parts, once for a Follow On Test (a four missile test launch) and the second time because we broke the submarine.

What happens is that all the “Junior” enlisted sailors, say Petty Officer Second Class (me) and below, 110520-N-DI599-019that aren’t on watch, form a line from the pier to the storerooms aboard ship. The worst place to be is in the hatch, because then the boxes are going vertical instead of horizontal. But otherwise, the line has a Sailor handing a box to the next guy who is facing him and then he passes it on to the next guy who is facing him and so on until the box goes from the pier to the proper storeroom. On occasion there aren’t enough guys and each box is carried by a sailor from the pier to the hatch, which is okay at high tide and best at mid tide. It absolutely sucks at low tide when the pier is suddenly 10-15 feet above the deck and you have to carry the box down the gangway. This can lead to funny moments, like when one sailor (not me) stumbled coming down the gangway and in best vaudeville fashion continued to stumble down the way, hit the deck at full speed, crossed the deck and hit the safety line on the far side. He then slowly leaned out over the edge leaning on the line), came to a stop, and gently eased back up as the line took in the slack. Read the rest of this entry

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Trump IS a Politician

Back in 2014 I was honored to go along on the Central Valley Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. We covered it on the show at the time, and it was really an amazing three days. Spending that time with World War II, Korea and Vietnam Vets was an incredible experience. A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to speak to the Modesto Chapter (Major Hugh Moss) of the Daughters of the American Revolution about that experience with CV Honor Flight. Today’s audio is the speech I gave to the DAR folks on November 12th of this year.

The Central Valley Honor Flight is continuing to provide these trips and expanding them to Korean war and Vietnam war Veterans. They also are still looking for a Corporate Sponsor. It is 100% funded by donations, and every dollar helps. Please think about it as the year comes to an end and you need that last minute tax deduction. The CV Honor Flight could sure put that money to great use!

I did not vote for Trump (or Clinton), but I have been telling you for more than a year that he is not a conservative. Period. If you voted for him thinking that you were going to get the second coming of Reagan, I’m sorry, but you’re an idiot. The man’s entire CV has been one gigantic celebration of opportunism, not conviction (for the record, so has Hillary Clinton’s life been).

So if you’re upset that he is not going to “Lock Her Up,” it can only be because you forgot the first rule of politicians: Everything they say is a lie. If you actually believed him when he said that he would “lock her up,” then there is almost nothing that I can do to help you. Read the rest of this entry

All Those Years Ago

Sorry I am late today. Thanks to my great friends at Verizon Frontier for making sure that the standard crappy internet service we get was extra-crappy today!

vote-kanye-copyNoted political guru and 2020 Candidate, Kayne West, announced that “if he had voted, it would have been for Trump.” As the crowd in San Jose booed, he explained that it was not because he supports anything he believes Trump supports, but because by supporting Trump as an African-American, he was could feel persecuted. Now he feels “vindicated.” Even though he didn’t actually vote for Trump. And there are spurious and unconfirmed reports that he and his mega-wife Kardasshian are leaving the country. I don’t believe them because they travel so much anyway.

Let’s be absolutely clear about this, while there is much discussion that can be had about both undocumented illegal immigration and PLRI refugee influx, the idea that ejecting anyone – ANYONE – is “supported” by the Supreme Courts ruling in Korematsu is ridiculous. While one could argue that the ruling still stands because it has not been reversed by the Court or overturned by Congress, there is no Court in the land that would buy that argument today. And before you go off and blame Trump for this one misguided individuals understanding of the law and the 14th Amendment, recall that it wasn’t that long ago that another Candidate for President explained to us that Dred Scott was still “the law of the land” because the Court had never reversed itself on that one either. Idiot. Read the rest of this entry

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